Americans love hot dogs. Each year, Americans purchase 350 million pounds or 9 billion hot dogs at retail stores. 9 billion! That's not even counting the dogs eaten at sporting events, restaurants or festivals. Experts say the total might even be closer to 20 billion per year. It's no wonder that there is a special day dedicated to the hot dog.
Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace is celebrating National Hot Dog Day (July 23) with a secret hot dog menu from July 20-23. The menu includes the Dilemma Dog, which features tangy blue cheese slaw, Applewood bacon, crispy fried onions and blue cheese crumbles; a BLT Dog topped with heirloom cherry tomatoes, Applewood bacon, arugula and a drizzle of bacon aioli; the Devil Dog on a poppy seed bun with pineapple relish, spicy pickles, serrano Sriracha and potato chips; and the Churro Sundae Dog.
The secret hot dog menu is available until July 23 and customers must as their servers for the menu. Cost is $12.99 each.
If you are still looking for a place to celebrate National Hot Dog Day, check out this list of 13 places to eat hot dogs in Las Vegas:
1. The name for Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs on Fort Apache Road comes from the combination of "bul" in Korean, which means fire or grilled, and "dogis," which means hot dog. Basically, the owners have taken an All-American favorite and given it an Asian twist. BGHD uses only 100 percent quarter-pound premium beef hot dogs and all of their special add-ons are made in house. Available hot dogs include the Southern gourmet dog with spicy pork, cole slaw, green onions and BBQ ketchup; Hawaiian dog with pork belly, pineapple salsa, green onions, and honey dijon mustard; the Gang Nam gourmet dog with roasted pork belly, cucumber, nori, sesame seeds, and K-chili sauce; and the West Coast dog with pico de gallo, caramelized onions, cheddar and avocado mayo.
2. Cheffini's hot dogs have actually been around for a while. They actually started as a late-night hot dog cart which was usually parked in from of Emergency Arts on Fremont Street. It now has a brick-and-mortar location in the Downtown Container Park. Cheffini's is known for its unusual toppings, such as crushed potato chips, grilled chorizo bits, pork belly, fried quail eggs and caramelized onions. Cheffini's will be celebrating both National Hot Dog Day and their one-year anniversary on July 23 this year by offering a classic Cheffini's hot dog and any beer for $5. Beers will also be priced at just $1 during happy hour from 6 to 7 p.m.
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3. Great Links Brew House and Grill boasts a multitude of hot dog and sausage combinations. The beef hot dogs, which are guaranteed to snap when you bite into them, are custom made in New York City by Boar's Head. The Philly Griller Dog features grilled peppers and onions with cheese sauce or melted cheddar cheese; the Las Vegas Chili Dog is made with sage sausage, white chili, pepper-jack cheese, tomatoes, cayenne sour cream, dill relish and spicy mustard; and the Mob Boss Dog includes grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms, two cheese stix, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese. A classic dog, fries and a bottomless soda is currently available for $7.50 on Throwback Thursdays. Great Links also offers 15 percent off any hot dog combo on Dog Day Saturdays.
4. They know how to drag them thru the garden at Little Richie's Chicago Style Beef & Dog's inside Treasure Island. As the name implies, Chicago-style hot dogs are the specialty at Little Richie's, along with Italian beef and sausage and Maxwell Street Polish sausage. After picking your dog or sausage, don't forget to add one of the hand-crafted soda pops. The Maine Root is a combination of root beer, sarsaparilla, lemon lime, orange soda and ginger brew.
5. Windy City Beefs-N-Dogs specializes in Chicago-style hot dogs, of course. The owner grew up in Chicago, which is home to famous hot dog stands such as Tommy Tucker, Tasty Pup, The Works, Johnnie's, Hot Dog Island and Gene & Jude's. The Chicago-style hot dog was one of the very first variations on a plain old hot dog with mustard and ketchup. It features a Vienna Beef hot dog in a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, bright green relish, fresh chopped onions, juicy red tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, a couple of spicy sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.
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6. There were a lot of happy Michigan transplants with American Coney Island opened at The D in Downtown Las Vegas. The famous Coney Island hot dog consist of a hot dog, a secret recipe chili, yellow mustard and onions. The hot dog itself is a specially-seasoned hot dog from Dearborn Sausage. Everything is served in a warm, steamed bun. American Coney Island opened in Detroit in 1917 after Constantine "Gust" Keros immigrated to the United States in 1903. The original restaurant is still open in downtown Detroit. The Las Vegas location is the first one outside of Michigan. The restaurants are currently being ran by the third generation of the Keros family. You can also buy American Coney Island kits online.
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7. Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at Planet Hollywood may have BurGR in the name, but they know how to grill a good hot dog too. The all-beef hot dogs for the Devil Dawg at Gordon Ramsay's BurGR are simmered in hellfire sauce, then fire-kissed on an open grill. The standard dawg comes with mustard, ketchup, pickle and onion. If you want to kick it up a notch, try the chili dogs with jalapenos, cheddar cheese, avocado, red onion and chipotle ketchup.
8. If you are looking for a true street dog experience, head downtown and look for Fernandez Hot Dogs. The hot dog stand serves five kinds of hot dogs. The Especial de Pina ($2.50) is a bacon-wrapped dog with ketchup, mustard, mayo, pineapple and sliced avocado. The Especial de Championes ($2.50) is the same as Especial de Pina but with mushrooms. The Pina Championes ($2) features a regular hot dog with the same toppings as the Especial de Pina or Championes. The Sencillo ($1.50) is a regular hot dog with pico de gallo, ketchup, mustard and mayo, and the Americano ($1) is just a regular hot dog on a bun (no toppings). The hot dog stand can usually be found in a parking lot near East Charleston Boulevard and South Eastern Avenue.
9. The original Pink's Hot Dogs stand opened in the 1939 at Melrose and La Brea avenues in the heart of Hollywood and is a known magnet for celebrities. The location in Las Vegas is right on the Las Vegas Strip and has its legions of fans too. In fact, don't be surprised if there is a line out the door at almost any time of day or night.The hot dogs at Pink's are long and skinny and have been described as very tasty with a good, crisp casing that makes each bite "pop." The buns are placed in over-sized buns that are perfect for a variety of toppings such as coleslaw, grilled mushrooms or onions, chopped tomato, sour cream, nacho cheese or their famous chili. Their veggie (soy) dog is a big favorite with many of their customers.
10. Dude Where's My Hot Dog is the new kid on the block, but they are already making a name for themselves. The food truck can be found Thursdays through Sundays outside of the Hustler Club on Dean Martin Drive. Hot dog creations include the Boulevard, an all-beef hot dog with bacon, refried beans, tomato, onion, mustard, mayo, salsa and cheese; the 9th-Island with tomato, pineapple and ghost pepper sauce; the General Lee, which features bacon, pineapple, onion, cilantro, salsa and teriyaki sauce; and the Nacho Dog topped with tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, cheese and crema. If you are a fan of corn dogs, check out the lobster corn dog, which is a 4-ounce lobster tail deep friend in a homemade gluten-free batter and served with siracha mayo and a twist of lime.
11. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers on South Eastern Avenue is best known for its steakburgers and custards, but their dogs are pretty darn good too. The hot dogs are served on a butter toasted bun and come with fries and a drink. Freddy's offers a basic hot dog, a chili cheese dog and a Chicago-style dog. You can also order a dog with a steakburger in a special combo. Freddy's offers a variety of condiments and toppings including cheese, chili, mustard/ketchup/mayo, diced onions, grilled onions, sauerkraut, pickles, relish, sports peppers, jalapenos and cheese sauce.
12. There was almost an uprising last year when Costco's famous $1.50 deal for a hot dog or sausage and a soda wasn't included on the list. Costco Wholesale, which began offering the deal in 1985, originally used Hebrew National hot dogs until they switched to the Kirkland Signature brand in 2009. They also switched from Coke to Pepsi in 2013. That same year, Costco sold 109 million hot dog-and-soda combinations worldwide, including more than 75 million in the United States. Sam's Club offers the same deal, but it was the Costco fans that we heard from the most.
13. Lucky Foo's Restaurant & Bar on South Eastern Avenue has a very interesting take on the hot dog. Kurobuta pork sausages are wrapped in airy potato chips and served with spicy karashi mustard and the restaurant's house-made secret sauce. You can find them on the starter menu and if skip the dipping sauce, they are gluten free.
Of course, there are far more than 13 places for hot dogs in Las Vegas. Nathan's Famous hot dogs can be found in several spots on the Las Vegas Strip; Chicago Dogs on North Rancho Drive has been on many people's list of favorite hot dog spots for years; and the reliable and quick Wienerschnitzel and Sonic locations are always good bets for a quick fix.
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7-Eleven will also celebrate National Hot Dog Day this year by offering its 100% beef Quarter Pound Big Bite® Hot Dog for just $1. The promotion will be available all day at participating 7-Eleven hot foods locations while supplies last.
In addition, Rockhouse at The Venetian/The Palazzo will be serving a hot dog flight featuring three brand-new mini hot dogs which customers can mix and match for $12. Choices include the Coney Dog, Texas Tommy with melted cheese and bacon, and Bronco Billy with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and BBQ sauce.
Please note: This list is in no particular order and was based on recommendations from friends and viewers.