Hot Dog History Born in Coney Island

Nathan’s Famous, host of the annual July 4 hot-dog eating contest, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. WSJ’s Jeff Bush takes a trip to the original Coney Island location to explore the humble history of the popular sausage on a bun. Photo: Jeff Bush

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  1. Nathan's first hot dog eating contest started in 1916 where the champion only ate 13 hot dogs. On the 4th of July, 2016, the champion of the Nathan's hot dog eating contest broke the record with 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Just imagine that for a moment.

  2. Just got a notification from Google that there was foreign material in the hotdogs I ordered. The Nathan's hotdogs. It's a little too late to inform people of a recall after they have already eaten it. My wife swore there was a bone or something else really hard in her hotdog. Thank God she didn't break a tooth.

  3. We New Yorkers have the best of everything. Coney Island Nathan’s, Brooklyn has the best Roast Beef sandwich at Brennan and Carr’s and the best Pastrami at Katz Deli and the best fried clams in The Bronx at City Island

  4. A while back, I decided to give Nathan's hot dogs a try. After doing so, I understand why everyone goes crazy for them. They are quite tasty, if they're cooked the right way. Now, if they were lower in price at the supermarket, then I'd buy them more often.

  5. Nathans is owned by a company in ''''''C H I N A ! ''' They don't want anyone to know so they hide the Nathan's brand behind the name John Morrell and Co. based in Cincinnati……. But John Morrell and Co. is owned by Smithfield foods ( Hams ) and all is owned by…Shuanghui International Holdings Limited and WH Group of China…….. Stop buying foods owned by China! …… Check it out yourself.

  6. baaabwbwaahaahahahahahahaahahah nathans are the worst dogs you mean " if you think they are good , you have never had a great hot dog ! besides brats and sausages are better then hot dogs " grow up "

  7. ‎‎Excuse me. What are the ingredients might put in Coney Island Nathan’s Famous hot dogs? Do you put sauerkraut or fermented vegetables in it?

  8. I never understand why people wait in long lines for a free hot dog or a taco or something like that. I'd rather just drop the $3 or whatever and not have to wait in a massive line.

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