Hawaii: Big Island Top Dogs
> City: Hilo (Big Island)
The dogs here include an all-beef version plus such wiener-adjacent choices as kielbasa, Portuguese sausage, and linguica. All are available on a choice of white, wheat, or Punalu’u sweet bun, and the condiments offered include (besides the usual) passion fruit-mustard sauce, kimchi aïoli, and house-made bourbon pineapple BBQ sauce. .
Idaho: Irving’s Red Hots
> City: Ketchum (Sun Valley)
“Serving the great American hot dog,” this laid-back wiener stand offers both Chicago-style beef franks and Polish sausage, either available with kraut, mustard, onions, pickles, and peppers; chili, cheese, onions, and peppers; or “the works” — mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and peppers. Soft pretzels and Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese are also on the menu.
Illinois: The Wiener’s Circle
> City: Chicago
This Lincoln Park institution is known for two things: its franks (especially the char-grilled “Char-dogs,” with all the classic Chicago condiments) and its longtime tradition of encouraging name-calling and other verbal abuse between staff and customers, especially in the evenings. If the mutual insults don’t chase you away, you’ll find the dogs hard to beat.
Indiana: Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island Wiener Stand
> City: Fort Wayne
Opened in 1913, this old-style eatery has welcomed everybody from Mickey Mantle to Jay Leno to Mike Pence for its famous Coney Island dogs, grilled and served on a steamed bun with mustard, chopped onions, and housemade Coney sauce (a tomatoey meat sauce reminiscent of mild chili). Regulars use shorthand to order: “Three without” is three dogs with mustard and Coney sauce but no onions. “Three and a bottle” is three dogs with everything and a Coke on the side.
Iowa: The Flying Wienie
> City: Cedar Rapids
Red Hot Chicago brand dogs, all beef, are available with all the usual toppings here — though the Flying Wienie adds peanut butter to the mix as a possibility. Other choices include a chili cheese dog (“lots of chili and covered with cheese”) and a gyro cheese dog.