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.

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.

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

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!

South Street Hot Dog Crawl

2013 LogoSouth Street Hot Dog Crawl

The Crawl will start at noon on Saturday, July 13th. There is no charge, everyone pays as they go. Some of the restaurants will offer specials to anyone wearing a National Hot Dog Month Philly T-Shirt, which will be available for sale at the crawl, $20 each or two for $30.

We’ll be crawling in the following order:

1. O’Neals Pub, 611 S. 3rd St
2. Jon’s Bar & Grille, 606 S 3rd St
3. Steaks on South, 308 South St
4. PrimoHoagies – South St, 326 South St
5. Ishkabibble’s, 337 South St
6. CopabananaRedwood, 344 South St.
7. Alyans, Middle Eastern Cuisine, 603 S 4th St
8. Famous 4th St, 700 S 4th St
9. AuntieAnne’s, 411 South St
10. Gus’ Hot Dog Cart, 601 S 5th St
11. Johnny Rockets, 443 South St
12. Blackbird, 507 S 6th St
13. Hot Diggity Dog, 630 South St
14. Brahaus Schmitz, 718 South St

If you can’t join us for the crawl, we encourage you to stop by these restaurants and enjoy a Hot Dog anytime during the month of July. Be sure and tell ’em National Hot Dog Month in Philly sent you!