A couple months ago I stopped by the Jaquez Fast Food cart (after 5pm) on East Market Street for a quick bite before heading out of town. The buns are still warmed on the flat top alongside the dogs. But different this time is that the strip of bacon is separate instead of being wrapped around the dog before grilling. Even though it doesn't integrate as well in the taste when slid into the bun next to the dog, the crisper texture of the bacon more than makes up for it. The price is still $2.50, same as four years ago. With yellow mustard, salsa fresca, onions, mayo, pickled jalapenos, and relish, this is a wet-style of dog and not exactly tidy to eat in the car. And, certainly not while driving. So, I took a moment to appreciate the art of a well-crafted dog and polished it off before resuming my journey. As much as I like Julio Valdez's dog and the choice of cheeses, the grilled layering on the Jaquez offering vs. the steamed heat of Valdez's gives this one the edge. Aren't we lucky to have such good choices?
Image of Jaquez hot dog with the works -
Earlier visits to Jaquez Fast Food for Salinas Street Food -