Monday munchies: A hot dog with bite

This gourmet deli and sandwich spot is literally steps from the ballpark. Grab an El Cubano and fresh cut fries, then venture to the upstairs rooftop bar Fairweather for unbeatable views of the park. Cocktails are a must-try here, as well. Price: $$ Distance from Petco Park: 0.2 miles 793 J St., East Village. (/ Courtesy photo)

Hot dogs get a bad rap. Between their mysterious, scrappy contents-"lips and a%#holes” as Dan Aykroyd’s character famously said in “The Great Outdoors” - to the tan, murky liquid in which they reside - without spoiling - for the entire duration of your apartment lease, many people won’t even touch ‘em.

Squash whatever beef you have with this American food classic at Rare Form, where executive chef, butcher and all around lovable meat man Aldo Negrete is out to make eating hot dogs a wholesome experience by serving the only from-scratch version in town.

Negrete’s smoky pork and beef blended dog is delightful in the Haole - one of eight options available - which comes with bacon, roasted pineapple, grilled onions and jalapenos, in a freshly baked poppy seed bun.


The fellas behind Consortium Holdings have long catered to the munchies sect with punchy flavor and texture combos in their scrumptious sandwiches, and the Haole follows suit with its thick, crunchy bacon-wrapped dog, and the yin and yang of sweet pineapple and hellfire jalapenos.

With baseball season kicking off less than a week ago, stop by the ballpark bordering restaurant for a dog unlike any you’ll find in the stadium, or San Diego for that matter. Offerings are set to expand soon, with a lobster dog rumored to be on the horizon.

795 J St., East Village.

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Source: DiscoverSD

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