MN food cart in the running for best hot dog vendor

Nate Beck makes skin-on wieners – and doesn't really like ketchup.

A Minneapolis food cart is in the running to be named the 2017 Hot Dog Vender of the Year.

Natedogs is up against nine other hot dog makers in the contest by Mobile Cuisine, a website dedicated to the mobile food industry. The 10 finalists were named after an online vote a few weeks ago, and you can vote for the best between now and Friday, May 5 at 8:59 p.m.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Natedogs was in second place with 1,070 votes. Currently in first place is Small Time Hot Dogs out of Winona, Mississippi, which had 1,332 votes Wednesday afternoon.

The other hot dog venders in the running are:

  • Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs from Denver.
  • Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs from Buffalo, New York.
  • The Greasy Wiener from Los Angeles.
  • Mericafoodtruck (American Wiener) from Tampa.
  • Victory Dogs from Medford, Oregon.
  • Willy Dog from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • Yeti Dogs from Anchorage.
  • Zombie Dogz from Dayton, Ohio.

More on Natedogs

Nate Beck, who's love for hot dogs can be attributed to his dad and visiting the Minnesota State Fair, doesn't make your typical hot dog – he makes skin-on wieners with meat from Minnesota farms, according to the Natedogs website.

He launched his umbrella-topped hot dog cart on the streets of Minneapolis back in 2011, and now his business has expanded into catering and selling his homemade mustard (he's not much of a ketchup fan), his website says.

You can read more about Natedogs, check out this story by or this one by Food Service News.

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