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The Eleven Regional Hot Dogs Everyone Needs In Their Life

There aren’t many things on this green earth that unify, and simultaneously drive apart, Americans quite like hot dogs, besides maybe politics and the NFL (which may as well be the same thing at this point, much to the chagrin of “Stick to Sports” Twitter). Hot dogs are universal in the sense that they’re consumed at every corner of the country. They’re also quite divisive, in that each region has their own spin on the mystery sausage, and which one is the best is a oft-debated subject.

Cities and states lay claim to hot dogs like BBQ and famous nightclubs. The Chicago dog, Dodger dog, Seattle-style dog, Detroit dog — all delicacies that locals will fiercely defend to their graves.

In truth, most of these dogs are remarkably similar: dog, buns, onions, peppers, cheese, and some kind of sauce. The attachment lies in the intrinsic pride that comes with the down-home origin story of each dog, most of which were long ago enough to not be quite remembered, as well as memories of better days and sleepless nights spent with friends stumbling into a hot dog vendor at just the right time.

One such cherished hot dog is Detroit’s Coney Island dog, which combines a Dearborn Sausage Company hot dog with beanless chili, a hit of mustard, chopped raw onions, and, of course, a helping of shredded cheddar cheese. These dogs are a part of the city’s culinary backbone, a place where a preference between local landmark American Coney Island or it’s next-door counterpart Lafayette can strain friendships. 

A few days ago, on Foodbeast’s podcast, The Katchup, hosts Elie Ayrouth and Geoffrey Kutnick were joined by Chris Sotiropoulos, the owner of American Coney Island to discuss the creation of the Detroit’s esteemed Coney Island Dogs. The company’s recent expansion to Las Vegas gives West Coaster’s the chance to try a regional dog that would be otherwise unobtainable. With the Coney fresh on our mind, the Foodbeast office began to think of other specialty dogs out there that we haven’t tried. 

So, we hit the streets and found eleven hometown favorites that we wish we could try, and here they are:

Sonoran Style

 

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The Sonoran hot dog starts with a frank wrapped in crispy bacon. Created in Tucson, AZ, the dog pays homage to the city’s Latino roots by using a split soft roll called a bolillo, and topping that with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, diced onions, creamy mayo, mustard, and jalapeños. 

Chicago Style

 

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Maybe one of the most famous options on this list, the Chicago-style dog is as much a staple to the city as its biting wind. It uses a steamed Vienna sausage all-beef dog, which is then placed in a steamed poppy seed bun, and painted with the bright colors of tomato slices, sport peppers, dill pickle, chopped raw onion, relish, celery salt, and a drizzle of bright yellow mustard.

Scrambled Dog

 

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The Scrambled Dog was born in Columbus, GA 72 years ago, the brainchild of the late Lieutenant Stevens. This beast of a plate starts with a soft bun, then Stevens’ fresh chili, cut up weiners, more chili, raw onions, dill pickle slices, and a heaping handful of crunchy oyster crackers. 

Seattle Style Dog

 

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A Seattle-style hot dog consists of a grilled, split frank, nestled on a toasted bun that’s been smothered in cream cheese, grilled onions and, often, jalapeños. It makes sense that these are typically eaten during late nights out, because it sounds like something I would make with some potluck leftovers at 2AM.

Tater Pig

 

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This… is what it sounds like. A specialty of the Twin Falls County Fair, this monstrosity does just enough to constitute as a hot dog. Really, it’s a sausage. And it’s stuffed inside of a baked potato. Hence, the tater pig. 

Polish Boy

 

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Cleveland’s late night sausage of choice is a grilled kielbasa (a sausage broadly described as “any type of meat sausage from Poland.” Thanks Wikipedia). Place one of these guys on a sturdy bun, and top it with a handful of fries, coleslaw, BBQ sauce, as well as hot sauce, and you have yourself a Polish Boy.

Dodger Dog

 

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Los Angeles’ Chavez Ravine favorite has both steamed and grilled variations. Either way, the result is a ten-inch pork hot dog embraced in an equally as long bun, marked with relish, mustard, ketchup, and chopped raw onions. 

Carolina Style

 

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This version of the hot dog is popular amongst much of the Southeast United States. Beginning with an all-beef frank stuffed in a soft bun, it’s then covered in chili and piled high with coleslaw. Most people like to add mustard as well, to offset the sweetness of the slaw and savoriness of the chili.

New York Dog

 

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Contrary to every other aspect of their lives, New Yorkers like to keep their hot dogs simple. Strictly boiled in water of mysterious circumstances on a street cart, these dogs are topped with only mustard and sauerkraut for buyers to quickly shove down.

Italian Dog

 

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The answer to every New Jerseyan’s hangover, this dog originated in Newark. Here, bakers make plush loaves of pizza bread, which are like massive pizza crusts. After being split open, the bread is stuffed with a lightly fried dog, onions, peppers, and more deep-fried potatoes than can fit.

Tijuana Dog

 

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The Tijuana dog, though named after the town in Mexico in which it originates, gained it’s fame off the streets of L.A. Sold largely from street carts outside of sports games and clubs, this dog is wrapped in bacon and fried until crispy and snappy. It’s tossed into a soft bun and then served with grilled onions and peppers, mayo, mustard, ketchup, and sometimes a grilled jalapeño to give it some kick.

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With One Tweet, Lebron Showed He Already Controls L.A.’s Food Scene

Lebron James set Los Angeles ablaze when he hinted that he would appear at the Blaze Pizza in Culver City, California.

It was a simple tweet, and wasn’t even a guarantee, but Laker fans ran with it and waited in line for hours at the prospect of getting a glimpse of the NBA superstar.


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Surely some of the line was for Blaze’s customers simply trying to get free pizza, as many others did at every Blaze location in Southern California, but the Culver City location was the only one that showed promise of Lebron’s presence.

As most know by now, Lebron did not show up to the pizza place. Instead, his wife posted a picture of James in a pool, chilling on a doughnut floatie, as frustrated fans went home with the Lakers’ shiny new toy nowhere in sight.

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It is immediately apparent the impact Lebron James will have on the food haven that is L.A.

He hadn’t even officially been a Laker for a week, and had fans lined up outside of a pizza chain for hours.


Lebron has stake in Blaze Pizza, and with him as a spokesman, the franchise has become the fastest growing restaurant chain in U.S. history.

Let that sink in. It wasn’t just the fastest growing build-your-own-pizza shop, or fastest growing restaurant in a specific location; it was the fastest growing restaurant chain, PERIOD. That means it grew faster than McDonald’s, Chipotle, Subway, and any other major restaurant you can think of.

It’s no coincidence that Lebron’s shining star was a key to Blaze’s growth, as CEO Jim Mizes credited James as far as brand awareness is concerned.

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Cleveland’s restaurant scene was positively impacted by James over the years, especially when returning to his hometown in 2014. When Lebron went back to play for the Cavaliers, the number of restaurants around Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavaliers play, increased from 165 to 210, according to USA Today.

Cleveland restaurants banked on Lebron’s success, unabashedly having “game nights” and luring in customers by showing Cavs games on TV.

With James departing Cleveland, and the team being a little less attractive, those surrounding restaurants will obviously suffer in patronage. Now the focus will be on his new home.
The Los Angeles food scene will not hinge on Lebron in the same way that Cleveland’s did, but if the Blaze Pizza situation is any indication, he is going to leave his mark on the city’s dining culture.

There were fans who followed Lebron’s private jet from Cleveland to Los Angeles, so you can bet people will follow him to any of his go-to restaurants. I wouldn’t be surprised if people found ways to decipher what James delivered to his home.

If he makes his way to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, you bet your ass he’s going to have his own dish, and a picture on the wall.

What if he vouches for In-N-Out, or Philippe’s or even a random taco truck, will people suddenly flock there?

Who knows, but Los Angeles has at least four seasons to find out, and learn to eat like kings.

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Cleveland Restaurant Ships Milkshake 375 Miles As Woman’s Last Wish

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A Cleveland, Ohio restaurant stepped up in a big way when they found out one of its customers had a last involving one of its milkshakes.

Emily Pomeranz was a Cleveland native, who was unfortunately placed in hospice care way out in Arlington, Virginia due to pancreatic cancer. Her good friend Sam Klein tried his best to grant every request that came from Pomeranz, and aside from a Cleveland Indians hat, Pomeranz really wished she could have at least one last milkshake from a Cleveland diner called Tommy’s Restaurant.

The two had grown up in Cleveland, and the Tommy’s milkshake is a staple in the Ohio city. While it seemed almost impossible to get her one last shake, Klein contacted Tommy’s to see if anything could be done.

Tommy’s immediately responded by saying, “Yes. We will figure out a way to do this,” and sure enough, although they were 375 miles away, they made their way to a UPS facility and actually got that milkshake into Pomeranz’s hands before her untimely death this July.

Klein told the story on his Facebook page, with a picture of Pomeranz, ecstatic to be holding her Tommy’s milkshake. Klein said that Pomeranz and her family were extremely grateful to get such a special request granted, and they talked about it for days.

We often take for granted the uncanny ability food has to bring people together, and this story went above and beyond to remind us all of it. As long as there’s love, and selflessness involved, the way both Klein and Tommy’s showed, the food will always taste much better.

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A Cleveland Fine-Dining Restaurant Only Employs Former Convicts, Providing Them A Second Chance

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Ten years ago, Brandon Edwin Chrostowski founded EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. The award-winning French fine-dining restaurant has one unique feature that set them apart from every other food establishment in the country: the entire staff was comprised of men and women who have been incarcerated.

Edwins isn’t only a restaurant, it also teaches its staff basic culinary skills, helps them find housing, provides basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, and offers literacy programs.

With more than 166 students trained, Edwins only has a 1.2 percent rate of re-offenders.

As a reckless teenager (weren’t we all?), Chrostowski was arrested one night and thrown in jail. Instead of a 10 year prison sentence, however, a judge cut him a break and put him on probation. During his probationary period, he met a chef who mentored him. Since that meeting, he’s felt he belonged in the kitchen for the rest of his life.

In a recent Reddit AskMeAnything, the founder dove into the Internet’s most curious questions regarding his institute of second chances.

Here are some things we learned.


Do you have any favorite stories to share about people who have worked at Edwins and have now moved on to other things?

They’re all favorites because our graduates have shown great courage. Lynn graduated in 2016, and has since bought his own hot dog cart, Udi Dogs. He comes by the restaurant every few weeks so the staff and students get to enjoy his food.

I loved being able to send Darwin, our current sous chef, to France, too.

How do you find former inmates for your staff — do they come to you through a referral program or do you post the jobs online, or… something else?

There are a number of different routes. We teach in prison, have connections with local judges, parole officers, etc. We also get good responses from our stories and features in the media.

Why do you think the food service industry is more willing to give people a second chance? I feel like many other industries are not as open to hiring people who are trying to get back in the workforce.

This industry is more forgiving, they are looking for people who work hard, they want people who show up and they are hiring. It’s the perfect opportunity for people to have a second chance.

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Can you serve alcohol at your restaurant? If so, are there any challenges w/ your employees?

Yes, we can definitely serve alcohol. If someone is doing a 12-step program or something similar, they don’t necessarily have to work behind the bar. They are required to know the spirits but they don’t have to be around the spirits.

What has been the most negative experience you have had with an employee or applicant?

Attitudes, mostly poor attitudes, coming in with a sense of entitlement.

I’ve been diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder and have a PCL-R score of 33/40. Meaning I’m a psychopath.

A lot of people like me end up going through the prison system. Would you/have you hired someone like me (knowingly)? If so, then what pros/cons do you think there would be/have you noticed?

Yes, you could be part of our program. We have a tough first three weeks to see if you can handle the intensity of the the industry. We have come across many people with different issues and we make sure there is a strong network to support all of them. Your honesty about the situation can make it better and easier, if you are willing to understand the issues you face we will be there to help you through them.

What has been the reaction around Cleveland with you hiring convicts at an upscale restaurant?

Very positive. We’re the pride of CLE. People have really embraced it and they’re quite proud of what we’ve accomplished. We’ve received national recognition, which highlights how proud CLE is. More than $8 million has come through the doors. It’s been a smashing success.

What reaction did you usually get when you told someone about your idea of starting this program?

You are a fucking idiot, or something similar to that.

What is your most popular dish at the restaurant?

Our most popular dish is the Paupiettes de merou: grouper wrapped in crispy potatoes with haricot verts & beurre rouge. Hope you can come try it sometime if you’re in CLE.

Where do you see Edwins in the next 10, 20 years? How do you hope to expand your mission and brand?

By having the best culinary school in the country and being a civil rights leader for returning citizens. By also continuing to do what we’re doing already.

The campus was first, the building for the butcher shop is ready, after that it will be a bakery, cheese shop, etc. We’re isolating each one of the skills in the school and teaching in a real world environment.

We are affecting every aspect — the culinary aspect and the school aspect. We’re also teaching a culinary program in all state prisons. The fact cannot be denied that every human being deserves a fair and equal second chance.

Note: The AMA has been edited for spelling and flow. Photos: Edwins Facebook

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How The Cavs Lavishly Celebrated Their First Championship Victory

For the seven people in the world that might not know, the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit in the championship series against last year’s victors, the Golden State Warriors. After winning three games in a row to beat the Warriors 4-3, the Cavaliers knew they were about to party their freaking faces off, especially since this is the first NBA championship ever to be won in Cleveland.

The team decided to stop off in Vegas on the way home for their celebrations, and boy were they glad they did. The popular Vegas club XS (located at the Wynn) was hosting them and had the entire club prepped and prepared for their arrival.

The team walked into the club and that’s when shit started getting cray.

Kevin Love definitely got his party on with his teammates when he got to XS, although he had no problem getting it started early in the locker room.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Even before the team headed out to Vegas to really get their party on, they all began popping bottles and splashing each other as soon as they got to the locker room.

When they got to Vegas, the staff at the Wynn made sure to pull out all the stops for the champs. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the team was presented with 350 bottles of Moet & Chandon Nectar Rosé that were emblazoned with the team’s logo, along with Moet & Chandon paying homage to the state of Ohio with a specialized crest.

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Each bottle has a crystallized version of the Cavs logo stamped on the front. The retail price of the entire order comes out to $21,000, although XS was/is selling them for $5,000 a bottle. Basically, if all 350 bottles were sold already, the club will be making $1.75 million.

Looks like the employees at the Wynn Hotel are the real winners here.

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Man’s House Mysteriously Egged Over 100 Times In The Past Year

This is the egging to end all eggings. The Ocean’s Eleven of petty vandalism (Rat Pack, not Clooney and the gang). The most colossal waste of eggs in criminal history.

Albert Clemens Sr., an 85-year-old Euclid, OH, resident, has been under attack for the past 12 months, and there’s no end in sight. An unknown assailant(s) relentlessly eggs his two-story house in the suburbs surrounding Cleveland, to the tune of about 100 incidents.

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It began in March 2014, and the case continues to baffle locals and law enforcement alike. At one point, the city’s entire police department was dedicated to capturing the culprit and officers always responded quickly to the scene, about a mile from the station.

Authorities have determined that the eggs are acquired from a local Amish farm (the trail goes cold after that) and launched from one or two blocks away. Evidently, the egger is Annie Oakley because the eggs almost always hit the front door in nice weather. No other houses on the street have been targeted, but an occasional stray will hit a neighbor’s home.

Clemens lives in the house with his two middle-aged children. It is unclear as to what enemies any of them would have. Suspects on the block have been cleared over time simply by being outside during an attack.

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An egging even occurred when police were at the residence; an officer’s foot got yolked while taking a report on a previous incident.

Clemens’ insurance company won’t pay for the damage to the house’s aluminum siding until the perpetrator is found, so Clemens has given up on cleaning after each downpour.

The Euclid Egger faces charges of felony vandalism, criminal damaging and potentially hate crime charges, depending on relevant evidence unearthed via an arrest.

How do you think the Euclid Egger is pulling this off?

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This is What Clam Chowder Udon Looks Like

Earlier this week I had a chance to fly out to Cleveland, Ohio for Certified Angus Beef’s 2012 Culinary Ideation and Trends Session. The post for all that is coming soon, but while I was there, I also caught wind of at least one food item I never thought I would hear about, ever.

I im’ed my editor immediately:

“Clam. Chowder. Udon.”

This explosion of East meets . . . further . . . East comes from Cleveland-based restaurant Noodlecat, which opened in August 2011. Branded as a “slurpalicious Japanese-American mash-up from Chef Jonathon Sawyer,” much of Noodlecat’s menu looks like what happens when a college student decides to go to culinary school and comes back to make the exact same foods he made before, only a million times better.

To be honest, the whole menu is jaw-dropping, so expect this to turn into a continuing series of posts, but to kick us off, the Clam Chowder Udon pictured above is a fusion-inspired soup made with udon noodles, potatoes, onions, celery and bacon, in a creamy clam and bonito broth.

Truth be told, the official menu actually says the bacon is “optional,” but if you’re a regular Foodbeast reader, you should know by now that bacon is never optional. And if you’re a regular Foodbeast reader from Ohio, neither is paying Noodlecat a visit. Like, right now.

[Photo via Noodlecat]

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Life-long Discount For Getting a Grilled Cheese Tattoo in Ohio

It’s called the “Melt Tattoo Family”, and it’s Ohio’s Melt Bar & Grilled  ‘prestiguous’ club with one main right of entry — a tattoo of a Melt Bar and Grilled logo. The Cleveland, OH base restaurant offers up members of their club 25% off any purchase at Melt Bar and Grilled, for life. For those in Ohio, the deal beckons, as the restaurant will celebrate the grand opening of their third location in Independence, OH tomorrow, October 7th.

The restaurant built up a massive following (currently clocking in over 40,000 fans on their Facebook page) and has even attracted the like’s of  Adam Richman, the host of The Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. Richman attempted to put down the restaurant’s monster grilled cheese, a sandwich that features 13 different cheese, 3 slices of grilled bread, and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw.

The entire dish weighs over 5 lbs., and completing it without any help or trips to the bathroom will credit you with a t-shirt or a Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card and immortalization in their online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.

At the time of this article, it looks like nearly 300 folks have immortalized ink on their person for the 25% promo, and close to 100 customers have completed their Melt Challenge. Which will you conquer?

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