'Nathan's' on Serious Eats

Taste Test: Hot Dogs

Ah, hot dogs. Meat tubes bursting with stars-and-stripes patriotism and, when they're good, a poppy snap with salty-garlicky-beefy juiciness. Even if you're not a "hot dog person" they just taste better on the Fourth. We went grocery shopping for the most nationally-available brands of all-beef franks, both skinless and with natural casing. Check out the results. More

Bar-Graphing Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champs

Will another light-green bar, signaling a new world record, make its way onto this chart tomorrow? Will Joey Chestnut, the only American since 1999 to win the Mustard Belt, hold onto his title? He would make 1916 champ James Mullen proud. [via Waxy.org] Related: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Shortened to Ten Minutes Photo of the Day: Patriotic Hot Dog from Nathan's... More

Photo of the Day: Patriotic Hot Dog from Nathan's

"It is hard to argue that the frank at Nathan's is not the quintessential American hot dog," says Nick Solares in his post about the original Nathan's at Coney Island. The frank's patriotic quality stands out in his photo of the hot dog against a backdrop of the American flag—it's an ideal food for the 4th of July. We first saw this photo in Nick's Photograzing post. Be sure to share your most photogenic eats at Photograzing, Serious Eats' new food photography-sharing site.... More

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