Years ago, the term “hot dog” had a narrow definition, i.e. an unidentifiable blob you ate hesitantly at family parties. Today, they range from hearty chunks of tender, grilled sausage to deep-fried mounds of meat smothered in cheese. We’re celebrating that evolution on—when else?—the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council-decreed National Hot Dog Day. Unbeknownst to many, some of the country’s best are hidden right here in the Hudson Valley, and here’s a quartet of our favorite franks, as well as one Bavarian relative that—in the spirit of inclusivity—we couldn’t resist recommending.
Dress it up or down. Grab a jalapeno cheddar dog for as low as $2.75 or a gourmet Greek dog stuffed with grilled lamb apple and onion sausage, Tzatziki, cucumber, apple jam, feta cheese and scallion.
2653 E Main St., (845) 298-1234
Can’t decide what kind of tubular indulgence you’re craving, or tired of thinking within the bun? The Best of the Wurst appetizer features three types of sausage, amber ale sauerkraut, house German mustard, and German potato salad served over warm pretzel bread.
1097 Main St., (845) 440-7747
Why settle for one dog when you can have two? Try out a double dog and load up on your choice of toppings and sauces. Favorites include crumbled bacon bits and sauteed red onions served up New York style.
293 S William St., (845) 561-0211
If you’re looking for more of a DIY twist, pick up a few applewood smoked duck links from Foie Gras. Juicy and packed with flavor, these dogs are sure to be crowd favorites at your family barbeque.
80 Brooks Rd., (845) 292-2500