22 June 2011

PETA selects top five veggie dogs in the nation

Some people believe going vegetarian, especially vegan, involves great culinary sacrifices. But with recent growth in the veg community, options for great tasting plant-based food at restaurants and food carts are on the rise.

Need proof? Well look no further than PETA’s first ever “Top Five Veggie Dogs in America” ranking. Just so you know, reading this list while hungry may cause an uncontrollable urge to jump in your car and head to the nearest peddler of cruelty-free hot dogs.

According to PETA here are the five best veggie hot dogs in the U.S.

In descending order:

"Fire on the Rhine" from Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace (Columbus, Ohio)
Grilled with sriracha, chili paste, garlic, and onions and topped with spicy sauerkraut, this bad boy will definitely get your juices flowing. Also available are the "Ohioana," with spicy corn relish and celery salt, and the "Hot Bollywood," with spicy mango chutney.

The "Chicago Impostor" from Franktuary (Pittsburgh)
Served in an old church, the "Chicago Impostor"—with mustard, relish, onion, banana peppers, celery salt, tomato, and pickle spear—is surely divinely inspired. Also try the "New Yorker" with kraut, Vidalia onion sauce, and mustard.

"Veggie Puka Dog" from Puka Dog (Honolulu and Koloa, Hawaii)
You can go with all the traditional condiments or go for the flavor of the islands with relishes made from mango, coconut, pineapple, banana, papaya, and star fruit.

The "City Dog" from City Dogs (Salt Lake City)
You can't miss at this all-vegetarian food cart. The City Dog comes with freshly diced tomatoes, pickled asparagus, sport peppers, onions, and celery salt.

The veggie dog from Lettuce Eat Healthy (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
This food cart serves up yummy veggie dogs complete with jalapeƱos, sauerkraut, chili sauce, relish, raw and cooked onions, ketchup, and yellow mustard.

"All our winners are top dogs in our book for meeting America's growing demand for delicious animal- and health-friendly faux meats," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "It's good to know that anyone in the country can enjoy hot dogs without costing a cow or a pig an arm and a leg."

For the complete list that includes the honorable mention grouping, click here.

Oh and before you head out for a delicious vegetarian hot dog, I'll take mine with relish, mustard and ketchup.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit: http://saltcitydogs.com/