I usually try to keep my expectations low when it comes to hot dog restaurants. I find it hard to top the iconic Arbetter’s in Westchester or Sweet Dogs in the Flagami part of Miami. When I heard that the uber-popular Venezuelan Chef Cesar Gonzalez (@Co_Cinero) was behind a hot dog based food truck named El Alpha Dog, I was intrigued.
As you can see on the menu below, there are some creative dogs along with three burger burritos.
I was with my cousin Chunktronics, and we started with some tasty Nestea peach tea. I’m not even a fan of Tea and had a couple of those guys instead of my usual cola.
The Special Teque Balls (8 per order) are round tequeños topped with spicy secret sauce, bacon & green onions, and black sesame seeds. That spicy secret sauce is most definitely spicy and needs to be bottled and sold.
Alpha Dog – Alpha sauce, onions, scallions, pork belly, Korean BBQ sauce, toasted white sesame seeds & cilantro
The Grilled Cheese Dog – pink sauce, onions, bacon, corn sauce, cheddar & mozzarella cheese, crispy corn on top
Alpha Truffle Dog – Truffle sauce, bacon, mac ‘n’ cheese, crunchy popcorn, truffle oil & black sesame seeds
Clásico Caraqueño – Cabbage, onions, cilantro, mayo, ketchup, mustard, garlic sauce & grated pecorino cheese
El Shanty – Alpha sauce, onions, scallions, double pork belly, Korean BBQ sauce, toasted white sesame seeds & cilantro
No one could come close to the Alpha Dog. El Shanty had no dog and was a double order of that incredible Pork Belly, so it doesn’t count towards best dog.
If I were you, I’d order 2 of the Alpha Dog the first time you eat here and if you’ve got some room, then try out the other guys. We could not stop talking about the Alpha Dog while we ate everything else.
Ok, now that I think about it, only eat one Alpha Dog and grab one of the stellar Burger Burritos (available in single or double patty). We tried all three burritos, but the Porky won the flavor game.
The Porky is stuffed with lettuce, cabbage, Korean BBQ sauce, Alpha sauce, mayo, mustard, ketchup, ham, Angus burger, extra thick-cut bacon, onions, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese & special french fries + fried egg. I could do without the lettuce, but then again, I detest lettuce, so that keeps with my routine.
They were all worth a try but that Porky was just a little notch above the others.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been excited by a food truck, much less a hot dog concept that isn’t attached to some regional specialty. Chef Cesar has nailed it again, and I’m excited to go back and try some of the other creations.
I’m not gonna lie to you people; that half-pound “El Mini” is calling my name. But, you need to be mentally prepared for something like that, especially when I’ve only got Alpha Dog on the brain.
Where You Need To Be: