Ted's Hot Dogs If you don't know why people love Ted's hot dogs so much, look no further than how the Tempe mainstay cooks up its dogs. As one of the only places in town that serves charbroiled dogs cooked on a charcoal grill, it's close to backyard barbecuing as possible.The dog itself also comes straight from New York, for East Coast devotees. Add to that the housemade relish and even a gluten-free bun if you need and it's clear to see why Ted's has earned a place in Phoenix food lovers' hearts. Of course, it might just be the loganberry milkshakes.
Lux Locals love Lux. More than anything, they love to tell you about Lux as though it's their own hidden gem, their caffeinated speakeasy situated not so subtly within spitting distance of the Central Avenue light rail. Whether you're sipping coffee or cocktails, it's the place to see and be seen in Central Phoenix, bringing in a good dose of hipster socialites, satellite office workers, semi-serious study groups, and senior citizens who know the baristas by name.