Hot dogs: 3 picks

The Completo hot dog at San Antonio Bakery The Completo hot dog at San Antonio Bakery includes sauerkraut, tomato, avocado and mayonnaise on a freshly baked bun. (March 9, 2012.) Photo Credit: Agaton Strom

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There are plain hot dogs and then there are those dressed to impress. At these three eateries, franks are as fancy as they are fanciful.


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426 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma; 631-467-3278,

The fat Colombian-style hot dogs known as perros calientes ($6.50) are the specialty of this Latin eatery. The franks are tucked inside hero-sized sesame rolls and topped with creative abandon. Witness the mixto, piled with sliced Colombian sausage, bacon, chicken, mozzarella, crushed potato chips and various sauces.


174 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream; 516-568-0075,

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At this Chilean bakery-cafe, youll find the marvel known as a completo ($3.50), a beef hot dog served in a freshly baked bun and crowned with sauerkraut, tomatoes, mashed avocado and mayonnaise.


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1300 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park; 516-326-0100,

At this freewheeling pizza-plus eatery, the foot-long Rachel dog sports a topping of pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, diced pickles and nine-grain mustard.

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