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WASHINGTON -- In a true "dog-eat-dog" contest, New York City and Chicago ran neck and neck for the title of "City Offering the Best Hot Dogs," according to new poll data from the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council (NHDSC).
New York City "mustard" up 28 percent of American sentiment, and Chicago closely trailed with 26 percent of Americans relishing the Windy City's famed tube steaks. Few respondents chose Dallas (5 percent), Los Angeles (3 percent) and Denver (3 percent).
New Yorkers and Chicagoans tend to like their hot dogs in particular ways. In New York, dogs are served with steamed onions and yellow mustard, while in Chicago, dogs are served with yellow mustard, dark-green relish, chopped raw onion, and tomato slices, and then topped with a dash of celery salt on a poppy seed bun.
Yesterday both dogs were showcased in the nation's capital at the annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill. "In celebration of July as National Hot Dog Month, we serve hot dogs in a variety of ways to satisfy the diverse tastes of people living in Washington, D.C.," said Janet Riley, president of NHDSC.
The poll data shows that 55 percent of hot dog consumers say they enjoy hot dogs most when consuming them at sporting events. At major-league baseball parks this season, Americans will enjoy 27.5 million hot dogs -- enough to stretch across the country if laid end to end.
The Hot Dog Lunch honored the red hot's cherished presence in baseball by headlining three baseball icons: Tommy John from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harmon Killebrew from the Minnesota Twins, and Luis Tiant from the Boston Red Sox.
The polling for the nation's hottest dog was done May 17 to May 19 by Opinion Dynamics Corp., which conducted telephone interviews with 900 consumers.
NHDSC is a project of the American Meat Institute Foundation and is funded by contributions from U.S. hot dog and sausage manufacturers, and the companies that supply them with equipment, ingredients and services.