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MiamiDon

Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA Sat, 10/11/08 4:11 PM (permalink)
In the[url='http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=2010']review[/url] of Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA which just popped up, Bruce Bilmes mentions that the hot dogs sell for 85 cents. I can't figure out how one can rent space in a strip mall and sell them so cheaply, even if they are not "gourmet" hot dogs!

Photo of 85-cent hot dog from Roadfood.com review:

 
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    Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

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    RE: Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA Sat, 10/11/08 4:16 PM (permalink)
    I know, it's pretty amazing. Seems to be a combination of a very slim profit margin and enormous volume. They do tons of business, very quickly.

    Edit: That's a great buffetbuster photo, isn't it?
     
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      joerogo

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      RE: Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA Sat, 10/11/08 4:47 PM (permalink)
      I looked for Jimmy's once when I was in the area, couldn't find it.

      Bruce Is that a Kunzler dog? Is the place that hard to find, or was my navi playing tricks on me?
       
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        ken8038

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        RE: Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA Sat, 10/11/08 5:48 PM (permalink)
        << I can't figure out how one can rent space in a strip mall and sell them so cheaply, even if they are not "gourmet" hot dogs!>>

        Well, for one thing, the Lehigh Valley area of Eastern Pa is not exactly the Gold Coast of Miami when it comes to the cost of living. It's a relatively cheap area for rents, salaries, etc, so I'm sure their overhead is not as much as many other areas of the country.

        And they do a high volume business. The two times I was there, neither at a peak hour, there was still a line (which moves fast). And the dogs are rather small (maybe 11 to a pound) so I don't think they pay a whole lot for them at wholesale.

         
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          Baah Ben

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          RE: Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA Sat, 10/11/08 6:08 PM (permalink)
          Can you imagine what's been ground up to make those hot dogs.....
           
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            John Fox

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            RE: Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA Sat, 10/11/08 7:38 PM (permalink)
            Toby's Cup on the Lopatcong/Philipsburg border a mile or 2 from Easton is a similar type of place. See here: http://www.hollyeats.com/TobysCup.htm

            The dogs are under a buck and very good. I think Toby's is way underrated. They use a small 10 to a lb dog that is deep fried in peanut oil. It is topped with mustard, pickles, and onions like Jimmy's, but the underlying dog is better. It is a Berks beef and pork dog that is inexpensive, but tasty. In fact, it is my favorite dog in the Western Jersey, Pa. area. For years the dogs were 75 cents. They sell a lot of dogs; the dogs are inexpensive (but good quality) and overhead is low.
             
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              buffetbuster

              RE: Jimmy's Hot Dogs of Easton, PA Sat, 10/11/08 8:22 PM (permalink)
              joerogo-
              My first time there, I had a real difficult time finding Jimmy's too. If it helps, it is in a strip mall with a McDonald's at the front. The second time, I was able to go right there.

              I agree they are a real bargain at that price!
               
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