We start eating them when we're barely able to walk, and by the time we're adults, we're slapping everything from pickle relish to hot peppers to raw onions on to them.
Is there any food that's more associated with America than the hot dog? And if you grew up in Chicago or its suburbs, is there anything people like to debate more than where you can get the best one?
You already nominated your favorite local businesses. Now it is time to vote! You have until Aug. 17 to vote. We will announce the winner Aug. 24. What place in sells the best dog? (We'll save the ketchup vs. mustard debate for another day.)
The poll can be found below this post.
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