No. 94, Coney Dog at LinX
Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to highlight dishes from restaurants we'll never full review, or secrets from old standbys. Anyhoo, let the march begin...
I love all hot dogs--have loved them since hearing both Vin Scully AND Jaime Jarrín extolling the virtues of Farmer John's as a kid. Love the Sonoran dog, the Chicago dog, the ones from Rochester, The Varsity in Atlanta, and so many more. But my favorite type of unadulterated dog (because no matter what I eat, it'll be buried underneath salsa of some sort) has to be the Coney dog: the tartness of the mustard, the mild sweetness of the chili, those sharp onions, the bun that somehow doesn't break even as both ends spilleth over. And while it's a standard of nearly all hot dog places, LinX in Orange offers the most refined Coney of them all.
Look at it: the finely diced onions, the plump weiner, the pretty potato bun, the sprinkle of parsley for a hint of sprightness. You might think it's some uppity disappointment, but it ain't: all the pieces fit together, and it's as messy as a five-year old.
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97. Lunch Buffet at Dosa Express
98. The Meats at Darya in Orange
99. Panocha at Taquería Zamora
100. Bean-and-Cheese Burrito from Del Taco