The arena is ready! The challengers have been chosen!
(Cue drum roll)
In one corner is El Guero Canelo. The cinnamon blonde is ready and snapping his tongs.
In the other is BK Carne Asada and Hots Dogs, wielding a mesquite log. He whispers something in Spanish to his sister and translator outside the ring. She yells, “Bring it on!”
The fans go wild!
These two establishments are very similar. They both have 12th Avenue restaurants on the south side that appear to have sprouted around humble hot-dog carts. Each opened second restaurants on the north side about the same time. Both serve Sonoran dogs. You would think a Sonoran dog is a Sonoran dog. However, many Tucsonans seem to have very strong opinions that one is better than the other.
And so, these restaurants have been in an epic hot dog battle since the early 90′s. Tucson print and electronic publications usually list these as the top two, and they often take turns in the #1 spot year to year.
So, the debate may be settled once and for all next weekend when the Travel Channel comes to town to shoot an episode for a new series that will be visiting towns across the country and featuring their iconic food dishes. The show will be a companion to their popular Man V Food series and will air in the spring. They will pit food establishments against each other, interview fans, and choose Superfans.
So if you are one of those Tucsonans with a strong opinion in the Sonoran dog debate and consider yourself a big fan of either establishment, you are welcome to attend the shoot of your favorite (show your love), and have a chance to be crowned a Superfan.
They will be shooting at their 12th avenue locations:
January 28th (Thursday): BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs
January 29th (Friday): El Guero Canelo
January 30th (Saturday): Both restaurants.
Exact times have yet to be announced but will be early afternoon or evening. I will update this post with the times if I hear more.
If you think you qualify as a Superfan for either restaurant, email FoodFanCasting@gmail.com and let them know about your love.