Hot dogs often get a bad rap for their dubious ingredients. No card-carrying vegan or vegetarian would ever consider eating what amounts to a meat tube. But at Simon’s Hot Dogs, you’ll find a vegan cavalcade of Colombian-style perros calientes that omnivores and carnivores alike will swoon over. The German Loca features a tofu-based vegan bratwurst under a quilt of tart sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard, wasabi mayonnaise and your choice of fiery jalapeños or mild banana peppers. Just as delish: Simon’s signature offering, a Colombian vegan dog topped with a star-crossed combo of crushed potato chips and chunks of sweet pineapple, draped with vegan mozzarella cheese and Simon’s house sauce, which is reminiscent of Thousand Island dressing.
The vegan lineup also boasts dogs dressed with vegan chili; grilled onions and mushrooms in a wine reduction; or vegan ceviche (lots of veggies, no fish) and peppers. All come in a fluffy, steamed-to-order bun that corrals all the loose toppings and sops up the sauce. “We require our baker to make a bread that complies with the vegan community,” owner Felipe Roldan says. Further reassurance for vegans: Roldan uses two cooking surfaces – one grill for beef and pork and another for vegan and vegetarian dogs. The secret’s out: Simon’s Hot Dogs are for everyone.
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