Hot Dog Safari 2014

I Brake For Dogs at Jimmy John'sOur first Safari of 2014 was a trip west to the suburbs of Wilmington DE and Philly PA, to check out the dogs at Deerhead Hot Dogs (Wilmington), Johnnies Dog House (Wilmington) and Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches (West Chester).

Deerhead Hot DogsBe sure to try the chili dog. There’s a good reason their motto is “It’s the Sauce.”

Johnnies Dog HouseHere we are checking out the many doggers that have visited before us.

Jimmy John's Pipin Hot SandwichesThey’ve been Famous For Frankfurters  since 1940, with good reason.

HERO Summer Camp

Hot Dogs at the Philly HERO CampHere are some of the kids attending the Philly HERO (Help Energize & Rebuild Ourselves) summer camp, enjoying Hot Dogs which were generously provided by our sponsors.

Letter from HEROA letter of appreciation from the folks at HERO.

Hot Dog Safari 2013

Hot Dog SafariWe’re ending our month long celebration of Hot Dogs with a Safari to NEPA, to visit a  pair of famous Hot Dog restaurants in Scranton.

We’re also going to stop by a place in Wilkes-Barre that’s been serving dogs since the mid 60′s.

It turns out there are four additional hot dog stands, between Carbondale and Wilkes-Barre. That’s at least seven hot dog stands within an hours drive… this place seems like a Hot Dog Paradise! We plan on sampling as many dogs as we can while we’re up there.

On our way back, time permitting, we’ll be stopping off in downtown Allentown to visit another famous local Hot Dog joint.  Here’s our itinerary, italicised restaurants are optional:

NEPA
Carwanna (Yelp): 54 Salem Ave, Carbondale, PA
Coney Island of Scranton (Yelp): 100 Cedar, Scranton, PA
Coney Island Lunch (Yelp): 515 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA
Torony’s Giant Hot Dog (Yelp): 575 E Main St, Wilkes Barre, PA
Hot Dog Hall of Fame (Yelp): 1280 Highway 315 Blvd, Wilkes Barre, PA
Super Dogs & Subs (Yelp): 526 S Main St, Wilkes Barre, PA
Abe’s (Yelp): 419 S Main St, Wilkes Barre, PA

Allentown
Yocco’s Hot Dog King (Yelp): 625 W Liberty St, Allentown, PA
Yacco’s (Yelp): 1930 Catasauqua Rd, Allentown, PA
Dad’s Hot Dogs (Yelp): 2352 Catasauqua Rd, Bethlehem, PA

Hot Dog T-shirt Pop-up

T-Shirt Pop-Up 2013

If you like going on Hot Dog Crawls or driving around on Hot Dog Safaries to go Doggin’ as much as we do, you might start to think of hot dog stand t-shirts as their flags.

In that spirit we’ll be flying the colors at our Hot Dog T-shirt Pop-up, featuring t-shirts from local and regional hot dog vendors around Philadelphia, in front of Little Baby’s Ice Cream, at 2311 Frankford Ave, tomorrow the 27th from noon until we finally take it down.

If you’re up in Fishtown tomorrow afternoon, please stop by and check it out. If you know about a hot dog vendor who’s shirt isn’t on our line, or you own a hot dog stand and would like to be included, let us know via our comment form.

Lucky’s Great Wiener Race

Lucky's Last Chance Wiener Dog RaceTo celebrate National Hot Dog Day and raise some money for PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), Lucky’s Last Chance, on Main St in Manayunk, will be hosting Lucky’s Great Wiener Race on Tuesday, July 23rd.

The race starts at 7 PM and is open to all daschunds. Stop by and enjoy one of their delicious Hot Dogs, they took 2nd place for both People’s Choice and Judges Choice at the 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook Off, and they’ll donate $1 to PAWS.

The 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook Off!

Dog Days of Summer 2013The 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook Off is where we’ll be spending tomorrow afternoon (July 20th) from Noon to 4 PM, despite the heat!

Featuring Hot Dogs from 10 Great Philly restaurants, Chefs Aaron Gottesman and Jen Carroll for Border Springs Lamb Farm and an amateur toppings contest how can you go wrong? Of course there’ll be beer, thanks to the Philadelphia Brewing Co. and 5 O’Clock Brew Company, so it promises to be an afternoon in Hot Dog Heaven, even if it feels like, you know…

Anyway, here’s the line-up:
Hot Diggity!
Brauhaus Schmitz
The Twisted Tail
Bridget Foy’s
Copabanana
Bistro Romano
Alla Spina
Lucky’s Last Chance
Misconduct Tavern
La Calaca Feliz

See ya there!

Hot Diggity’s Hot Dog University

Hot Digity's Hot Diggity UniversityThe 4th Class in Hot Diggity’s ongoing Hot Diggity University series, West Coast Hot Dogs, is being held on July 22nd at 7pm. Hawk Krall will be discussing the orgins and history of 4 very distinct Hot Dogs: the “Puka Dog,” the “Seattle Dog“, the “Oki Dog” and the “Sonoran Dog.”

It’s $45 and includes beer, making it one of the best and most affordable university classes we’ve seen. You can sign up at the link above, give them a call at 267-886-9253, or stop by the store at 630 South St.

Celebrating National Hot Dog Month in Philly & Beyond

HotDogBesides our Sponsors, here are some restaurants in Philly and the surrounding region that are joining us in celebrating National Hot Dog Month. Addresses are in Philly, unless otherwise noted.

Hobbs, 1 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA
They’re having a Special Grilling event on Friday, July 12th. If you go wearing a Philly National Hot Dog Month t-shirt you’ll get a free dog! Don’t have a shirt? Contact us using this form and we’ll hook you up (prices are $20 ea or two for $30).

So Crepe, 1506 South St
Stop by and enjoy a “So Dog” on July 14th, Bastille Day

Yo Dog [Yelp Review], 1014 E Willow Grove Ave, Glenside, PA

Memphis Tap Room Beer Garden, 2331 E Cumberland St
Their Hot Dog, “The Polser” was selected as the 2nd Best Hot Dog in the US by Fox News.

Dapper Dog Food Truck, parked at LOVE Park and in Northern Liberties
Enjoy one of their fabulous dogs at lunch time Thursdays at LOVE Park, or Fridays & Saturdays up in Northern Liberties.

A.P.J. Texas Wieners [Yelp Review], 47 N 13th St

Under Dogs, 132 S 17th St

Moes Hot Dog House, 2601 Washington Ave

Cool Dog Cafe, 2091 Marlton Pike E (Rte 70 E), Cherry Hill, NJ

Jimmy John’s, 1507 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA
They’ve been serving great Hot Dogs in West Chester since 1940.

Love Hot Dog Co Food Truck, Rt 73 (across from the WaWa), Skippack, PA
Check them out weekdays for lunch at the Skippack Farmer’s Market Lot

You can find a great list of Hot Dog places, local and nationwide, at the Hot Dog Page of Holly (Hollister) Moore’s website, Holly Eats.