The Washington Post’s “Regional Hot Dog Guide” includes two local versions

The Washington Post’s “Regional Hot Dog Guide” includes two local versions

The Washington Post has created what it calls a “highly subjective guide” to America’s best regional hot dogs. The Post writes that “Hot dogs are synonymous with summer in the U.S., but the best way to crown them remains a major source of debate.” Below, we take a look at the two local regional versions included in the article:

The Post emphasizes the Baltimore Bologna Dog (beef hot dog, grilled beef sausage, mustard).Charm City may not have as many Jewish delis as it did a century ago, but this extra-meat hot dog is still holding up well among those that remain. Some may say that two types of beef in one bun are redundant, but those people are fools.

Then they hit DC’s own Half smoke, which is not technically a hot dog (smoked beef and pork sausage, chili, onions, mustard).Technically, the half-smoke is a sausage and not a hot dog, but since this spicy sausage is a favorite in the nation’s capital, we’re okay with that.

Aside from hot dog stands around town, it’s become increasingly difficult to find a prepared hot dog locally, except at national fast food restaurant chains or convenience stores like 7-Eleven. This isn’t a disservice to the hot dogs, as there are plenty of people who are fans of both versions, but a New Jersey version recently hit the DMV with Catalyst Hot Dogs.

Catalyst Owner and Operator Chris Van Jura is a New Jersey native with 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He conceived and launched Catalyst at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Born out of the desperation of two pandemic-related layoffs, Catalyst Hot Dogs brings the classic New Jersey hot dog and more to the DMV. Experience Catalyst via its traveling hot dog trailer or at Denizens Brewing Co. near the University of Maryland. The main photo shows “Hank”‘s hot dog from Catalyst.