Five Favorite Sonoran Dogs in the Valley
|Flickr- Accidental Hedonist|
|Sonoran dogs, bacon-wrapped and piled high with goodness.|
So what's so good about a Sonoran dog? Mesquite-smoked bacon elevates a humble hot dog from ho hum to mouth watering. The smoky southwest flavor is nestled in a fresh bolillo roll that creates a soft little boat for the dog. Then you load that sucker up with all sorts of toppings to taste, as each hot dog cart has its own special flair. Or stick with the original when the hotdoguero asks, "Con todo?" Pinto beans, tomatoes, onions, and mayo. Why mess with perfection?
Here are our Top 5 Favorite places to snag a Sonoran dog in the Valley, from fancy to bare bones food truck-style. When it's wrapped in bacon, ambiance is secondary to Sonoran dog bliss.
|Vitamin T's version of a Sonoran dog. Trust us, it tastes better than it looks.|
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|A pyramid of bacon-wrapped dogs, ready to be topped en estilo Sonora.|
Pay $3 per dog and bring your order out to the hot dog guy manning the cart outside. Shortly thereafter you will be rewarded with a steamed bolillo roll filled with the dog, chopped tomatoes, onions, pinto beans, mayo, cotija cheese, salsa, or the more traditional ketchup and mustard for the unadventurous. It also comes with a freshly roasted chile pepper on the side and is a full restaurant to serve anyone in your party that is anti-lips and assholes on a bun.
3. La Katra Hot Dog Cart
Just south of Baseline off Priest, right after you enter Guadalupe, La Katra is on hand to deliver Sonoran dogs to the road weary. For $3 you get a dog, and the privilege of enjoying that dog while watching telenovelas on a bitsty lil television. Splurge for a Mexican coke in a bottle too. You deserve it.
All dogs come wrapped in bacon (which can be just a bit soggy at times, truth be told), and topped with beans, mayo, tomatoes, and all the self-serve toppings you can fit on top: canned mushrooms, relish, chiles, salsas, shredded cheddah, creamy avocado sauce, and powdery cotija cheese. The hours of operation are always a bit unreliable though, so shoot for later in the week (Thurs - Saturday) an hour or two after sunset.
|Mickey's Sonoran-style dog.|
Bacon wrapped around a hot dog is nestled in a steamed bolillo bun and then you tell the man what you want on top. Fully loaded with beans, mayo, tomatoes and the rest of the works, or with just a squirt of ketchup. There's no wrong way to do it at Micky's. Snag a tall glass of cold horchata inside (and maybe a caramelo or two) and help yourself to the fresh salsa bar. The aguacate salsa tastes great on top a Sonora dog.
|Nogales' Sonoran Dog and a cold bottle of Coke.|
Make sure to wash down your dogs (let's be honest, you'll have more than one) with a Mexican coke in a bottle, made with real sugar. Or try a piping hot cup of champurrado, which is kind of like Mexican hot chocolate but thickened by masa to give it a rich, silky texture.
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