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Regional Hot Dog Styles and Where You Can Try Them

The hot dog may be an iconic American food, but that doesn’t mean that they look the same in every part of the country. It seems that every city and state has its own take on the humble (and versatile) frankfurter. Chicagoans favor a dog loaded with colorful toppings, while in Arizona, the Mexican influence means you’ll see sausages topped with pinto beans and jalapeños. From New York to Hawaii, here are seven regional takes on the classic hot dog, as well as the restaurants where you can find them.

1. New York

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nathan's hot dogs coney island Hot dog stand | Andrew Burton/Getty Images

New York favors simplicity when it comes to its hot dogs: an all-beef sausage in a natural casing topped with mustard and sauerkraut or a mix of onions and tomato is the traditional style. You could always buy a “dirty-water dog” from a street vendor, but for an authentic New York experience, head down to Coney Island to visit the original Nathan’s Famous. This boardwalk institution (and site of the annual Fourth of July hot-dog-eating contest) has been dishing up sausages at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues since 1916.

Nathan’s Famous
1310 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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