Before we even got to Tucson, we knew we wanted to try a Sonoran hot dog. Seems to be a very popular style of hot dog in that area of the country.
Had to look up what makes this hot dog different. Wikipedia explains that it is “a hot dog that is wrapped in bacon and grilled, served on a bolillo-style hot dog bun, and topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of additional condiments, often including mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapeño salsa.” Elsewhere, it sounds like it’s mostly based on the type of bun used and the condiments piled on top.
During one of the nights at our Active 20-30 convention, we were bussed downtown for a mini golf type fundraiser. (more on that in another post) And there was a vendor that gave us Sonoran hot dogs (it was included in the event). I usually will add a tiny bit of ketchup to my hot dog, or just eat it plain. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was.
My mom was unable to go with us downtown but was really hoping to be able to get away from her work to try one during the trip. One of the members from the host club, Tucson #82, said that he would make sure that she got one to try before we left for home. The last night of convention always ends with a Gala dinner. During which, we uninstall the board of officers from the last term and install the new board. Plus, some awards given to clubs and members.
I was watching our tables get their chicken or steak dinners. When the cloche covered plate came to me and the server lifted it up, it was a hot dog. Actually, a Sonoran hot dog. My first thought was of confusion. Did I get pranked with a kiddie plate? Then the member that told my mom she would get a hot dog before leaving came over to explain. He went out and got these for my mom and I. I looked over at my mom, and sure enough she got it too. What a funny and very nice surprise.
If you are ever in the area, a Sonoran hot dog is a must.
Have you tried one? Do you have a favorite place to get them?