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07/11/2014 04:45 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2014

America's Best Hot Dogs (PHOTOS)

Crunchy. Spicy. Topped with chicharrones and kimchi. The latest Spanish-Asian fusion dish? Nope -- it's a hot dog. At least, that's how they make 'em at 4505 Meats in San Francisco.

The Zilla Dog is a far cry from the traditional franks that competitive eaters choke down each year at Coney Island's famous July 4th contest. Indeed, this quintessentially American snack is having a renaissance, swept up in the nouveau gourmet enterprises of today's innovative culinary talent. But just because chefs are teaching old dogs new tricks doesn't mean the traditional tube steak has disappeared. In our quest for America's top dogs, we found reasons to love both old-style and newfangled.

So next time you find yourself in a hot-dog hotbed, don't settle for the nearest street cart; seek out one of these puppies instead. Unadorned or heavily garnished, they're worth a detour.

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America's Best Hot Dogs

--Charlotte Druckman

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