Today is National Hot Dog day, and we're celebrating with this mouth-watering list of hot dogs from every Major League Baseball stadium (spoiler alert: most of them are wrapped in bacon). So with no further ado, Extra Mustard presents:
. BOSTON RED SOX
The Fenway Frank is the quintessential ballpark hot dog, made by local dog-maker Kayem since 1909. Served inside a crustless new-England style bun, because what's more American than eating a hot dog on what is essentially Wonder Bread?
. NEW YORK YANKEES
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog
Made famous by their 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, Nathan's isn't just a New York tradition -- it's an American one. They were only introduced to Yankee Stadium in 2000, but in that short time they've already become America's top-rated ballpark dog.
. TAMPA BAY RAYS
Italian Hot Dog
This hot dog boasts "real-deal pizza bread, custom baked for the stadium by Le Casa Del Pane." Inside of those halfloaves, you'll find Italian sausage or Kayem all-beef hot dogs topped with grilled peppers, onions, and potato medallions.
. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Garrison Creek Homerun Footlong Dog
The Maple Leaves might not play at Rogers Centre, but they haven't been forgotten. This thick footlong dog is topped with maple-flavored baked beans, cheddar, and bacon bits. It's almost enough to make you forget you're watching the Blue Jays.
. CLEVELAND INDIANS
This Sugardale dog is topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, and Bertman's mustard and comes with a side of chips. I don't want to say it's the sole reason LeBron returned to Cleveland, but it's like 90% of the reason.
. DETROIT TIGERS
Detroiters created this hot dog for their friends over the border. This dog is topped with Canada's best invention - poutine, a combination of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. All I can say is merci to everyone involved.
. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
What's more tropical than Kansas City? Oh, anywhere? You'll change your mind after you have this all-beef hot dog topped with smoked ham, pineapple slices, mandarin orange sections, Hawaiian coleslaw, and teriyaki sauce. You can say aloha to a traditional dog, and aloha to this delectable treat (because "aloha" means both hello and goodbye).
. MINNESOTA TWINS
American league west
. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Can't decide between a hot dog and a taquito? Now you don't have to. The Angels are bringing you a hot dog wrapped in a tortilla, deep-fried and served with either chili and cheese or pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, avocado, and sour cream.
. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
All Star Dog
I've said it before and I've said it again -- any food can be improved by putting macaroni and cheese on top of it. This dog is no exception. It's a classic hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and jalapeños. Perfect in its simplicity and cheesiness.
. SEATTLE MARINERS
Ichiban Veggie Dog
Lots of people (including the author of this post) have to miss out on the joy of the ballpark dog because they don’t eat meat. Not so at Safeco field, where the Ichiban veggie dog gives everyone a chance to get fat. It’s a veggie dog topped with teriyaki-glazed onions, grated daikon and carrot, shredded nori, and a squiggle of creamy vegan dressing. For all you naysayers, think about how they make a hot dog, and then tell me if it matters whether it’s made of meat.
. TEXAS RANGERS
We've written about this beautiful creation before, but it bears repeating. The Boomstick features Texas-style chili on a one-pound hot dog topped with sautéed onions and cheese. It's 2 feet long and costs $26 (i.e. the best money you've ever spent).
. MIAMI MARLINS
The combination of spicy and sweet flavors is what makes this ballpark dog a grand-slam (sorry, that'll be my last baseball pun). This treat features a John Morrel all-beef dog served on a toasted New England bun with mango-cabbage-cilantro slaw, chipotle mayo, and potato sticks.
. NEW YORK METS
The Shack-cago Dog
A combination of two universal goods – Shake Shack and Chicago dogs. This one stars a vienna all-beef dog topped with mustard, Rick’s Picks Shake Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, and celery salt
. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
A grilled jumbo Hatfield dog with bacon, chili, and white American cheese sauce on a mini Italian roll. Why are they serving a Texas Tommy in Philadelphia? I don't know, and I don't care. Just give me another one.
. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Ben’s Half Smoke “All The Way” Chili Dog
The “official dog” of the Washington Nationals, it’s larger, spicier, and has more coarsely-ground meat than a regular hot dog. There are a lot of theories about what the “half-smoke” refers to, but the "all the way" part means that it's smothered in a rich, saucy chili, onions, and cheddar cheese.
. CINCINNATI REDS
Meat-Lovers Hot Dog
Here’s a hot dog to cancel out the Vegan one from Seattle. Start with a Queen City sausage. Wrap it in bacon and deep-fry it, then top it with beef chili, shredded jack cheese, and strips of salamy (fried til crispy, of course). Put it all on a hoagie and immediately have a heart attack.
. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Miller Park Bratwurst
If you’re talking about Milwaukee, you’ve gotta talk about bratwurst, especially because Miller Park is the only stadium where sausages outsell hotdogs. The quintessential choice at Miller Park is a brat piled high with sauerkraut and special stadium sauce. I tried tricking them into giving me the recipe. It didn’t work.
. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Polish Hill Dog
A grilled National Deli frank topped with mini-pierogies, cole slaw, and fried onion rings on a potato roll. Get it with double Cajun fries if you’re still hungry and also maybe go see a doctor because I think there’s a hole in your stomach.
. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
St. Louis Hot Dog
The appropriately-named St. Louis Hot Dog is topped with hot potato chips, barbecue sauce, and special provel cheese (a white processed cheese unique to St. Louis with a gooey, buttery texture. It’s…. really great).
. Colorado Rockies
Rockie Dog OR Biker Jim's
Two options here – inside the ballpark, get the Rockie Dog, a footlong dog with grilled peppers, sautéed onions, and sauerkraut, OR, you could walk a few blocks from the stadium to gourmet hot dog shop Biker Jim’s where you can get dogs made out of meats like Alaskan Reindeer, Wild Boar, German Veal or Rattlesnake & Pheasant. Believe us, it’s worth the walk.
. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Frito Pie Dog
It’s basically a Frito pie with a hot dog in there somewhere. Made with chili, cheese, and half a bag of Fritos (presumably not a family-sized bag).
. SAN DIEGO PADRES
An all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon, topped with pinto beans, grilled onions and peppers, tomatoes, relish, tomatillo salsa, mayo, mustard, ketchup, and cheese. This is a good one for people who like condiments more than they like the food the condiments go on.
. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Tres Agaves Dog
Tres Agaves is an upscale restaurant in San Francisco that happens to love baseball and hot dogs. Their dog is wrapped in bacon, covered in spicy chipotle mayo, and topped with sweet grilled onions, jalapeños, and cucumber pico de gallo. Dang... this hot dog is so fancy, I feel underdressed.