- For other characters with the same name, see Hot Dog Vendor (disambiguation).
The Hot Dog Vendor (ホットドッグ屋 Hotto Doggu-ya?) is a character that appears on the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed. He is a human resident of Shamar who manages the local Don Fachio hot dog stand, a worldwide hot dog mega-franchise, which is simply known as "Don Fachio's Shamar". Just like his co-workers, he is a skilled hot dog cook.
Chili Dog specialty
The Hot Dog Vendor's specialty is the Sandy Dog (砂かけホットドッグ Sunakake Hotto Doggu?, lit. "Sand Spread Hot Dog"), a type of customized Chili Dog that has a gravelly, yet complex flavor, and which gives Sonic the Hedgehog seventy Experience Points when eaten. He will however only sell these Sandy Dogs to those who can clear his Mission. In the game, he hands out Missions for Sonic to clear and rewards him with up to three Sandy Dogs if he manages to pass them.
The Hot Dog Vendor's missions revolve around testing the player on the basic gameplay found in Sonic Unleashed. His mission sets are split up between Sonic the Hedgehog's gameplay and Sonic the Werehog's glameplay, which can be accessed during their respective time of day.
If Sonic manages to clear one of these missions, the Hot Dog Vendor will award Sonic with a Sandy Dog. He will however only award Sonic once for each different mission when clearing them for the first time. He will however hand more Sandy Dogs out, the higher level the mission that Sonic passes has; for his level 1 missions, he will give Sonic one Sandy Dog, for his level 2 missions, he will give him two Sandy Dogs and for his level 3 missions, he will give him three Sandy Dogs.
In other media
In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Hot Dog Vendor is a local resident of Shamar. He met Sonic while he looked for Ehsan, but could not help him with his search.