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El Guero Canelo

5201 S. 12th Ave., Tucson, AZ - (520) 295-9005
For Sonoran-style Mexican food of all kinds, but especially for Sonoran hot dogs, El Guero Canelo is a culinary beacon. This family-run establishment is an everyday picnic.
100% Approval Rating (3 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Sonoran Hot Dog
Horchata
Sammy Dog
Soft Taco
Caramelo
Flan

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Was the Sonoran hot dog invented in northern Mexico or southern Arizona? No one has been able to provide a conclusive answer to that question, but there is little doubt that the continent's most baroque wiener, which first appeared at street carts in Tucson in the late ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

5201 S. 12th Ave., Tucson, AZ
(520) 295-9005

http://elguerocanelo.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The surfeit of condiments prohibits you from seeing that this is not an ordinary Sonoran hot dog. It is a Sammy dog: two in one bun. The bun is big and bready, so a double dose makes sense.
"The surfeit of condiments prohibits you from seeing that this is not an ordinary Sonoran hot dog. It is a Sammy dog: two in one bun. The bun is big and bready, so a double dose makes sense."
Michael Stern





The chef shows off a well-dressed Sonoran hot dog, ready to eat. Note the roasted guero pepper at the front right of the paper tray. The pepper, like a fair-complexioned jalapeno, is a Sonoran hot dog's traditional companion in Tucson.
"The chef shows off a well-dressed Sonoran hot dog, ready to eat. Note the roasted guero pepper at the front right of the paper tray. The pepper, like a fair-complexioned jalapeno, is a Sonoran hot dog's traditional companion in Tucson."
Michael Stern


It is not my habit to post pictures of half-eaten food, but tooth-excavation here provides a good cross-section view of a Sammy Dog and its condiments.
"It is not my habit to post pictures of half-eaten food, but tooth-excavation here provides a good cross-section view of a Sammy Dog and its condiments."
Michael Stern


El Guero Canelo's excellent Sonoran Dogs are something I crave from far away.  That's a Sammy Dog (with two wieners) in the front, a regular Sonoran dog in the back.
"El Guero Canelo's excellent Sonoran Dogs are something I crave from far away. That's a Sammy Dog (with two wieners) in the front, a regular Sonoran dog in the back. "
Cliff Strutz


The beverages here are not to be missed.  That's sweet horchata on the left, jamaica on the right.
"The beverages here are not to be missed. That's sweet horchata on the left, jamaica on the right."
Cliff Strutz


Once wrapped in bacon, the all-beef hot dogs cook in a trough that holds in all the fat that the bacon sheds, virtually deep-frying them. The result is a crisp-skinned wiener with an even crisper bacon skin.
"Once wrapped in bacon, the all-beef hot dogs cook in a trough that holds in all the fat that the bacon sheds, virtually deep-frying them. The result is a crisp-skinned wiener with an even crisper bacon skin."
Michael Stern


For dessert, the soft, spongy flan in a rich caramel sauce.
"For dessert, the soft, spongy flan in a rich caramel sauce."
Cliff Strutz


All Sonoran hot dogs are cooked in mobile or semi-mobile carts. This is true even in restaurants that have kitchens devoted to other menu items.
"All Sonoran hot dogs are cooked in mobile or semi-mobile carts. This is true even in restaurants that have kitchens devoted to other menu items."
Michael Stern


Caramelos come with carne asada or chicken, but otherwise plain. It's up to each customer to fetch condiments from a cart in the al fresco dining area.
"Caramelos come with carne asada or chicken, but otherwise plain. It's up to each customer to fetch condiments from a cart in the al fresco dining area."
Michael Stern


The impressive fixings bar allows you to add all kinds of sauces, salsas and vegetables to your tortas and tacos.
"The impressive fixings bar allows you to add all kinds of sauces, salsas and vegetables to your tortas and tacos."
Cliff Strutz


El Guero Canelo's no-wall dining area has a roof for shade and misters along the perimeter to moisten the air.
"El Guero Canelo's no-wall dining area has a roof for shade and misters along the perimeter to moisten the air."
Michael Stern


If you have time for only one Sonoran hot dog in a true-Tucson setting, El Guero Canelo is the place to go.
"If you have time for only one Sonoran hot dog in a true-Tucson setting, El Guero Canelo is the place to go."
Michael Stern


The sweet rice drink known as Horchata is what I like to drink with my Sonoran hot dog; but for those who prefer cola, El Guero Canelo serves the good stuff, imported from Mexico.
"The sweet rice drink known as Horchata is what I like to drink with my Sonoran hot dog; but for those who prefer cola, El Guero Canelo serves the good stuff, imported from Mexico."
Michael Stern



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