Hot Dog

The Über Sausage

You might guess that the “T.J. Style Bison" dog at this food truck–esque establishment is named after an owner. But belly up to the bar and one of the three owners/grillers—Brad Arguello, Henry DeMatteis, and Alex Gschwend—will explain that T.J. stands for Tijuana.That’s where their bacon-wrapped bison dog, splashed with mango pico de gallo salsa, crema fresca, queso fresco, mustard, and ketchup, was born. The links from Denver-based Continental Sausage are tops, but the “toss your own” flavored chips—try the Italian spice with Parmesan—make for a combo we can’t pass up. 2730 E.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

On any given day, you’ll likely find us (and, well, everyone else in the greater downtown area) in line at Biker Jim’s street cart. Among the enticingly offbeat sausages he offers, the 100-percent-beef dog, a subtly spicy concoction served on a soft, toasty bun, is a standout. The wide range of condiments—from cream cheese to an enticing DIY selection (think jalapeños and barbecue sauce)—will suit any taste. And unlike (too) many other local hot doggeries, Jim’s is grilled, not just boiled. And guess what?