Sometimes, region dictates the ingredients. This is increasingly the case, says Eric Mittenthal, president of the National Hot Dog &
Sausage Council, Washington, D.C. “In the past, you might only be able to get a Chicago dog in the Midwest. Today, you see restaurants
offering it and other regional varieties as interesting options.”
Ormsby’s named its Abe Froman hot dog for the famously dubbed Sausage King of Chicago. It features mustard, onion, relish,
dill pickles, tomato and sport peppers on a poppy seed bun. Chicago dogs do not include ketchup. The operation’s Atlanta dog
features chili, onions and housemade cheese whiz with the same poppy seed bun.
Anderson admits that Atlanta doesn’t officially have an iconic hot dog style, but the chili on Ormsby’s Atlanta dog is reminiscent
of Atlanta’s iconic The Varsity’s chili dog.