Free Hot Dogs & History on July 25th


Ida Kravitz 4th & south  1946On Friday July 25th, around 6 PM, please join us at 703 S 4th Street to meet members of the Kravitz family, who’s grandparents had a Hot Dog Cart at the corner of 4th & South Street in 1935.

It later became Lenny’s Hot Dogs, which is now located in Feasterville  Pa.

Here’s a photo of Ida Kravitz working at her cart in 1946.

Kravitz  hot dog cart at 4th and south sts. 1935This is a photo showing the cart at the corner of 4th & South Streets in 1935.


Hot Dog T-Shirt Clothesline At 2nd FridayWe’ll also be showing a video featuring Noel Barrett, a toy expert who’s been featured on Antiques Roadshow, speaking about hot dog dolls to accompany the collection of dolls on display, hanging the ever expanding clothesline of Hot Dog T-Shirts and giving away FREE Hot Dogs!


Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

We had a table set up at the Dog Day’s of Summer cookoff and took some photos of the goings on. There was a good sized crowd all afternoon and we saw two folks in Hot Dog costumes.

Hot Dog gets Beer 2014 Hot Dog serves Hot Dogs 2014

1st Place in the cookoff went to the Head House Crab & Oyster CompanyFirst Prize Award 2014ead House Crab & Oyster Company 2014 The Sea Dog: Sabrett’s Hot Dog, Spicy Pepper Relish & Crab Salad on a Split Top Bun with a splash of Old Bay

2nd Place went to Misconduct Tavern
Misconduct Tavern 2014 Sriracha Pork Dog with Sweet Sichuan Chili

3rd Place went to Hot Diggity
Hot Diggity 2014 Corn Salsa Dog: Fire roasted Corn, 1732 Meats, Paprika Bacon Salsa, Poblano, Cumin Creme, Radish, Crispy Tortilla & Cilantro

Here’s a list of the participants and what they offered, in case you missed it:

1st Place Head House Crab & Oyster Company: The Sea Dog – Sabrett’s Hot Dog, Spicy Pepper Relish & Crab Salad on a Split Top Bun with a splash of Old Bay

2nd Place Misconduct Tavern: Sriracha Pork Dog – with Sweet Sichuan Chili

3rd Place Hot Diggity: Corn Salsa Dog – Fire rasted Corn, 1732 Meats, Paprika Bacon Salsa, Poblano, Cumin Creme, Radish, Crispy Tortilla & Cilantro

BrazBQ: Cachorro Irada (Angered Dog) – Tomato Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, BrazBQ Sauce, Sweet Peas, Corn & Potato Sticks

REX 1516: Chicken Fried Chicken Dog – Fried Chicken Apple Sausage, House Made Smoked Sriracha & Green Tomato Relish on a Martin’s Potato Roll

Cherry Bomb Bus: Broad Street Bulldog – All Beef D&W Frank grilled inside special blend Ground Beef on a seeded roll with Spicy Capicola, Extra Sharp Provolone, Gravy & Pickled Long Hots

Sancho Pistola’s: Pistola’s Bonero – Hot Dog with Bacon, Bacon Jam, Jalepeno Ketchup, Mayo, Crema & Pico de Gallo on a Potato Bun

The Twisted Tail: World’s Best Chili Dog – House made Pork Dogs, Brisket and Short Rib Chili & Aged Cheddar on a Brioche Bun

Bridget Foy’s: Bahn Mi Dog – Grilled Pork Belly, Pickled Vegies & Sriracha Mayo

Lucky’s Last Chance: Deadwoods Revenge – All natural casing Hot Dog topped with Bacon, House Made Cheese & Chipotle BBQ Sauces & Diced Onion

Serrano: Wild Boar Hot Dog – House Made Wild Bore Hot Dog with Cherry Relish, Pickled Mustard Seed & Micro Celery

Copa Banana: All Beef Cheddar Jalapeno Corndog – Corn Meal Mix, diced Jalapenos and Spanish Onions & Shredded Cheddar Cheese on a Hebrew National All Beef Frank

Noir: Montreal Hot Dog – Cole Slaw, Relish, Onions & Mustard

Society Hill Society: Bean & Apple Slaw Hot Dog – Hot Dog topped with burnt end Beans & Apple-Cabbage Slaw

Taproom on 19th: Korean Fried Hot Dog – Charred Watermelon, Pickled Watermelon Radish, Jalapeno Mayo on Martin’s Potato Bun

Brauhaus Schmitz: The Mojo Rising – Hatfield Beef Hot Dog, Martin’s Potato Roll, house smoked Mojo Bacon & crushed Doritos topping

Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square: Bacon Wrapped Sausage Dog – with Cheddar Cheese & Honey Grain Mustard

Bistro Romano: Scala Duck Ragu Dog – 100% Angus Beef Hot Dog wrapped in Pancetta with grilled Romaine, braised Duck Ragu with Granato Chianti & San Marzano tomato, crispy Onions & Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

The Industry Industry Dog: House-made Pork Hot Dog stuffed with Nueskes Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cabot Aged Cheddar, Served on a Martin’s Potato Roll with Sriracha Marinated Cooked Onions & Whole Grain Mustard

Mark Summers was one of the JudgesMark Summers 2014

We also spotted a few other Hot Dog T-Shirts, besides our own…

Hot Dog Johnny's Buttzville NJ T-Shirt 2014 Lenny's Hot Dogs Feasterville PA T-Shirt 2014
Standard Tap Sausage Fest T-Shirt 2014 Hot Dog Eating Champion T-Shirt 2014

The only downside was the long line for Victory beer, but that was balanced by the delicious and varied Hot Dogs we sampled with hardly any waiting! If you’re around next year, you should definitely check it out.

3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook Off

Dog Days of Summer 2014

This year’s Dog Day’s of Summer cook off is being held Saturday July 19th, under the Shambles in historic Headhouse Square.

Here’s a list of participating restaurants: Alla Spina, Bistro Romano, Brauhaus Schmitz, BrazBQ, Bridget Foy’s, Cavanaugh’s, Cherry Bomb Bus, Copabanana, Headhouse Oyster & Crab Co., Hot Diggity!, Industry Bar, Lucky’s Last Chance, MisConduct Tavern, Noir, Rex 1516, Sancho Pistola’s, Serrano Restaurant, Society Hill Society, Tap Room on 19th & Twisted Tail.

Along with the professional cookoff, Hot Diggity is hosting an amateur topping contest. They’re providing Sabbretts all beef Hot Dogs & Liscio’s custom Buns, while 20 contestants will provide their own, unique, never before seen toppings. The contest will be judged by some of Philly’s foremost experts on the dog and details, rules & prizes can be found on their Facebook Page ->

We’ll be there with t-shirts, so stop by and say hi!

Hot Doggin’ in Newcastle, AU

Harry's Cafe de Wheels
Harry’s Café de Wheels in Newcastle, NSW AU

I was visiting family, who live across the river from Newcastle in Stockton, during the beginning of Hot Dog Month but that didn’t stop me from enjoying a dawg in celebration.

I saw several signs around town advertising 4th of July Hot Dog specials during our midweek visit, none of which were still available. However, my wife and I did enjoy a couple of dogs overlooking Newcastle’s Harbor at Harry’s Café de Wheels

Cili Con Carne & Hotdog de Wheels

This is their Hot Dog with Chili con Carne, which has beans and the House Special, the Hot Dog de Wheels which features mushy peas, chilli con carne and garlic onions with cheese sauce & chilli sauce.

Hot Dog de Wheels

The buns, toppings and frankfurters were all fresh and delicious. While I don’t think mushy peas on hot dogs will be making an appearence here in Philly any time soon it tasted pretty good and so did the beans in the chili con carne.

Café de Wheels

If you find yourself in Newcastle, or any of the other cities they have stands, I recommend checking them out.