Seattle-style hot dog

Seattle-style hot dog
Alternative names Seattle Dog
Type Hot dog
Place of origin United States
Region or state Seattle
Main ingredients Hot dog bun, hot dog, cream cheese
Cookbook: Seattle-style hot dog  Media: Seattle-style hot dog

A Seattle-style hot dog, sometimes referred to as a Seattle Dog, is a hot dog topped with cream cheese that has become popular in Seattle.


Although the origins are not clear, it has been adopted as a regional variation.[1] It is believed that the concept began in the Pioneer Square neighborhood in the late 1980s or early 1990s. One possible inventor is Hadley Longe who operated a bagel cart at night. He incorporated hot dogs on bialy sticks with cream cheese.[2]

Seattle Dogs increased in popularity at bars and music venues during the grunge movement of the 1990s. They are now often sold at bars and their surrounding street vendors at night.[3] They are also available at and near the city's sporting venues.[4][5] A vendor told the The Seattle Weekly that he believed large crowds visiting stands outside of Safeco Field during the Seattle Mariners 2001 116–46 season was "the big boom"[2] for the recipe.


The meat is typically grilled and the bun is usually toasted. Polish sausage is common. Street vendors often cut the sausage down the middle to cook it quickly and all the way through.[6][7]

The use of cream cheese defines the Seattle-style hot dog. While some might be initially skeptical of the cream cheese and meat combination, people comment on the balance between the competing texture and flavors.[8] Sellers sometimes have devices similar to caulking guns to quickly dispense the cream cheese. The owner of Dante's Inferno Dogs says that he was the first to introduce their use.[2]

Grilled onions are one of the most popular additions. Other toppings include jalapeños and other peppers, sauerkraut or grilled cabbage, and scallions. Condiments such as mustard (American yellow or spicy brown), barbecue sauce, and Sriracha sauce are favorites, while ketchup is used less often.[9][10][11]


  1. Raskin, Hanna Rachel (December 20, 2006). "Appalachian Hot Dogs". Mountain Xpress. Asheville, NC. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 Raskin, Hanna (August 29, 2012). "Streets of Philadelphia". The Seattle Weekly. pp. 11–15. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  3. Hobart, Erica (February 12, 2010). "Are Cream Cheese Hot Dogs Really a Seattle Thing?". The Seattle Weekly. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  4. Vrabel, Ani. "The Football Hot Dogs of America". Esquire. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  5. Johns, Greg (April 11, 2008). "Lots of New Food Items on Safeco Field Menu". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  6. Browne, Rick. 1,001 Best Grilling Recipes: Delicious, Easy-to-make Recipes from Around the World. Chicago: Surrey Books. p. 389. ISBN 978-1-57284-116-1.
  7. Gilovich, Paula; Vogel, Traci (2001). The Stranger Guide to Seattle: The City's Smartest, Pickiest, Most Obsessive Urban Manual. Seattle: Sasquatch Books. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-1-57061-256-5.
  8. Ed Levine (1 November 2011). Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 167–168. ISBN 978-0-307-95331-5. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  9. Belle, Rachel (August 31, 2012). "Cream Cheese + Hot Dog: The History Behind the Seattle Dog". Ring My Belle. KIRO. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  10. Bauer, Jon (August 3, 2009). "In Our Frank Opinion". The Herald. Everett, WA. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  11. Gold, Scott (2008). The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers. New York: Broadway Books. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-7679-2651-5.
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