Caribbean Hot Dog Stand Brings Island Flavor To The Sun City
POSTED: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 11:18pm
EL PASO- A hot dog stand in east El Paso is attracting quite the lunch crowd. Its owners say it's the only one of its kind in El Paso, because of its Caribbean taste.
No it's not a mirage you're seeing in east El Paso. On the corner of Joe Battle and Pellicano there’s Caribbean Hot Dogs, prepared Puerto Rican style.
"God put it in my heart to do this hot dog cart. I was trying to do something different here in El Paso," says Alexander Rosario.
Alexander and his wife, who are from Puerto Rico, opened the hot dog stand this past week. Sabor de mi Tierra, that's the slogan for Caribbean Hot Dogs, “home flavor”. Most of their customers are Puerto Rican, but Alex says people driving by have stopped by to give it a try.
“It's pretty good. People like it so far and they come back,” says Alex.
Caribbean Hot Dogs has two choices, a plain hot dog which you can load up with whatever you want, and the signature "loaded hot dog". It is packed with flavor with five layers of toppings along with ketchup and mustard.
"We cook the chili meat a certain way, with a certain flavor, a different flavor," says Alexander.
The second topping added, sauerkraut. Next comes onion.
"We cook the onions criolla (homemade) style," says Alex. "We put cheese and we put ketchup, mustard and potato sticks on top."
And if you like to kick it up a notch, "We also decided to add some jalapenos for the taste."
"What makes it special is the toppings, the sweet onions, the tomato sauce, the potato sticks makes a difference," says Jenny, Alex’s wife.
If you want to feel like a Boriqua, this hot dog stand will take you to Puerto Rico. Customers say they feel like they're at the Isla del Encanto, the island of enchantment. Buen provecho!!! Guepa!!!!
Alexander says the flavor brings back happy memories for his Puerto Rican customers, "Oh this feels like home. This is like this place. They just stay here for a while. They feel like they're home. All we need is the beach.”
But he says Puerto Rican or not, it's a cheap way to grab a quick lunch and go or stop by and enjoy the flavorful atmosphere.
Caribbean Hot Dogs is located on the east corner of Joe Battle and Pellicano. A loaded hot dog and soda costs $3.50, two loaded hot dogs and a soda cost $5.50.