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Let's Make a Hot Dog [NSFChicagoans, Health Nuts, Animal Lovers]

Otacon asked for it, so here it is.

Hot dogs are a Venerable Lifestyle, having intertwined itself with baseball and City Life from an early age.  Of course, some think their city or region makes hot dogs better than anyone else, which I guess is a crown you'd want to go for.  King of Processed Tubes of Meat Paste is hardly my idea of a good time, but then, hey, what do I know?  I'm from Arizona.

Some say that hot dogs made their baseball debut for the New York Baseball Giants at second base, a late inning substitution.  Now I'm no history dork, but I'll buy that.  Hot dogs really didn't take off, though, until the 1906 World Fair when some entrepreneur ran out of forks and starting serving hot dogs in rolled up waffles.  Personally I think that's disgusting, but that's the  Midwest for you.

Since hot dogs are so Important, some cities have developed variations to fit their own unique plates.  New York's are of course the best, featuring mustard and sauerkraut, but this little town called Chicago also has a hot dog that they just won't shut up about.   I guess they also slather mustard on it with tomatoes and other crap but if I wanted to eat a salad then I'd just go to Souper Salad or something.

According to Wikipedia,  Arizona already has a hot dog style and it goes something like this: The Sonoran hot dog, found in Tucson, Metro Phoenix, and in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, is a hot dog grilled in a processor or on a griddle, wrapped in Mesquite-smoked bacon, topped with freshly-chopped tomatoes, onions, shredded yellow or cotijo cheese, tomatillo salsa or red chili sauce, pinto beans, mayonnaise, ketchup and/or mustard, and served on bread. Often served with a fresh-roasted chili.

I mean, yeah, that sounds pretty good.  I bet we could improve upon it.  Maybe make one that doesn't have 50 ingredients and mayonnaise.

What would you put on your hot dog?  What says Phoenix to you?

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