Chicago-Style Hot Dog leads pack with Taste

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The right trimmings -- pickled hot peppers, sliced tomato, diced cucumber, chopped onion, sweet relish, pickle and mustard -- are vital to a Chicago-style hot dog.

But a high-quality frankfurter tucked under the toppings is paramount to the taste.

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America is obsessed with hot dogs.

The proof: The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that we eat 20-billion hot dogs each year.

"That's enough for every man, woman and child in the world to enjoy a hot dog," the group's Web site enthuses. Another nugget from the council: kids prefer ketchup on their dogs while adults favor mustard.

Sounds reasonable.

Vital Hot Dog Statistics

Americans will eat enough hot dogs at major league ballparks this year to stretch from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. to AT&T Park in San Francisco.