The connection between hot dogs and dogs, the lovable tongue-wagging pets, is thought to have come from newspaper cartoons by T.A. Dorgan
around the 1900's, which portrayed talking frankfurters, also known as "dachshund sausages,"
because of their shape. No matter the origin of the name, hot dogs have fast become an American street snack staple. And when it comes to hot dogs in the greater Phoenix area, here's 10 of our favorites. (RIP: Maui Dog
10.) Boston Dog from Dave's Dog House
His days of slinging dogs as a kid in Boston may be over, but David Cheren, ex-attorney and owner of this tiny joint in the heart of the Arizona State University campus, is still servin' 'em up "New England Style" (with the buns toasted in butter and garlic) in Tempe. Sporting a tasty, top-secret, 100-percent beef frank shipped via the East Coast, this simple and satisfying creation sports onion, mustard, and relish (no flippin' ketchup) on a pleasantly crunchy toasted bun.
9.) The Juaninator from Ivy League Dogs
Boiled or grilled hot dogs can be so ho-hum. That's why Derek Pyle, owner of this friendly neighborhood joint in Goodyear, fries his franks (along with nearly everything else on the menu) for belly-bustin' goodness -- like the colossal Juaninator. This meal of a dog sports a quarter-pound, juicy Nathan frank with brown mustard in a poppy seed bun hidden by mounds of tomatoes, pepperoncini, fried and raw onions, sport peppers, green salsa, shredded cheese, bacon, french fries, and chili. Clean your plate and get credit on the board.
8.) The Moki from Short Leash Hot Dogs
This mobile hot dog eatery of clever and delicious creations named after the owners' favorite dogs is in high demand wherever it goes, especially when it comes to the Moki. Resting atop a warm naan "bun," the frank (provided by local fave Schreiner's) sits atop roasted green chiles, sauteed onions, fresh tomatoes, pinto beans, cheese, and a hint of mayo for a burst of flavors that will leave tongues (not tails) wagging.
7.) Carolina Dog from Joe's Farm Grill
When you get your ingredients right outside your front door (at the Farm at Agritopia), freshness is just part of the package for this gourmet dog available at this eatery and ex-home of owner Joe Johnston in Gilbert. Featuring an all-beef, natural casing grilled frank topped with succulent pulled pork, homemade slaw, and Joe's signature barbecue sauce in a baked-fresh bun sliced top to bottom (all the better to butter and grill), this dog's got delicious written all over it.
6.) Chili Cheese Dog from Rocket Burger and Subs
Misty-eyed from coney memories past? This funky North Phoenix fast food joint sports an exceptional chili cheese dog that'll help make new ones. It starts with a Hebrew National beef frank nestled into a soft, fresh bun then loaded up with flavorful chili, cheese, onions -- and if desired, a squirting of mustard. What to wash it down with? How about a selection of over 200 unique kinds of soda.
5.) Oaxacan Dog from Tacos Atoyac
This bare-bones taco shop on the city's west side specializes in Oaxacan food from the state of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico. And while its Oaxacan dog may be less intense than its Sonoran counterpart, it's just as flavorful. With toppings of jalapeños, onion, tomato, avocado, crispy bacon, and a zig-zag of Mexican sour cream heaped atop a wienie nestled into soft bun with the inside coated in a bean spread, this is one dog we're willing to go south, way south, of the border for.