Summer is the season of hot temperatures—and hot dogs. Because July 4th is right around the corner, we uncovered some meaty, mighty, and massive frankfurters to fittingly celebrate the occasion. Read on for seven of the most crave-worthy and creative hot dogs around the country.
1. The Fat One at Fat One’s Hot Dogs and Italian Ice, Orlando
Say "bye, bye, bye" to your skinny jeans, thanks to Fat One’s Hot Dogs and Italian Ice. *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone opened a kiosk in the food court of The Florida Mall that serves the specialty item. The $12.99 100 percent Angus beef foot-long is topped with grilled corned beef, pepperoni, shredded mozzarella, nacho cheese, French fries, and green onions. Fatone = Fat One. Get it? Definitely opting for stretchy pants after this order. Photo courtesy of FatOne’s Hot Dogs and Italian Ice.
2. Salted Caramel Bacon Brittle & Peanut Butter Drizzle Hot Dog at Callahan’s, Norwood, NJ
This little piggy went to New Jersey–specifically to Callahan’s. In addition to the fast-casual restaurant, there are two food trucks selling the iconic dog. Last year, Chef Danny Fabian came up with the idea to use a custom-made Sabrett beef/pork blend and top it with a salted caramel bacon brittle, along with a peanut butter drizzle. A regular sized dog will cost you $6.25, while a super is $8.95. But the real question is, who’s up for seconds? Photo courtesy of Callahan’s.
3. French Hot Dog at Pitchoun! Bakery, Downtown Los Angeles
Bonjour, hot dog! At family-owned Pitchoun! Bakery, the dogs are inspired by those sold in France. A Frankfurt sausage is dipped in whole grain mustard and wrapped in puff pastry before it's baked in the oven. "Pitchoun!" means “kiddo” in a loving way, and we’d do almost anything to have Mom and Dad serve us one of these on a regular basis. The bakery also sells soups, salads and more, but the $9.20 hotdog has been on the menu since day one. Photo courtesy of Pitchoun! Bakery.
4. Billionaire Dog at Haute Doggery, Las Vegas
Is it a sin to put foie grason a hot dog? Not at Sin City’s Haute Doggery. For $10.99, hungry Vegas visitors can chow down on a grilled Kobe beef frank with foie gras torchon, port onion marmalade, and truffle mayo. The hot dog stand, which boasts other over-the-top orders, is located in the LINQ, the strip’s open-air retail, dining, and entertainment district. Menu items are the hot dog versions of the eatery’s hamburger (and sister restaurant) concept Holsteins Shakes and Buns. Photo courtesy of Haute Doggery.
5. MacDill Dog at Datz, Tampa
It’s usually bikini season in the Sunshine State, but maybe not after a stop at Datz, where they serve three kinds of Datz Dogs. The MacDill Dog is a ½ pound proprietary 100 percent beef dog topped with creamy, indulgent bacon and jalapeno-infused mac and cheese. The hint of jalapeno adds a kick of spice and flavor. Served between a hoagie bun with a side of housemade sweet n’ salty chips, they’re drizzled with blue cheese and green onions. So… we’ll opt for a one-piece bathing suit, or a full wetsuit. Photo courtesy of Datz Restaurant Group.
6. Tommy Lasorda Burger at Plain Check Kitchen + Bar, Los Angeles
When two favorites collaborate, magic happens. Case in point: burger + hot dog at Plan Check Kitchen. The $15 Tommy Lasorda Burger is topped with a butterflied hot dog and toppings such as raw onions, tomatoes, lettuce, mustard, dashi-infused American cheese, and a bacon spread. Named after the Major League Baseball legend, this star item is a special that returns to the menu around Dodgers season. GO TEAM! Photo courtesy of Plan Check.
7. Dinnertable Dog at Dinnertable, New York City
In New York, you can get almost any kind of creative combo: croissant donuts, ramen burgers, and now, a hot dog inspired by Japanese cuisine. At Dinnertable, the house-made miso sausage is served on a potato bun, with wasabi pea salt, traditional Japanese sauces, and market pickles. Within the hidden restaurant (inside The Garret East), there are only 19 seats. Grab a chair and this $19 signature menu item. Photo courtesy of Dillon Burke, Front of House.
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