During a recent lunch trip to Urban Hotdog Co., my friend and I considered the large menu placard next to the counter with a mix of awe and bewilderment.
We had been raised to believe that hot dog fixings were limited to mustard, ketchup and relish, yet there before us were 23 versions, a number that balloons when you throw in options such as bratwurst, turkey franks, Polish sausage and bison franks. You can lose the bun and get your hot dog wrapped in lettuce or thin-sliced potatoes. There are even a few non-hot dog items on the menu, including sliders, grilled cheese and fish and chips.
What makes choosing doubly difficult is that all of them sound good, from a relleno dog made with panko-crusted hot dog bits topped with chile con queso to a South Carolina version with bourbon barbecue sauce and coleslaw.