Regional Hot Dogs

Americans eat an unestimatable number of hot dogs each year. In restaurants and at street carts, ballparks and backyard barbeques - hot dogs are everywhere! But depending on where you purchase your hot dog, your toppings may differ radically. Here's our short guide on what to expect when you buy your hot dog away from home.

New York City:
New Yorkers eat more hot dogs than any other group in the country. From downtown Manhattan to Coney Island, when you buy your hot dog in the Big Apple, it will come served with steamed onions and a pale, deli-style yellow mustard.

The possible antithesis to New York dogs, Chicago dogs are layered with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices and topped with a dash of celery salt and served in a poppy seed bun.

Atlanta and the South:
Buying a hot dog at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, or elsewhere in Atlanta and the south, you'll end up with your dog "dragged through the garden" and topped with coleslaw.

Kansas City:
Get the mints out - you'll need them when you order up a hot dog in KC as it is served with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese on a sesame seed bun.

Baseball Stadiums:
Turner Field isn't the only place to get a hot dog styled to local preferences, here are some others to check out:

The Rockie Dog - served at Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies - is a footlong dog with grilled peppers, kraut and onions.

The Fenway Frank - served at none other than Fenway Park - is the only dog to eat while watching the Red Sox. It's boiled and grilled and served in a New England style bun with mustard and relish.

Sonoran Dog - This Southwestern favorite features a grilled, bacon-wrapped hot dog on a sturdy bun, pinto beans, grilled onions and green peppers, chopped fresh tomatoes, relish, tomatillo jalapeno salsa, mayonnaise, mustard and shredded cheese.

The Texas Dog - chili, cheese and jalapenos make this the favored item at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Michigan Coney Island Dog (AKA Michigan Coney) - This favorite of Michiganders features a meaty chili sauce on top of a hot dog with mustard and onion.

West Virginia Dog - This favorite features chili, mustard and coleslaw atop a wiener on a steamed bun.

Other Regional Preferences:
Midwesterners eat more pork and beef hot dogs than any other region of the country.

Westerners eat more poultry hot dogs than any other region of the country, however, southerns are a close second.

Easterns prefer all-beef hot dogs and consume more than any other region of the country.