WATCH | Most hot dogs have the basic ingredients which consist of ketchup, mustard, relish etc. But Seattleites turn to the 'Seattle Dog' which is a hot dog spread with cream cheese.
Dante's Inferno Dogs in Seattle, Washington has been slinging hot dogs for 17 years. Dante Rivera, the owner of Dante's Inferno Dogs, started in the neighborhood of Ballard attracting the late night bar traffic when he was in his thirties. Seattle has clusters of hot dog stands which all serve "The Seattle Dog." While many of these vendors claim to be the first ones who started the trend, Dante said the 'real trendsetter' of the "Seattle Dog" was Hadley Longe who worked a bagel cart on late nights in the pioneer square neighborhood of Seattle in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The "Seattle Dog" has become the 'go to food' after throwing back some drinks at a bar. Dante says there are now tons of vendors who have created their own version of the Seattle Dog which includes cream cheese, but other toppings added on top.
"I love serving hot dogs more so than eating hot dogs. It's a comfort food... everybody loves a hot dog, it takes people back to their youth and there's always fond memories around hot dogs," Rivera exclaimed.
Dante is a fan of the "Seattle Dog" and says the cream cheese helps mellow out the flavors, especially if you're smearing on some spicy toppings. It also helps balance out the heat and provide a smooth and creamy texture to your hot dog.
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