A dude named Aaron turned us on to Sonoran hot dogs years ago. Cheap beer, a beater Chevy Monte Carlo and midnight runs for the border may have been involved. Aaron is married, respectable and keeping kosher these days, but now we have El Guero Canelo; today, there's no need to dodge the narcos in Nogales or cops along Interstate 19 to get your late-night fix. Blanca Contreras came up with the idea in 1993, and husband Daniel made it a reality. They took the quintessential all-American food—the hot dog—repackaged it with bacon, beans, salsa, onions and crema, and then cradled it all in a meltingly soft bun, in the process making us all believers in the power of bicultural fronterizo gustatory diversity.
2. BK Carne Asada and Hot Dogs
5118 S. 12th Ave.
2680 N. First Ave.
3. Aqui Con El Nene
Truck at Wetmore and Flowing Wells roads