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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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If In-N-Out Ever Served Wagyu Beef, This Might Be What It Looks And Tastes Like

 

In-N-Out fans already know how fire their classic Double Doubles are, especially done Animal Style. If the chain were to ever take that up a notch and create a wagyu beef version, that would truly be the burger of our dreams.

One Seattle restaurant has gotten us a bite closer to what that might taste like with their own tribute to the In-N-Out staple.

 

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This tribute to the Animal Style Double-Double comes courtesy of Sawyer, a restaurant known for their elevated twists on comfort classics. Their burger, called the Animal Style, features two wagyu beef patties, a caramelized onion mornay sauce, tomato, lettuce, secret sauce, and sour pickles.

Foodbeast Theresa Tran had a chance to try the burger, and loved the take on her favorite cheeseburger. “It’s like the classic Double Double just glowed up and became super sophisticated,” she gushed. Fellow Foodbeast Ricky Zollinger concurred on that opinion, calling the Animal Style was like In-N-Out’s signature “on burger steroids.”

Maybe some day, In-N-Out will open up a fancy version of itself and have wagyu on the menu. Until then, we’ll have Sawyer’s version in Seattle, Washington to live out that fantasy for us.

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Massive $900 Seafood Boat Will Ferry You To Shellfish Paradise

As busy as me and my high school friends get, we try to find at least one day out of the year to sit down together to a bountiful meal and catch up on our lives. Well, it appears Seattle’s Crawfish King can accommodate just that with enough shellfish to keep a group of old friends from falling out of touch.

The seafood bar and restaurant is the home of an entree they call the Royal Feast. So what makes this feast so royal? Crawfish King’s platter lives up to its name by boasting a massive cornucopia of seafood delights all crammed into a miniature wooden ship.

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Here’s what you’ll find onboard:

Appetizers

  • 2 dozen raw oysters
  • 2 orders of Cajun fries
  • 2 orders of Cajun wings
  • 18 pieces of grilled shrimp
  • 8 grilled lobster tails
  • 8 grilled King Crab

Main Boat

  • 2 pounds of crawfish
  • 2 pounds of black mussels
  • 2 pounds of green mussels
  • 2 pounds of clams
  • 2 pounds of shrimp
  • 2 pounds of headless shrimp
  • 2 pounds of King Crab legs
  • 2 pounds of Snow Crab legs
  • 2 pounds of jumbo prawns
  • 2 pounds of spotted prawns
  • 2 whole Dungeness crabs
  • 2 whole lobster
  • 2 pounds of lobster tails
  • 2 pounds of Dungeness crab legs
  • 16 pieces of corn
  • 16 potatoes
  • 2 pounds of Okra
  • 2 pounds of mixed vegetables
  • 4 pieces of andouille sausage
  • 4 hot links
  • 4 Louisiana spicy links
  • 40 lil smokies

Dessert

  • 8 macaron ice creams

I feel like I need to switch over to stretchy pants just reading through that list. It’s a good sign.

Those in the Seattle area looking to brave this massive vessel can order it for $900. It feeds approximately 16 people, but since it’s such a large order the restaurant requires about 24 hours notice beforehand.

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Seattle Restaurant’s Viral Mt. Fuji Burger Just Got Turned Into Cup Noodles

Katsu Burger, a Seattle phenomenon specializing in fried cutlets, is known for their colossal Mt. Fuji Burger. This burger mountain features three different types of katsu, and is a towering wonder to behold.

The restaurant is taking its viral creation and transforming it into an epic stack of Nissin Cup Noodles that’s best described as a double-decker ramen burger in a cup.

The cup is filled with shredded cabbage, just like the original burger. From there, a ramen version of the Katsu burger is layered on top. The bottom layer features bacon, a crispy, fried noodle patty made with Cup Noodles, cheddar cheese, and chicken katsu.

Next is a second noodle patty, pork katsu, pepper jack cheese, and a fried egg. To top it all off, the burger is finished with a final layer of ramen, American cheese, 12-spice seasoning, spicy mayo, pickle and eggplant.

All in all, it’s an impressive ramen burger stack that you have to taste to believe.

Katsu Burger will be carrying this Cup Noodles version of its Mt. Fuji for the next month.


Created in partnership with Original Cup Noodles

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First Look Inside Amazon’s Cashier-less Grocery Store [WATCH]

Amazon just unveiled its first look at the future of grocery stores, and the experience is a lot less human.

Perhaps one of the most annoying first-world problems, is standing in line to check out at a grocery store, and with the launch of the Amazon Go store in Seattle, that problem has now been solved.

The store’s concept is simple, you grab whatever you need, and just walk out the sliding double doors.

The Amazon Go app handles everything else.

Before you enter, you scan the Amazon app, syncing it to the store, and literally detecting the items you grab from the shelf, or put back. That means, that every item in your grocery bag is accounted for, and when you walk out, is automatically charged to your Amazon account.

No cashiers, no lines, not even any self-checkouts. You just walk out with confidence, like an experienced shoplifter would.

While Amazon hasn’t been too detailed on their “Just Walk Out Technology,” they have talked about sensors being involved, combined with hundreds of little cameras working together to make the whole operation work smoothly.

As you can see in the video above with fellow Foodbeast Reporter Justin Oba, the store has a very Whole Foods vibe to it, which is perfect, seeing how Amazon now owns Whole Foods. From their in-house chefs prepping meal kits, to the “go local” signs, it very much looks like this is what Whole Foods might end up looking like.

Amazon estimated to open roughly 2,000 stores within the next 10 years, so this is step one of what could be the future of grocery stores.

So long, slow cashiers.

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Dining Out For Christmas Dinner? Here’s How To Pair Beer With Chinese Food [INFOGRAPHIC]

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for many, yet not everyone is in the holiday spirit — but we all have to eat (and drink ideally).

Whether you’ve already celebrated Chanukah, don’t celebrate anything at all or have decided your presence is a present you won’t be giving this Christmas, your options for dining out on Dec. 25 could be limited. However, one cuisine you can count on is Chinese.

Elysian Brewing Company has crafted the below handy infographic to help you perfectly pair you Chinese food with their beers. Josh Waldman, Head Brewer at Seattle-based beer maker, explains how each beer style brings out the signature flavors of the food.

However, if you’re planning on having Chinese this Monday (Dec. 25), we suggest picking up your brews this weekend because most stores will still be closed on Monday.

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Seattle’s Mount Fuji Katsu Burger Towers Above The Burger Game

An epic burger crammed with three levels of meat doesn’t immediately come across as flavorsome. This Mount Fuji Katsu burger, however, is anything but lacking in that department.

A popular local chain in Seattle, Katsu Burger has been a favorite since it opened in 2011. Their mouthwatering sandwich creations bring together Japanese flavors with delicious burgers. The Mount Fuji, which is an absolute behemoth, is one of their more gargantuan and tastier offerings.

What makes up this mouthful is a triple layer of katsu pork, beef, and chicken. However, differing flavors in between each layer make this a three-in-one sandwich delight. Peep the video above to see what toppings go with each meat for a mouthwatering katsu threesome. Additionally, Katsu Burger’s owners pay full attention to quality. The buns come from a small local bakery, and authentic Japanese ingredients are imported to pair with the rest.

Overall, this creates a unique fusion burger experience unlike any other, and the Mount Fuji is the epitome of this one-of-a-kind restaurant. It may require an anaconda’s jaw to bite into, but it’s definitely a burger you don’t wanna miss.

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Feast Your Eyes On The Cheesiest Musubi Ever

Tell me the last time deep frying something didn’t make it taste exponentially better, and I’ll tell you that you’re a damn liar!  Deep fried avocados, deep fried pizza, deep fried musubi… I just went from six to midnight.  Now add melty cheese.  *head explosion*

Enter the ‘Cheesy Musubi’ from Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, located in Seattle, WA,  which in specific is a classic spam musubi with egg, fried to crispy perfection.  Drench that in a velvety béchamel cheese and consider us lost in the sauuuce (Brrrrr).

If you were looking for a new way to have a Hawaiian classic, this is your place and dish.  If nothing else, consider this your excuse to make a trip up to the Pacific Northwest.