Just in time for National Hot Dog Month (Happy National Hot Dog Month, everybody!), America's Drive-In, Sonic, introduced its new and improved Footlong Quarter Pound Coney, a 12-inch hot dog topped with chili and cheese.
The revamped coney is a blend of beef and pork, boasts a quarter-pound weigh-in, and along with the chili and cheese, can be topped with bacon or jalapeño peppers, making the "dog ditch,"its paper serving vessel, an essential accessory.
So does the new footlong dog deserve a National Hot Dog Month welcome?
Yeah, it's tasty -- $2.99 tasty (until August 29).
While I wanted more than just an average chili topping (c'mon Sonic, you missed your chance to shine), the bun was soft and the blend of chili, cheese, and my add of jalepeño peppers, never overpowered the decent dog flavor.
The dog ditch is genius on Sonic's part, since handling a quarter-pound coney dog in the car is akin to being in the front row of a Gallagher concert. With the accompanying fork, you can tear, slice, and pick away at the footlong feast with sufficient toppings leftover for tot-dunking.
In the "duh" section, a footlong, quarter-pound coney dog is less nutritous than, say a footlong, quarter pound banana. Sporting 810 calories, 53 grams of fat, and a whopping 1,800 milligrams of sodium, this ain't no cocktail weenie, but what the hell, it is National Hot Dog Month after all.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.