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.Sonic Bacon 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.Sonic Bacon Coney 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. Sonic Spicy Bacon Coney 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.)Sonic Bacon Coney 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.

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Price: $2.85

Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
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

11 comments on “Review: Spicy Bacon Chili Cheese Coney from Sonic

  1. Horatio H. Dog says:

    I see their hot dogs are still below what I would be expecting for the price. It would be great if they used something along the size of the 7/11 big bite dogs.

    • Jay Melo says:

      Last week I had a 1/4lb chili dog and a Big Gulp at 7-11 for $2. I was great and a real bargain. Sonic and Burger King need better deals with the hot dog offerings.

  2. a says:

    That looks absolutely disgusting

  3. Christopher Thomas says:

    I am not a picky eater, and will generally finish eating any food item I order regardless of whether it is good or not. Sonic Hotdogs are the 1 fast food item that I have thrown away after taking 1 bite. I think it was the “New York” style dog they were offering a while back with mustard and sauerkraut. Such poor execution.

  4. Nick says:

    Looks like a consistency issue, the one I got a couple days ago was much more restrained with the toppings, especially the mustard. Mine was a lot more balanced and manageable–even the bacon was more crumbled rather than the big pieces you got.

  5. doctorx0079 says:

    Sounds like the bacon is surprisingly good. I may want to try something else with that bacon on it. I know that Burger King’s bacon doesn’t impress me and neither does Hardee’s.

  6. The Guy Who Says Stupid Crap says:

    That’s not a real hot dog. A real hot dog doesn’t have ketchup, but rather black truffle shavings and beluga caviar with a creme fraiche topping.

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