American hot dogs are steeped in tradition, served at landmark restaurants and stands that have been doing it the same way for generations. But the frankfurter adapts easily to any cuisine, and lately, some of the wildest hot dogs have been coming out of Central and South America.
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Not technically a hot dog—more like a delicious cross between Mexican torta sandwich and hot dog. [Photographs and original artwork: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs Tuscan Tony Zweigle's Cincinnati Cheese ConeyTexas TommyPhilly Dirty Water DogChicago Dog I might be pushing the definition of "hot dog" with this one, but this monster of a sandwich was just too good to ignore. On a recent trip to Brooklyn I stopped at the Puebla Mini Mart (aka "Don Pepe's") in Sunset Park for a bite before an all-day hot dog excursion. The colorful bodega with a full-service grill and tables in the back had a wild menu with more varieties of tortas than you ever thought possible. But I did a double-take when...