Hot dog historians believe that the Dixie dog first was configured in Huntington, West Virginia, where it remains immensely popular, at Stewart’s root beer stand, which opened in 1932. The next year, proprietor Gertrude Mandt developed a chili sauce and started serving hot dogs. Exactly when slaw became part of the formula is lost in the mists of time, but it’s that trio – blubbery dog, spicy chili, creamy slaw – that is transcendent magic. Note that Dixie dogs are not called Dixie dogs in West Virginia or anywhere else they are popular. They are called slaw dogs or simply hot dogs, the toppings a given.
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