Hot Dog Cart at Suncoast

Everyone raves about the $1.50 hot dog deal at Costco, which also comes with a soft drink. But consider the two Vienna beef dogs with all the trimmings you can get for the same price from a cart situated in the Suncoast’s sports book from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. It’s worth the trip, as the deal simply can’t be beat. 75 cents each, 9090 Alta Drive, 636-7111.

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Common sense isn’t that common, Mom used to say, and seemingly simple dishes often yield the greatest delight—and remind you of home. Wolfgang Puck’s protégés de-bone free-range Shelton’s chickens but leave the two halves intact. The skin is seasoned and sautéed in blended oil (canola and extra-virgin olive) skin side down to begin the crisping. After 12 minutes in the oven, the poultry marvel is served with natural jus. You pick the ratio of crispy skin, moist meat and robust jus with every memorable bite. And don’t forget that locals get a free desert at all of Puck’s restaurants.