National hot dog day; A staple in the East

Heinz Unveils Chicago Dog Sauce Surprises Chicagoans By Revealing It's Actually Just Ketchup

It's estimated that baseball fans will consume almost 19 million hot dogs and more than four million sausages during the 2017 Major League Baseball season. No ketchup. Ever. At least if you're over 18. It wasn't all clear, but we do know that you can buy the "sauce" now online, if you're a masochistic sort of native, or if you're looking for a way to playfully offend a hidebound Chicago buddy.

American's Dog & Burger - One day of hot dogs isn't enough for this eatery, they're celebrating hot dog month.

That's today! And plenty of places are offering deals. They sell about 25,000 of them every month at Hot Dogs, Wings, Etc. In an interview with NPR, linguist Ben Zimmer pointed out that Yale Law librarian Fred Shapiro discovered an 1892 mention of hot dogs in a New Jersey newspaper.

But what if it's dessert in the shape of a hot dog with a Twinkie bun?

Some chains will be offering special deals. Since the sale, Portillo's has expanded to 50 restaurants and counting - 40 of which are in IL. Relatives of the Buonavolanto family - AKA Buona's owners - were among the group who first introduced Chicagoans to the sandwich.

Vienna Beef - Get free shipping site wide. Buona has 20 locations across Chicagoland today, and is expanding at a rapid rate. Hot dogs are America, minus the garbage aspects of the country.

According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, the average American eats 50 hot dogs a year - 86 percent of them will be topped with mustard.

Food & Drink Reporter Dan Higgins talks with Cher-Make Sausage Company President Tom Chermak and Zozo's Kitchen Owner and Chef Bob Stahl about grilling hot dogs.

Hot Dogs, Wings, located at 310 North Texas Avenue in Bryan.

Which brings me to my next opinion: Hot dogs are not sports.