Independence and hot dogs are two great tastes that go great together, and no American worth the name will allow today's celebration of freedom to pass without pressing a well-slathered wiener into his or her face. (Crucial supplements: a light buzz from cheap beer and the tingle of a pre-sunburn.) For the lowdown on the best home-grilled hot dogs, see Bethany Jean Clement's manifesto on page 33. If you're the type of person who likes to celebrate Independence Day by making other people do the work, consider a visit to Po Dog, home to an array of delicious doggy options both meaty and vegetarian, served on a killer soft brioche. (Po Dog Hot Dogs; Capitol Hill, 1009 E Union St; U-District, 4736 University Way NE; www.podogs.com; 11 am–midnight)

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