There are many ways to slice the hot dog story.
Which city has the most? The best? The biggest? The oldest?Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the data miners at Food Genius have come up with a list of the top 50 cities for the greatest percentage of restaurants that have hot dogs on the menu.
Chicago, home to Vienna Sausage, Portillo’s and a strong hot dog tradition, would logically be expected to show up near the top of that list. But Food Genius says no. The U.S. city with the highest proportion of restaurants serving hot dogs is Cincinnati. Chicago is 28th. Cincinnati is way in front of anyone.
Detroit, indisputable king for coneys, is second on the Food Genius list. St. Louis is a clear third. The next 38 cities all fall between 1 percent and 2 percent.
These are the top 10 cities on the list Crain’s published, with the percentages of menus bearing hot dogs. Crain’s full list runs to 50 cities.
- Cincinnati, 7.27 percent
- Detroit, 3.70 percent
- St. Louis, 3.02 percent
- Memphis, 1.98 percent
- Oklahoma City, 1.74 percent
- Columbus, Ohio, 1.58 percent
- Tulsa, 1.55 percent
- Greensboro, N.C., 1.53 percent
- Phoenix, 1.42 percent
- El Paso, 1.51 percent.