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Check your hot dog knowledge

Check your hot dog knowledge

July is Hot Dog Month and July 23 is National Hot Dog Day in America. Though the hot dog gets a finger-pointing from health foodies, Americans purchase 350 million pounds of hot dogs or about 9 billion hot dogs at retail stores each year, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Coun…

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Hot dog cart owner delivers taste of NY

Hot dog cart owner delivers taste of NY

Native New Yorker Michael Matranga missed the flavor of what he calls “dirty water dogs” — hot dogs sold by street vendors in New York City — so he made it his career to bring it back.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Breakfast, hot dog restaurant opens near UA

Joel's Bistro closes, Mutts opens.

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July is National Hot Dog Month; don't forget the mustard

July is National Hot Dog Month; don't forget the mustard

If you're not a fan of cooking out, here's a few options.

July 02, 2013 3:14 pm Photos

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

Entrepreneur Sean Draper, right, serves up a Sonoran dog to Lyle Kaapke at his Southwest Desert Dogs hot dog cart, in the unlikely location of 5214 E. Pima St. Draper's pre-food-stand occupation involved rental cars, but he decided to ditch the suit for a more casual line of work in a small …

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

Sean Draper waves in response to a honk from a passing car he recognizes as he chats with Southwest Desert Dogs customer Emmitt Warner, 82. Draper has built up a loyal group of repeat customers.

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

After another day on the job, Draper hauls away his cart. He got into the business after after witnessing the success of a cart at a home improvement store.

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

A basketball hoop hangs out back behind the Desert Dogs dining area - convenient for customers who need to work off some calories post-meal.

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

Southwest Desert Dogs regulars Lyle Kaapke, left, and Max Crowell chat over dogs and brats at their familiar haunt on East Pima Street.

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

Toni and Sean Draper are obviously fans of the Arizona Wildcats. When it comes to chatting up customers, Sean usually talks sports and Toni tackles just about any topic.

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

Sean Draper starts off each morning with a hot dog.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Dogs with a bite

Dogs with a bite

Husband and wife duo Sean and Toni Draper specialize in variety at Southwest Desert Dogs.

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Sir Veza's to host Sonoran hot dog eating contest

Sir Veza's to host Sonoran hot dog eating contest

Competitors will compete for $500 in cash and prizes at Tucson Mall location.

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Sorry, merchants: We side with 4th Ave. food carts

We're not regularly on Fourth Avenue at closing time, but we see no reason to kick out the food carts that do business there in the wee hours.

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Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

All Dorreen Martinez wants is to keep selling hot dogs along North Fourth Avenue to late-night patrons so she can continue to support her family. But if the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association gets its way, Martinez will be out of job.

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Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Dorreen Martinez waits on a customer outside Maloney's Tavern as a pedestrian steps off the sidewalk to go around her cart. Martinez says she has worked along the avenue for 19 years and supports herself and three children with her late-night earnings.

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Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Fourth Ave. merchants want street vendors out

Eclectic Fourth Avenue has changed over the years, with trees and bike racks now lining the street. This view looks north from Pancho Villa's Grill at Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street.

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