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

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

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

Follow Eating Our Words on Facebook and on Twitter @EatingOurWords

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.