100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 92, Hot Dog at Tacos D.F.

This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

The New York Times once said that the best hot dogs come from Sonora, a state in Mexico where the traditional way to serve the franks is to wrap them in bacon and then cover them with a festive explosion of onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard and salsa verde...and occasionally that most American of condiments -- ketchup.

The hot dogs at the Tacos D.F. (named after Mexico City, or Mexico D.F.) food truck on Long Point at Witte aren't Sonoran-style hot dogs. But they're not American, either. They're something in between, and at only $1, they're a sight for sore eyes on lunch days when you're feeling strapped.

On top are the diced onions and tomatoes of a Sonoran dog, as well as the mustard and some very mild jalapeño peppers that taste almost like they've been pickled in sugar. There's salsa on the truck if you want it, but everyone else here seems to eat theirs with just a broad streak of ketchup on top instead. And although there's no bacon, the hot dog itself has been griddled just the same, picking up the fatty carnitas and barbacoa flavors from the grill and imparting them into the soft bun. It's a lot to taste for only $1, and you might even still have room for a few tacos afterward.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito

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Katharine Shilcutt