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Phoenix restaurant serves souped-up hot dogs and creates community for people and pups

Phoenix restaurant serves souped-up hot dogs and creates community for people and pups

Phoenix restaurant serves souped-up hot dogs and creates community for people and pups

PHOENIX (AZ family)—To conclude Pride Month, we’re taking you to Phoenix’s Melrose district, where many restaurants and shops share a common theme: creating a space for community.

At Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Donuts, that includes your precious dog.

Short Leash Hotdogs serves creative hot dogs, comfort food and drinks on the corner of 7th...
Short Leash Hotdogs serves creative hot dogs, comfort food and drinks on the corner of 7th Avenue and Glenrosa Avenue in Phoenix.(Arizona Family)

Brad and Kat Moore started the business as a food truck in 2010, serving hot dogs prepared with unique toppings.

For example, the “Sunny” combines sweet roasted pears with savory prosciutto, arugula, creamy goat cheese and honey.

The “Bear” is made with creamy peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon, sweet barbecue sauce and Cracker Jacks. Each selection can also be customized with a half-dozen sausage options, such as bratwurst or chicken sausage.

It may seem like a strange combination of flavors, but somehow it works. Each hot dog has a good balance of flavor.

"Bear" includes a hot dog topped with peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon, barbecue sauce,...
“The Bear” features a hot dog topped with peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon, barbecue sauce and Cracker Jacks.(Arizona Family)

Hot dogs are served on naan instead of traditional hot dog buns.

“The thing that bothers me the most about hot dog buns is that when you put a bunch of stuff on top and take a bite, it all falls out in the middle. So we were looking for a long time to find the perfect bread that would hold up from start to finish,” said Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Doughnuts.

Moore says the Indian-style flatbread was the perfect container to wrap the hot dogs with their many toppings and serve them from the food truck.

In addition to the signature recipes, the food truck would feature a dog of the week, serving a hot dog inspired by the pup. Customers can submit a photo of their fur baby for consideration. It’s a tradition that the restaurant still follows today.

Inside Short Leash Hotdogs you'll find a wall of dog photos, all submitted by local customers.
Inside Short Leash Hotdogs you’ll find a wall of dog photos, all submitted by local customers.(Arizona’s family)

Fourteen years and two buildings later, Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Donuts has added more than 15 signature hot dogs, handcrafted brioche donuts, appetizers, burgers, shakes, cocktails and more than a dozen beers on tap, all in its permanent home in 7th and Glenrosa avenues.

June special called "The wake" includes a hot dog with crispy fried Spam, fresh pineapple...
The June special called “The Stella” features a hot dog with crispy fried Spam, fresh pineapple salsa and a drizzle of homemade Dragon Sauce.(Arizona Family)

Moore says the restaurant aims to be the third place away from home and work. From the outdoor patio with comfortable rocking chairs to the foosball table and fun dog-inspired signs inside, he says it’s a place for anyone to hang out.

“We’ve created a great gathering place for people ages 6 to 60. All age groups feel comfortable here,” Moore said.

Location: 4221 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Hours:

  • Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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