Sonoran hot dog in Arizona named to top 10 in US is not top dog

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson restaurant has notched another award for its bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog, but locals may disagree about its dominance.

El Güero Canelo, which received a coveted James Beard Award in 2018, has now landed a spot on a recently released list of the 10 Best Hot Dogs in the USA by Travel Magazine.

The article clocks the famous Sonoran hot dog joint at No. 7 on a list that includes other big names like Jimmy’s Red Hots in Chicago and Crif Dogs in New York, which the article states is “frankly the best.”

The short blurb on El Güero starts out with a dubious claim: “Walk into any restaurant in Arizona serving hot dogs and they will have a Sonoran-style hot dog on the menu,” and then goes on to say El Güero’s is the best. 

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