Ten Phoenix Hot Dogs Worth Their Mustard

Hot dogs are as American as apple pie. Fitting, then, that the Fourth of July is not only our nation's most patriotic holiday, it's also when, according to www.hot-dog.org, we'll consume around 150 million of the comestible the Yale Record once poeticized thusly: "Tis dogs' delight to bark and bite, thus does the adage run. But I delight to bite the dog, when placed inside a bun."

The snap of the casing, the juicy mystery meat, the seasonings — thankfully, the mighty hot dog makes its home not just in ballparks and backyard barbecues, but at plenty of wiener stands across the Valley. With so many places to choose from and always a new hot dog to try, we at Chow Bella came up with a few of our favorites. Read through our list to see what we recommend, and if we don't have your favorite listed, let us know.

Anything from Maui Dog

Great Dane's Doghouse
Great Dane's Doghouse
Maui Dog
Maui Dog

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Maui Dog

3538 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Category: Restaurant > Hawaiian

Region: East Phoenix

Dave's Dog House

240 E. Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Tempe

Two Hippies Beach House Outrageous Tacos and Burritos

501 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Central Phoenix

Chicago Hamburger Co.

3749 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: East Phoenix

Alice Cooperstown

101 E. Jackson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Phoenix

Monkey Pants Bar & Grill

3223 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Tempe

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See: Phoenix's favorite hot dogs in photos.

Maui Dog
3538 East Indian School Road
602-464-3063
www.facebook.com/mauidogphx

Monkey Pants Bar and Grill
3223 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
480-377-8100
www.myspace.com/monkeypantsbar

Short Leash Hot Dogs
www.facebook.com/shortleashhotdogs

Alice Cooper'stown
101 East Jackson Street
602-253-7337
www.alicecooperstown.com

Great Dane's Doghouse
6219 North Seventh Street
602-265-2817

Chicago Hamburger Company
3749 East Indian School Road
602-955-4137
www.chicagohamburger.com

Dave's Doghouse
240 East Orange Mall, Tempe
480-967-DOGS
www.davesdoghouse.com

Nogales Hot Dogs
1945 East Indian School Road

Two Hippies Beach House
501 East Camelback Road
602-277-0399

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Maui Dog owner John Stamatakis says you won't find anything like his Maui dogs elsewhere on the mainland — and he may be right. Homemade sauces and toppings with a tropical flair and a signature bun recipe give his dogs a "sweet-meets-meat" kick, island-style. Like the Hana — an all-beef dog slathered with sweet, spicy, and garlicky "Maui Mayo," then topped with avocado, "Maui Pico" (a fresh creation of chopped pineapple, mango, tomato, and onion drizzled in lime juice), cilantro, shredded jack cheese, and bits of turkey bacon. Devour deliciously as is or turn up the heat with Stamatakis' "Volcanic" sauce. Laura Hahnefeld

The East Coast American style from Costco

It contains a quarter-pound of 100 percent beef — no fillers, binders, phosphates, corn syrup, or artificial anything. The price hasn't changed since its introduction in the '80s: a buck fifty with a 20-ounce refillable soda. The Costco food court hot dog satisfies a craving for the hot dog like the one served on Sundays, a.k.a. Deli Lunch Day, at my house when I was a kid. Reminiscent of the taste of a German-style knockwurst, my family's preference, Costco's dog has a hint of garlic seasoning and an almost-crisp skin. The warm sauerkraut topping is de rigueur (request it when you order) along with chopped raw onion, pickle relish and spicy brown mustard. My tactic for dealing with a bun (soft, squishy white bread) shorter than its dog is to nibble the ends first. Carol Blonder

BWDFHD from Monkey Pants Bar and Grill

My favorite hot dog can be summed up by six little words to still your beating heart: Bacon. Wrapped. Deep. Fried. Hot. Dog.

Quite literally, your heart will skip a beat when you bite into this sinfully delicious hot dog from Monkey Pants. You may be thinking, bacon-wrapped hot dogs? Been there. Done that. Not quite, my friend. There's only one way to improve upon the classic deep-fried, pork-fat bonanza: Smother it in nacho cheese sauce and make sure to serve them in duos, because one BWDFHD is mere child's play. This is a meal to die for. Erica O'Neil

The Aioko from Short Leash Hot Dogs

In my humble opinion, hot dog buns are the worst. They can barely contain the dog/brat/wiener. Toppings? Forget about it. Luckily Short Leash uses a delicious naan to contain the entire wiener and all its toppings. The Aioko, specifically, rivals the best of spicy and sweet combinations in a hot dog. It's loaded with mango chutney, jalapeños and a touch of that taboo white stuff, mayonnaise. Short Leash is a mobile establishment, so you have to stay updated via Facebook and Twitter, if you're hoping to find new wiener pics of where they might pop up next. Nicole Whittington

The Big Unit from Cooper'stown

Ballpark dogs are all well and good if you're looking for a light aperitif, but I'm of the conviction that bigger is better, especially when it comes to wieners. And it doesn't get much bigger than Alice Cooper'stown's Big Unit Hot Dog. Named after former D-Backs hurler Randy Johnson, the Big Unit features a 22-inch log of Vienna Beef nestled inside a whole baguette and topped with chili, cheese sauce, sauerkraut, jalapeño, diced tomato and onion, sweet relish, shredded cheddar and bacon! Weighing in at three pounds, it's enough to feed me and my Frankenstein. Zachary Fowle

The Maxwell Street Polish at Great Dane's Doghouse

The Maxwell Street Polish at Great Dane's Doghouse is a Vienna Beef grilled sausage, topped with savory grilled onions, tomatoes, a pickle, hot peppers, and spicy deli mustard. I call it a classic Chicago-style dog done right. The Polish sausage is made to perfection[ the grilling creates a crisp outside and tender, juicy center. The grilled onions and deli mustard accentuate the smoky flavor of the dog, and it's all served on a poppyseed bun that manages to stay relatively intact 'til the very end. David Sydiongco

The Chicago Dog at the Chicago Hamburger Company

I'm in love with the Chicago dog at the Chicago Hamburger Company. Not only is it the perfect size for a non-food-coma-inducing lunch, but the meat is juicy, the toppings are crisp and fresh, and the service is quick. Made-to-order, the dog rests between a crunchy pickle spear, hot tomato slices, and sport peppers that are nicely spicy but tolerable. To be honest, I might cheat on the Chicago dog sometimes with the Medley, which is layered beneath neon green relish and chopped onions, wrapped in a poppyseed bun, and christened with a generous smattering of savory celery salt. Hannah Hayes

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OmarTentmaker
OmarTentmaker

Confucius say: "Man who watch hot dog manufactured never eat one".

Susan O
Susan O

Are you serious? You left off Ted's Charcoal Dogs in Mesa? Unbelievable!

 
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