July is National Hot Dog Month, which is not really a stretch given that:

A: It’s summertime and hot dogs, grilled on an open flame or around the campfire, are as ubiquitous this time of year as watermelon (July is also National Watermelon Month.)

B: It’s baseball season and no trip to a ballpark is quite complete without a hot dog.

And C: Today is the Fourth of July and what goes better with fireworks and patriotic odes than a hot dog slathered in yellow mustard with a slick of dill relish?

Not too keen about standing in front of a blazing grill on a 100-degree-plus Tucson summer day?

Among some options in Tucson is the legendary Pat’s Drive-In, 1202 W. Niagara St.,best known for its chili dogs; Southwest Desert Dogs, 5214 E. Pima St., where you can get a kennel's worth of dogs; and the granddaddy of Sonoran dogs, El Guero Canelo, 5201 S. 12th Ave., 2480 N. Oracle Road and 5802 E. 22nd St.

See the full story and more dining news in Thursday's Caliente.