It only makes sense that a food as ubiquitous as the All-American hot dog can have its own day (National Hot Dog Day on July 19); as well as its own month (the entire month of July is dedicated to the wienie of your choice).
As a preview to a story on Marketplace Coney Island owner Matt Greer that will be appearing in Wednesday's Sioux City Journal, here are some five fun facts of everybody's favorite franks.
1. Consumers spend approximately $2.5 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets.
2. The top three hot dog consuming cities in the U.S. are are: Los Angeles; New York and Atlanta.
3. On Independence Day, Americans enjoy 150 million dogs. That's enough dogs to stretch from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times.
4. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That's 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that time period.
5. Have you ever wondered about some regional dogs? In New York, expect your wienies to be adorned with yellow mustard and deli-style yellow mustard. Chicagoans like their dogs covered with green relish, raw onions, pickle spears, tomato slices and served on a poppy seed bun. Our fave might be the Seattle Dog, which has a split-open bun, grilled onion, Sriracha and a slathering of cream cheese on top.