Turkey Dog from Misconduct Tavern (Philadelphia)
Grilled to order and topped with stuffing, turkey veloute gravy and cranberry mustard on a butter-toasted New England style bun, the flavors are pure Thanksgiving comfort zone. But the toppings don't overpower the housemade dog, which is really the star of the show. It has nice snap with a great traditional frankfurter texture, and just the right amount of smoke. It's hard to believe this thing is made out of turkey. And only $4.
Thanksgiving Brat from The Wurst Bar (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
For Thanksgiving they've come up with this roasted turkey and brioche stuffing brat (the stuffing is inside the bratwurst) topped with brown butter and chive mashed potatoes, dark roux gravy, fried haricots verts, cranberry jam and a mushroom and fried onion soubise. Looks amazing, and intense. This dog and a high ABV beer, and I'd probably be ready to pass out watching a Thanksgiving day marathon of Restaurant Stakeout.
The THANKSdog from Hot Dog Mike (Little Rock, AR)
Little Rock, AR ; follow twitter.com/hotdog_mike for location info.
The Holly from Short Leash Hot Dogs (Phoenix, AZ)
Starting with a beef and pork frankfurter from nearby Schreiner's Fine Sausages that's steamed and then grilled, The Holly is topped with roasted butternut squash, brown sugar butter, and fresh ricotta from Rainbow Valley Farm, then wrapped in naan bread. Sounds fantastic.
Short Leash Hot Dogs: Phoenix, AZ; see website for location schedule shortleashhotdogs.com
The Thanks Dog from Station Street Hot Dogs (Pittsburgh)
The Sweet Pork & Pie from Franks & Dawgs (Chicago)
The Thankfurter from DC-3 (Washington DC)
The "Thankfurter" starts with a housemade turkey and stuffing sausage (yes, the stuffing is inside the sausage, almost identical to Wurst Bar - great hot dog minds think alike!) topped with whole cranberry relish and a crispy tangle of fried sweet potatoes.
Thanksgiving Dog from Vicious Dogs (Los Angeles)
Thanksgiving Dogs from Good Dog (Chattanooga, TN)
They're doing two Thanksgiving style dogs this year (as well as a turducken sausage throughout the holidays, not pictured) both starting out with all-beef natural casing dogs. The one on the left is topped with rosemary aioli, mashed potatoes, roasted garlic turnip greens and chili apple cranberry relish. On the right is cranberry dijon aioli, turnip greens, and purple cauliflower gratin. Probably the first time I've seen cauliflower on a hot dog, and it kind of makes sense in a pickled chow-chow sort of way.
Thanksgivin' Corny Dog from Good Dogs (Houston, TX)
Good Dog Truck: Houston, TX; twitter.com/GoodDogHouston