Tempe’s Top 6 Hot Dogs are quite frank-ly very good

Author: Patrick

Posted on: March 13, 2018
Last updated on: July 12th, 2019 at 10:26 am


Doggone it, there are actually 8 hot dog restaurants in Tempe!

Hot diggity dog it’s summer time! And you know what that means…. ok, I will give you a hint, we loved them as kids and you bet we love them as adults too. DOGS, I’m talkin’ HOT DOGS! Hot dogs are a symbol of Americana, right? They are too delicious to only have them at summer BBQ’s or at the ballpark. They should be enjoyed all year long! Check out our list of top dog locations in Tempe!

*Cough* National Hot Dog Day is July 17th *Cough* 

Ted’s Hot Dogs
1755 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 968-6678
If you’re going to have a list of places to get good hot dog in Tempe, Ted’s Hot Dogs better be at the top. Ted’s Hot Dogs have been around for over 90 years – with its Tempe location having been around for over 30 years. All the hot dogs are cooked over charcoal and they feature a variety of the classics, like regular, foot long, all beef, veggie and corndogs. Add some excitement to your life and order from their list of Awesome Dogs, which include bacon and cheese hot dogs, bacon and mac, or our favorite, chili and cheese.

Portillo’s Hot Dogs
65 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-7988
If you’re from Chicago, then you probably grew up going to Portillo’s. This Chicago staple offers a variety of dogs to choose from but when in Rome, eat like they do. Their Chicago style hot dog includes mustard, relish, celery salt, onions, tomatoes, pickles and peppers. It’s the perfect taste of the Windy City without the freezing cold winters.

Detroit Coney Grill
930 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 219-7430
Detroit Coney Grill has been featured on Nat/Geo Travel, been named by ABC15 as one best hot dogs in Arizona and is in Yelp’s Top 30 places in the U.S. So yeah, they’re pretty good. They offer a variety of choices on their menu but you won’t go wrong with the classic, Detroit Coney. A Detroit Coney is an all beef hot dog, topped with meat, beanless chili, white onions and yellow mustard. Many argue that this is the true “American hot dog”.

Dave’s Dog House
240 Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 209-7893
Dave’s Dog House prides themselves on using fresh, all beef hot dogs and preparing a special dough for their buns, baked in house. The bun looks like two pieces of bread rather than your traditional looking hot dog bun. Originating in Boston, this restaurant has fortunately made its way to Tempe. Their signature frank is the Beantown dog. It’s topped with their famous baked beans, onions and mustard. It’s wicked good.

Thirsty Dog 2 Go
15 W. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-0456
Located in the heart of Downtown Tempe, Thirst Dog 2 Go is a combination of hot dog stand and market. It’s a great place to stop when you’re hungry late at night on Mill Ave. (they’re open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday). The Asiago and Spinach Chicken Sausage is really good. Yes, you read that right. Best part? It’s gluten free and low calorie.

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th St. #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 303-9967
You can’t talk about food in Tempe without mentioning Four Peaks Brewing Company. Yes, we all know how great their beer is and their food is great too. Four Peaks does some really cool stuff at their restaurant, like their beer and Girl Scout Cookie pairings. The Kilt Lifter Brat is a winner on a menu of delicious food. Braised bacon sauerkraut? Check. Spicy brown mustard? Check. Caramelized onion spread? Check. Ordering a Kilt Lifter Brat will be the best decision you make all day.

Char’d Brisket Dogs + Burgers
1015 S. Rural Rd., #106, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 361-9960
Much like Meghan Trainor was ‘All About That Bass’, Char’d is all about the that brisket. That’s right, their dogs and burgers are made mostly out of brisket! Their straight from scratch recipes and chef-driven toppings, make Char’d a can’t miss location. On my first go around, I tried The Southern Comfort which incorporates every comfort food you can think of: mac ‘n cheese, crispy bacon, and oh ya… BBQ sauce! Char’d also has smoked sausage if brisket is not your thing.

24 Carrots – a vegetarian/vegan spot in Tempe
1701 E. Guadalupe Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283
If you go to Arizona and don’t have a Sonoran Dog… did you really go? We don’t anyone feeling left out and we can’t help but rave about our friends at 24 Carrots! They’ve elevated the vegetarian/vegan dining experience by creating masterpieces of vegan food that not only look amazing but taste great. They want you try out their Sonoran Dog which has grilled Seitan sausage, bacun, seasoned black beans, salsa, “hunny” mustard, mayo, jalepeño-cilantro sauce on a toasted hoagie bun. I don’t know about you… but my mouth is watering!

For more information about Tempe restaurants, visit the Food & Drink page on our website.

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