It's a wacky world out there, and hot dogs are no exception. Thanks to our hot dog bureau chief Hawk Krall, we know about many of them. At first these may seem like gimmicky over-the-top concoctions (bacon-wrapped? with pimento cheese? guava mustard, really?) and some of them are, but when you stop and appreciate each component and its regional influences, you realize how insanely unique these hot dog creations are. They can't really be compared to anything else.
Of course, we love a classic Chicago dog or Hebrew National from the backyard grill, but there's also room for more out-there toppings. If your eyes are used to ketchup, mustard and sauerkraut, just be prepared.
Here are 13 of the wackiest, yet oddly still tasty, hot dogs we've seen in America.
The 13 Hot Dogs
Saigon Fusion from Hot Diggity (Philadelphia, PA)
Pimento Cheese Dog from Sandy's Famous (Lexington, SC)
The Tuscany Tony at Paesano's (Philadelphia, PA)
El Completo at San Antonio Bakery #2 (Astoria, NY)
Thanksgiving Dog at Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace (Columbus, OH)
Torta De Salchicha at Puebla Mini Mart (Brooklyn, NY)
Hard Shell Coney from Angelo's (Flint, MI)
The "Mack" at Dapper Dog Cart (Philadelphia, PA)
New Jersey Italian Hot Dog at Joe Joe's Italian Hot Dogs (Toms River, NJ)
The Veloz Special from Perro Veloz (Queens, NY)
Polish Boy from Freddie's Rib House (Cleveland, OH)
The Kabuki from Gourmet Dog Japon (Seattle, WA)
Puka Dog (Honolulu, HI)