Ivy League Dogs: Out West for Under $10
A common refrain of foodniks around the metro Phoenix area is "There's no good food in the West Valley." It seems like once diners get past downtown Glendale, they are stuck in chain restaurant purgatory. When paying a visit to the west side, it certainly does seem like your choices are limited to casual dining franchises as far as the eye can see. If you look closer, you'll find there are some real gems out west, and quite a few of them are very reasonably priced.
Yes, Virginia, there is something good to eat on the west end of town.
One such offering is all the way out in Goodyear: Ivy League Dogs. Owner Derek Pyle has been quietly serving up terrific hot dogs for close to two years. His weapon of choice is the deep fryer. All of the dogs on the menu are cooked in a bath of hot oil. The only things that don't go in the fryer are the Italian beef and the cheesesteak. Prices start at $3.99 for a jumbo ¼ pound Nathan's dog, easily fitting our $10 budget even with a side order and a drink. But there's one item that truly stands out.