Top Ten Hot Dogs in Greater Phoenix

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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.)
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.



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Hector Jaime Acuna
Hector Jaime Acuna

I just don't buy the notion the a hot dog HAS to be inexpensive, sometimes cheap just means crap. You are right Golden Retriever Pup, the Hebrew National is good tasting wiener, and a good base for a dog. I paid ten bucks for a Porkbelly Hot Dog, Chicago Style, from Windsor, in Phoenix,  windsoraz.com/ and that was a great dog. It came with a pleasant atmosphere, good services, a cloth napkin, and I was in great company. The ten-spot was a bargain.

Check it out on my Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/h...

I understand the Windsor gets the sausage from Schreiner's in Phoenix.  www.schreinerssausage.com/

Hector Acuna
Hector Acuna

I just don't buy the notion the a hot dog has to be inexpensive. You are right Golden Retriever Pup, the Hebrew National is good tasting wiener, and a good base for a dog. Comparing prices or making a point of price makes no difference to the taste. Price is what the market will determine. I paid ten bucks for a Porkbelly Hot Dog, Chicago Style, from Windsor, Phoenix, Arizona. windsoraz.com/ and that was a great dog. It came with a pleasant atmosphere, good services, a cloth napkin, and I was in great company. The ten-spot was a bargain.

Check it out on my Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/h...

I understand the Windsor gets the sausage from Schreiner's in Phoenix. www.schreinerssausage.com/

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golden retriever puppies

If one starts with Hebrew National beef frank situated on a soft bun, fresh luego loaded with tasty chile, queso, and cebolla that if a jet of mustard.

chgoazga;
chgoazga;

Sorry, some of these places just don't cut it -- especailly for an ex-Chicagoan.  Portillo's in Chicago still has the best Chicago dog -- and it's reasonably priced at $2.34 or a bigger dog for $2.79.  Arizona -- it's just a hot dog -- and most of you are so over-priced for the smaller size one that kids can't even grow up trying one.  It's cheaper to pay $1 for a stacker at Burger King.  Lower the prices!!!!!!

Hector Acuna
Hector Acuna

Unfortunate that Maui Dog in no more. Laura, you need to check out the Cabela's Outfitters' cafeteria. I guess the may call it a restaurant. Anyhow, take a look the link below to one of their chili-dogs, it pretty bad-ass. The have a selection of gamy treats. Hit me up, we can check it out together and catch up on happenings. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/h...

Sir Douchebag Asshat
Sir Douchebag Asshat

The best hot dogs in this city are at long dong schlongs at 19th ave and bell road behind the jack in the box next to the steel horse saloon.

Christopher Boffoli
Christopher Boffoli

Laura: I'd appreciate if you would please remove my copyrighted image from this post.  Just because something is available online does not mean it is free to use without prior permission.  Thanks.

Christopher Boffoli

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

Chicago has better Chicago dogs than Phoenix? Who knew? I think they're more out here because it's seen as a foreign novelty. And at Chicago Hamburger Company, because it comes with a heap of terrific fries. At least, that's my best guess. If you're missing the homeland, check out Taylor Street over in Tempe on Scottsdale and Curry (north of Loop 202). KILLER Italian beef there, and the Chicago dogs are only $2.50. If you're still missing the homeland, you can always move back...

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