Ironically, National Hotdog Day fell the week Anthony Weiner’s wiener reappeared on the scene. So let’s celebrate, not by sexting gross pictures to each other, but by eating up America’s favorite ballpark food. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, and — trust us — unlike the New York mayoral candidate, these all measure up.
Seppy’s has been celebrating National Hotdog Day with buy-one-get-one-free hotdogs all week, but don’t despair if you missed the deal. The dogs are still worth seeking out. The Ben Sawyer Boulevard hotdog joint offers 16 signature wieners for mixing and matching. Their mini-dogs ring in at $2.99, and their priciest flavors will cost you only a dollar more. We like their clever odes to Charleston. The Sullivan’s is topped with a secret sauce while The Yorktown is layered with salsa and The Wando gets dolloped with mayo and melted cheese. Perhaps the best is The Lowcountry, which comes crowned with a Southern classic of pimento cheese. If none of those quite tingle your taste buds, then you’re crazy, but you can opt for the Any Ol’ Way with three toppings of your choice.
For an out-of-this-world creation, go to Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, voted Charleston’s best since the turn of the century. Jack’s serves up intergalactic fare at two different Lowcountry locations, and dogs range from $2.25 to $3.35. You can grab an Orbit City Dog with homemade chili, creamy cheddar cheese, freshly diced onion, and spicy mustard; nom on a Planet Dog with Jamaican relish, a sweet relish made with red peppers, watermelon and onions; or indulge in a classic Cosmic Dog made with Jack’s original blue cheese slaw and famous sweet potato mustard.
Summerville’s Perfectly Frank’s offers a smorgasbord of famous Franks on their menu. You can gain some respect with an Aretha Franklin, made with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, slaw, and onions, see if you have any rhythm with a Frank Sinatra slathered in blue cheese slaw or feel some electricity with a Benjamin Franklin, topped with chili and cheese sauce. Anne Frank is your choice if you want to go for a turkey dog, and a Frankie J will make you drool with ham, bacon, pineapple, and a creamy hot sauce to top it all off. The list goes on and on, falling in the $2.29- $4.69 range.
All the bands coming into town rave about Tin Roof’s delicious hipster wieners, and it’s true. They don’t disappoint. Their Maple Leaf is topped with maple soy syrup, honey mustard, bacon, and relish, and satisfies like the Early Bird Diner on a hungover Sunday morning. The Mango gives a tropical taste with mango salsa, spicy mustard, cabbage, mayo, and bacon. Suzy’s Weiner is hot — seriously HOT. This dog is topped with chili, homemade jalapeño pimento cheese, and onions to spice up your appetite. All these wieners go for $5.75, and don’t forget the Chicago Dog. They make a mean spin on this favorite for $5.50.
Speaking of Chicago dogs, nobody in town does them quite like Skoogie’s on Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. “All the way” for $3.59 means mustard, relish, onions, sauerkraut, peppers, pickles, cheese, tomatoes, and celery salt. Or, if you’re feeling a little promiscuous, I mean risk-adverse, you can go for the $2.65 Naked Dog, a Vienna beef premium topped with ketchup and mustard only. All dogs are served on a Skoogie’s trademark poppy seed bun.