Hot Dog Cart History Pop-up
Friday, July 15th at 2 pm
Gus’ Hotdog Cart, corner of 5th & South St
Meet Historian Joel Spivak and the children who grew up on hot dog carts.
We also had a cardboard Hot Dog and several Hot Dog lovers stopped to have their pictures taken. In fact, here’s a photo of me posing as Hot Dog Guy.
We were serenaded by Otis & his friends, a bunch of local musicians that performed a nice mix of funk and soul that kept toes tapping and encouraged more than a few folks to dance a step or two while enjoying their hot dogs and pretzels.
I also read the Mayor’s Proclamation that Philly would again be proudly celebrating National Hot Dog month during July, 2016.
We have a number of events planned for this year so we hope you’ll join us, in person or in spirit, as we share and enjoy Hotdogs during the entire month of July!
Our panel of Food Critics and Celebrity Judges will be checking out the various Hotdogs that area restaurants have created and award a prize on July 30th. Stay tuned for a list of participating judges & contestants.
*Friday, June 24th: The opening of our Hotdog History Display at 703 South 4th St. It starts at 6 pm with a reading of this year’s Proclamation. It will be on display the entire month of July.
Last year we proudly fed over 600 vets and we’re looking forward to serving as many, if not more, this year.
*Thursday, July 14th: Lunch provided for children attending summer camp at HERO (Help Energize & Rebuild Ourselves) Community Center, 17th & Tioga Sts.
*Friday July 15th, 2 pm: We’ll be joined by special guests as we host a pop up exhibit celebrating South St Hotdog Cart History, at Gus’ Hot Dog Cart at the corner of 5th & South Sts.
*Monday July 18th, 7:05 pm: We’ll be in the stands enjoying Hotdogs while we watch the Philly’s play the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
*Wednesday July 20th, 7 pm: We’ll be in Manyunk for the Wiener Race at Lucky’s Last Chance, 4421 Main St in Manayunk. Lucky’s will donate $1 for every Hotdog they sell during the month of July, to PAWS.
*Wednesday July 27th: We’ll be providing lunches to all the children attending Bible Camp at Philips Temple Christian Methodist Church, 754 S 3rd St.
*Saturday July 30th: Best of South St & Best of Philly Hot Dog Awards Ceremony. Time & location to be announded.
We hope to be adding new events as the month progresses, so be sure to check back during July for updates.
Not only did we serve up 200 hot dogs, but we had an opportunity to meet a bunch of local folks who remembered eating there.
Everyone we talked to had a favorite memory of hanging out or eating at the Little Dog House, as well as stories about the restaurants and other businesses that used to be on the block.
It was wonderful hearing stories about the neighborhood’s past and the many changes that have occurred over the years, but it was even better meeting the neighbors. Almost all of them grew up there, so they had a.
We also set up the Hot Dog T-Shirt Clothesline, which we strung in front of our grilling area, to show off Hot Dog Stand T-Shirts from a few of the many places we’ve enjoyed hot dogs.
The Little Dog House on
Germantown Ave in Philly
Our Little Dog House Memorial Display
We can personally vouch for each and every one of these unique and tasty Hot Dogs and highly recommend them all.
Sampling all of them on a single day would be way too much for a Hot Dog Crawl, but we think it might make a pretty good Hot Dog Safari, especially if you’re on bikes.
We kicked off this year’s crawl on Saturday the 11th at the Redwood on South Street with a delicious sampling of their corndogs.
While we relaxed and enjoyed our beverages al fresco, the Wild Bohemians arrived and began serenading us.
After finishing the corndogs we headed off to Primo Hoagies, our 2nd stop.
Unfortunately they weren’t able to participate like they’d planned, so we moved on to Johnny Rockets.
We like the Hot Dogs there because you can get ’em prepared with just about anything they have in the kitchen as a condiment.
After enjoying our custom Hot Dogs while the Wild Bohemians performed as a live jukebox, it was time to head across the street to our last, but not least stop, Gus’ Hot Dog Cart.
After sampling Gus’ old school Hot Dogs it was time to wipe our chins and hands while the Wild Bohemians finished up their mobile set.
Special thanks to Mary Anne Eves for taking and letting us use the photos.
Whether we’re out on the street, giving away free Hot Dogs or donating them to feed our vetrans and the kids at local summer recreational programs, we prefer Dietz & Watson Hot Dogs over any other brand.
Oddly, they’re not included in this list at Cheapism.com, where they ranked the Oscar Mayer Classic Beef Franks as the winner. Based on the article, it can costs as little as 35 cents for a delicious tasting hot dog (not including bun and toppings).
So, the good news is that just about everyone who wants to can join us in celebrating National Hot Dog Month!