Unsliced hot dog buns
Top Vs Side-Sliced Hot Dog Buns: What's The Difference?
You might not know that hot dog buns come in two styles, side split and top split, which have the same basic functionality but differ when it comes to stability.
Popular in New England, top-split buns are cut top-down, giving them a flat bottom that allows them to stand upright and keep all the fillings contained inside.
First created in the 1940s by chefs at Howard Johnson's who needed a bun to hold fried clam strips, top-split buns are perfect for grilling and make for a cleaner presentation.
By contrast, side-split buns came along in the 1950s thanks to the invention of mechanical side slicers. They are perfectly functional, but top-split buns have a leg up.