There has been much debate and conflicting information over the years about just how and when the “hot dog” became the indispensable, all-American snack food. It is often associated with European immigrants who brought their love of sausages and their recipes along with them to their new homeland.
In those early days of the European migration many, long hours were spent working and this brought about the need for inexpensive foods that were easy to prepare and eat.
The earliest “hot dogs” were sausages sold on the street from wagons to workmen. In order to provide a more complete meal and one that was portable, sausage vendors began stuffing their products into fresh, baked rolls. Credit for the original “hot dog” stand typically goes to Nathan Handwerker, a Polish immigrant who began selling sausages made from a recipe developed by his wife, Ida, from a small stand at Coney Island N.Y. in 1916. The rest you might say is history. Nathan’s small stand became “Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters” and an American tradition was born.
Today hot dogs are ubiquitous, particularly, in our largest cities, where hot dog stands can be found serving the venerable “tube steak” prepared in a variety of interesting ways with any number of delicious toppings, available at all times of day and night. While hot dogs are a uniquely American creation, their popularity is no longer limited to the U.S.
For example, the humble hot dog is the national favorite snack in Chile, where the “Completo” is typically served with a combination of mustard, onion, sauerkraut, avocado spread and mayonnaise: “Sabroso”!
Here, at Dogs-A-Foot, we take our lead from the New York tradition of grilled hot dogs and sausages served on a toasted bun with good quality mustard, relish, onion, kraut, chili con carne and an array of other toppings sure to please any hot dog lover.
Try any one of our 14 varieties of hot dogs and sausages served with the best of traditional toppings, as well as a few not-so-traditional ones, including: our special Spicy Onion & Pepper Saute, and that current Seattle favorite, cream cheese.