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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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Bacon Cannoli Exists Because ‘Tis The Season To Indulge

 

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Oftentimes when we’re braving the cold of winter, thoughts of seasonal nostalgia bring us warmth: family all gathered around the fire, drinking egg nog, with bacon cannolis being passed around for all to enjoy. No, don’t rub your eyes, bacon cannoli is a real thing and of course it should be a part of your holiday festivities. Because bacon and maple ricotta filling.

Probably seeing that very same vision I have of winter indulgence (time to start building up our extra layer of fat insulation for the cold), BarBacon, the hog haven in New York City, is offering up bacon cannolis with perfectly paired maple ricotta filling. If your mind’s eye is still needing the HD turned up, picture a cannoli, only that the shell is a whole piece of BACON bacon. The filling? A rich and creamy maple ricotta that compliments the bacon more than your ex does after you’ve glo’d up and gotten your life together. Oh and let’s go ahead and throw on some powdered sugar in slow-mo to really amp up the seasonal vibes.

The bacon cannolis are now available for dessert and are sold as part of BarBacon’s Holiday packages, 6 pieces for $24. As of now they’re only a seasonal item, but if they do well enough (don’t see why not), they could be a permanent fixture on the menu.

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These Waffles Topped With Things Like Cake, Ice Cream, and Lollipops Are The Definition of Extra

If I had to choose between waffles or pancakes for the rest of my life, waffles would emerge victorious. The versatility of a waffle makes it a blank canvas for chefs, artists, and sugar fiends to create something truly magical. Waffle fans looking to experience that bit of magic, paired with a splash of decadence and a pinch whimsy, will want to check out Clinton Hall’s lavish WTF Waffles in New York City.

Don’t expect a mere waffle topped with some whipped cream and sprinkles. No, not at the popular Instagram-friendly restaurant and beer hall, where their innovative takes on the breakfast dish are truly a sight to behold.

Our crew on the ground got to sink their teeth into three of the most stunning stacks offered at the restaurant: the German Chocolate Waffle, the Birthday Cake Waffle, and the Elvis Waffle.

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The German Chocolate Waffle boasts layers of chocolate waffles, toasted coconut, and chocolate ice cream before it’s topped with whipped cream, coconut caramel drizzle, and a generous hunk of German chocolate cake.

Celebrate even the most mundane of weekdays with the Birthday Cake Waffle. This thing is filled with marshmallow fluff, vanilla ice cream, and a raspberry drizzle. To complete the theme, the loaded waffle is crowned with a slice of lollipops, birthday candles, and a slice of funfetti cake.

Creating an Elvis version of anything already has our mouths watering. In his prime, The King was known to craft peanut butter and banana sandwiches with slices of bacon. Clinton Hall’s interpretation of an Elvis sandwich, the Elvis Waffle, features peanut butter and jelly, banana ice cream, and crispy bacon. It’s crowned with a dark chocolate cake, bananas, and a pair of souvenir sunglasses — the final result teasing his likeness.

Salivating over these massive waffle stacks, I’m torn between which ones I want to try if I ever get around to visiting Clinton Hall. Guess I could always bring a few friends and go family style. Leaning hard towards that Elvis Waffle,  though. There’s just something about the sweet and salty combination of bacon and peanut butter that sings to me.

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Popular NYC Ramen Shop Is Giving Away 1,000 Free Bowls For One Day Only

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One of my must-visit ramen joints when I’m in New York has got to be Ippudo. While I’m anxiously waiting for the Santa Monica location to open, my mind drifts to the cold winters where I would consume their ambrosial tonkotsu broth with mind, body, and soul.

For those ramen romantics who will happen to be in New York next week, Ippudo will be giving away 1,000 free bowls of ramen in honor of their 10th anniversary here in the United States on Oct. 16.

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Festivities will last for one day and, upon opening, patrons of the first East Village location will be served free bowls of ramen while supplies last. Obviously this will be a first-come, first-serve, basis so if you’re in the area and want that free bowl of ramen, we recommend you get there early to secure your place in line.

Ippudo’s Santa Monica location can not come soon enough. Perhaps a trip to the Berkeley, CA, spot may satiate my cravings until then.

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An NYC Restaurant’s ‘Watermelon Steak’ Is Blowing Everybody’s Minds

“I’ve worked in food media since 2015, and this was by far the most creative and jaw-dropping thing I’ve ever seen in food.”

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That’s what Foodbeast’s own Evan Lancaster had to say upon his first reaction to this mind-blowing “Watermelon Steak.” Found off-the-menu at Ducks Eatery in NYC’s East Village, chef Will Horowitz’s latest creation has sparked off an internet firestorm.

Horowitz’s “steak” has people talking because at first, it looks like a delicious, juicy roast. Then, as it’s carved into, the red hue of the watermelon tricks some into thinking that it’s an extremely undercooked piece of meat. Once they realize it’s actually fruit, several then lose their minds at the anomaly their brains just comprehended.

Here’s a few hilarious comments of those social media reactions:

Ducks Eatery is well known for their gourmet meats and small plate BBQ, but are no strangers to vegan meat recreations, either. They recently developed a cantaloupe burger that had folks buzzing as well.

When it comes to the Watermelon Steak, Chef Horowitz puts a TON of detail into creating one. He broke down the entire process step-by-step, and it shows just how much effort he puts into a single offering.

First, the melon’s rind is shaved off before the fruit is brined for four days in salt, ash, and spices. After that, the watermelon is smoked for eight hours, pan-roasted in its own juices with some rosemary, and carved up tableside.

Instagram user @brunchboys, aka Jeremey Jacobowitz, gave an elaborate description of how the visual and taste of the Watermelon Steak contrast to throw your mind for a loop.

“It’s such like a mindfuck, ’cause your brain wants to to think meaty and get that smokiness and saltiness. But then you go through it and it gets that sweetness of the watermelon.”

It’s insane just how much creativity and culinary ingenuity goes into this item. Horowitz’s wizardry has come with some haters, however. Several social media users lambasted the joint for its “New York vegan shit,” as one person put it.

To me, though, it’s intriguing to see a reputable smokehouse and meat-centric spot give the same approach to a fruit as they would a mouthwatering cut of meat. It’s the optical illusion paired with the combination of tastes that makes this such a buzz-worthy experience.

If you want to go to Ducks Eatery and get one of these for yourself, make sure to call the restaurant and let them know. They require advance notice if you wish to order a Watermelon Steak for the squad to marvel over.

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Hummus Shakes Are A Thing Now And Are Looking To Be The Milkshake Alternative

So we’ve all had hummus, it’s the best alternative to a cheese dip for any party platter, or a great healthy late-night snack. For a while now it’s been coming up in popularity, we’ve seen hummus on burgers and even in burritos, but it wasn’t until I heard about a new shake coming from the east coast made up of hummus that my attention was really piqued.

The Hummus & Pita Co. is debuting an original and justifiably questionable new product called the Hummus Shake starting May 13.

Right off the bat it sounds like you’re gonna be sucking down a tub of Sabra. But never judge a book by it’s chickpea cover.

While the shake might look like a Frappuccino on the outside, inside is an entirely different beast.

Rather than being made up of fats and sugars like a regular shake, this one is a combination of basically the same ingredients as hummus, with added natural flavors.

Chickpeas, tahini, frozen bananas, dates, almond milk, a little pure vanilla, and cinnamon are all that this healthy little dessert consists of.

And no, it won’t taste like Sabra either. There’s a variety of flavors, just as with any other shake, like butter pecan, chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry.

The Hummus Shake is an all-natural vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free treat that boasts many health benefits, including high amounts of protein and fiber.

Though I haven’t had the pleasure of satisfying my curiosity and trying the shake myself, food bloggers have had a great time detailing their reviews of the shake.

One in particular, David White, said, “the simple ingredients and the health factor of each individual ingredient create a two-fold feeling of comfort and ease in knowing that what you’re ingesting is good-tasting with benefits that are also good for you.” You can read White’s complete review here.

Seeing as this is primarily in NYC, an apt comparison could be to the prominent Shake Shack with their frozen custards.

A normal serving of frozen custard at the Shack is going to clock in at around 600 calories, with a heap of sugar and fat indicative of a traditional milkshake.

While the sugar levels are too close to call, the Hummus Shake is blessed with all natural sugars.

If any of those details are still not enough to convince you to try the new hummus shake, here’s a bit of incentive: From now until 5/20 you can buy one shake and get another free at any Hummus & Pita Co.

So go out and try the shake, let us know what you think, and maybe it’ll end up being the new worthy shake of the summer.

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New York’s Famous Chelsea Market Is Expanding To Other Locations Worldwide

The building housing Chelsea Market, a longtime fixture for New York City, was just bought by Google. Instead of perturbing the future of this iconic landmark, though, the acquisition could actually help Chelsea expand to other locations worldwide.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the building Chelsea Market was housed in was purchased for $2.4 billion. The 1.2 million square foot office building includes the market plus 300,000 square feet of development rights. Google gets all of that from the building’s previous owner, an investment management firm called Jamestown. However, Jamestown will be keeping the rights, branding, and ability to operate the downstairs market.

In addition, the influx of cash from the sale is allowing Jamestown to consider other spots to open up new locations of Chelsea Market. The firm is currently scouting “emerging neighborhoods” around the globe, and hopes to announce at least one place to set up a new market in by the end of 2018.

This won’t necessarily mean that we find iconic NYC food destinations in somewhere like Belgium. However, it opens up the opportunity for folks in other parts of the world to come into an established brand, set up their own food business, and hopefully, flourish as a result.

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We Can’t Take Our Eyes Off New York’s Most Beautiful Lasagna

The phrase “feast your eyes on this” can be quite cliche in the food world. When Instagram-worthiness is given great consideration when creating certain dishes over quality and taste these days, it can be flat out concerning. So when we come across a dish that covers all bases when it comes to visual appeal, taste, and high quality ingredients, we make sure to give it some due props and recognition.

Enter the “Lasagna for Two” at New York’s Don Angie Italian-American restaurant in the West Village. This unique rolled lasagna has quickly become an Instagram darling and quite the icon in NYC’s dining circles. What with it’s stunning aesthetic and one-of-a-kind presentation, the Don Angie lasagna drew inspiration from the most unlikely of things: cinnamon buns.

Chef Angie Rito was inspired after seeing cinnamon buns on Instagram, compelling her to create a rolled lasagna that was cut on its side. The result has been a fast track to likes, shares, and raves the likes of which only the most viral of dishes have experienced in the New York dining scene.

The Don Angie “Lasagna for Two” features even more unique characteristics such as fresh bolognese sauce made daily by Chef Scott Tacinelli, bechamel sauce, dollops of extra creamy robiola cheese, and 24-month Parmigiano Reggiano, similar to lasagna one would find in Bologna, Italy.

With a dish that tastes just as good as it looks, the “Lasagna for Two” is a hot ticket item that will find a fitting spot on your timeline and your appetite.

 

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