Ted's Hot Dogs: A (30-Year-Old!) Slice of Buffalo, New York, in Tempe

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JK Grence

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.

See Also:
Scottsdale Culinary Festival Burger Battle: The Results Are In
Caramelpalooza 2013: Judge's Recap
Ted's Hot Dog's Now Offers Gluten-Free Buns. Rejoice!

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.


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Ted's Charcoal Broiled Hot Dog

1755 E. Broadway, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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bgifford1
bgifford1

you can get Loganberry Juice at IKEA>> either the dining spots or by the bottle in the food aisles/

lnaalba1
lnaalba1

I only ate there once and didn't have the same experience. A bunch of kids doing havoc on the food and drink.

stempkowsk
stempkowsk

I moved to Arizona just about the time Ted's was getting started. A former roommate of mine from those days was one of Ted's earliest Weiner Man mascots. His job was to dress up in this eight-foot Styrofoam hot dog costume and wave to crowds from the street corner. He was good at it (something I attribute to the pre-work ritual of multiple bong hits he- okay, we- practiced religiously). Toss in all the free dogs he could eat, and it was pretty much the perfect job for who he- okay, we- were back then. 

JKGrence
JKGrence

@Sharon Ely Forsmo Considering there's nine locations total, eight of which are in upstate New York... you may be waiting a while.

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