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Today is National Hot Dog Day! The hot dog is considered by many the classic, All-American meal.

And the ways to make a hot dog vary. For example, some like me,  prefer hot dogs grilled or toasted over a fire. They can be boiled, pan-fried, and even cooked in a rotisserie. The key to a great hot dog, of course, is the toppings. How do you like yours served?  Less is more for me. I like to keep it basic, ketchup, mustard, chili, and cole slaw. But I’ve seen some top hot dogs with relish, onions, mayonnaise, cheese, bacon, chili, and sauerkraut.

Here are some interesting facts about America’s summertime favorite food from National Day Calendar.

  • Over 25 million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year
  • A world record was set in May 2012 for the most expensive hot dog. The “California Capitol City Dawg” sold for $145.49 at Capitol Dawg
  • 7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America – 100 million annually

And to help celebrate National Hot Dog Day, I’ve put together the top 10 places in Charlotte that serve the best hot dog.