Danger dog
A deep-fried, bacon wrapped "Jersey breakfast dog"
Alternative namesBacon-wrapped hot dog
Street dog
Mission dog
Sonoran dog
TypeHot dog
Place of originMexico
Region or stateTijuana or Hermosillo
Main ingredientsHot dog, bacon, hot dog bun, various toppings
VariationsJersey breakfast dog, francheezie

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. These dogs are sold from carts that are ubiquitous along Avenida Revolución and the area surrounding the border in Tijuana, as well as the bar district in Ensenada.

The name "danger dog" comes from the perceived lack of food safety precautions taken by the street vendors who sell them, many of which are unlicensed and lack refrigeration.[3]

Sonoran dogs are now sold by street vendors and in restaurants and sporting venues in urban areas in the United States such as San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.[4][5][6]

The term "Sonoran dog" originates from this form of hot dog's origins in the Sonoran region of Mexico.[7]


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 bun. It is typically sold by restaurants rather than street vendors.[8][9][10][11][12]


See also: Street vending in Los Angeles

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, bell peppers, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and grilled jalapeño peppers.[13][14][15][16] After a public campaign in 2010, the L.A. City Council proclaimed the bacon-wrapped to be the official hot dog of Los Angeles.[17]

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.[18][19][20]

Mission dog

In San Francisco, the bacon-wrapped hot dog is also called a Mission dog after the Mission District, the area of the city where it was originally sold. It is typically served with grilled onions, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, and jalapeños.[21][22][23]

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.[24][25]

See also


  1. ^ Rosenstrauch, Dan (June 19, 2011). "It's a Dog, It's Bacon, It's a 'Danger Dog'", Contra Costa Times. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Castellanos, Dalina (June 24, 2015). "How L.A. Destroyed Northern Mexico's Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs", Munchies. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  3. ^ Annie (2021-04-08). "Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs AKA LA Street Dogs". Cooking Up Love. Retrieved 2023-04-15.
  4. ^ Lovett, Ian (December 3, 2013). "Food Carts in Los Angeles Come Out of the Shadows", New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2013. "But despite the ubiquity of “danger dogs,” the bacon-wrapped hot dogs that sizzle on sidewalk griddles outside Lakers games and concert venues, almost all street vending has remained entirely illegal here."
  5. ^ "Danger Dogs: Blurring the Line Between Work and Play", Gastronomy, September 13, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  6. ^ Landers, Jackson (August 4, 2016). "Danger Dogs: The Secret History of LA's Favorite Street Food", Thrillist. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "60 Things Worth Shortening Your Life For", Esquire, February 16, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  8. ^ Brusin, Josh (September 15, 2005). "Francheezie... Cambridge House – RIP", Chicago Foodies. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Bruno, Pat (April 14, 1989). "Frank Talk About Francheezies", Chicago Sun-Times.
  10. ^ Selvam, Ashok (October 22, 2015). "Epic Chicago Sandwiches to Eat Before You Die", Chicago Eater. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "'What the Hell Is a Francheezie?' and Other of Life's Big Questions", Slimbelly No-Mo's BBQ, December 3, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Francheezie Retro Hot Dog", Kartoffelklösse Project, July 30, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  13. ^ Hernandez, Daniel (February 6, 2008). "The Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog: So Good It's Illegal", L.A. Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Food Fight", reason.com, April 24, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  16. ^ Stephens, Josh (September 22, 2008). "Out of the Enclave: Latinos Adapt, and Adapt to, the American City", Planetizen. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  17. ^ "Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog", Farmer John. Archived from the original on May 29, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  18. ^ "Best of Jersey: Food", New Jersey Monthly, March 10, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  19. ^ "Jersey Breakfast Dog Recipe". The Drunken Tailgate. August 3, 2010. Archived from the original on August 5, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jersey Breakfast Dog", The Taste of Aussie. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  21. ^ Smiley, Lauren (January 19, 2011). "Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Vendors Lose Customers When They Go Legit" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, S.F. Weekly. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  22. ^ Woo, Stu (November 10, 2011). "Mission Munchers Bite 'Danger Dogs'", Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  23. ^ "The Legend of the Bacon Hot Dog Cart", Hoodscope, April 7, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  24. ^ Krall, Hawk (October 30, 2009). "Hot Dog of the Week: Texas Tommy", Serious Eats. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  25. ^ Hillibish, Jim (November 10, 2009). "Easy Recipe: Texas Tommy". Milford Daily News. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2015.