Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with 8 Tasty Ballpark Dogs

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with 8 Tasty Ballpark Dogs

Not only is July National Hot Dog Month, but July 23rd has been designated National Hot Dog Day by the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Yes, there’s a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

At any rate, if you needed an excuse to get out there and try some hot dogs, this is it. And what better way to sample America’s favorite encased meat than while watching America’s favorite pastime. The following eight major league ballparks offer up their own regional takes the classic American hot dog.

New York City: Yankee Stadium and Citi Field

New York is known for its love of hot dogs. And in the Big Apple, there’s no bigger name than Nathan’s. Since 1916, the Coney Island original has made a name for itself with delicious dogs. But marketing stunts like the world-famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest brought them to national (and international) attention. It also doesn’t hurt that they are the official dog of the new Yankee Stadium.

If you find yourself at Citi Field, you’ll have a chance to try a dog from another ubiquitous New York spot: Shake Shack. Although it’s a newcomer relative to Nathan’s, the chain can now be found at locations around the world despite its humble origin as a single hot dog cart in Madison Square Park.

Chicago: Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field

While it might be referred to as the Second City, many Chicagoans will argue that their town is number one when it comes to hot dogs. And after eating a classic Chicago-style dog at Wrigley Field, complete with yellow mustard, chopped onions, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt, you might be inclined to agree.

If piling a salad bar on top of your hot dog doesn’t sound appealing, head down south to U.S. Cellular Field. While you can certainly find a Chicago-style dog, I recommend trying a Maxwell Street Polish Sausage.

If you’re in the mood for something spicier, try the Italian sausage loaded with giardiniera peppers.

Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodger Dog is king. The 10-inch frankfurter wrapped in a steamed bun can be grilled or steamed. But if you’re looking for the classic version, be sure to get yours grilled.

Fittingly, Angeles Stadium in Anaheim is home to the Halo Dog. Although it’s less well known than the Dodger Dog, the all-beef frank wrapped in bacon and covered in charro beans, Anaheim peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese is arguably more delicious than its northern neighbor.

Texas: Minute Maid Park and Globe Life Park

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the Texas Rangers’ Globle Life Park. The stadium is home to The Broomstick, a two-foot-long three-pound hot dog covered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapenos and caramelized onions, is served in a gigantic potato bun.

Rather than going for their own regional spin, Astros Sizzling Extreme Grill at Minute Maid Park pays homage to recipes from around the country, offering Chicago, Cincinnati, Coney Island, and New York-style dogs. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Yum. Now, play ball!