9 Best Sonoran-Style Hot Dogs in Metro Phoenix
Chicago has its celery salt and pickles, and New York has its sauerkraut and mustard, but here in the Southwest, we've got Sonoran dogs. The baconified dog (usually wrapped) is covered in mayo, tomatoes, beans, onions and a variety of other sauces, typically served with a roasted pepper on the side. Though there are many variations of the Sonoran dog, this is what we've come to know and love about the local delicacy. Whether you find it roadside off of a food truck or in a more typical restaurant, there are nine local joints that are known for serving this dog up right.
Heather Hoch Moreno's makes a mean Sonoran dog, although they top it (not wrap it) with bacon.
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Moreno's Mexican Grill
While Moreno's is a more typical restaurant atmosphere outposted in Chandler and Mesa, the dogs are served solely from a food cart on the patio. For about $2.50 plus tax, you get your dog todo (with everything), which includes the basics. However, Moreno's piles bacon on top of its dog rather than wrapping it. Usually, this would be considered sacrilege, but in this case, it results in a more intense smoky bacon flavor.
Nogales Hot Dogs
Heather Hoch Nogales Hot Dogs is a classic for Sonoran dog lovers.
Nogales is somewhat of a staple when it comes to Sonoran dogs. The little stand and tent off of 20th Street and Indian School Road has won Best Ofs from us, likely due to the polite and speedy service. If you get one and decide to spring for another, you'll have your second dog in hand in about a minute. Plus, the stand is reliably at that location serving dogs every night, which is a big deal in the Sonoran dog world.
Heather Hoch Get a bellyful of papas y dogs at La Frontera anytime.
South a few miles from Nogales Hot Dogs is the La Frontera food truck off 16th Street just south of Van Buren. Day and night you can pull up and get carside service for your hot dog cravings. We go for their hot dog con papas (with French fries) for $4.