Top Ten Hot Dogs in Greater Phoenix

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9.) The Juaninator from Ivy League Dogs Boiled or grilled hot dogs can be so ho-hum. That's why Derek Pyle, owner of this friendly neighborhood joint in Goodyear, fries his franks (along with nearly everything else on the menu) for belly-bustin' goodness -- like the colossal Juaninator. This meal of a dog sports a quarter-pound, juicy Nathan frank with brown mustard in a poppy seed bun hidden by mounds of tomatoes, pepperoncini, fried and raw onions, sport peppers, green salsa, shredded cheese, bacon, french fries, and chili. Clean your plate and get credit on the board.

8.) The Moki from Short Leash Hot Dogs This mobile hot dog eatery of clever and delicious creations named after the owners' favorite dogs is in high demand wherever it goes, especially when it comes to the Moki. Resting atop a warm naan "bun," the frank (provided by local fave Schreiner's) sits atop roasted green chiles, sauteed onions, fresh tomatoes, pinto beans, cheese, and a hint of mayo for a burst of flavors that will leave tongues (not tails) wagging.

7.) Carolina Dog from Joe's Farm Grill When you get your ingredients right outside your front door (at the Farm at Agritopia), freshness is just part of the package for this gourmet dog available at this eatery and ex-home of owner Joe Johnston in Gilbert. Featuring an all-beef, natural casing grilled frank topped with succulent pulled pork, homemade slaw, and Joe's signature barbecue sauce in a baked-fresh bun sliced top to bottom (all the better to butter and grill), this dog's got delicious written all over it.

6.) Chili Cheese Dog from Rocket Burger and Subs Misty-eyed from coney memories past? This funky North Phoenix fast food joint sports an exceptional chili cheese dog that'll help make new ones. It starts with a Hebrew National beef frank nestled into a soft, fresh bun then loaded up with flavorful chili, cheese, onions -- and if desired, a squirting of mustard. What to wash it down with? How about a selection of over 200 unique kinds of soda.

5.) Oaxacan Dog from Tacos Atoyac This bare-bones taco shop on the city's west side specializes in Oaxacan food from the state of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico. And while its Oaxacan dog may be less intense than its Sonoran counterpart, it's just as flavorful. With toppings of jalapeños, onion, tomato, avocado, crispy bacon, and a zig-zag of Mexican sour cream heaped atop a wienie nestled into soft bun with the inside coated in a bean spread, this is one dog we're willing to go south, way south, of the border for.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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