Due to their love for hot dogs, Americans even celebrates a National Hot Dog Day, which falls on the 18th of July, this yearly event confirms that the hot dog is a symbol of the country’s ingenuity. Hotdogs are the one food to easy to make you could hardly mess it up. Yet there is a major difference when it comes to the masters of hotdogs and America has no shortage when it comes to phenomenal hotdog joints.
Coney Island – Angelo’s
What drastically differs from the brethren in Detroit is the Flint-style coneys, these differences include that the wet-style gloopy motor city chilli, the Flint’s are dry, and onions and mustard are essential. The Flint Town version is also one-hundred per cent local and the coneys comes from the Koegel Meat Company which do make the best dogs in the entire country.
No one knows the Vienna better than Anglo’s which grills these to perfection, and even though the original flint has been through an array of changes over the past seventy years, the one you simply could not miss is that of Angelo’s as they are the best coneys served with fries and gravy.
Chicago – The Hometown of Biker Jim
While Chicago is proud to have Abe Froman, Denver is quite pleased with the idea of being home to Jim Pittenger the Sausage King, started as a food cart owner his journey led first to a fleet of carts and now to several brick-and-mortar joints. Since Pittenger also became a fixture on television and his signature dogs are the favourite of millions including Andrew and Bourdain Zimmern.
The signature dogs are unique and represent a variety of meats including buffalo, reindeer, elk, rattlesnake and pheasant, and they described as glorious. Each explodes with a flavour sensation of their own and is amped with a range of brilliant topping including coney sauce, harissa roasted cactus, green Chile salsa or even Malaysian curry.
South Carolina – Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
What beach towns have in spades, South Carolina has in hot-doggery roadside joints, yet Jack’s are a piece of America that no other will ever have the right to claim. It is famed for more than one thing, including its unique home-made sweet potato mustard that is simply mind-blowing and then there are the bits of blue cheese part of the tastiest special slaw in the world.
Jack is the mastermind of flavour explosions, and this is one roadside hot doggy no one on earth should miss out on. It is well worth the trip and if you love messy do order the blue galactic dog. It will leave you in a happy mess of magical flavours, well worth the clean-up afterwards even if you might need to jump into the ocean to get all the saucy bits off.