Wikipedia tells us that "a hot dog is a sausage served in a sliced bun. It is commonly garnished with mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish or sauerkraut." Sure. We're with that. And if you're looking for the simplest of dogs, there are a number of places on this list that will satisfy your needs. But if you want to experience next-level hot dog design, places where the franks are done up Italian-American style and cooked in pizza dough, or prepped with the rigorousness of highbrow cuisine, this list might excite you more.
We're all coming down off the 4th of July high. But probably you weren't at a BBQ where the hot dogs were topped with brisket. For that sort of spin, please proceed directly through Complex's list of the 25 Best Hot Dog Shops in the U.S.