NEW YORK (MainStreet) For some people, nothing screams summer like a good old American hot dog.
But did you know that this incredibly popular food didn't originate in America or even in Germany?
According to History.com, it was a man in the Roman Empire who first discovered sausages, which led to their spread to Europe and eventually the United States.
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In 1915, Nathan Handwerker gave rise to the popularity of hot dogs in the U.S. when he established Nathan's Famous on Coney Island.
While many Americans celebrate the ultimate cheap grilling food on July 4th, National Hot Dog Day is officially celebrated on July 23. It's a culinary staple throughout the summer, so here's where to get the best before the season's through:
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Lobster Haute Dog: The Chebeague Inn on Chebeague Island, just 10 miles off the coast of Portland, Maine, is offering the Lobster Haute Dog, a dog served with avocado garlic whip and pickled watermelon slaw to uniquely top off the fresh lobster and beef dog.
Moon Dog: Full Moon BBQ in Birmingham, Ala. grills its Moon Dog, slices it in half, places it on a buttered toasted hot dog bun and tops it with the award-winning bbq sauce and crunchy, zingy Chow-Chow sauce.
L.A. Extreme Bacon Wrapped Dog: Extreme hot dogging just isn't for restaurants; Major League Baseball stadiums have gotten into the act as well. At Dodger's stadium in L.A., the L.A. Extreme Bacon Wrapped Dog takes the L.A. street cart favorite to the next level. The stadium use an all-beef hot dog, wrapped with three slices of apple wood smoked bacon, topped with grilled peppers and onions, and drizzled with spicy mustard and mayo. Available at the Extreme Loaded Dog stands on Field, Loge and Reserve levels.
The Big Unit: We're betting this dog is a hit at The Wiener's Circle in Las Vegas. The Big Unit is a two-foot long Vienna Beef hot dog named after the former Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson. The Wiener's Circle version of the lengthy dog is nestled in between four buns and features the Chicago outpost's traditional toppings including mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, celery salt and sport peppers.
Sugar Mountain Pork Hot Dog: At Hotel Vermont's onsite restaurant, Juniper, Chef Douglas Paine introduces the Sugar Mountain Pork Hot Dog on its seasonal summer menu. It's dressed with house pickle relish, yellow mustard and your choice of lamb chili, cheese curds, and oxtail gravy.
The Great Dane Dog: If you can find one of the 12 Burger 21 locations on the East Coast, you will be able to experience a unique all-beef gourmet dog served on a grilled lobster roll and topped with pickled cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, remoulade sauce and a heaping helping of house-made crispy onion strings.
H-Dog: The H-Dog at the Helix Lounge in Washington, D.C. will provide an explosion of flavors including a 100% all beef hotdog, wrapped in bacon served with house made turnip kim chi, ginger aioli, siracha ketchup and side of sweet potato tater tots.
Sonoran Dog: This dog is a true purebred, having been named one of 2014's Best Sandwiches in America by Restaurant Hospitality. The Sonoran Dog at the Kachina Southwestern Grill in Denver reflects this culinary melting pot with a 100% Kobe hot dog topped with apple wood bacon, cowboy beans, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and smoked tomato aioli -- all enveloped in house-made bolillo bread.
Spicy Chipotle Veggie Dog: Vegans don't have to be left out at Dat Dog in New Orleans. The eatery takes a spicy chipotle black bean and veggie patty and smears it with your choice of guacamole, mustard or ketchup. For those vegetarians who eat cheese, we're told the cheese sauce and jalapenos make for an awesome addition.
--Written by Kerri Fivecoat Campbell for MainStreet