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Rhode Island's hot wiener: Don't call it a hot dog

Rhode Island's hot wiener: Don't call it a hot dog


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Don't call them hot dogs and don't ask for ketchup.

Those are the cardinal rules at Olneyville New York System, arguably the best-known Rhode Island spot for the state's signature hot wieners. The eatery was recently named an "America's Classic" by the James Beard Foundation.

The hot wieners come with mustard, special meat sauce, chopped onions and celery salt and are served in a steamed bun. Rhode Island's love for the dish cuts across demographics: It's as common for a state politician to be at the counter as a police officer, a student or a foodie.

Co-owner Greg Stevens says his family came to Rhode Island in the 1930s in a wave of Greek immigrants from hot dog-rich New York City, which explains the restaurant's name.

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