10 Best Hot Dogs in Metro Phoenix

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Natalie Miranda
The Boston Dog
There are few dishes that demonstration our country's regional differences as well as the hot dog. This All-American dish has been personalized and adapted by nearly every major city coast to coast with regionally specific toppings ranging from mayonnaise and beans (Sonoran Dog, anyone?) to ham cooked in pure butter (yeah we see you, Pittsburgh).

But no matter what style dog you prefer the good news is you can probably find it somewhere in the Valley. We've got restaurants that specialize in everything from the Southwest's bacon-wrapped creation to the veggie-laden dogs popular in the Second City.

See also: 10 Really Weird Hot Dogs

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Lauren Saria
Carolina Dog
Joe's Farm Grill

Sure, you probably came to Joe's Farm Grill looking for something healthy to eat. Something that features the bounty of produce raised on the nearby farm, maybe? Well, forget that beause you're making a mistake if you overlook the restaurant's Carolina Dog. The dish features a grilled all-beef hot dog topped with moist, smokey pulled pork and cole slaw. It might sound weird but the tangy vinegar and crunch of the slaw make a perfect complement to all that meat. Plus, it comes wrapped in a piece of buttered Texas toast rather than a boring old bun.

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Natalie Miranda
The Boston Dog
Dave's Dog House

Consider Dave's a diamond in the rough. It's located on ASU's Tempe campus, a cut above typical college fare. Dave's secret weapon? The custom-made buns that look more like a thick piece of toast instead of the standard bun. The Boston Dog is the classic hot dog with relish, onion and mustard, and an all-beef hot dog. The dog is classic, but not understated. Biting into a freshly toasted bun puts the Boston Dog on another level compared to its competitors.

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Lauren Saria
New Yorker Dog
The Hot Dog Stop

This restaurant is located off the beaten path in the Scottsdale Promenade shopping center, but don't let the strange location fool you. It's legit. In fact, it's one of the only actual restaurants where you'll find Sabretts -- as in the all-beef natural casing hot dogs common at hot dog carts in New York City and beyond. Those who've eaten them off a sidewalk cart will recognize the smokey flavor and distinctive "snap" anywhere. For a full Big Apple experience go for the New Yorker Dog, which comes with Sabrett red onion sauce, sauerkraut, and mustard.


Location Info

Joe's Farm Grill

3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dave's Dog House

240 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ted's Charcoal Broiled Hot Dog

1755 E. Broadway, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rocket Burger and Subs

12038 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Portillo's

10574 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nogales Hot Dog

1945 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Short Leash Dogs

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Detroit Coney Grill

930 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Wimpy's Paradise

48 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Hot Dog Stop

16447 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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17 comments
Daniel Riley
Daniel Riley

Ten best hot dogs? You could have just posted a picture of the menu at Short Leash. No extra commentary needed.

Nicole Harrison
Nicole Harrison

Anything from Short Leash Hot Dogs is a winner in my book!

rlgans1
rlgans1

I'd dump Portillo's in favor of Lobby's. The Chicago dog there can't be beat, and their Italian Beef requires you to go wash up after trying to eat it! Portillo's is brand new, and brought all their bad habits with them when they opened up. Lobby's has been around for a number of years and puts Portillo's to shame.

Doreen Renee DeMarco Kozelka
Doreen Renee DeMarco Kozelka

We tried the Carolina Dog at Joe's Farm Grill on July 4th...it was AMAZING!!! ;) The hot dog itself was not ideal, but the preparation made up for it! It was our 1st time, so we were unaware of their VERY LARGE portions! I would say bring a friend & share, you won't regret it!!! ;)

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Can't stand Portillos dipped hot dog bun!!  Soaked and soggy, yuk!!! 

catchingcrumbs
catchingcrumbs

nice to see a west side 'dive' mentioned.  the rocket burger menu has grown too large imo but that chili cheese dog is gooood.

Tabitha Cornwell
Tabitha Cornwell

Ted's also offers Udi's GF buns or you can go bunless like we usually do :)

Patrick Wasbotten
Patrick Wasbotten

dogging Dazzo's Dog House is unforgivable... for Portillos? please

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