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Crispy dogs from Ray’s Drive Inn.By the time Ray Lopez put the crispy dog on the menu at his namesake Ray’s Drive Inn in 1956, it was already an iconic San Antonio food. The dish—an American cheese–stuffed frankfurter that’s wrapped in a corn tortilla and deep-fried—might not have been held in as high regard as Lopez’s puffy taco, but denizens of the Alamo City hankered for it. They continue to do so. Lopez’s niece and the restaurant’s current co-owner, Maria Lopez-Rambo, tells me crispy dogs aren’t going off the menu anytime soon. “Our customers love them too much for us to remove them,” she explains. Crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside, and served with yellow mustard, crispy dogs are indeed addictive.While crispy dogs might have once…

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