18 Regional Hot Dog Varieties

2 Comments | May 27, 2015

Best Regional Hot Dogs in the U.S.

18 Regional Hot Dog Varieties in the United States

There are dozens of regional variations on the beloved hot dog that have been developed over time and had deeply loyal followers. While the basic hot dog and bun remain pretty much the same, many regions are well known for their unique combination of toppings on their dogs. Here are some of the most popular ways that hot dogs are served throughout the country:

Boston Style Hot Dog

– Usually served steamed, not grilled. Toppings include ketchup, mustard, relish, piccalilli and chopped onions. The “Fenway Frank” is a must have for Red Sox fans.

Carolina Hot Dog

– Usually a beef and pork hot dog served boiled or grilled and topped with with chili and coleslaw, with the addition of mustard and white onions on top.

Chicago Style Hot DogChicago Style Hot Dog

– A Vienna beef hot dog topped with chopped white onions, wedges of red tomatoes, a dill pickle spear, pickled hot peppers (“aka sport peppers”), neon green pickle relish, yellow mustard, and celery salt, and served on a steamed poppy seed bun.

Cincinnati Style Hot Dog

– Typically served with Cincinnati chili on top, shredded mild cheddar cheese, and sometimes chopped onion and/or mustard.

Detroit Coney

– Served with a thick all meat chili sauce, mustard, and onions on a steamed bun.

Georgia Style Hot Dog

– Usually a red-skinned hot dog served boiled on a toasted bun and topped with mustard and spicy chili sauce.

Hawaii or “Puka” Style Hot Dog

– a pork and beef hot dog served on a sweet or “Hawaiian bread” roll and topped with a fruit salsa made of finely chopped pineapple, red onion and cilantro.  The salsa can be made with fresh ingredients or grilled ingredients.  The hot dogs are often wrapped in bacon as well.

Kansas City Style Hot Dog

– Start with an all beef hot dog and top with sauerkraut and melted cheddar cheese.

Italian Style Hot DogNew Jersey Style Italian Hot Dog

– Several styles of Hot Dogs are popular in the Garden State. A “New Jersey Potato Dog” is an all beef hot dog topped with diced and stewed potatoes and brown mustard. The “New Jersey Italian Dog” is an all beef hot dog topped with grilled onions, grilled green peppers and diced grilled or fried potatoes.

New York – Upstate

– There are two distinct types of hot dogs in New York. There are Red Hots and White Hots. Red Hots are “normal” hot dogs while White Hots are plumper and were first made by Zweigles of Rochester N.Y.

New York Street Cart Hot Dog

– The New York City street cart-style hot dog is typically a Sabrett all-beef natural casing frank, boiled and served with red onion sauce and deli mustard—or sauerkraut.

Pacific Northwest

– Often enjoyed with some combination of ketchup, mustard, relish, and mayo.

Rhode Island Style Hot Dog

– Also called a New York System Hot Dog, it’s a basic hot dog covered with a watery, all-beef chili, raw chopped onions and a dash of curry powder.

Seattle Dog

– An all-beef hot dog topped with cream cheese, sliced raw jalapenos, chopped red and green cabbage and sriracha sauce.

Soronan Hot DogSonoran Hot Dog

– an all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon served on a split soft roll which is then topped with some re-fried beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped white onions, chopped avocado and lines of mustard, mayo and hot sauce.

Southern Style Slaw Dog

– Topped with all-meat chili, creamy coleslaw and yellow mustard.

West Virginia Style Hot Dog

– Usually served topped with an all-meat chili sauce and creamy coleslaw.


Comments (2)

  1. posted by Jamie on November 5, 2015

    Awesome, I love having these all in one place. I didn’t realize there were so many difference types of regional hot dogs. Thanks!

    • posted by AwesomeHotDogs on November 5, 2015

      I’m glad you enjoyed them. I’ve been fascinated by all of the regional varieties of hot dogs for years so this has been a labor of love.


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