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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day near your hotel in New York City - there's bound to be a stand on the corner!

Best Places to Grab a Bite on National Hot Dog Day

Get out the ketchup! Every July 23 is National Hot Dog Day, a summer celebration of the must-have grill food. Eateries all over the world serve up their own version of the classic hot dog, but if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, there are great national — and international — wiener joints out there to satisfy your cravings.

Katz’s Deli

New York has long laid claim to being the home of the American hot dog, and if you’re in the city, you can’t do much better than Katz’s Deli. Order the classic, a big, all-beef hot dog loaded with sauerkraut and just a touch of mustard.

Gene & Jude’s

What makes a true Chicago dog is a much contested , but many would agree that the best place to go is Gene & Jude’s. Their classic, no-nonsense dog is served with mustard, onions, tomato, a pickle spear and some relish, all pushed into a poppy seed bun. What emerges from this is a delectable combination of sharp and sweet flavors.

Dat Dog

New Orleans has recently been making waves in the wiener game, thanks mostly to the strength of local franchise Dat Dog. Never a city to back away from spice, New Orleans finds it own classic dog twist in Dat Dog’s simply named hot sausage, an Andouille-inspired, hand-ground creation that sets the mouth on fire. The French Market Inn, located in the historic French Quarter, is a short distance away from one of their three locations.

Montreal Pool Room

Not eager to let Americans take all the hot dog credit, Canada has put quite a spin on the classic dog themselves. The Montreal dog is steamed, not grilled, and layered with mustard, onions and coleslaw. The best place to grab one? The Montreal Pool Room, one of the oldest and most traditional joints in town.


For those a little more south of the border, Santiago, Chile is your hot dog mecca. The classic Chilean dog is known as a completo — Spanish for complete, which here means a wiener loaded with mashed avocado, mayo, sauerkraut and chopped tomatoes. The best place in the city to find one is Domino, a soda fountain with multiple locations, which makes it easy to try out for anyone staying at a hotel in Santiago.

Hungry yet? No one’s suggesting you book a flight out specifically to sample these hot dogs, but if you’re in the area, there’s no reason why you can’t do your taste buds a favor and grab a dog to try.

HipHunt: New Orleans

Attempting to articulate the essence of New Orleans, Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) once remarked: “everything mingles together… until nothing is purely itself but becomes part of one funky gumbo.” Get a taste of the gumbo that is the Big Easy, and complete this hunt between 3:30 pm and the first crow of the morning rooster. Also, make sure to remember to bring cash for cabs, as you will need to take a few throughout the day. Bòn chans!

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Start your afternoon around 3:30 pm at The Backstreet Cultural Museum ($8 for admission) in the French Quarter and learn about the history of New Orleans’ African American community. More specifically, learn about that community’s rich traditions having to do with jazz funerals, social aid and pleasure clubs, masking, and Mardi Gras Indians. Music-loving locals gather at The Backstreet Cultural Museum on Mardi Gras, as it marks the site of where the second line parades start and end. Take a photograph of your favorite museum artifact, tag #hipmunkcitylove, and post it on our Instagram page @thehipmunk.

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From the museum, walk southeast on Ursulines Ave until you reach the Mississippi River, and then cut a right on Decatur Street. Hopefully, you’ve worked up an appetite by this hour, as Tujague’s offers some of the finest cajun cuisine in the city. Established in the 1850s and originally serving as a Spanish Armory, Tujague’s built its legendary reputation on two notable dishes: a stimulating remoulade sauce flavoring cold shrimp, and a rich beef brisket served with fresh vegetables and horseradish sauce. Make sure to glance the restaurant’s guestbook, which includes the names of Cole Porter, Dan Aykroyd, and Ty Cobb (to name a few), and tweet your favorite celebrity to have frequented the restaurant @thehipmunk. Additionally, be sure enjoy a refreshing Sazerac or Absinthe frappé at the restaurant’s old cypress bar. Take a freewheeling selfie with a new friend and your drink, tag #hipmunkcitylove, and post it on our Instagram page @thehipmunk.

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Travelers can’t truly experience New Orleans until they’ve danced in reckless abandon at Vaughan’s, the beloved local music venue and cash only bar in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood. A short cab ride from both Tujague’s and the French Quarter’s Bourbon Orleans Hotel (in case you want to change into comfortable dancing clothes before going out), Vaughan’s features some of the best acts in the city, including world-renowned trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and his foot-stompin’ band on Thursday nights. Photograph a plate of red beans, gumbo, and rice, all of which the bar serves to its customers for free after midnight, tag #hipmunkcitylove, and post it on our Instagram page @thehipmunk.

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From Vaughan’s, take a cab to The Spotted Cat. Located at 623 Frenchmen Street in the center of the Fauborg Marigny District, “The Cat” epitomizes the spirit of New Orleans’ live music scene. Locals frequent this music club to see killer bands like Pat Casey & the New Sound, Dominick Grillo & The Frenchmen Street All-Stars, Washboard Chaz Trio, and Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns. If you’re not familiar with these groups, see one of them live and thank us later. Hosting three bands nightly, “The Cat” guarantees its customers quality music, atmosphere, and libations. Shoot a video on your iPhone of a blaring horn solo, tag #hipmunkcitylove, and post it on our Instagram page @thehipmunk.

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Feeling the electricity of the night (and perhaps of a few bold Sazeracs), ride an uber from The Spotted Cat to Hotel Monteleone in the French District, and drift into a comfortable sleep in luxurious linens beneath high ceilings and elaborate crown moldings. Wake up and work out at the hotel’s rooftop fitness room, and freshen up for another funky day in America’s hippest city.