Review: Spicy Bacon Chili Cheese Coney from Sonic
Okay, I get it. Judging by the variety of meat styles, cooking techniques, toppings arrangements—or even what to call them—we as Americans can’t agree on what makes a great hot dog. But can we at least agree that we pretty much all love hot dogs? I sure can, which is why I’m not above checking out Sonic’s latest LTO take on the classic Coney. Sonic is offering the new Bacon Chili Cheese Coneys with three flavor variations. Since I’ve never heard of putting ranch sauce on a hot dog, I decided to try out the spicy version called the Spicy Bacon Chili Cheese Coney.The Spicy Bacon Chili Cheese Coney is described like this:
The ultimate combination of crispy bacon, chili and melty cheese. The Spicy Bacon Chili Cheese Coney is made with 100 percent beef and topped with chili, shredded cheese, crisp bacon and a kick of spicy mustard and jalapenos.
Going into the review, I was concerned it might test the limits of hot dog physics.This is basically the case: The addition of bacon, jalapeños, and a hefty amount of spicy brown mustard not only covered up the hot dog, the extra ingredients made taking a complete bite of the hot dog almost impossible. A good deal of mustard, chili, cheese, and jalapeños squirted out the back of the hot dog after my first bite, and it was difficult to keep the bacon and jalapeños on top of the chili mixture without having the extra ingredients fall off the boat. Needless to say, quite a few napkins perished in this experience. Taste-wise, the Spicy Bacon Chili Cheese Coney lives up to its name. The jalapeños give each bite a sharp kick, while the spicy brown mustard has a less visceral heat that also gives each bite a bit of acidity. While there isn’t a ton of depth in the heat, it makes for a nice variation from a standard hot dog. The bacon also adds something that the standard Sonic Chili Cheese Coney doesn’t get. The bacon is good on its own: thick and meaty, with a moderate smoke flavor and good crunch, but definitely gets drowned out in the assertive spices of the chili. Likewise, the all-beef hot dog gets lost in the entire experience. The predominant flavor is the chili, which, for lack of a better description, is just that heavy garlic and cumin hot dog chili sauce that you could buy in a can at the grocery store. The cheese is an interesting story; more cheese sauce than melted cheddar, it takes a back seat to the chili and was tough to find beneath all the toppings. I would have liked more of the cheese, as well as a thicker hot dog (although there wasn’t much room left in the bun.)Overall, Sonic’s new Spicy Bacon Chili Cheese Coney was a bit of a disappointment. While I admired the heat, the construction of the Coney posed a major challenge, and made enjoying the all-beef hot dog difficult. At $2.85, it’s not a bad value (especially as part of Sonic’s new $5 Sonic Boom Box), but it’s definitely a niche item for Coney lovers. And while I do enjoy a good Chili Cheese Dog, I want the hot dog to be the star of the show.
Pros: Doesn’t skimp on the toppings. Good spicy kick in each bite. Thick cut, crunchy bacon. Solid all beef hot dog beneath all the toppings.
Cons: Poor construction. Disgustingly messy to eat. Smoky flavor of the bacon and hot dog get lost beneath the chili. Aggressively salty.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10
More Info: https://www.sonicdrivein.com
510 calories, 33 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 1820 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbs, 4 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, 22 grams of protein