Short Leash Hot Dogs | Wonderful Weird Wieners of Phoenix

Review by: Michael Stern

These Hot Dogs Are Outside the Box

Forget ordinary hot dogs! Come to Short Leash for wonderful weird wieners like nowhere else. Even the buns defy expectation. You’ll get your frank wrapped in naan bread, tortilla, or a pretzel roll. And they’ll dress it with toppings that range from mango chutney and peanut butter to chipotle cream cheese and avocado sauce. As for the wieners themselves, choose all-beef, chicken dogs, spicy-beer hots, brats, or meat-free franks. For the adventurous eater, this hot dog joint is a highlight of Phoenix Roadfood.

Even Ordinary Wieners Are Extraordinary

You may indeed eat a plain-Jane regular beef-and-pork frank topped only with yellow mustard. Pick your dog and have it dolled up and bunned exactly as you like. I first tackled one close to an American classic – the Chili Dog. Bean-based chili, grated cheddar cheese, and chopped raw onions adorn an all-beefer. This is one fine, snappy-skinned frank. Its chili coat delivers more cumin flavor than heat, making it virtually comfort food. It’s pretty normal … except that a round of buttery naan bread replaces an ordinary bun.

HOT Hot Dog

Crazier house signature dogs and premium dogs demand investigation. For heat-seekers, I recommend the appropriately named Devil Dog. This one sports roasted red peppers, green chilies, sautéed onions, sriracha sauce, melted cheddar cheese, and enough chopped-up jalapenos to clear sinuses. It also rests in a trough of naan bread. In this case, the bread serves as a welcome fire-dampening agent for the tongue.

Fruit With That Frank?

Want to sample something very different? Have a Sunny Dog. This one tops a chicken wiener with grilled fruit, a sheaf of prosciutto, goat cheese, honey, and peppery arugula. It adds up to a fascinating whirl of flavors. It won’t quite scratch a fundamental hot dog itch. But it will satisfy hunger in a completely unexpected way

On the side: French fries arrive well-peppered and salted. Crunchy breadcrumb crust adorns mild mac ‘n’ cheese. Fried pickles rock a teeter-totter of sweet and sour inside their crisp coat.

Something Sweet

Do wonderful weird wieners inspire a craving for something sweet? Short Leash’s on-premises companion business is Rollover Donuts. Here you’ll find donuts plain and fancy (and, of course, weird), coffee drinks, regular shakes and malts and shakes infused with alcoholic spirits.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

What To Eat

Chili Dog

Devil Dog

Sunny Dog

Fried Pickles

French Fries

Macaroni & Cheese


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