My favorite category, as always:
5201 S. 12th Ave., 295-9005;
2480 N. Oracle Road, 882-8977;
www.elguerocanelo.comForget everything you ever thought you knew about hot dogs. To hell with Chicago, New York, baseball, all that. This is an experience like you've never had. These are hot dogs al estilo sonorense, Sonoran style--wrapped in bacon and covered with beans, tomatoes, onions, mustard and mayo on the best bun you've ever tasted. Overhead on the TV, the tubby lead singer of Banda Tres Rios rocks out to banda music, surrounded by a bevy of notably un-tubby, scantily clad but equally energetic young ladies, all splashing around in water and dancing to their new hit, "Sueña Tremendo." And, oh, what a tremendous dream they are, these hot dogs. People flock to this place like zombies. Go there. Now.
2. BK's, 5118 S. 12th Ave., 295-0105; 2680 N. First Ave., 207-2245
3. Pat's Drive-In, 1202 W. Niagara St., 624-0891
Heart attack in a bun, but so worth it.