Tucson's El Guero Canelo Receives James Beard 2018 America's Classics Award

Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 3:45pm
Updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 3:54pm
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Daniel Contreras is about to take a bite into a Sonoran hot dog.

In the food world, the James Beard Awards are something like the Oscars. The best chefs making the most sophisticated cuisine are recognized for their efforts.

But the James Beard Awards also recognize the best that regional cuisine has to offer. You know, those hometown favorites that you have to take your friends to when they visit from out of town?

A hometown favorite in Tucson is the Sonoran hot dog from El Guero Canelo.

What is a Sonoran hot dog? Think of a hot dog wrapped in bacon, smothered in everything great about Mexican street food.

This year, the James Beard Foundation recognized Tuscon's El Guero Canelo and its owner Daniel Contreras with its 2018 America’s Classics Award.

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