By Scott Detrow
July 4 is a pretty big day for patriotism, parades and, yes, hot dogs. All across the country, people are grilling them, boiling them — even scarfing them down in competitive eating contests.
But what, exactly, makes a hot dog a hot dog? California legislators are seeking to define it. To see how that idea is playing in the field, I headed over to Dave’s Dogs, a cart that’s a couple blocks from the state Capitol in Sacramento.
Vendor Amy Frey typically sells 30 to 50 dogs a day. “I have sweet relish, red caramelized onions, raw onions, sauerkraut and jalapeno peppers,” Frey said. “Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise. Lots of mustard choices.”
“That sounds about right,” said Frey after hearing the legislative definition. “That’s pretty much what we do. So they want to tell us we are what we are.” Continue reading