Ever since the Mayflower docked, the debate about which regional hot dog is the best has raged (we're pretty sure that's what our history teacher said, anyway). Now, in the Year of Our Lord 2014, a victor has been chosen... and it doesn't even have a bun.
In an online survey conducted in April for the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (which is a thing that exists), corn dogs reigned supreme, with 46% of poll participants claiming it as their top dog, while New York's mustard and onion-topped offering took second with 38%. Chicago lagged at third with only 26% of the vote going toward its poppy-seeded tradition. The Detroit coney dog could not be reached for comment, as it was preoccupied with burning a Yankees hat in protest.
Rachel Freeman is a food/drink editorial assistant at Thrillist, and used to subsist on corn dogs in middle school. Follow her to more of America's favorite foods at @rachelifreeman.