Oklahoma: Diamond Dawgs
> City: Norman
Students and teachers at the adjacent University of Oklahoma love the Coney Island-style franks at this baseball-themed hot-doggery. Favorites include the Bambino (with pulled pork and BBQ sauce) and the Batting Cajun (andouille sausage, popcorn shrimp, okra, and rémoulade sauce). There’s also a Wonderboy Cap’n Crunch corn dog.
Oregon: Victory Dogs
> City: Medford
Billing itself as “southern Oregon’s only destination hot dog stand,” Victory Dogs serves up more than 40 variations on the classic wiener. Examples? The Beef Stroganoff Dog (roast beef, mushrooms, garlic, onion, and sour cream) and the Grinder Dog (salami, pepperoni, ham, cheddar, onions, pepperoncini, olives, mayo, and mustard). There are even five breakfast choices — including the Hangover Dog (fried egg, salsa, cheddar, olives, lettuce, and sour cream).
Pennsylvania: Cheese Dawgs
> City: Feasterville
Promising “fast fun food,” this Bucks County restaurant has a lengthy hot dog menu, with 21 variations, many with geographical names — not just Chicago, but Dallas, Oakland, West Virginia, and more. Then there’s a roster of “big dawgs,” like the Cuban (Swiss cheese, ham, spicy mustard, and pickles) and the Wild Bill (mac’n’cheese, chili, and Fritos).
Rhode Island: Olneyville New York System
> City: Providence
Named for the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, this 75-year-old restaurant — recipient of a James Beard Foundation America’s Classic Award — doesn’t serve hot dogs, either at this original location or its outpost in Cranston. At least it doesn’t call them that. Instead, they’re known as hot wieners. In a style unique to Rhode Island, these are coated in mustard, napped in house-made meat sauce, sprinkled with celery salt, topped with onions, and served in a steamed bun.
South Carolina: Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
> City: Mt. Pleasant
Regularly hailed as serving the best hot dogs in the Charleston area, Jack’s has an ample menu of wiener variations with outer-space-themed names. The Orbit City Dog involves house-made chili, creamy cheddar, diced onion, and spicy mustard; the Blue Galactic Dog adds blue cheese slaw to the chili and cheddar, and substitutes sweet potato mustard for the spicy kind. The restaurant’s Cosmic Dog (with just the slaw and the sweet potato mustard) was praised by Food Network star Alton Brown.