Home-run hot dogs: The best dogs from America's baseball stadiums
Atlanta Braves Dixie Dog
Stadium: Turner Field
Why It's a Hit: It's fried. Down South, they know how to do fried food right, and a ballpark hot dog is no exception. Braves fans can enjoy this flash-fried, all-beef dog — which is a whole foot long and weighs half a pound — topped with a mustard-based barbecue sauce, pulled pork, a creamy Southern-style slaw, and pickles.
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Dog
Stadium: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Why It's a Hit: Southwestern flavors. A foot-long all-beef hot dog is kicked up with chorizo sausage, nacho cheese, and colorful, confetti-like tortilla strips, giving this Arizona dog a nice crunch.
Boston Red Sox Fenway Frank
Stadium: Fenway Park
Why It's a Hit: Homegrown frank. Local purveyor Kayem has been making its beef hot dogs in Chelsea, Massachusetts, since 1909. The snappy franks are steamed, grilled or rolled and then wedged inside a classic New England-style bun (crustless on the sides with a split top).
Fun Fact: Fenway is the first MLB ballpark to install a Hot Nosh Glatt Kosher hot dog vending machine.
Chicago Cubs Chicago-Style Dog
Stadium: Wrigley Field
Why It's a Hit: Garden on a bun. Cubs fans surely like their vegetables. The garlicky beef wiener is simmered in boiling water, then tucked into a poppy-seed bun and topped with sautéed sweet onions, "sport" peppers, diced tomatoes, briny kosher pickle spears, yellow mustard, neon-green relish, and a dash of celery salt.
Chicago White Sox Italian Sausage
Stadium: U.S. Cellular Field
Why It's a Hit: Spicy sausage. Like the rest of the Windy City, White Sox fans like their Chicago-style dog. But when they enter U.S. Cellular Field, fans make a play for the juicy Polish pork sausage and this hot Italian sausage with sautéed green bell peppers.
Fun Fact: This season the stadium offers sustainably conscious eaters hormone-free and humanely raised Niman Ranch sausages in three flavors: Apple Gouda, Spicy Italian and Chipotle Cheddar.
Cincinnati Reds Cheese Coney
Stadium: Great American Ball Park
Why It's a Hit: Skyline Chili. Cincy residents are as passionate about their Reds as they are about their chili. Cloaked in the famous Skyline saucy chili with hints of cinnamon and chocolate, the Cheese Coney is then topped with chopped onions and heaps of tangy, shredded cheddar cheese.
Colorado Rockies Rockie Dog
Stadium: Coors Field
Why It's a Hit: Length. Well, they're not exactly as high as the Colorado mountain range, but fans do get to munch on fresh-off-the-grill foot-long dogs with grilled peppers, sautéed onions, and sauerkraut.
Fun Fact: In 2009, Coors Field was the first stadium to introduce a concession stand featuring gluten-free hot dogs.
Detroit Tigers Coney Island
Stadium: Comerica Park
Why It's a Hit: Meat on meat. The Midwest is big on chili dogs, but unlike Cincinnati's cheesy iteration, Detroit's version focuses on the meat. At Comerica Park, fans line up at Detroit Coney Dog, where the beef hot dogs are slathered with Detroit Chili Company Coney sauce (a "wet," beanless chili spiced with cumin) and sweet, chopped onions.
Houston Astros Cincinnati Cheese Coney Dog
Stadium: Minute Maid Park
Why It's a Hit: More meat and more spice. More is better in Texas, and the "Cincinnati Cheese Coney Dog" proves it. The jumbo hot dog is enhanced with fiery chili and cheddar cheese, and then topped with diced onion. In addition to the "Cincinnati Cheese Coney Dog," the stadium also offers other dogs representative of states around the nation, like the Georgia Dog (with coleslaw, chopped onions, and barbecue sauce) and the Ken Hoffman New York Dog (with grilled sauerkraut and spicy mustard).
Kansas City Royals All-Star BBQ Dog
Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
Why It's a Hit: Barbecue. An all-beef frank topped with succulent pulled pork, tangy coleslaw and pickles, and slathered in barbecue sauce.