Cincinnati chef Daniel Wright is on a mission to transform the classic hot dog from hum-drum to extraordinary at his restaurant Senate, where the dogs are adorned with ingredients like goat cheese, bacon and "tons of drama" (the Lindsay Lohan dog) and wasabi peas (the Hello Kitty 2.0 dog). Here, he shares ten super simple ways to make a hot dog into a masterpiece:
1. Break cultural boundaries. Wasabi or kimchi? Salsa or chutney? Make it interesting by adding a topping you wouldn't usually find at your run-of-the-mill backyard barbecue.
2. Experiment with texture. As a kid I loved to smash chips on my sandwiches, so why not crush them over a dog? But don't stop there: You can use tortillas, pretzels or your favorite BBQ chips.