This week we’re counting down to our favorite All-American food to get you in the mood for the Fourth of July holiday. Hot dogs fittingly slide in at No. 3.
What it is: They might be small, but hot dogs have a big place in America’s heart. Grilled or boiled, they remind us of summer. Hot dogs are the go-to food for those who want to grill something simple and relatively inexpensive. And what would a baseball game be without a hot dog?
Hot dogs are big business, too.
Americans will eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Seven billion (that’s right, billion) hot dogs will be consumed this summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pretty amazing for something that had its humble origins back in the 15th century in parts of Frankfurt, Germany, and Vienna, Austria.
Where we went: Chicago Gyros & Dogs, 520 Wilmington Ave.,Dayton; 253-5301.
What we had: The eatery sells Chicago style hot dogs for $2.75. It is the most popular hot dog sold followed by the Dayton Dog — mustard, relish, onions and sport peppers and fries for $3.25.
What we thought: While the bright green relish might throw some off, that’s how they do it in Chicago as anyone who has had a dog in the Windy City can tell you. But don’t go to Chicago Gyros & Dogs if you are looking for an upscale experience. The place is as simple and as straightforward as its dogs, which taste like they came right off a hot dog cart.
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Amelia Robinson is one of Dayton Daily News’ Dining Divas, who are on a mission to find the best dishes in the Dayton area to share with readers. Where should the divas go next? Send your suggestions to email@example.com.