All across Connecticut on Thursday, people were lining up for a very special summer holiday.
At Woody’s in Hartford, owner Gary Wood was thrilled to celebrate National Hot Dog Day.
"National Hot Dog Day should be every day as far as I'm concerned! We should all eat hot dogs! That's right, all the time. Well, two in moderation,” said Wood.
Wood has been buttering his buns and grilling his dogs for about four decades. He has been serving the lunch crowd in the capital city where people “relish” his different types of toppings. Dylan Josephs, a Woody’s customer, knows these are no regular hot dogs.
"Mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles and celery salt," Josephs said.
Another customer, Jay Singh, ordered something far more complex than just an average frank.
"Beans, relish and a lot of peppers and mozzarella cheese, it's pretty good,” said Singh.
National Hot Dog day celebrated the love affair with the food that’s been at backyard barbecues for years. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council said seven-billion hot dogs are consumed from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. This three-month period is also the peak hot dog season in the U.S.
Jean Nihoul, of New Haven, found hot dogs are the perfect lunchtime food for those with busy lifestyles.
"I don't know, what's not to like? It's just meat in a perfect form - it's a great on-the-go kinda sandwichy thing to eat, it's just happiness on a bun," said Nihoul.
Last year, Americans spent more than two-and-a-half billion dollars on hot dogs in supermarkets alone.
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