National Hot Dog Day has arrived, and there are free and discounted wiener offerings by various food retailers around the country.
7-Eleven is offering a free 1/8 pound Big Bite hot dogs to customers who download the convenient store's app
, which provides a coupon for the deal.
If it's a chili cheese dog you crave, Sonic Drive-In
, which has 3500 locations coast to coast, is offering its famous All-American and Chili Cheese Coney dogs for just $1 today.
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For those living in the South and Midwest, participating Kangaroo Express convenient stores are offering ballpark hot dogs for 25 cents from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. And if you have a military ID, Kangaroo Express' ballpark hot dog is free.
No coupon is needed for either the Sonic Drive-In or Kangaroo Express deals.
In addition to freebies and reduced prices, other eateries are celebrating National Hot Dog day in a different way.
Chicago's Bull & Bear restaurant is whipping up a week-long specialty menu, courtesy of chef David Blonsky. Customers at the windy city eatery have an array of specialty hot dogs to choose from, including the Pulaski Dog, containing Smoked polish sausage, charred onion, and spicy pickle on a poppy seed bun to the Pilsen Dog, comprised of Al pastor sausage, grilled pineapple, cactus relish, and cilantro crème on a bolillo roll.
In Bristol, Conn., the Imagine Nation Museum is celebrating National Hot Dog Day
by offering kids free hot dogs and games from between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And if you happen to find yourself in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, stop into Rudy's Bar and Grill, which year-round offers its customers free hot dogs with the purchase of a beer, so long as you ask for it.
Having first opened its doors in 1933, the family-run Manhattan establishment describes itself on its website as an "old neighborhood saloon" that offers "cheap beer, free hot dogs, and great people!"
With July being the peak month for hot dog consumption in the U.S., Americans eat approximately 60 hotdogs on average over the course of a year, according to the National Hotdog and Sausage Council (NHSC), a project of the American Meat Institute.
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Tracing their roots back to the 1500's, hot dogs, as we know them today, were brought over to the U.S. by German immigrants in the 1800s, according to the NHSC.
Prepared from one or more kinds of muscle meat or poultry, hot dogs also include salt and pepper among other less appetizing ingredients such as sodium nitrite that is used for curing purposes, the NHSC reports.
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