Best Bay Area places to chow down

If you thought you did your patriotic duty vis-a-vis hot dogs on the Fourth of July, nope, the celebrating isn’t over yet. Today is National Hot Dog Day and whether you go the classic route or choose an amped-up fusion version, the Bay Area is full of great options. (And if we missed your favorite, please chime in under article commenting.)

Caspers Famous Hot Dogs is the undisputed king of Bay Area classic dogs, dating back to 1934. These are the old-fashioned ones whose casings snap when you bite into them. Founded in Oakland by two families of Armenian immigrants, the eight-store chain is now run by their grandchildren. For the most nostalgic experience, head to the Hayward location at 951 C St., where the dogs are served up in a vintage diner that still boasts the original sign. Other locations: Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Richmond, Oakland, Dublin, Albany and a second Hayward spot.


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