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LAF in the A.M. January 6th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

The Birthplace of the Fried Clam

Tucson’s Best Hot Dog

Bisbee Breakfast Club in Mesa, AZ

The 3 Greek Hot Dog Shops of Sioux City

The Birthplace of the Fried Clam

WCVB/Boston visits the possible birthplace of the fried clam, Woodman’s of Essex, where they still use the same 100-year-old recipe to fry up the local bivalve. Fried clam lovers note: Woodman’s stays open through winter!

Tucson’s Best Hot Dog

The great Sonoran hot dog: bacon-wrapped dog topped with beans, mayo, mustard, onions, tomatoes, and jalapeño sauce. In a freshly baked bun.

The great Sonoran hot dog: bacon-wrapped dog topped with beans, mayo, mustard, onions, tomatoes, and jalapeño sauce. In a freshly baked bun.

When you talk about the best hot dog in Tucson it goes without saying that the subject is the Sonoran hot dog. Readers of Tucson Weekly selected El Guero Canelo as the source for the city’s finest, in the annual Best of Tucson poll.

Bisbee Breakfast Club in Mesa, AZ

Brisket Biscuit Sliders at Bisbee Breakfast Club of Mesa

Brisket Biscuit Sliders at Bisbee Breakfast Club of Mesa

The Arizona Republic reviewer of the Bisbee Breakfast Club in Mesa, AZ loved the chorizo rancheros: “two crisp corn tortillas topped with refried beans, two scrambled eggs with chorizo, spring onions, tomatoes and Cheddar-Jack cheese slathered in a bright green chile sauce and fresh sliced avocado.” He calls it “stunning.” Less stunning are the pancakes. Overall, three-and-a-half stars out of five. Read the review here.

The 3 Greek Hot Dog Shops of Sioux City

A pair of greek-accented wieners from Sioux City, Iowa's Milwaukee Wiener House

A pair of Greek-accented wieners from Sioux City, Iowa’s Milwaukee Wiener House

There are three Greek-owned Coney Island-style hot dog joints in Sioux City, Iowa. Two of them opened in 1918. Coneys, which hark back to an old Midwest amusement park, not the section of New York City Nathan’s Famous calls home, generally come with mustard and a sweet-spiced meat sauce reminiscent of the meat layer in moussaka. Chopped raw onions can be added. Read more about Sioux City’s Coney shops in Sioux City Journal’s continuing feature called 150 Icons, which takes a look at the icons of Siouxland.

6 Comments

  1. El Guero Canelo was one of the worst in our recent study! The hot dog trucks/trailers were far beyond any Sonoran from a brick-and-mortar place. Maybe Tucson folks are scared of the trucks?

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