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Wasatch Front is going to the (hot) dogs

Published July 2, 2013 3:30 pm

Where to go? • At a cart or behind a counter, here's where to find a frankfurter.
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What's more American on the Fourth of July than a perfectly grilled hot dog with just the right fixings?

How about a perfectly grilled hot dog with all the right fixings that you don't have to grill yourself in 100-degree-plus weather?

Plenty of places along the Wasatch Front brag about their dogs. Here are a few to try. • C2

City Dogs

300 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City; 801-755-5458

Why them? • Owned by Dave and Breanna Escobar, this hotdog stand specializes in vegetarian and vegan dogs. The signature dog is topped with diced tomatoes, pickled asparagus, sports peppers, onions and celery salt.

Price • $2.50 to $6.

World Dog

2200 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City; 801-831-2078

Why them? • Owned and operated by Joe Ballato, a former sous-chef at The Grande America Hotel, the flavors on World Dog's menu span the globe. One of the most popular options is The Greek, a custom-made sausage by Colosimo's with Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives, tzatziki and feta.

Price • $3-$5

Good Dog Gourmet Hot Dog Emporium

30 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City; 801-364-4217

Why them? • The SLC dog at this new downtown hotdog joint is covered with potato salad, dill pickles, bacon, green onion and crushed potato chips.

Price • $2.78-$5.25

That's My Dogg

200 S. State St., Salt Lake City; (801) 898-3700

Why them? • Juan Chavez's latest creation is called the Monkey Dog, a hotdog with bacon and eggs rolled in a pancake then topped with maple syrup. But his hottest selling dog is his chorizo dog, basically chorizo and eggs and a hotdog all stuffed in a bun and topped with a chipotle mayonaise flavored with raspberry and jalapeno.

Price • $3-$6

Mom's

Main Street between 200 South and 300 South, Salt Lake City

Why them? • This food stand serves all sorts of sandwiches but owner Joseph Kelaidis' speciality is the Greek Dog, an all-beef frank with diced tomatoes and onions wrapped in a pita.

Price • $4-$6

Johnniebeef

7360 Union Park Ave., Midvale; (801) 352-0372

Why them? • The specialty at this hotdog joint tucked in a gas station is the Chicago dog, which features an all-beef Red Hot Chicago dog paired with onions, tomatoes, green relish, a pickle spear, sports pepper and celery salt.

Price • $4-$6

Dexter's Dogs

60 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City; 801-363-1987

Why them? • One of the most popular offerings at this City Creek spot is the Southwest Dog. All-beef franks or Polish dogs are covered with chipotle mayonaise, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, Dexter's signature sauce and tortilla chips. The shop is owned by the same family who owns Farrs Ice cream. (Grandpa Farr's first name was Dexter), according to owner Todd Crawford.

Price • $3.50 and up

Sabor de Tucson

Saturdays at Provo Farmers' Market, 500 W. Center St., Provo; 801-921-1911

Why them? • The Barrio Dog is an authentic Sonoran style hotdog. The all-beef hotdog is wrapped in bacon and cooked until crisp, placed on a bed of fresh pinto beans and nestled in a soft Mexican roll.

Price • Unavailable

World's Best Corn Dogs

107 N. Main St., Kaysville; 801-540-6816

Why them? • Owner Russ Relyea said he got his recipe from someone simply known as the Corndog Queen. The all-beef footlongs are hand dipped in a cornmeal batter and fried to order, then drizzled with honey.

Price • $5