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National Hot Dog Day is Wednesday. In Oklahoma City, there are numerous places to pig out on hot dogs, including the familiar franks of Coney Island Hot Dogs downtown and the gourmet dogs at Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs.
by Jim Beckel Published: July 22, 2014


photo - Three hot dogs are prepared for a customer at Coney Island Hot Dog restaurant during lunch business on Tuesday .  Photos by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman  Jim Beckel - 
THE OKLAHOMAN
Three hot dogs are prepared for a customer at Coney Island Hot Dog restaurant during lunch business on Tuesday . Photos by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Jim Beckel - THE OKLAHOMAN

Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

In Oklahoma City, there are numerous places to pig out on hot dogs, including the familiar franks of Coney Island Hot Dogs downtown and the gourmet dogs at Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs.

Vlassios “Bill” Mihas, a Greek immigrant who purchased a hot dog business from its aging owner in 1964 in downtown Oklahoma City, and Amie Gehlert, the executive sous chef at Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs, offer vastly different versions, but both agree the hot dog is a great American tradition that Oklahomans love.

July, which also is Hot Dog Month, is when Americans eat about 10 percent of the hot dogs consumed annually. During peak hot dog season, stretching from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs, the council says.

by Jim Beckel
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Jim Beckel been a member of The Oklahoman's photo staff for 25 years. During that time, he and his cameras have covered virtually every type of news and feature story imaginable, traveling to all regions of Oklahoma to document events and provide...
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