No matter what life brings our way, our hunger for delicious food cannot be derailed. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley with so much culture and soul satisfying, traditional Mexican dishes, we’re certain we’re not among the minority population of our local, food-loving friends and familia. As a matter of fact, with all we’ve seen going on in the food fusion craze, many foodie entrepreneurs have taken it upon themselves to add a touch of our Mexican magic to not-so-Mexican cuisine. Hey, we’re not complaining in the least bit. Seriously, “Thank you!”
During one of our more recent bouts of excessive hunger (yeah, yeah….”frequent” probably works better than “recent”, but anyway lol), we were in search of just the kind of creative solution usually offered by a local and unique, food truck.
Trisha: Hola! Did you want to meet up sometime tonight or is tomorrow better for you?
Gaby: Hey! Actually, tonight works better. Are we going over to the talk at UTRGV?
Trisha: Yes, ma’am, that’s the plan. Any specific dining place in mind afterwards?
Gaby: Nope, but let’s look for something nearby.
Trisha: *sends list of a few nearby options* Thoughts?
Gaby: Can’t decide. Heading over to your place. We’ll figure it out.
Well, after some “slight” deliberation and divine intervention, we found just the place. Qweenie! Yes, as in Queen of the Weenies. Owners, Kimberly Avila and Bryan Nunn, have quickly made a name for themselves (pun intended) with their assortment of artistically inspired dogs, and rightfully so. In our constant efforts to bring you the MOST informative details on dining delights in the area, we felt obligated *wink* to order one of each of the dogs on the menu that day. Here’s what we had to devour in order to fully research our latest findings.
We shared one of each of the following: Mac-n-Cheese Dog (smoked sausage, bacon, chorizo, Monterey Jack cheese, Southwest spices, Mac and Cheese, and a homemade Honey Chipotle glaze); Pizza Dog (smoked sausage, crisp bacon, Mozzarella cheese, Marinara sauce, pepperonis, and parmesan); Dirty Dog (smoked sausage, bacon, grilled onions, bell peppers, pico de gallo and avocado); AND the Hot Cheeto Dog (smoked sausage, bacon, choriqueso, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and pickle). Those dang things were mouthwatering. SO rich in flavor!
By the way, all Qweenie dogs are prepared with premium smoked sausage and bacon on King Hawaiian Buttered Buns. They even sometimes offer a Brunch Hot Dog that’s put together with hash brown shreds, bacon, topped with a fried egg and then lathered with a maple-jalapeno syrup, served on a waffle. How’s that for imaginative?!
When promoting their Taco Tuesday, Qweenie offers what is pretty much a taco on a hot dog, including bistec and all the trimmings. On Weenie Wednesday- ALL hot dogs are only $5 between the hours of 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about their Elote Dog, prepared just like a savory elote but served atop a sausage dog.
Just so you know, if you’d like to put on your own creative hat and make a go at concocting your very own artisanal dog, choose the “Build Your Own” option and choose from the variety of ingredients to add to your personal conception: Mac and Cheese, Pizza, Choriqueso, Hot Cheetos, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Grilled Cheese, Bacon, Grilled Onions, Pickles, Parmesan and/or Mozzarella Cheese.
Qweenie gladly accepts both card & cash payments and, when you do pay in cash, there’s a 4% cash discount. So make your way to Qweenie, park and order up front at their trailer, located at 425 W Edinburg Avenue, Elsa, Texas 78543, and try one of their scrumptious sausage in a bun creations. You can stop by on any day during the following hours of operation from Sunday to Thursday 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Stay up to date with their hours of operations, daily menu specials and contests, by following them on Facebook and Instagram @qweeniergv.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.