Kicking off National Hot Dog Month with free Hot Dogs & Pretzels and a reading of the Mayor’s Proclimation

Free Hot Dogs and PretzelsWe opened our Hot Dog History Display, at 703 South 4th St, with free Hot Dogs from the Famous 4th Street Deli and Philly Soft Pretzels for everyone who stopped by.

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.

Joel Spivak as the Hot Dog GuyWe 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.

Soul Survivors I also read the Mayor’s Proclamation that Philly would again be proudly celebrating National Hot Dog month during July, 2016.

Joel Spivak reads the Mayor's ProclimationSince we served all the Hot Dogs and most of the Pretzels by the time we were done, it looks like we’re off to a great start to this year’s celebration!

Hotdog Month Philly 2016 Events

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!

Perfectly Topped Hot Dog*Philly’s Best Hotdog Contests: We’re sponsoring two Hotdog contests this year: Best of South St (birthplace of Hotdog Month Philly) & Best of Philly.

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.

Hot Dogs & Sauerkraut*Tuesday July 12th: We and our sponsors will provide hotdog lunches for veterans at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center, 213 N 4th St.

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.

Gus' Hot Dog Stand*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.

Event Image*Friday July 22nd, 2 pm: We’ll be visiting Texas Wiener, Philly’s Oldest Hotdog Stand (they opened in 1923) at 1426 Snyder Ave.

*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.

Remembering The Little Dog House on Germantown Ave

Remembering The Little Dog House, on Germantown Ave, in Philly Saturday, July 25th we set up the grill in the 5100 block of Germantown Ave, where The Little Dog House used to be.

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.

Enjoying a Hot Dog 2015


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.

Hot Dog Clothesline 2015 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
The Little Dog House on
Germantown Ave in Philly
Our Little Dog House Memorial Display
Our Little Dog House Memorial Display

2015 South Street Hot Dog Crawl

2015 Hot Dog Crawl, featuring the Wild BohemiansWe 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.

The Wild Bohemians jammin at Johnny Rockets 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.

Gus' Hot Dog Stand We saved the best for last as we joined the que at Gus’ for the final Hot Dog of the crawl.

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.


2015 South Street Hot Dog CrawlIt was a great way to spend a saturday afternoon and  we highly recommend making the crawl yourself if you find yourself  down on South Street.

Special thanks to Mary Anne Eves for taking and letting us use the photos.

Remembering the old Texas Wiener on Lancaster Avenue

Free Hot Dogs in rememberance of Texas WienerWe arrived Friday evening, the10th and started to get set up in front of the former home of Texas Weiner, at 40th & Lancaster Ave.

Turned out, the religious center next door didn’t want us competing with their free food program.

Hot Dogs cookin' on the grillSo after they came out and shooed us away, we set up across the intersection and proceed to serve 180 delicious Hot Dogs, all thanks to our sponsors!


Our 3rd Annual South Street Hot Dog Crawl will be on Saturday, July 11th

2015 Hot Dog CrawlIt’s time again for this year’s Annual South Street Hot Dog Crawl. This year we’re doing it on Saturday, July 11th, beginning at noon.

We’ll meet up at the Copabanana restaurant on South Street (344 South) to enjoy our first hot dog of the crawl. Our next stop will be at Primo Hoagies (326 South).

From there we’ll go to Johnny Rockets (443 South), finishing off at Gus’ Hot Dog Cart [Facebook] (corner 5th & South).

We’ll be serenaded the entire time by the The Wild Bohemians [Facebook] and give Free Philly Hot Dog Month T-Shirts away to everyone who completes the crawl with us.

3rd Annual Lucky’s Great Weiner Race at Lucky’s Last Chance in Manayunk, PA

3rd Annual Lucky's Great Weiner Race at Lucky's Last Chance in Manayunk, PA Lucky’s Last Chance is holding their 3rd Annual Lucky’s Great Weiner Race later this month, to help raise money for PAWS.

It’ll be held Wednesday, July 22nd starting at 6:30 pm and should be done by 8 pm (maybe sooner).

They’ll also be donating a dollar-a-dog during July to help PAWS, so be sure and stop by any time during National Hot Dog Month and enjoy one of their delicious hot dogs.

Lucky’s is located at 4421 Main Street in Manayunk, PA.