9 Best Sonoran-Style Hot Dogs in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Moreno's makes a mean Sonoran dog, although they top it (not wrap it) with bacon.
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.

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Heather Hoch
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.

Heather Hoch
Nogales Hot Dogs is a classic for Sonoran dog lovers.
Nogales Hot Dogs
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.
La Frontera
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.

Location Info

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1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Sabroso Hot Dog

4224 W. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Exquisito Hot Dog

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Frontera Comida Mexicana

151 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nogales Hot Dog

1945 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Moreno's Mexican Grill

601 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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La Pasadita/ Taquifiesta Hot Dogs
While the name has been either La Pasadita or Taquifiesta on any given visit, this west side hot doggery is always delicious. The fresh roasted chiles and strong bacon flavor along with tons of salsa options on the tables makes it one of our favorite Sonoran dogs in town -- we don't care what they call it, just so long as those dogs keep being tasty.

That's in a residential area.

Try the stand at Peoria Rd and US 60.


Try the Sonoran Dog at Spoke & Wheel. Got RAVE reviews at dinner tonight and it's on the HAPPY  HOUR menu!

Tom Lucas
Tom Lucas

Also try the Hot Dog Stop at the Promenade. They have an excellent version of the bacon wrapped dog. They use Sabrett's dogs and have outstanding buns. I notice there was no mention of the quality of the actual hot dogs in the reviews. They serve them steamed or grilled. The fries are better than Micky D. The place is very clean. Try it out!

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