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#whatstrending: What do you put on your hot dog?

Monday - 7/18/2011, 11:01pm  ET


WTOP's Neal Augenstein and Nathan Hager discuss hot dog toppings, and fight over the best ones.


Neal Augenstein & Nathan Hager,

WASHINGTON - So how do you take your hot dog? A simple question, but for some people, them's fightin' words!

There are the regional differences. In Chicago, they drag their franks "through the garden," with sliced tomatoes, dill spears, sweet relish, peppers, chopped onions and mustard. Speak the word "ketchup" and you might get punched in the face.

Around here the best hot dogs are half pork, half beef, sliced down the middle and topped with chili, onions and mustard. Half-smoke, anyone?

But your condiment choices may say a lot about your personality. Tempers can flare even over the type of mustard you squeeze over your frankfurter. (Yellow? Honey? Brown? Dijon?)

Sauerkraut is key for many hot dog lovers, but for some (Nathan among them), those pickled shreds of who-knows-what (Editor's note: cabbage) taste like pickled dirt.

We've even heard of people pouring barbecue sauce and even mayonnaise on their dogs, though it sounds like those people may have gotten lost on their way to the burger stand.

So, we repeat the question: how do you take your dog? On Twitter, use #hotdogfight to get in on the action. We'll see you at the grill!

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