Phyto’s Vegan Eats’ ‘Crispy Cowboy’ Wins PETA Top 10 Spot

Ahead of the Fourth of July and National Hot Dog Month, Group Pays Tribute to the Most Delicious Meat-Free Hot Dogs From Sea to Shining Sea

For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Las Vegas

As people gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July and ahead of National Hot Dog Month, PETA is releasing its list of the Top 10 All-American Vegan Dogs of 2019 for revelers to indulge in at eateries across the country—and the Crispy Cowboy from Phyto’s Vegan Eats, the first vegan hot dog cart in Las Vegas, has nabbed a spot on the list. The award-winning dog—which is available through the next month at locations specified on the company’s social media accounts—consists of a seared Field Roast Frankfurter tucked inside a grilled sesame bun and topped with fresh and crispy onions, smoky Lightlife Fakin’ Bacon bits, and a tangy BBQ sauce.

“Old meaty hot dogs are getting their buns kicked by creative vegan fare such as Phyto’s Crispy Cowboy,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the wieners of PETA’s national top 10 list are proving that compassion can be a delicious business.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group notes that veggie dogs are lower in fat than traditional hot dogs and contain none of the cholesterol or cancer-causing agents found in their meat-based counterparts—and they spare animals immense suffering. In today’s meat industry, pigs spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses. Part of piglets’ tails are cut off, and males are castrated without pain relief. At slaughterhouses, the animals are strung up by one leg and their throats are slit, sometimes while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain. Every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.

Phyto’s Vegan Eats will receive a framed certificate. Other winners include the Coney Carrot Dog at Nosh Pit Detroit; the Banh Mi Dog from Fauxmaha Hot Dogs in Omaha, Nebraska; and the Chicago Dog at Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace in Columbus, Ohio. And of course, impressive vegan hot dog brands are widely available in grocery stores across the country. To view the complete list, please visit or click here.

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