4.) Sonoran-Style Hot Dog from Nogales Hot Dogs
For over ten years, Pablo Perez has been serving up one thing at the southwest corner of 20th Street and Indian School Road: Sonoran-style hot dogs. Mesquite-smoked and bacon-wrapped, tucked into a fresh bun, and smothered in beans, mayonnaise, and chopped tomatoes, feel free to load 'em up with additional toppings like guacamole, salsa, and cheese. And Perez's stand is open late into the evening, making it the perfect dog house for night owls.
3.) The Wild Willy from Pittsburgh Willy's
For the taste of Pittsburgh by way of the Merchant Square Antique Mall in Chandler, we present the Wild Willy, a glorious gut-buster of a dog courtesy of ex-Pittsburgher Randy Walters. Starting with a quarter-pound, all-beef dog from Nathan's tucked into a sesame bun, chipped ham (a Pittsburgh staple) sauteed in butter is piled on next, with mounds of fresh-grated cheddar cheese to follow for a marvelous mess of deliciousness you'll need a fork to eat.
2.) Chicago Dog from Chicago Hamburger Co.
There's a lot of options for Chicago hot dogs in the Valley, but Bob Pappanduros, ex-Chicago hot dog stand worker and owner of this popular Arcadia hangout for over 35 years, understands, to some, they're part of a daily diet. The all-beef frank, courtesy of Chicago's Vienna Beef, is boiled, steamed, then nestled in a poppy seed bun and topped with mustard, relish, onions, pickle, tomato, sport peppers, and celery salt for a delectable taste of a Chicago tradition.
1.) Famous Hot Dog from Ted's Hot Dogs
If the constant line at this Tempe hotspot (the only location outside of the company's home state of New York) is any indication of this dog's goodness (don't worry, the service is quick), then biting into its char-broiled, smoky essence should be reason enough to justify its first-place entry. Firm and juicy, it's tucked into a soft potato bun sturdy enough to hold your choice of toppings, including a signature hot sauce that bites back deliciously.
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