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🌭 We Seattleites got that dog in us
A view of a hot dog with onions, relish, ketchup, and cream cheese
What toppings do you prefer on your Seattle Dog, besides cream cheese and onions?|Photo via Monster Dogs
Let’s be frank — cream cheese on hot dogs works, we swear. The surprisingly delicious combo known as a Seattle Dog may occasionally raise foodie eyebrows, but it’s a proud staple around town and great for summer snacking.

Even if you’ve seen this wonder on local grills, how much do you really know about its origins? Get that schmear going as we take a look back.

Pioneering creation

From most accounts, the first appearances of the Seattle Dog were in Pioneer Square more than 30 years ago. An enterprising guy named Hadley Long was working at a bagel deli and started up a cart nearby that sold veggie bagels sometime around 1988-89.

Trying to meet the demand for hot dogs after sweaty local rock shows, Hadley eventually combined the two concepts and sold bagels that were also franks with the deli’s bialy sticks as the bread. Sticks eventually evolved into a more traditional bun and voila innovation was born.

There’s a debate on whether a true Seattle Dog must have grilled onions. And, for his part, Long has contended that a bialy-style bun is preferable to a traditional one. But the cream cheese is a must (obviously).

Where to find them

Purist or not, you’ll see lots of juicy Seattle Dog varieties around town, some topped with jalapeños or slathered with different sauces. Here’s where you can find one to sate your cravings:
  • Monster Dogs | This Capitol Hill street stand has been a late-night favorite for years — those dogs just hit different after Jell-O shots at Unicorn Bar.
  • Dog in the Park | Find the family-owned business at the Space Needle, the Waterfront, and Westlake Park.
  • Bigfoot Longs | The pop-up hunkers down at local bars like Mountaineering Club and lives up to its name — so bring an appetite.
Thursday, July 4
  • 39th Annual Naturalization Ceremony | Thursday, July 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle | Free | Hundreds of individuals from around the world will become American citizens in one of the nation’s largest naturalization events.
  • Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth | Thursday, July 4 | 3-11 p.m. | Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle | Free | Enjoy pre-show activities followed up with the iconic, choreographed fireworks display with an accompanying musical score.
Friday, July 5
  • Candi Pop: Espresso Night | Friday, July 5 | 9 p.m. | Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle | $20 | Dance the night away to bubblegum pop hits by Sabrina Carpenter, Dua Lipa, Charli xcx, and more.
  • ?????? CINEMA | Friday, July 5 | 9:30 p.m. | The Beacon, 4405 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle | Free | The film title isn’t announced until the seats are filled — what journey will you take at this secretive film experience?
Saturday, July 6
  • Garden Florals Workshop | Saturday, July 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 1950 130th Ave. NE, Bellevue | $65 | This beginner-friendly class teaches you how to create your own flower arrangement in a mason jar.
  • Seattle Red White and Brew Bar Crawl | Saturday, July 6 | 4-10 p.m. | Ozzie’s, 105 W. Mercer St., Seattle | $24.99 | Don your most patriotic outfits and hit the town for an evening of themed drinks and camaraderie.
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News Notes
  • The Seattle Kraken has named Jessica Campbell as the its new assistant coach, making Campbell the first-ever female full-time coach in the NHL. She spent two previous seasons with the Coachella Valley Firebirds alongside Dan Bylsma, who was recently named the Kraken’s new head coach. (KING 5)

  • The WSDOT is closing the onramp from Highway 99 to eastbound Highway 518 in Tukwila indefinitely while crews fix a new hole in the road. In addition to this closure, only one lane on the eastbound onramp near Sea-Tac Airport will be operating. (Seattle Times)
Today Is
  • Independence Day. America has celebrated this day for 248 years after the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on July 4, 1776. Round up the kids, friends, or just yourself and head to one of many events happening around town today.
  • Seattle Kraken General Manager Ron Francis inked two former Stanley Cup champions on the first day of NHL Free Agency. What does this mean for the roster as of June 30th? Hear from the local experts on the Seattle Kraken with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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    Stay safe and enjoy those firework displays tonight. 🎆

    Here are my manifestations for the holiday:
    • My beer will stay sooo crisp and cold.
    • People will not fire off loud firecrackers after 11 p.m. when I’m trying to sleep.
    • My digestive tract will perfectly handle the amount of meat and cheese I’m about to consume.
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