Tucson's El Guero Canelo captures James Beard Award

Tucson's El Guero Canelo captures James Beard Award
(Source: El Guero Canelo / Facebook)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson classic in now officially an American Classic.

El Guero Canelo, with its signature Sonoran Dog, on Thursday, Jan. 18, because one of only five restaurants in the country to take home a James Beard Award in the American Classics category.

The other winners were Dong Phuong Bakery in New Orleans, Galleria Umberto in Boston, Sun Wah in Chicago and Los Hernandez.

Daniel Contreras opened his first stand in the Old Pueblo in 1993 and it quickly became a staple for many.

Contreras now operates three El Guero Canelo restaurants, a meat market and bakery and tortilla factory in Magdalena (he had to be sure the quality was just right).

Below is what the James Beard Foundation had to say about El Guero Canelo and the Sonoran Dog.

The Sonoran hot dog evinces the flow of culinary and cultural influences from the U.S. to Mexico and back.

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