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Miki Sudo, hot dog champion.
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The Flame steakhouse in the El Cortez.

The Flame steakhouse in the El Cortez.

It’s late; you’re Downtown and hungry. Come fall, the El Cortez will debut a new 24-hour restaurant to feed your odd-hour fiending. Siegel’s 1941 will replace the hotel’s longtime anchor restaurant, the Flame Steakhouse, and serve “chef-driven” menus for morning, noon and night. Flame favorites, like stone crab and prime rib, will find their way onto the new menu, after the classic steakhouse closes its doors August 31.

What’s a taco shop to do about customers who don’t understand the delicate culture of the taco line (complete with tip cups and singing meat-slingers)? If you’re Taco y Taco’s Eastern Avenue location, you post an awesome note for diners, simply explaining that if you’re not an open-minded eater, this might not be the best place for your al pastor or barbacoa fix. Taped to the wall right next to the taco trays, it reads:

For those who are not open-minded to new cultures and experiences, Taco y Taco is not your place. This establishment was created outside the regular norm. It is for open-minded foodies and cultured people who would like to experience traditional Mexican flavors and atmosphere.

In other words, step right up for your taco de carnitas, or step off.

This Tuesday, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating women’s champ and Weekly cover girl Miki Sudo will be taking on Hooters chicken wings—and Nathan’s Famous men’s victor Joey Chestnut—at the Hooters World-Wide Wing Eating Championship at the Hard Rock Hotel. The 10-minute, jaw-pumping showdown kicks off July 22 at 8 p.m.

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