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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 05/24/07 3:51 PM
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Good to know that (at least for the summer maybe) they're open a bit later. I was glad to read you went to Jim's Drive-In on a Sunday as I thought they were closed like the Pickle Barrel.

It's tough to pack in, Jim's, Dee's, the Pickle Barrel, Big Jim's and Armstrong's (one of my favorite Italian's in Castle Shannon) when not are all open Sunday.

I also saw a fish sandwich on the Pickle Barrel menu so I'll have to add that to my list with the Uncle Charlie's sausage there.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 05/24/07 3:57 PM
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KOK-
I also called Jim's Drive-in ahead of time make sure they were open on Sundays. They told me they open at 3:00. I arrived a little ahead of schedule at about 2:45 and they were already serving customers.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 06/4/07 11:46 AM
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I finally made it to Steve's New York Hot Dogs on the Northside on Saturday morning.

I got there about 10:00 and there was only one seat open at the counter, so I grabbed it. Interesting clientele they have. The woman to the right of me had electric blue hair and kept mumbling to herself how dizzy she was. The woman to the left of me smelled terrible and was smoking right in front of the no-smoking sign. But, I was there to eat hot dogs, so.....

I noticed just about everyone else was eating breakfast. Still, I ordered two dogs, one with sauerkraut and one with chili, mustard and onion. The dogs themselves were fine, but I really enjoyed the chili, which was a classic Coney Island type sauce. I also got an order of fries which were just okay. The people who worked behind the counter seemed really nice and were real pros.

Next time I am in the area, I am going to try the other two places. I can't remember which one it was, but the place on the left of Steve's seemed the busiest of the three.

Thanks again for the tip on these places!

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 06/4/07 1:47 PM
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Even though it isn't in Pittsburgh, I thought I should write about another hot dog place I made it to over the weekend.

My girlfriend and I were on our way to the Spillway at Pymatuning. We stopped at a place called Eddie's Footlong Hot Dogs, which is between Meadville and Conneaut Lake. Eddie's is entirely outside seating and you go up and order at the counter window. While waiting in line, I asked a few people already at a bench eating how good the dogs were and they all raved about them.

I got one with "The Works", which is mustard, catsup, relish, onions, sauerkraut and sauce, which is the chili. This is a little more than I prefer on a wiener, but this was one great dog! I don't know what brand of meat they use, but it had a great snap to it and was full of flavor. They also use a high quality bun. My girlfriend's order of french fries were also delicious. They were thick cut and still had the potato skins on the back.

If you are driving around NE PA, this place is well worth the stop in. They are open 10:00AM to 9:00PM daily, but I do believe they close in the winter.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 06/4/07 1:59 PM
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And while visiting the Spillway, don't forget to bring along a loaf of bread for feeding the fish!!!

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/PALINcarp.html


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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 06/4/07 2:09 PM
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GeoNit-
Isn't the Spillway a great place? We didn't take any bread with us, but there is a little self-serve place just a couple miles down the road where it is two loaves for a dollar. If you buy them at the concession stand, it is a dollar a loaf.

Anyway, it was the first time my girlfriend had been there since she was little and we had a great time!

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 06/4/07 6:29 PM
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The Spillway is truly an amazing example of Darwinism in action LOL!! I haven't made it up that way in a few years, but it is definitely one of those freak roadside things that everybody needs to experience at least once.

Back to the hot dog theme, there's another good mini chain located mainly in Beaver County, which is just northwest of Pittsburgh. The Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe has it's original location and company offices in New Brighton. They also have Beaver County locations in Rochester Boro, Ambridge, Chippewa, and Vanport, as well as one Allegheny County location on University Blvd. in Moon Twp. near the Pittsburgh Airport. They are known for their Chili/Cheese Dogs, and Chili/Cheese fries. A local institution! They also have some prettty decent omelettes and other traditional breakfast items if you get there earlier in the day. They don't advertise it on the menu, but if you want, they will sell you containers of just their chili or just their cheese to take home.

The restaurants are decorated with jerseys and pictures of the local high school athletic teams. It's also quite possible to start an unweildy hotdog "souvenir" collection from them...the plastic cups that their regular sized sodas are served in change roughly once a month (depending on the individual shop's inventory). They all have hot dog themed cartoony designs, mostly parodying cliche movie phrases, as well as the seasonal holiday themes. Unfortunately, every time I start to build up the collection, my wife decides it's time to clean out the cupboard


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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 06/4/07 10:44 PM
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smarchit-
I'm glad you brought up the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe. You didn't mention the Cranberry location, which is the closest one to me. A couple chili dogs, chili cheese fries and a banana milkshake make a fine meal.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 06/5/07 4:27 PM
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Toula's is next to Steve's on the north side. It's been awhile since I've been to Toula's, but I remember the dogs and fries being pretty good.

On the subject of Brighton Hot Dogs, they just announced they're building one here in Butler, PA. While I like them ok, I'm not crazy about their dogs, but it'll still be nice to have one locally.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 06/5/07 10:19 PM
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Buffetbuster....good catch...I knew I had to be missing at least one in there somewhere. Cranberry (technically Marshall Twp.) is actually probably the easiest one for an out of towner to visit, as it is just off the Cranberry exit of both I-79 and the PA turnpike/I-76. It is on US 19 Southbound, just north of the interstate interchanges.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 06/19/07 2:16 PM
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first post, pals

so- i'm originally from Meadville, so i've got quite a bias towards Eddie's Footlong Hot Dogs. Amazing grilled footlong on a pretty good lightly toasted bun. you HAVE to get the sauce. kraut is pretty good too.

i've lived in pittsburgh for a year now, and i've hit The Pickle Barrel, Weiner World, Frankfurter, and i'm heading to Jim's Drive In this weekend. all have been very good. i think i'm a pretty good judge because for the past 3 years i've been a part of the one of the original hot dog tours that travel through central and north jersey every summer. 11 hot dogs in one day...such a sweet sweet pain.
some of my all time favorites are Charlies Pool Room (Alpha), Potts(Nazareth), Eddies Foot Long(Meadville), and Amazing Hot Dog (Verona)

just sayin HI, folks

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 06/19/07 2:27 PM
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Owly-
Welcome to Roadfood! And hopefully, we will hear lots more from you......

I am glad to hear you are a fan of Eddie's, too. When I was up there a few weeks ago, we basically just stumbled upon it, even though I vaguely remember being there years earlier. I guarantee it won't be that long until I go back.

Please tell us about Amazing Hot Dog in Verona. I have never heard of them. Since the US Open is over, it might be safe to go back in that area again.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 06/19/07 3:37 PM
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buffetbuster

yeah- i worked at eddies for a summer when i was 16. the sauce is the best part

sorry- should have been a bit more specific. Amazing hotdog is in Verona NJ. really a sneaky place too. i'm normally not a fan of places in strip malls, but this place was awesome. 1/4 lb dog that is grilled with bacon wrapped around it. potato bun i believe. lots of specialty dogs, but i had the "Jersey Breakfast" which was the bacon wrapped dog laid on a fried egg in the bun and topped with american cheese. yikes

i'm sure this has been posted here, but its a nice reference
http://www.hollyeats.com/HotDogPage.htm

amazing: http://www.hollyeats.com/AmazingHotDog.htm

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 06/20/07 10:50 AM
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Owly - I sometimes go to a big kids soccer tournament At Edinboro in June (I think this year's is done) and usually stay in Meadville. Can you give directions to Eddie's and also tell me the hours? The motels in Meadville are just off the highway (right near Cracker Barrell - Rt 79 I think).

Thanks,

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 06/20/07 11:28 AM
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KOK-
Here is Eddie's website:

http://www.eddiesfootlong.com/

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 06/20/07 1:22 PM
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KOK-

yeah- those hotels and Eddies are on 322. if you head a couple miles west towards Conneaut Lake on 322 you'll see eddies on your right hand side, right before you reach Wal Mart.

if you're out that way, you should DEFINTELY take the time to go to Hanks Frozen Custard as well. Hanks is also on 322, maybe 3-4 miles further west than Eddies, a little closer to Conneaut Lake. it is worth the trip. is a NWPA tradition.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 06/20/07 2:24 PM
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Thanks for the link Buffetbuster (and curse my lazyness to do a web search)

I appreciate the custard rec Owly. I usually visit Pittsburgh and with gas prices up and up it will be good to have a lunch AND dessert place to make the trip north of Pitt seem more justifiable. I guess I could also throw in the Grove City outlets.

If ONLY I'd known about Eddie's for last year's tournament

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 06/23/07 9:50 AM
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mattyb15601-
I stopped in at Toula's on Federal Street in the Northside this morning. What can kick start your morning beter than a couple of chilidogs at 8:00 AM? I ordered two with chili, mustard and onion plus they automatically put pickle on them. Not too bad, although nothing special. I was really surprised by how hot the chili was, though. The people behind the counter were really nice.

I wouldn't go out of my way to go back, unless I was in the mood for something realy spicy.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 06/25/07 2:21 PM
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Owly-
You mentioned you were headed for Jim's Drive-In this past weekend.....did you make it? What did you think?

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 07/14/07 10:34 PM
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I was up around the Pymatuning Lake Spillway today, and made it a point to swing over to Eddie's Footlong Hot Dogs on the way home. Definitely a great call to cap off a fun summer day in the state park!! But for anyone else trying to get there....it is very easy to miss, especially coming from I-79. The building view they show on their website actually faces the side street, instead of the main highway. With the surrounding greenery, it sits back just far enough to hide from the casual traveller. If you are approaching from the west, you MAY see this sign , which is angled towards the highway a bit. But there is just as good of a chance that it will also be hidden by the cars in the parking lot.

We were going to head back across town to Hanks Custard for dessert, but found an equally enticing little ice cream shop just across the side street from Eddie's called Casey's Ice Cream and Candies (Their sign is actually a better landmark for finding Eddie's IMO). Casey's was a great find as well, with at least about 15-20 different flavors of homemade hard pack ice creams and sherbets. Large homemade waffle cones made on the premises, as well as fresh candies and fudge, which is inserted into some of the ice cream flavors. YUM!!!

Feed the fish at the Spillway. Then go about 3-4 miles down the road to the Linesville Beach area of the lake for a dip. Spend a little time on the adjacent playground/park area, then head on down the road for some footlongs and ice cream! Hard to get a better (and cheaper!) summer Saturday of fun than that!!

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 07/16/07 10:10 PM
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Possible good news for those of us who enjoy the Dirty O and believe its days are numbered. According to WTAE:

Oakland's "Dirty O" is staying put. The decision, according WTAE Channel 4's news exchange partners at the Tribune-Review, came almost two years after it was announced the decades-old landmark was switching out the grease for the last time.

Of course, here we are dealing with at least two levels of not extremely trustworthy sources. I never see many people in the "O," no matter what time of day, so would not be surprised if I heard of its demise, notwithstanding this story.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 07/17/07 6:58 AM
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Kenny Joe-
That is good news. I hadn't heard anything about it for a while. To lose an institution like the "O", with so much history would be a real shame. Now if they could only do something about cleaning up the bathrooms!

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 07/17/07 9:57 AM

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 07/17/07 4:29 PM
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Great to hear the O is staying open. It's hard to imagine Oakland without it.

Yesterday, I went to the new D's location in Monroeville. I had the triple cheese dog and I have to say it was excellent. I'd never been to the Regent Square location, so I was happy to see the new one. I was also glad to see they use Vienna Beef dogs. Anyway, the hot dogs are highly recommended.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 07/18/07 11:02 AM
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Hi rfox,

Where in Monroeville is the new D's? I may be up the end of the month and a D's and Moio's stop would work out well.

Thanks,

Kevin

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 07/19/07 9:14 AM
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Kevin,

If you turn where the Palace Inn is, take a left at the next light. D's is about 1/4 mile down that road, on the right hand side (can't remember the name of the road right now). It looks like D's took over an old Pizza Hut building. Again, it's worth the trip - the hot dogs were very good.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 07/19/07 1:36 PM
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Thanks Randy, I know just where you mean. It sounds like it's pretty near that Max & Erma's and the Outback off the Turnpike interchange. I think it's Northern Avenue or something like that. Much more convenient than Regent's Square AND very close to Moio's.

Did they have the big beer selection like at Regent's Square?

Thanks again!

Kevin

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 07/19/07 4:07 PM
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They seem to have a pretty large selection of beer. Man, a day of great hot dogs AND Moio's is pure bliss for the ol' stomach.

randy

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sun, 07/22/07 5:55 PM
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GREAT NEWS "BURGH" DOG FANS
The news is the "O" is off the market and will remain open at all present locations for now.

Also when you are in the South Hills and want a great dog stop at Hank's Dog House, 2500 W. Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15226.

A must have is the Hank's Special with Hank's secret chili sauce, onions and mustard.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 08/4/07 8:42 PM
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I had the greatest dog at Dogs Dun Wright. Called the Great One, Chili cheese and onion with the coolest grlled bun. Just like the old G.C. Murphy's. Oh and their open 7am to 6pm

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 08/7/07 11:36 PM
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News Flash--- The Pickle Barrel, home of the footlong hot dog and my western-most favorite frankfurter venue, at East Carson Street, the South Side, Pittsburgh, has now introduced its hand cut French fries as planned.

Word from that fair city today informs that the long-awaited fries are "yummy."
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 08/9/07 12:04 PM
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http://franktuary.com

Don't forget these guys if you are downtown

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 09/27/07 8:23 AM
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Nice little article today in the PG this morning about the food reviewer trying a couple of hot dog carts downtown:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07270/820782-46.stm


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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Fri, 09/28/07 8:21 AM
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Nice article Buffetbuster, thanks for the link. I'm rarely up in the Burgh weekdays to hit the carts, but if so, will make it a point.

I forgot to post that I made it to the D's in Monroeville last month. Every bit as good as Regent's Square, and PLENTY of parking. Big beer selection, and they had a very good vegetable crab soup when I was there.

Thanks,

Kevin

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Fri, 11/9/07 5:32 PM
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Here is a recent article from the Trib about the previously discussed Station Street Hot Dogs:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_534348.html

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 12/26/07 11:41 AM
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I should also add that, in desperation, the local Target carries the Vienna Beef weiners. So, if the urge really hits, that's an option. After returning from Chicago last year, I went into hot dog withdrawal. I ended up ordering up a bunch of Vienna dogs from their site and having them shipped.


Based on your info, I stopped in and ate a Target Dog.....good deal at $2 for a drink and large all beef dog, but it certainly wasn't a Vienna. It was their own "Market Farms" line of food product. I checked at another Target, Robinson and West Mifflin so far, and no dice.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 12/26/07 12:02 PM
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Hot Dogma, located in the basement of a downtown church, has been fighting a lawsuit from a Miami Beach restaurant over its name. According to the paper this morning, the lawsuit has finally been settled.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06297/732392-46.stm

Also, Yovi's, which has seemingly been in the Pittsburgh cultural district forever, closed down over the summer. Here is why:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06286/729751-100.stm

I haven't made it to Hot Dogma yet, but I have heard nothing but good things about their dogs. I will miss Yovi's, who had really good Chicago style hot dogs (at least for Pittsburgh) and fries.


FYI, there also are Dogma Grills in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and soon in North Miami.

http://dogmagrill.com/

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 12/26/07 12:27 PM
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MIAMIDON-
I believe those are the people who sued Hot Dogma and made them change their name.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 12/26/07 2:56 PM
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MIAMIDON-
I believe those are the people who sued Hot Dogma and made them change their name.


Confirmed. I found a critical article on an "alternative" local blog site that ranted about the suit.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 12/27/07 6:12 AM
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MIAMIDON-
I believe those are the people who sued Hot Dogma and made them change their name.


These are the people who sued Hot Dogma. A frivolous lawsuit if ever there was one. Hot Dogma (now Franktuary) is in Pittsburgh. Some big Florida Company is afraid a little Pittsburgh hot dog joint that was located in a basement of a church is going to steal their business and confuse the two?

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 12/27/07 10:08 AM
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Originally posted by rfox

I should also add that, in desperation, the local Target carries the Vienna Beef weiners. So, if the urge really hits, that's an option. After returning from Chicago last year, I went into hot dog withdrawal. I ended up ordering up a bunch of Vienna dogs from their site and having them shipped.


Based on your info, I stopped in and ate a Target Dog.....good deal at $2 for a drink and large all beef dog, but it certainly wasn't a Vienna. It was their own "Market Farms" line of food product. I checked at another Target, Robinson and West Mifflin so far, and no dice.


I stopped in at a surburban New Jersey Target recently for that $2 hot dog combo. I noticed the signs were changed; the name "Vienna" was no longer on them. So, I asked the kid working behind the counter if they were still using Vienna franks. She said they were. Maybe I caught an old dog, but I have my doubts.

The Target stores in the NYC area also used to sell one pound packages of Vienna skinless franks in the Pantry section. They stopped carrying them. I think the reason is that they did not sell in this market. I often noticed very short expiration dates on the franks. Do they still sell the one pound retail packages in the Pittsburgh market?

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Thu, 12/27/07 8:46 PM
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Originally posted by David_NYC

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Originally posted by falcinator

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Originally posted by rfox

I should also add that, in desperation, the local Target carries the Vienna Beef weiners. So, if the urge really hits, that's an option. After returning from Chicago last year, I went into hot dog withdrawal. I ended up ordering up a bunch of Vienna dogs from their site and having them shipped.


Based on your info, I stopped in and ate a Target Dog.....good deal at $2 for a drink and large all beef dog, but it certainly wasn't a Vienna. It was their own "Market Farms" line of food product. I checked at another Target, Robinson and West Mifflin so far, and no dice.


I stopped in at a surburban New Jersey Target recently for that $2 hot dog combo. I noticed the signs were changed; the name "Vienna" was no longer on them. So, I asked the kid working behind the counter if they were still using Vienna franks. She said they were. Maybe I caught an old dog, but I have my doubts.

The Target stores in the NYC area also used to sell one pound packages of Vienna skinless franks in the Pantry section. They stopped carrying them. I think the reason is that they did not sell in this market. I often noticed very short expiration dates on the franks. Do they still sell the one pound retail packages in the Pittsburgh market?


The Target in Butler has never sold the Vienna's by the pack. However, I'm pretty sure the "Market Farms" brand, which is the all-beef they're selling off the roller, is actually the Vienna dog. Taste-wise, much of it depends on how long the dog has been on the roller.

By the way, there's a new New Brighton Hot Dog shop opening up in Butler on January 8. I'm not that crazy about their dogs, but it'll still be nice having it here.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 12/31/07 10:36 AM
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I was in Oakland yesterday, so I stopped in at The "O" for dogs and fries. They had several signs hanging that said the following"

"The Original has been serving you for the past 48 years. And we plan to continue to serve you. We will not compromise our Quality of food. Others may imitate us, but they cannot duplicate us. CONTRARY TO RUMOR, WE ARE HERE TO STAY."

Since I love the "O", I was glad to read this.


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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 05/10/08 10:00 AM
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gotta check out this place.. much better than the o.the chili cheese footlong rocks, with the fresh cut fries ..

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 05/10/08 10:06 AM
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Originally posted by asphaltman

gotta check out this place.. much better than the o.the chili cheese footlong rocks, with the fresh cut fries .


Edit some of the periods from the website so it will open.

Is it just me, or did they forget to put their address, phone number and business hours on their website. Or is that picture of a hot dog that pops-up covering it?

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 05/10/08 10:15 AM
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sorry the web site does not come up for yesterdaysdoghouse.com .but the location of this place is on route 366,on the greensburg road in lower burrell,pa. if you type the web site in by hand ,the web page works..also these hand cut fries are way so much better than the potato patch.they also have the natural case dogs that snap when you sink your teeth in them..

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 05/10/08 10:19 AM
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asphaltman-
Welcome to Roadfood! Thanks for the tip about this place. I will definitely try it out the next time I am in that area.


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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 05/10/08 10:31 AM
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thanks for your help buffetbuster,works good.you will not disappointed with this place.well worth the ride. if you click on the menu on the web site it gives you the hours,phone number,location.. thanks for your help again buffetbuster.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 05/10/08 10:34 AM
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My pleasure! After my visit (hopefully soon), I will report back here. Please stick around and continue to contribute.....there aren't nearly enough of us from "da Burgh" on here.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sat, 05/10/08 10:36 AM
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Found it! Always looking for a new spot for Dogs. Thanks and welcome!

Looks like an easy drive right off 28. BB, I look forward to your review.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 05/12/08 7:30 PM
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ok crew i was there today,the hours of operation are still the winter hours yet..monday thru saturday 11:00 am till 4:00 pm...they told me the summer hours will begin june 2 on monday..i tried to get the chili recipe but no go. (man that stuff is good)never had chili like that before.really good on the fresh cut fries with cheese.. and the dogs are out of this world...not sure on the one i like the most. the natural case that snaps when you bite into em or the footlong..wish this place was open on sundays..real nice retro setting.we all remember the hotdog shop in down town butler,this place here rocks..no comparison,not saying butler wasn't any good,but yesterday,s is second too none..hope you find your visit just as enjoyable

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Mon, 05/12/08 9:06 PM
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asphaltman, Thanks for the update. I have been taking 28 from 80 to Pitt, trying to avoid the construction on 22. I will give it a try on my next trip.

Joe

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 05/13/08 10:34 AM
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asphaltman-
I made it over to Yesterday's Dog House in Lower Burrell on Saturday.

When you walk in, you feel like you are walking into someone's living room. The interior was small with maybe only seven seats on the inside. But since it was a fairly nice day, quite a few people were eating outside.

I ordered a foot long, with chili, mustard and onion.

The chili is a typical Greek style chili, neither spicy or sweet. You can see there are nice little chunks of meat in it. I liked it! Interestingly, they put the onions beneath the wiener and mustard on top and below the wiener. Unusual formation.


The item I liked the best were the hand cut fries.


Since I was already over that way, I stopped in at Clementine's for a Pittsburgh-style ham bbq and a couple slices of homemade pie. A good eating afternoon.

asphaltman, thanks for the tip!

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 05/13/08 10:40 AM
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buffetbuster, Your the best. Nobody covers an area like you.

Joe

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 05/13/08 7:27 PM
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glad you made it out too yesterday,s BB.. i think that place is cool..here,s another one of my favorites .jim's drive inn. hot dog shop in west mifflin.on 1600 skyline drive. they just have the regular size hotdogs.no footlongs.or fries ..but a good dog.and a differant sauce.i"m a nut when it comes to dogs. .i can eat em every day..

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 05/13/08 8:07 PM
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Just a comment on the old Hot Dog Shop in Butler: Up until the last few years of operation, they always used hot dogs that specially made at the old Butler Packing plant. They were not incredible, but not bad, either. When Butler Packing shut down, they went with Kunzler dogs, which really didn't cut it for my taste. They also switched from the great skinny crinkle cut fries they had been serving. Of course, as many of you in the area already know, the place closed due to the owner's tax issues. It was a shame to see a local institution go out like that. The place is still sitting there, in all of its glory, empty. The inside decor is simply something one doesn't see anymore.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Tue, 05/13/08 10:58 PM
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Anyone remember Fat Franks in Pittsburgh? It was in the Strip District and opened in 1989.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Wed, 05/14/08 10:34 AM
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BaahBen,i think the place your talking about is Frankies.. they are in lawrenceville,just before you get in the strip dist..that is another good dog shop ..you can smell the grilled onions 2 blocks away..glad these places are still around..you can"t beat a good dog anytime of the year.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sun, 05/18/08 12:20 AM
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No, It was actually Fat Franks in the Strip District.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints - Sun, 05/18/08 11:03 AM
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Baah Ben-
I'm not familiar with Fat Frank's at all. Is it still there?

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