Speaking of (New to Me) Hot Dogs, I hooked up today with JRPfeff at Hobe's Meat Market in N. Phoenix. They're an upscale meat market. http://www.thebutchershoppeathobemeats.com/
He brought me some of the Gilberts Sausage Hot Dogs from WI this week. Smuggled them past the TSA Watchdogs! Kinda interesting - Exchanging Smuggled Meat at someone elses meat market! They're on the menu for this evening. He's tried them and said they're pretty good. I got the regular All Beef and the ones made with Blue Cheese.
Then we went across the street to TexAZ Grill for lunch. http://www.texazgrill.com/
It's an old ( By phoenix years) landmark. It's a Funky place decorated with license plates, hats, dollar bills and other assorted JUNK! Their signature dish is the Chicken Fried Steak so that's what we had. The lunch portion was hangin' over the plate huge, nicely battered and fried just right. Knives were not needed; you could cut it with a fork. It's served with skin-on, made-from-scratch mashed potatoes, milk gravy, corn, a made-from-scratch biscuit and priced right at $7.50!
The rest of the menu is Texas oriented as well - Steaks, Brisket, chili, pork chops, chicken and catfish. Not very fancy but very good food at reasonable prices. Join the locals because it's worth a visit when you're in town. Located at 16th St & Bethany Home Rd, just off Rt 51.