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The Southern Dog at Danny's Drive-in in Stratford has pulled pork, cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers.
The Southern Dog at Danny's Drive-in in Stratford has pulled pork, cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers. Photo Credit: Yelp
Hot Dogs with all the toppings at Dog Daze in Wilton.
Hot Dogs with all the toppings at Dog Daze in Wilton. Photo Credit: Submitted
Owners of Fairfield's Super Duper Weenie show off their wares.
Owners of Fairfield's Super Duper Weenie show off their wares. Photo Credit: Facebook
Grilled onions and ketchup top a fried dog at Swanky Franks in Norwalk.
Grilled onions and ketchup top a fried dog at Swanky Franks in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Yelp
A hungry customer at Rawley's in Fairfield gets ready to take a bite of one their many specialty dogs.
A hungry customer at Rawley's in Fairfield gets ready to take a bite of one their many specialty dogs. Photo Credit: Yelp
One of Tomlinson's dogs is smothered in chili and topped with fresh onions.
One of Tomlinson's dogs is smothered in chili and topped with fresh onions. Photo Credit: Yelp

Hot diggity! National Hot Dog Day is Saturday, July 23. It's time to honor one of America's all time favorite fast foods.

Whether you like your franks straight up, covered in mustard, drizzled with ketchup, blanketed in cheese or rolled in relish, Americans consume 7 billion dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council .

Who has the best hot dog in Fairfield County? Cast your vote and have influence over who will take the coveted honor of top dog in the county.

Born in Germany where they’re called Frankfurter Wurstchen, America's signature hot dog is usually made of beef and served grilled, steamed, deep fried or boiled.There are also chicken and turkey varieties and meatless marvels.

Americans consume about 20 billion hot dogs a year -- about seven franks per person. Los Angeles eats more wieners than any other U.S. city -- 34 million pounds -- followed by New York and Phoenix, according to the council. O'Hare International Airport sells more hot dogs than New York's LaGuardia Airport and Los Angeles Airport combined.

The word "hot dog" likely came from German immigrants who brought both sausages and dachshund dogs to the U.S. in the late 1800s. The first hot dogs were called "dachshund sausages."

Don't forget to vote for the best hot dog in Fairfield County. You have until 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28 to cast your ballot. You can vote daily, once a day.

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