Ted's Hot Dogs: A (30-Year-Old!) Slice of Buffalo, New York, in Tempe
The Guilty Pleasure: White hot dog, onion rings, loganberry drink
Where to Get It: Ted's Hot Dogs, McClintock and Broadway
Price: About $8-$10, depending on choice of dog and drink size
What It Really Costs: Charring, fat, and sugar, respectively? It's the bad-for-you trinity!
Sometimes, I don't understand my brain. Last week, I got a random craving for a really good hot dog. Then I got to stuff myself full of burgers at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's Burger Battle. One would think my lust for backyard cookout fare would be sated until at least Memorial Day, if not all the way to the Fourth of July. Such was not the case. My tube steak craving persisted.
In this town, there are plenty of places to go for a hot dog. Chicago dogs are a dime a dozen. And, of course, there's always the well-dressed dogs from Short Leash. But nothing hits the spot quite like Valley stalwart Ted's Hot Dogs. They've been around the Valley for 30 years now, but it seems hardly anyone I know has actually been there.