Short Leash Hot Dogs
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
Occasionally, amongst all of the chaos of being a traveling hot dog hunter, everything just falls into place and works out. It would seem that at this point hot dog stories would be second nature and kicking these things out on a weekly basis is just a way of life.
It’s a lot of moving parts and you must be ready to drop one lead and start a new one in the blink of an eye. Business owners flake, guests ghost and travel delays happen, so for a guy who has spent the last five years plus in hotels and airports, I’m always ready for the unexpected.
When I first discovered Short Leash Hot Dogs a couple of months ago, I was beyond excited to head out and try their unique menu and crazy toppings. I mean hot dogs and donuts coming out of one kitchen? Craft beers and whiskeys or coffee and cappuccinos – all under one roof. We connected on social media and exchanged some messages and planned on hooking up a month down the road. Leading up to the visit, I lost contact with the owner and that feeling of having to figure it out again.
I’d come this far and decided come hell or high water I was going to SLHD with or without help and made the drive to downtown Phoenix.
Maybe it’s you?
It’s not me. Brad [Moore, owner] is just not a big texter and he’s busy – something I wish you would be when I’m trying to write my column.
As soon as I walked up to the counter, I was greeted by two big smiles and a question, “BallNine?”
From there, this went from a shot in the dark to the most fun I have ever had doing “Behind the Dish” and its 100% because of the people I met. Brad would be back soon so his wife introduced herself, opened her restaurant to me and let me get to work.
They could not be more accommodating, and I was excited to sit down with Brad and talk about how he turned their dream into a reality. The food truck to free standing journey is one of the hardest to make and most often fail, but over a decade later SLHD was still growing and I was about to find out how.
The Bear: The Official Unofficial Hot Dog of the Arizona Diamondbacks
It’s still probably you.
It’s still not and I’m not sure how El Jefe even allows you to continue to be a part of this. I would bet you have something on him – pictures or something.
What happens next is nothing short of amazing. A great story about a couple who loves hot dogs, dogs and donuts following a dream for the last decade and some of the most extraordinary meat sticks this guy has ever had the opportunity to consume. If variety is the spice of life, SLHD is #thefoodguy’s Mustard Bar – and everyone already knows I’m a mustard slut.
Brad and his wife have figured out how to take a standard American staple and turn it into a delicacy, a dessert and comfort food, in a place where people and dogs are welcome and no one leaves hungry. I’ve said enough – sit back, relax and join me on the visit that was months in the making and left #thefoodguy full and planning his next visit.
My only complaint: No medium shirts, but I’ll be back and Brad already offered to send me one. I’m sending him one for BTD too. I’m trying to make hot dog shirts the new jersey swap.
The goods at Short Leash Hot Dogs. Hope you're hungry.
Stay tuned and stay hungry.
Short Leash Hot Dogs & Rollover Doughnuts
4221 N 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Rating: Oscar Wiener (The Best, award winning) This is #thefoodguys new #1 spot!
Major League Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks
Minor League Teams: The AZL or Arizona League includes minor league teams from all Cactus League teams, minus the Rockies
Other Baseball: The Phoenix metro area is home to the Arizona Fall League and 15 MLB teams for Spring Training as part of the “Cactus League”.
National Baseball Hall of Fame at Bank One Ballpark Phoenix, Arizona. The National Baseball Hall of Fame opened its second satellite museum at BOB, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ high-tech stadium, in 1998.
Shout Out: This week? My daughter Madison who might not understand what her Dad does, but is always here for the videos, the donuts and hot dogs. The apple didn’t fall very far from the tree with this young lady.
Your Oscar Wieners, ladies and gentlemen.
How We Score Your Wieners:
- Oscar Wiener (The Best, award winning)
- Best Supporting Meat (The Joe Pesci of hot dogs- never a star, but you need him)
- Nominated Dog (Hey- just getting your name called is a big deal)
- Honorable Mention (Average, Edible- No shame in the game- or bun)
- Drunk David Hasselhoff (You may be on the floor and incoherent after this one)