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04-02-2009, 07:14 PM
The Viennese claim it theirs, hence the now snicker-worthy nickname “wieners” -- taken from Vienna’s name in German, Wien. Frankfurt’s not buying it, and instead traces the hot dog back to its own frankfurter wurst, supposedly invented in the 1480s.

Wherever it came from, the dog eventually crossed the Atlantic and in the mid-to-late 1800s began popping up in cities like Chicago and New York. In 1867, a German butcher named Charles Feltman set up a hot dog stand in Coney Island, Brooklyn, later inspiring his employee, Nathan Handwerker, to found his own doggerie, Nathan’s Famous (http://cityguides.msn.com/Restaurants/DetailsPage.aspx?ypid=YN630x10974494). Nathan’s has since become the best known dog shop in the country, and still intrigues and disgusts us every year with its July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest.


Sound Off: Best Hot Dogs in the U.S.?

04-02-2009, 07:32 PM
Probably far from the best in the world... but if you live around DC I suggest you pop over to the Vienna Inn in Vienna Virginia and have their hot dog platter... I will go out of my way for it.... Two great dogs covered in any damn thing you want... I get jalepenos, sauerkraut, mustard and onions... it is definitely a first date type of meal... :nate: