Everyday Eats: Dressed-Up Dogs from Delux
Hot dogs go gourmet but stay affordable at this new hot dog shop in Coronado
If any food item needed a reboot, it's the hot dog. The basic toppings are fine in a pinch (or at the ballpark) but a simple dog doesn't always cut the mustard. At Delux Dogs in Coronado, hot dogs become haute dogs with upgrades ranging from melted Meunster cheese to Thai peanut spread. The best part? Even though they are made from primo ingredients (Vienna Beef dogs and Bread and Cie buns) prices are still reasonable. Corn dogs are $2.95, and even the most fully dressed dogs are under $7.
You can start with a naked dog ($4.75) and build it up to your own specs. (toppings are 40 cents apiece) or go with one of the pre-made selections, ranging from familar options like the Windy City (a Chicago-style dog) and the Border Town (TJ-style), to fusion options like the Tokyo, with teriyaki glaze, Japanese mayo, grilled onions, sesame seeds, dried seaweed chips and Sriracha (yowza!). I chose a dog somewhere in the middle: the B.L.T., which comes with bacon bits, tomato, Japanese mayo, and lettuce.
The dog was cooked just right: plumped up and juicy, and the Bread and Cie bun was nicely squishy. One word of warning: this is not a portable item. You're going to want to sit down and keep the basket close to catch falling food debris.
The 50/50 mix of sweet potato and regular tots ($3.25) is a smart side. The sweet tots are fluffier than their regular counterparts, and disappeared the fastest, but the regular tots are equally good (albiet a bit saltier). The "kicker sauce" had a strangely sweet flavor and wasn't my favorite. If you like to dip, ask for chipotle ranch dressing on the side.
Drink options include soda, lemonade, and Orange Avenue Whips ($3.25), which are similar to an Orange Julius, or a 50/50 ice cream bar. The high sugar content makes the drink the perfect size to share. Think of it as a (somewhat) healthier milkshake, thanks to the fresh-squeezed orange juice (vitamin C! Am I right?)