Frankly Speaking

DC-3 takes hot dogs to new places

Gone are the days when a hot dog was an all-beef frank in a simple bun with ketchup, mustard or maybe some relish.

The new DC-3 on Barracks Row has reinvented the hot dog to represent specialties from across the country. The restaurant plots the origins of its dogs on a giant wall map, including classics–like a chili-topped Nathan's Coney ($4)–and the nouveau, falafel-based California Left Winger ($6).

Windy City purists can rejoice over the Chicago 7 ($4.50), which is "dragged through the garden"–topped with spicy sport peppers and all–and served in a poppy seed bun. The Rochester White Snappy Griller ($4.50) tops an uncured "white hot" frank–the porky pride of Rochester–with a squirt of yellow mustard.

The Bay Bridge Pretzel Dog ($6) nods to this area with an all-beef dog in a Heidelberg pretzel roll topped with creamy homemade crab dip and ample Old Bay. Order a side of fried pickles ($2.59) to cut the dog's richness.

The restaurant may get creative, but it takes service seriously. If you don't see what you want, you can build a dog ($6), customizing buns, franks and even the option to flat-grill, char-grill, butterfly or deep-fry it.

DC-3, 423 8th St. SE; 202-546-1935 or eatdc3.com