Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with these local franks

New York and Chicago usually share top billing as America's hot dog capitals, but D.C. has a claim to make as well. We're Half-Smoke City, after all, and half-smokes are just spicy hot dogs. (Though most definitely not sandwiches.) But the chili-slathered half-smoke is no longer the totality of our city's encased-meat empire, and National Hot Dog Day is a good time to round-up some of our favorite variants.

Best hot dogs in the D.C. area

Hot dogs from Bold Bite in Bethesda. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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