Fisher Flour will sell over one million scones during this year's edition of the Puyallup Fair, but there's more to eat at the fair than pastry. This week, Voracious upholds its annual tradition of spotlighting four new-to-the-fair foods worth checking out should the scone lines grow unbearably long.
The man distributing orders at the Sausage Shack barely had time to talk to me. So the bacon-wrapped hot dogs are new? "Yes." And they're selling pretty well? "Yes."
It's worth noting the second "yes" was pronounced about three times louder than the first. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs -- the foundation of the Sonoran dog, which has made its way north from border towns over the last decade - are drawing some of the fair's longest concession lines this year.
But hot dog fans who score an order may wonder why they wasted their time. Unlike traditional Sonoran hot dogs -- which are nestled in soft rolls and garnished with pinto beans, mayonnaise, jalapeno sauce, cheese and roasted green onions ("con todos" means different things to different vendors) -- the Sausage Shack's leathery dogs, seated in nearly-stale buns, don't have any fixings to obscure their overwhelming saltiness.
The bacon strip is grilled so tightly around the sausage that it's impossible to distinguish it from the hot dog's own casing: Even pig meat adherents who insist everything's better with bacon would surely admit the Sausage Shack's concoction is no more than a snarl of poor-quality processed pork.