After the movie today I was a bit peckish and stopped in at Sonic to grab a bite and noticed the new hot dog menu they have. On that menu there was an item called the “All American Dog” which is pictured above.
I just want to point out that there’s precisely nothing about this which is American.
The hot dog itself is also known as a frankfurter; a type of sausage developed in Frankfurt, Germany.
The sweet pickle relish, aka “pickle chutney” has its origins in India.
The mustard is from France, developed by a bunch of monks, after getting some mustard seed from the Romans.
The ketchup is derived from a spicy Chinese sauce called “Ké Tsiap (茄汁)”
And then there’s the onions. I didn’t even bother to research those but I think it’s fair to say we didn’t invent those, either.
It was damned good, though.
What’s in a name? That which we call a hot dog, by any other name would taste as yummy.