Just as the monsoon comes every year, so does hot-dog season, with its storm of desire for crackling tube steaks that bite back when you bite in. Though not as common as hamburger joints, the Valley boasts a number of old favorites when it comes to finding a good dog. Here's a sampling.
Phoenix spots for juicy dogs
By Barbara YostSpecial for The Arizona Republic
July 1, 2009
Ted's pork and beef hot dogs are made special and flown in from Buffalo, N.Y. Get your charbroiled dog on a potato bun with any of 14 toppings. $2.25. Add Ted's famous loganberry shake, $3.05, or housemade onion rings, $2.75.
If Chicago is your kind of town, you'll want the original “Chicago Style” hot dog, of pure beef topped with mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, celery salt and sport peppers on a poppy-seed bun. $4.35.
Here's another twist: A hot dog on a bialy stick, sort of a cylindrical bagel. Choose from such toppings as sauerkraut, green peppers, Cheddar, with your choice of side dish, $5.99.
When you're in the mood for something different, try these Sonoran hot dogs: all meat (pork, beef and chicken) dogs, wrapped in bacon, then loaded down with mayonnaise, beans, onions, tomatoes, peppers, jalapeño sauce, guacamole, cheese, mushrooms and perhaps the kitchen sink. $2.75.
Try this high-end chili dog, with chili created at an upscale Los Angeles restaurant by a French-trained chef, smothering an all-beef dog made by hand at a century-old Boston factory, popped onto a fresh bun grilled in garlic butter. $3.45.
Most popular, and don't tell your cardiologist: the chili dog, a fresh bun made just for Wienerschnitzel topped with one of three wieners — original, the big original and all-beef Angus, with a nice slathering of chili. $1.31. We won't even mention the idea of adding cheese and onions.
How's this for unique? The cheese and potato dog started in New York, A broiled all-beef wiener sits on a bun covered in cheese and topped with a potato serving that resembles warm potato salad. $2.50.
Go for the classic. It's an all-beef Vienna hot dog on a poppy-seed bun with mustard, relish, onions and sport peppers. Comes with fries, $3.25.
It's a bargain: One hardy housemade all-beef dog with fries and a drink, $5. Kids can substitute two skinny dogs.
This is a Middle Eastern restaurant, but the hot dogs come highly recommended: Hebrew National, with a variety of traditional toppings, including sauerkraut, $2.99. Or try the Polish dog meal, with your choice of toppings, fries and a drink, $5.99
Back to basics: traditional Chicago all-beef steamed hot dog with mustard, relish, onions, pickles, tomatoes, sport peppers, sliced cucumbers — all nicely sprinkled with celery salt, on a poppy-seed bun. $2.59.