Xico's Sonoran Dog
Xico’s Sonoran Dog, piled with Mexican goodness

Xico

Xico’s Sonoran Dog transforms a ho-hum Nathan’s beef frank into a culinary feat with bacon, salsa verde, ojo de cabra beans, cotija, crema, and pico de gallo, all elegantly arranged atop a precisely grilled bun. $5

Olympic Provisions

The most impressive thing about OP’s foot-long, Carlton Farms pork franks isn’t their size. It’s that ballpark-perfect snap from the lamb casing, which adds flavor and proves at last that size isn’t the only thing that matters. $7  

Otto’s

This classic, family-owned deli has been making and grilling traditional German sausages to perfection for 91 years. We’d bet our lederhosen that the smoked pork links, seasoned with mustard seed and garlic, would best some of Germany’s top entries. $4  

Broder

Swaddled in the salty goodness of Broder’s signature flatbread and a potato pancake, the Stockholm Hotdog—an all-beef Sabrett, the pride of New York—is a meal in itself. But a side of sautéed greens might balance the arterial damage. $9  

Highland Stillhouse

Highland’s Banger on a Bun does the Scottish tradition proud: a Zenner banger with a whisper of nutmeg deftly seared to a satisfying crunch with a ribbon of sautéed onions tying it all together. $6.75