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I think it should be noted that the Chili Dog is Sonic the Hedgehog's favorite food. ;)

Fawful117 (talk) 04:03, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

Several people have said that, but others have dismissed that bit as trivia Purplebackpack89≈≈≈≈ 04:54, 5 March 2012 (UTC)


How about referring to the first use of "Chili Dog" to include Art's Chili Dogs in Los Angeles (founded in 1939)?

Merge Texas hot dog[edit]

Standard issue chili dog with regional name--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 02:48, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
The result of this discussion was no merge valereee (talk) 16:13, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

Right now we've got variations on the chili dog which all include some form of chili meat sauce over hot dog on bun with onions and mustard and optional cheese in four different articles. There are definitely variations in the regional styles which should be retained, but the basic idea could be a lot clearer and more comprehensively presented in a single article with sections for each regional specialty valereee (talk) 11:28, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

  • Oppose as the Coney Island hot dogs sold in Michigan are unique and with variations within Michigan. Steelbeard1 (talk) 15:50, 16 June 2015 (UTC)
Steelbeard1 Can we keep this discussion just here on the Chili dog page? It'll make life so much easier if all the discussion is in one place.valereee (talk) 16:03, 16 June 2015 (UTC)
Comment I completely agree they appear to be a unique version of the chili dog in that they call for a specific type of hot dog and often use ground beef heart rather than ground beef in the sauce. But if locals were describing it to an outsider, wouldn't they start with something along the lines of, "Well, it's kind of like a chili dog, except the sauce is different and the hot dogs are a special kind." valereee (talk) 09:14, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - These are all variations on a theme, similar to the former articles on Submarine sandwiches. Also, simply being sold in Michigan doesn't make it unique, just native - that is the same failed argument made regarding the term Hoagie in the merge discussion for subs. --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 00:24, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose - There are lots of variations of things (see e.g. List of sausages or List of sandwiches); the question is whether there exist sufficient reliable sources which distinguish them. Here I think the answer is yes. There's cultural history and specificity with these and sources generally explain them as being different. Carolina style isn't even about a chili dog variation but about "chili, slaw, and onions" (with or without a hot dog). — Rhododendrites talk \\ 14:31, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
Comment Rhododendrites, what about alternatively simply expanding Chili dog to include an abbreviated description of the various types of chili dogs, with links to main articles about each of the various types? My primary concern here is that the generic article is almost TOO generic -- that is, it's been edited to explain that Chili dogs are not to be confused with -any- of the types of Chili dogs there are out there -- which makes it almost worthless as a way to explain there are many regional variations that fall under this main heading.  :) valereee (talk) 14:54, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
@Valereee: I see. Yes, it's pretty bad right now. I can see why you'd want to consolidate. Maybe the best thing to do would be to blow it up and start over, setting requirements for sourcing to include any of them and bringing all of the variations together into a "History" section. It would be a lot of work, but would probably make for the best. I suppose we should also ask if there's simply enough to be said about a chili dog independent of the varieties and independent of the hot dog itself. So another possibility is expanding Hot dog#In the United States using some of this material and redirecting there... — Rhododendrites talk \\ 16:48, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
@Rhododendrites: OMG. Hot dog is a mess. Ai yi yi. valereee (talk) 17:19, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose – They are distinct foods with unique and separate histories. Carolina style can also refer to condiments used on hamburgers. Also oppose per Steelbeard1 and Rhododendrites above. North America1000 09:20, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
Comment Northamerica1000 Their histories are surprisingly similar, at least for some of the variations -- a TON of them seem to have been more or less independently developed by Greek/Macedonian immigrants in the 1920s. Not arguing that's necessarily a reason the variants don't need their own article, and I'm not sure there's any reliable source that would connect them so it may be WP:OR but there you have it.  :) valereee (talk) 09:58, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose: While there may be (or already is, Hot dog variations) a single place where these varieties can be compared and contrasted, each has a unique history and notability. Its not uncommon for varieties of foods to not actually be substantively that different in composition but culturally unique across regions and countries. E.g., we should not merge Chivito (sandwich) with Steak sandwich. And while I am opposing the merge, I don't disagree that better coordination among the articles would be ideal.--Milowenthasspoken 11:37, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment Okay, I'm happy to keep this article as a generic, listing the variations and linking to their main articles. I've done that; see what you think. valereee (talk) 13:22, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.