Chicago hot dog
BeeZers, 277 Main St., Northborough
The signature offering, the Chicago hot dog ($3.95) is an all-beef frank served in a poppy-seed bun and topped with yellow mustard, bright-green relish, chopped onions, tomato slices, cucumber slices, a crisp dill pickle spear, and a sprinkle of celery salt. www.beezershotdogs.com.
Hot dog with “the works”
George’s Coney Island Lunch,
158 Southbridge St., Worcester
Yellow mustard, chili sauce, and chopped onions top these hot dogs, which, despite the name, are more Michigan than Brooklyn. They’re a fixture in Detroit and Flint, but they can also be found at hot dog joints throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. $1.50. www.coneyislandlunch.com.
Top Dog of Rockport, 2 Doyle Cove Road, Rockport
This hot dog smothered in mac and cheese is one of the most popular items on the menu, says co-owner Scott Lucas. But he adds, “Our specialty is that we have so many specialties.” There are 15 signature frankfurters, many named after breeds of dogs, such as the Boston terrier (which arrives covered with Boston baked beans).www.topdogrockport.com.
Fenway Monsta Dog
Daly Dog & Daly Scoop Ice Cream,
316 Groveland St., Haverhill
It opened as a cart nine years ago, but the operation was soon moved by owner Christine Daly to its current brick-and-mortar location. Customers can order their dogs steamed, grilled, or fried. The Fenway Monsta Dog weighs in at a half-pound and costs $5.50, though Daly admits that many customers choose something smaller. www.dalydogs-dalyscoop.com.
Danish Dogs, 39 Long Pond Road, Plymouth
The signature item at this seasonal food truck is the eponymous Danish Dog ($3), topped with fried onions, homemade remoulade, and house-made Danish-style pickles. The truck is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, and owner Annelise Dexter says she’ll be parked there as long as the weather permits.
Windy City Eats, 407 Middle St., Weymouth
For a zestier style of hot dog, there’s the Sears Tower ($4.75), a jalapeño-cheddar dog topped with spicy mustard, chili, cheese, and sauerkraut. Windy City also offers a classic Chicago-style dog with all the fixings. www.windycityeats.com.William Holt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.