If it’s been awhile since you ordered a hot dog while dining out, you may notice some upgrades when scanning menus. The former staples of backyard barbecues have gone incognito underneath gourmet relishes and rouilles (an olive oil-based sauce) before being gingerly sandwiched in between artisan buns, earning their spots on upscale eatery's menus. "Elevated hot dogs — whether they are better-quality corporate dogs glammed up by specialty condiments or artisan, handmade wieners with classy traditional toppings — are becoming increasingly popular,” says Dana McCauley of Food Trends TV. That’s because hot dogs, she says, have become the ultimate “high-low” eating experience for those who appreciate simple culinary pleasures but still have discernment. We’ve scouted out 10 gourmet hot dogs good enough to make you reconsider your usual burger order.
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