Bimbo Dogs (I didn’t name them)-Isla Mujeres

June22

We go on our annual sojourn to Isla with a list.  A packing list?  No-I am happy to say that I’ve made the trip so often, that I know that I can pack light and spend most days in a bathing suit, pareo and flip flops.  I also come home with more clothes than I take because our friend and expert dress-maker Hortenzia whips me up a summer wardrobe each time I visit her.

The list that I refer to is a food list-restaurants that have opened on Hildalgo since our last trip, a number of places whose dishes I dream about all winter long (Fredy’s pork chops, La Brisa’s Fruite de Mare Linguine, Tino’s ribs) and undiscovered places that I’ve investigated in the Colonias.  Bimbo Dogs are always on the list too, but have never been checked off. I don’t know if this is their real name or the slang that Isla forum posters use-but this is how we know them.

The street carts are around the ferry landing and when we arrive on Isla we are so excited to head to our hotel or apartment and get settled in that we bypass them.  On other days we are heading to the beach with arms ladened with beach chairs, novels, sudukos, journals and perhaps a cooler full of Sol.

On the last day of our 2011 trip we were ticking many “must eats” off the list: we had breakfast biscuits from Barlitos, lunch at Rolandi’s, La Lomita’s Chiles Relleno for happy hour and were heading for yet another feed of fish and chips at Bally Hoo before boarding the ferry.  We were once again going to say “no gracias” as we walked past the cart but the aroma of the carmelized onions and buns steaming on the grill top was too much to resist.  And did I mention?  Bimbo Dogs are wrapped in bacon!

Kath’s quote:  “The hot dog, as the phrase runs, seems to have come to stay. Even the gastroenterologists have given up damning it…..I am informed by reliable spies that at their convention in Atlantic City last May they consumed huge quantities…..and with no apparent damages to their pylorus.”-H.L. Mencken

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2 Comments to

“Bimbo Dogs (I didn’t name them)-Isla Mujeres”

  1. Avatar June 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 am gone coastal Says:

    Bimbo is the name of the company that makes the buns…and probably sponsors the carts in some fashion. Taking your pic with the Bimbo delivery truck seems to be popular w female tourists (They have many junk food products, including one called Negrita.) When Bimbo sponsored a sports team in the US, a couple parents boycotted because they considered the uniforms politically incorrect. It’s a common brand seen on futbol shirts in Mexico…and on every mini super’s shelves. The Bimbo cart fellow grills up onions & bacon as the ferry arrives…the smell is wonderful!


  2. Avatar June 23rd, 2011 at 9:42 am kath Says:

    Thanks for the insight Gone Coastal. Are you an Islaholic?


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