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

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
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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Tacos D.F.

, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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NattyLite
NattyLite

a pancho in Buenos Aires would give this dog a fight. 100% grade A 'hot dog meat' (haha), these foot long (sorry, i don't know the metric conversion) dirty boil dogs are sold on the street in BsAs . topped with potato chip pieces, cheese, mustard, pico de gallo and salsa golf (mayo/ketchup mixture that makes argentines swoon), these hearty snacks can't be beat. esp since they're 6 pesos -- or $1.50 USD. BOOM. 

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

All I can say is...$1?!?! Wow. Didn't think you could get anything edible in Houston for a buck. I stand corrected.

Bruce R
Bruce R

 You can get a McDouble for $1. They're pretty good, probably better than a hotdog.  And two tacos at JITB cost $1.

Tim
Tim

 Tacos at Taqueria Don Tin #3 at Shepherd and 23rd are a buck a piece.  I've only been once, but when I ordered two (for $2 total) they included a side of beans and some grilled onions and peppers.  Hard to think of a better, less expensive lunch this side of an expense account.

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