Dog Style

Customize your hot dogs at Bold Bite

The hot dog has primarily remained the same classic ballpark meal that our grandparents used to eat.

But at Bethesda's new Bold Bite, a simple hot dog is the foundation for mix-and-match combinations of spicy sauces, snappy toppings and even an array of steamed, griddled or baguette-based buns.

Once you select a sausage from an assortment that includes classic hot dogs, half-smoke franks, merguez and other artisanal sausages, layer on one of a variety of toppings. Choose from hot peppers, spicy mustard, sauerkraut and sauces like Cajun ketchup, arugula pesto or Old Bay-spiced sauce, or novel finishers such as crunchy, shredded tortilla chips, pita chips and potato sticks.

The menu also includes a series of recommended combinations for those less creative days. The DC ($5.25) cradles a thick quarter-pound half-smoke in a steamed bun with the house chili sauce, mustard and a sprinkling of diced onions. The Chicago ($4) features the city's classic combination of sport peppers, relish, pickle, tomato and celery salt in a steamed poppy-seed bun.

The Show Dogs menu includes more upscale recommended combinations with toppings like truffle whip, caramelized onions and feta. Smoky Argentine chorizo anchors the Choripan ($6.20), which is served with herbal chimichurri on a small, French baguette.

These are no stadium snacks.

Bold Bite, 4901-b Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-951-2653 or