Danger dog

Danger dog

A deep-fried, bacon wrapped "Jersey breakfast dog"
Alternative names Bacon-wrapped hot dog
Type Hot dog
Place of origin Mexico
Region or state Tijuana or Hermosillo
Main ingredients Hot dog, bacon, hot dog bun, various toppings
Variations Jersey breakfast dog, francheezie
Cookbook: Danger dog  Media: Danger dog

A danger dog is a hot dog that has been wrapped in bacon and deep-fried. It is served on a hot dog bun with various toppings. Also known as a bacon-wrapped hot dog, it was first sold by street vendors in Mexico. Its origin has been placed in either Tijuana[1] or Hermosillo,[2] where it was originally served in a bolillo instead of a hot dog bun.

Danger dogs are now sold by street vendors and in restaurants in urban areas in the United States such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.[3][4][5]

The term "danger dog" originates from this form of hot dog's reputation as being of cheap quality, as it is often sold by unlicensed street vendors.[6]


In Chicago there is a variation of the danger dog called the francheezie. This is an all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and deep fried, with melted Cheddar or American cheese (or Velveeta). Usually the hot dog is split and filled with cheese before being deep fried. Alternatively the cheese may be added as a topping after frying. The francheezie is served on a poppy seed bun, either "plain" or with the toppings of a Chicago-style hot dog. It is typically sold by restaurants rather than by street vendors.[7][8][9][10][11]


In Los Angeles the danger dog is known as the bacon-wrapped hot dog. Vendors can be found cooking them on a stainless steel baking tray over sterno heat sources outside of bars, concerts, sporting events, and other late night establishments. The bacon-wrapped usually consists of a bacon-wrapped hot dog, grilled onions and bell peppers, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and grilled jalapeño peppers.[12][13][14][15] After a public campaign in 2010, the L.A. City Council proclaimed the bacon-wrapped to be the official hot dog of Los Angeles.[16]

Jersey breakfast dog

In New Jersey and elsewhere on the East Coast, there is a variation called the Jersey breakfast dog. This is a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dog with melted cheese, on top of a fried or scrambled egg.[17][18][19]

Mission dog

In San Francisco the bacon-wrapped hot dog is called a Mission dog, named after the Mission District where it is sold. It is typically served with grilled onions, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, and jalapeños.[20][21][22]

Texas Tommy

The Texas Tommy is found in Philadelphia and elsewhere in Eastern Pennsylvania. Like a francheezie, it is a hot dog that is split and filled with cheese before being wrapped with bacon. The Texas Tommy can be either deep-fried, broiled, or grilled.[23][24]


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  12. Hernandez, Daniel (February 6, 2008). "The Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog: So Good It's Illegal", L.A. Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  13. Scattergood, Amy (January 28, 2015). "3 Great Places to Find Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs in L.A. Legal Ones, That Is", Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
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  17. "Best of Jersey: Food", New Jersey Monthly, March 10, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
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  20. Smiley, Lauren (January 19, 2011). "Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Vendors Lose Customers When They Go Legit", S.F. Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  21. Woo, Stu (November 10, 2011). "Mission Munchers Bite 'Danger Dogs'", Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
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  23. Krall, Hawk (October 30, 2009). "Hot Dog of the Week: Texas Tommy", Serious Eats. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
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