The Drowning Taco264 East Broadway Road, Mesa
The Drowning Taco is worth visiting for more than drowned tacos. The Sonoran hot dogs here are excellent, and so lavishly topped that chorizo and beans spill forward as you bite, laying bare the toasted hot dog below. Bonus: you can get them topped with carne asada if you want.
Moreno's Mexican GrillMultiple Locations
Moreno's in the east Valley serves its Sonorans on a signature fluffy bread, the dog topped with whole beans, chopped onions, grilled onions, tomatoes, jalapeño sauce, mustard, mayo, and bacon. Yes, Moreno's piles bacon on top of its dog rather than wrapping it. Usually, this would be considered sacrilege, but in this case, we don't mind, because the bacon is so smoky and good.
Nogales Hot DogsMultiple Locations
Nogales Hot Dogs is a local staple when it comes to Sonoran dogs. The little stand and tent off 20th Street and Indian School Road (there are other locations, too) has won a Best of Phoenix award from us; we like the polite and speedy service. Plus, the stand is reliable — they're serving dogs every night at that location, which is a big deal in the Sonoran dog world.
El SabrosoMultiple Locations
The El Sabroso food truck is an essential eating experience in the Valley. With its large red-and-yellow awning, it's easy to spot the stand from the road. Admittedly, El Sabroso uses bacon crumbles rather than wrapping the dog, but the generous heaping of toppings ensures a dog bursting at the bolillo with flavor. We suggest pairing the dogs with a cold Mexican Coke or Fanta on hot summer nights.
Micky's Hot Dogs108 West Broadway Road, Mesa
Micky's Hot Dogs is well-known by Sonoran dog connoisseurs for its consistent quality. The dog is nicely charred, the bun toasted, and the whole thing topped with bright squiggles of mustard and other sauces. Around since 1995, this downtown Mesa spot is perfect for a quick bite to eat — especially during the late hours.
La Pasadita Hot DogsMultiple Locations
La Pasadita is a west Valley chain known for its full menu of hot dogs. The Sonora here comes with a bacon-wrapped dog, beans, grilled onion, tomato, mayo, ketchup, mustard, guacamole, and jalapeño sauce. The fresh-roasted chiles, strong bacon flavor, and many salsa options makes this one of the best Sonorans in town.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on June 20, 2016. It was updated on August 29, 2020. See what Valley eateries are offering takeout, delivery, and dine-in services in our Phoenix Restaurant Directory.