Our 10 Favorite Hot Dogs in Phoenix
The snap of the casing, the juicy mystery meat, the seasonings -- thankfully, the mighty hot dog makes its home not just in ball parks 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 (we've linked to the location info), and if we don't have your favorite listed, let us know.
1. Anything from Maui Dog
Maui Dog owner John Stamatakis says you won't find anything like his Maui dogs 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 garlic-y "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
Can you guess which hot dogs Zach Fowler and Carol Blonder love? Find out after the jump.
2. The East Coast American style from Costco
It contains a quarter pound of 100% beef -- no fillers, binders, phosphates, corn syrup, or artificial anything. The price hasn't changed since its introduction in the '80's: a buck fifty with a 20 oz 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, it 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
3. 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
4. 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, jalapenos 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
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