Hot Dogs Hot Dogs Hot Dogs

W. 4TH St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
This cart (which has no formal name other than the “HOT DOGS HOT DOGS HOT DOGS” on its canopy) has other treats besides its bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Bags of chicharrones hang from the side; plastic containers of fruit salad await a spritz of lime juice and a dusting of chile powder. The cart does a brisk sale in tostilocos, a sort of mestizo Fritos pie, with a bag of chips mixed with Japanese peanuts, fruit bits and pork rinds, then bathed in Tapatío and chamoy, a fruit-based sauce the way only Mexicans can make fruit-based sauces: simultaneously sweet, salty, spicy and savory. Tostilocos skip through nearly every possible food experience—crunchy, bitter, sour, soggy, everything—into a glorious mess, one that just might be the next—yep—bacon-wrapped hot dog for mainstream companies to copy.

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