1. Definitely get the dirty corn ($2.95). This elaborately topped version of traditional Mexican street food elotes is not only delicious—slathered in crema, cotija, chili powder, bacon and cilantro—it also references Dirt Dog’s origins. The LA transplant stems from the owner’s childhood memories of eating bacon-wrapped hot dogs served from a makeshift shopping cart.
2. The Vegas Dirt Dog offers a choice of three different buns: white bread, lobster roll-style or slightly sweet Portuguese-style. Go with the latter. The soft texture and flavor provide the ideal vessel for these messy dogs.
3. The red dog ($5.95) is the one you want. The spicy tomato chile relish, sautéed onions and smoky chipotle aioli create layers of deep flavors to contrast the rich, crispy-grilled frank. Dirt Dog offers some interesting topping combo, but this is the most intense and memorable.
Dirt Dog 8390 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100, 702-550-4682. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m