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Eat By Numbers: Greatest American Hot Dogs

Posted by Nevin Martell on

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When you dine out, you might think about the ingredients that go into your food, but you probably don’t think about all the numbers that make your meal happen. Restaurants are filled with interesting figures that might not be apparent when you bite into an enticing entrée or take a sip of a signature cocktail, but they’re all around you.

This week we track down MoCo food truck Greatest American Hot Dogs. Owner David Trachtenberg has an encyclopedic knowledge of regional dogs from around the country, which are lovingly recreated at his rolling tribute to the frankfurter with help from chef Emmanuel Ayissi. We find out just how many different dogs are on the menu, the number of buns they go through every month, and how many foods on a stick you can enjoy when you stop by.

Greatest American Hot Dogs

Styles of hot dogs offered: 58, including the West Virginia Slaw Dog, Rockville Rachel Dog, and the Chicago Dog

Number of the bestselling Atlanta Dog topped with chili and cheese sold every month: 600

Kinds of hot dogs: 15, including Vienna Beef, Hebrew National, and Nathan’s Famous

Vienna Beef hot dogs used every month: 1,800

Hot dogs Trachtenberg tried before settling on Vienna Beef as his top dog: 51

Buns used every month: 2,400

Pounds of ketchup used every month: Around 20

Pounds of onions used every month: 40

Orders of fried pickles sold every month: 300

Spicing powders for the Whirly Fries: Nine, including buffalo, cheddar and Old Bay.

Sections in the average order of Whirly Fries: 30

Foods on a stick offered: Six, including the Veggie Corn Dog, WaffSticks and the Wunderbar

Years chef Emmanuel Ayissi worked at the Cameroonian embassy before turning his hand to hot dogs: Two