A List of Inexpensive Hot Dogs at Cheapism.com

Hot Dog Lunch At The HERO Summer Camp In PhillyWhether 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!

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.

America’s 75 Best Hot Dogs according to the Daily Meal

Texas Weiners, Philadelphia The Daily Meal has an article about the 75 Best Hot Dogs in America. You can check out the full list here.

Here are links to info about the local/regional stands that made the list. We can confirm they’re all worth visiting.

The number represents their Daily Meal ranking:

#49 Memphis Taproom Beer Garden in Philly
#30 Texas Weiners in Philly
#29 Johnnie’s Dog House in Wilmington, DE
#10 Jimmy John’s Pipin’ Hot Sandwiches in West Chester, PA
#59 Jimmy Buff’s Italian Hot Dogs in West Orange, NJ
#22 Coney Island Lunch in Scranton, PA

Hot Dog Month Philly 2015 Events

We have a number of events planned for this month so we hope you’ll join us, in person or in spirit, as we share and enjoy Hot Dogs during the entire month of July!

Hot Dog T-Shirts & Dolls *Sunday, July 5th: The opening of our Hot Dog History & Doll Display at 703 South 4th St. It starts at 2:30 pm with a reading of this year’s Proclamation. It will be on display the entire month of July.

*Friday, July 10th (2nd Friday on Lancaster): We’ll be Remembering Famous Hot Dog Stands from the Past at 40th & Lancaster Ave in front of Texas Wiener. It’s from 6 till 8 pm and will feature a memorial display & FREE Hot Dogs! Stop by if you’re in the area.

Hot Dog Stand Matchbooks *Saturday, July 11th: It’s our 3rd Annual South Street Hot Dog Crawl. Starting at noon, we’ll visit 5 different restaurants to sample their special creations celebrating Hot Dog Month.

The crawl starts at the CopabananaRedwood Restuarants, at the corner of 4th & South Streets. It’s pay as you go and we’ll be giving away a Free 2015 Hot Dog Month Philly T-shirt to everyone who completes the crawl!

But Wait! There’s More! We’ll also be serenaded the entire time by the music of The Wild Bohemians [Facebook]!

Levis Sign *Tuesday  July 14th or 21st: We’re taking a Trip Down Memory Lane. A group of old timers that ate at Levis many years ago and are in the 50 Year Club are visiting the Levis Hot Dog stand  in Jenkentown,  Pa. Not only will we be enjoying Hot Dogs, but we’re also planning on collecting their stories on video for a future film.

*Saturday July 18th: South Street Headhouse District’s, Dog Days of Summer Cookoff celebrates it’s fourth year. We’ll see you there, ’cause we’re not square.


Promo Hoagies on South Street host their annual Veterans Eat Free Sausage Sandwiches from 1 to 7 pm*Thursday July 23rd: We’ll be joining the folks at Primo Hoagies – South St for their Annual Veterans Eat Free Sausage Sandwiches Day held at 326 South Street from 1 till 7 pm.

*Saturday July 25th: We’ll be Remembering Famous Hot Dog Stands from the Past, from 1 till 3 pm, with a tribute to The Little Dog House once located at 5121 Germantown Ave. We’ll have a memorial display & be giving away Free Hot Dogs!

We hope to be adding new events as the month progresses, so be sure to check back during July for updates.

Hot Dog Month 2015 Dress Rehearsal

Hot Dog Month Dress Rehearsal 2015
Joel Spivak, Joanne Hoffman, Neil Benson & Diane Keller

On Friday evening, June 26th we held a practice hot dog give away in front of Maxie’s Daughter Fabrics [Yelp], in South Philly. We handed out around 200 hot dogs and had to make a market run towards the end for buns and mustard. It was a terrific success!

Our friends Kate Mellina & Dave Christopher stopped by and took a bunch of pictures which they’ve posted on their website Unexpected Philadelphia. We highly recommend checking it out.

40 world wide ways to fix Hot Dogs, Philly overlooked again…

Free Hot DogsFood Republic has put together a poster with illustrations and lists of toppings for 40 different versions of Hot Dogs.

When we set up the grill, out on the streets of Philly, we keep it simple: ketchup, yellow/brown mustard, relish and buns. On occasion, we might also have tomatoes and/or white onions.

Hopefully Food Republic will one day take a safari to Philly, perhaps after reading this Zagat article, and they’ll discover a hot dog or two to include in their next list.