Home-Run Hot Dogs

Joel Enjoying A Hot Dog Baseball is in full swing, which makes our thoughts turn to enjoying a summer’s worth of ballpark dogs.

Apparently we’re not the only ones since Delish has a slideshow of “The Best Dogs from America’s Baseball Stadiums.”

Unfortunately the Philly “signature dog” at Citizens Bank Park is prepared Chicago Style… go figure. Seems like a Philly Dog should include a fishcake and pepper relish (the Philly Surf ‘n’ Turf) or maybe use a pretzel instead of the bun, like Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Dogs, but I guess that’s just us. Could be worse, there’s a Philly Cheesesteak-style Hot Dog at Dodger Stadium…

Our 2014 National Hot Dog Month Safari

Every year, during National Hot Dog Month, we take a Hot Dog Safari to sample Hot Dogs from stands all around the area. On July 30th, this year’s safari took us to the northern suburbs of Philly.

Joel At Levis Our 1st stop was at Levis in Abington, PA.

Levis' Hot Dogs Here we tried a couple of dogs, one loaded with their homemade Pepper Hash and a Texas Weiner, washed down with Levis own Root Beer Soda.


Jack Frost in Glenside, PA Next stop was at Jack Frost in Glenside, PA.

Jack Frost Hot Dog They don’t have a signature dog or special toppings, so we got the works: ketchup, mustard, relish and raw onions.


Denny's Dogs In Hatboro PA Next we stopped by Denny’s Dogs in Hatboro, PA.

Joel Enjoying A Denny's DogHere’s Joel trying the Texas Tommy. They make their chili with beans and it is delicious.


Original Lenny's Hot Dogs In Feasterville, PA Our final stop was at Lenny’s Hot Dogs, in Feasterville, PA. We checked out their Pepper Hash Hot Dog, but unfortunately realized we didn’t have any photos until after the Hot dog was gone…

South Street Hot Dog Crawl

O'Neals Pub Corn Dog

We spent Saturday afternoon, July 26th, eating Hot Dogs at several locations along South Street, here in Philly. Our sampling began at O’Neals Pub, where we tried their Corndog.


Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co Sea Dog

Next on the crawl was the Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co, whcih served up their Dog Day’s of Summer Award Winning Sea Dog.


Primo Hoagies South Street Sausage SandwichWe followed that with a stop at Primo Hoagies South Street to try the Sausage Sandwich.


Copa Banana All Beef Cheddar Jalapeno Corndog

Next on the crawl was Copabanana / Redwood, were we checked out their Dog Day’s of Summer entry, an All Beef Cheddar Jalapeno Corndog.


Gus’s Hot Dog CartA Hot Dog crawl on South Street wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Gus’s Hot Dog Cart, so that’s were we headed next. Our timing could not have been better. So far, we’d been ordering one, maybe two, of each dog with each of us getting a bite.

Gus' Hot Dog Cart Everything DogGus wanted to give Joel a whole Hot Dog, but Joel told him it was too much to eat and he should give it to someone else. At this exact moment a woman walked up and said she’d like to buy a hot dog for a homeless person around the corner. She was very surprised and thankful when we insisted she take the dog for free.


Johnny Rockets South Philly Style Hot Dog

The next stop was across the street at Johnny Rockets, which served a South Philly Style Dog with Sharp Provalone, fresh diced Tomatoes and roasted Long Hots.


Bainbridge Street Barrel House Carolina Dog Bainbridge Street Barrel House Jalapeno Dog

Our crawl ended at the Bainbridge Street Barrel House, where they were offering two Special Hot Dogs, a Carolina Dog with BBQ Sauce, Slaw & Pickles and a Jalapeño Dog, with fresh Jalapeños and Cheese sauce. Of course we had to try them both.

Celebrating National Hot Dog Day at the Reading Terminal Market

Joel Eating a Dog We took a Hot Dog Crawl through the Reading Terminal Market on Wednesday, July 23rd to check out the specials and, of course, eat Hot Dogs.

Reading Terminal Market Hot Dogs

While there are four places to get Hot Dogs in the Market – Franks A Lot, Hershel’s East Side Deli, Smucker’s Meats & Grill and Wursthaus Schmitz – we visited the two that were offering buy-one-get-one-free first, so we were too full to visit the other two.

Texas Tommy Hot Dog Onions & Mustard Hot Dog

We started our crawl at Franks A Lot, where we had a Texas Tommy, with bacon & a cheezewiz like sauce, and a plain dog with onions & mustard. We then made our way to Wursthaus Schmitz, were the dogs are huge and served with sauerkraut & spicy mustard. In hindsight, next time we’ll only get one at each stand and make Wursthaus Schmitz the last stop.

South Street Hot Dog Crawl on July 26th

South Street Hot Dog Crawl 2014

We’ll be leading a Hot Dog Crawl along South street on Saturday July 26th, starting around Noon at O’Neals Pub, 611 S. 3rd St.

Here’s the list of places we’ll be visiting to sample Hot Dogs:

O’Neals Pub, 611 S. 3rd St
Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co, 119 South St
Primo Hoagies South Street, 326 South St
Copabanana / Redwood, 344 South St
Johnny Rockets, 443 South St
Gus’s Hot Dog Cart, 5th and South St
Bainbridge Street Barrel House, 6th & Bainbridge

It’s pay-as-you-go, so if you’re around, come on down to South St and join us while we walk & talk and enjoy 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.