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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/27 10:54:37
Another great review for Dormont Dogs in the paper this morning:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09239/993436-440.stm

Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/29 17:09:59
Good news! Hank's Dogs is not gone. Yes, the West Liberty Avenue location and the building that housed it are history. But anticipating the demise of the West Liberty location, the owners opened Hank's Dogs Too on Brookline Boulevard last November. I noticed it for the first time late last night and stopped by there for lunch today. It has the same menu and, perhaps more importantly, the ambiance of the original Hank's Dogs. Not only can you get a dog (skinless or natural casing), you can get a hamburger, chicken tenders or french fries. The location is 919 Brookline Boulevard, just east of Flatbush. I don't think anyone will compare the food to that at Dormont dogs, but I'll probably be by at least a couple of times a month.
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 10:31:58
Buffetbuster,

 Do you know the brand of dog they serve at Coney Island Lunch in Johnstown? 
 P.S.---Parkings not that bad at D's if you don't mind walking a block or two...this way one can walk off the one too many frank they had. Great place. While Pickle Barrel remains my favorite P'Burgh weiner place, D's Six Pack serves a Vienna Beef with superb toppings. Try the chili. And, be sure to have a Chicago Style Dog.

   Kenny Joe,

  Do you know the number or cross street on Brookline where Hanks is...and the marque of dog they serve? Sorry...that's always my primary question.    Thanks,

   The Bear
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 10:49:10
ScreenBear

  Do you know the number or cross street on Brookline where Hanks is...and the marque of dog they serve? Sorry...that's always my primary question.

  

As I said, Hank's Dogs Too is at is 919 Brookline Blvd, just east of Flatbush. Or, you could say that it is opposite Stebbins.
I don't know the provenance of the dogs. I usually only ask if the dogs are especially tasty, which has never been the case with Hank's. For me, Hank's is more about the atmosphere than the food. 

post edited by Kenny Joe - 2009/08/30 16:42:03
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 11:36:27
Oops,

  Missed the address. Thanks.

   The Bear
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 19:32:07
And while we are on the subject of Pittsburgh hot dog joints, let me say that I regret my initial response to Buffetbuster's suggestion of a Pittsburgh Hot Dog Tour. Had I thought before I posted, I would instead of said something like:
"Hey, BB, that's a great idea. I doubt I would want to eat more than a couple of dogs, but I would love to tag along to at least two or three joints. Let's do it."
So count me in - at least for part of the tour.    
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 21:32:47
buffetbuster

falcinator-
No, I've never even heard of Bill's Golf Land before.  But, I will put it on the list of places for me to try.  Thanks for the tip.

Just curious.....  Is there any interest in a one day Pittsburgh hot dog tour?



tour

 
In the event there is a 1st annual Pittsburgh Hot dog Tour, and it were on a Saturday convenient for me, I'd be honored to attend...assuming it would be open to a New Jerseyan. I think it's a great idea whose time has come.
 
  Pittsburgh has a proud and established Hot Dog culture, and just off the top of my head I could name at least 4 must-stops. 
  
Even if it's just a small school bus the first year, with about 25 participants, it could be the start of a great tradition. Plus, the proximity to parts west could bring in some friends from Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, etc.
 
How's the weather generally in early November?  Light jacket good enough?
 
 
   The Bear
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/10/15 11:37:48
The Trib had a nice article a couple of days ago about a day of eating hot dogs/sausages in yinzerland.

[link=http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_647550.html]http://www.pittsburghlive...ooddrink/s_647550.html
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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/16 15:07:40
My buddy Mike and I hit some hot dog joints on Saturday.  By far, the best was Station Street Hot Dogs in East Liberty.  They have four different types of all beef wieners.  Here is a close up of mine

with chili, mustard and onion.  The bun appeared steamed and the wiener had a bit of a garlicky taste and a nice snap when you bit into it.  The chili was thin and beanless.  This was a good quality hot dog.

Looking at the menu and some of the food others around us were eating, I plan on going back soon.  The inside is roomy

and spotlessly clean, with plenty of seats facing the windows.

http://www.stationstreethotdog.com/
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/11/16 15:08:49
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/16 17:42:16
I've thought of visiting there, but haven't gotten around to it. Now I want to go!

My own hot dog visits of late have been to Hot Dog Heaven, on Filmore Street off South Craig. The hot dogs are pretty good, with lots of condiments offered, but the real appeal to the place was that during the summer, he offered splendid steamed locally-grown corn on the cob.

He's recently been adding more shelter to the stand:



And adding to the decor:



Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/16 20:08:44
Ralph - A hot dog joint in the City that I never heard of! I'll be there tomorrow.

Buffetbuster - What about the other three? If you are ever looking for company for a visit to Station Street, let me know. I love the place and even though it only takes me about 15 minutes to get there from my office, I rarely think about it at lunch time. 
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/17 08:31:33
buffetbuster -  Is Station Street Hot Dogs behind the shopping center that has Trader Joe's?  It looks the same but it's been a few years.  We had the casing dogs and they were excellent.  We saw a customer that had the fish sandwich and it was huge.  The fries were also very good.
 
When exiting the Trader Joe's parking lot (a right turn)  we made the 1st righgt and then a quick left to get to the place.  I believe it was Station Square Hot Dogs.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/17 08:41:19
eruby-
I'm not that familiar with East Liberty, but I do remember seeing a Trader Joe's close by.

 
Ralph-
What an interesting looking place.  Thanks for letting us know about it.  If you make it there Kenny Joe, please report back how it was.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/17 11:53:21
eruby, I believe that you're correctly identifying the location of Station Street Hot Dogs. You can see it from the Trader Joe's parking lot, but it's across the East Busway, so it's not a convenient walk.

If you're eating lunch at Hot Dog Heaven, let me know. It's very close to where I work, so I'd happily join a group there.
post edited by ralphmelton - 2009/11/17 11:54:33
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/15 13:40:03
Hot Dog Heaven has now been closed down. From http://www.achd.net/food/consumeralert.html :
Originally permitted as a mobile vendor, operator converted to a sit down restaurant on the sidewalk.
  • No hand sink or residential equipment
  • No hood, seats with no public restrooms
  • Unfinished floors, walls, and ceiling.


While I liked the guy and his hot dogs, I would agree that he went beyond what's reasonable to do on the sidewalk.

EatingTheRoad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/15 18:35:45
Deputy Dog needs to read this ( http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/fb.ashx?m=556447 )
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/31 13:55:57
Ralph-
Check this out from the Trib concerning Hot Dog Heaven.
 
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_659624.html
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/31 14:15:11
I'm glad to hear it, and I hope he makes it work out. (And I particularly hope he offers corn on the cob again in the summer.)
Padraig Muldoon
Junior Burger
Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/03 19:13:55
I'm glad to read that Hank's is open.  It was always a favorite of mine.  I lived in Dormont in the mid-80s and ate there regularly.
 
I enjoy Dee's in Regent Square.  I especially like their kielbasa.
 
I place Weiner World above the O.  I believe both use Silver Star hot dogs.  The O's are a special recipe not available in stores.
 
The Red Caboose is my current favorite in western PA.
 
Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe is another favorite.
 
I ate at Shorty's Lunch in Washington the other day and that experience led me to post on here for the first time after lurking for a long time.  If you like hot dogs you must visit Shorty's.  The furnishings which date back to the 1950s and prior make it worth the trip alone.
 
Bill's Golfland on route 51 south of the Red Caboose is worthy of mention as well.  Their footlongs are very popular.  Robbie's which is a little north on 51 has a good footlong as well, but I prefer Bill's.
 
But for the best footlong on route 51 visit Randall's in Perryopolis.  It's an old family style restaurant with great homemade pies.  The grilled footlongs are served sliced longways then cut in half on a toasted footlong roll.  Add a fresh made from real ice cream chocolate shake to top it off.
 
And speaking of chocolate shakes and hot dogs, try the hot dogs at Page Dairy Mart on East Carson St.  They deep fry the dogs to order and they are delicious.  Their homemade soft serve is great as well. 
 
I will miss Dave's Lunch forever.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/03 22:06:02
Thanks for mentioning Page Dairy Mart--I've passed it several times, but we've only tried the soft serve. I'll give the hot dog a try some time.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/04 07:48:46
Padraig Muldoon-
Welcome to Roadfood!  You seem to have a real interest in Pittsburgh hot dogs.  Looking forward to your future contributions.

 
Like Ralph, I have only ever had the soft serve at Page's Dairy Mart and will have to go back to try the hot dog.  They do close during the winter, right?
 
I ate at Dee's in Regent Square recently and had a bad experience.  Still plan on going back to see if it was a one time thing or not.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/11 13:11:56
I did make it down to Shorty's Lunch on Saturday and came away impressed.  Had two with everything (chili, mustard and onion) there and got three more to go.  They have been there since the early 1930's.  Pictures to follow soon.
Frankfurters
Junior Burger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 12:04:56
Hello everyone - this is my first post here. I was reading this thread about Pittsburgh hot dog places and I felt it was appropriate to chime in. Frankfurter's Hot Dog Shoppe in Bellevue is now under new ownership. It was mentioned earlier in this thread that the original owner Marty is no longer with the shoppe. This is true. A few years ago, Marty sold the business to a guy who for the last 2-3 years was a very "silent" owner. I am not knocking the previous owner at all, I just think it is safe to say he was ot as passionate as Marty was.
 
A friend of mine and I bought the shoppe in late December and we remodeled everything, giving the place a "Pittsburgh Sports" Theme. We lowered prices across the board, changed a few things (keeping everything that made this place original and appreciated), changed the hours, and we are active as owners.
 
If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and check us out. We are located at 564 Lincoln Avenue in the heart of Bellevue.
 
I look forward to being an active member here and learning as much as possible to make Frankfurter's the best it can be.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 12:50:22
Welcome to Roadfood, Frankfurters!

Bellevue is outside my usual stomping grounds, but I'll try to make time to visit.

What are your specialties? What would you recommend to a first-time visitor?

Also, what are your hours? (Failing to think about this ahead of time led me to looking with disappointment at a closed Station Street Hot Dog last weekend.)
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 13:04:32
Frankfurters-
Welcome to Roadfood and glad you are here.  Frankfurters used to be my favorite hot dog place in the city, but it wasn't the same after Marty left.  Now that it is your hands, I look forward to trying it again. 
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 15:16:16
Frankfurters

Hello everyone - this is my first post here. I was reading this thread about Pittsburgh hot dog places and I felt it was appropriate to chime in. Frankfurter's Hot Dog Shoppe in Bellevue is now under new ownership. It was mentioned earlier in this thread that the original owner Marty is no longer with the shoppe. This is true. A few years ago, Marty sold the business to a guy who for the last 2-3 years was a very "silent" owner. I am not knocking the previous owner at all, I just think it is safe to say he was ot as passionate as Marty was.
 
A friend of mine and I bought the shoppe in late December and we remodeled everything, giving the place a "Pittsburgh Sports" Theme. We lowered prices across the board, changed a few things (keeping everything that made this place original and appreciated), changed the hours, and we are active as owners.
 
If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and check us out. We are located at 564 Lincoln Avenue in the heart of Bellevue.
 
I look forward to being an active member here and learning as much as possible to make Frankfurter's the best it can be.

 
Can you give us a little information about your product? People who frequent this forum are very knowledgeable and passionate about hot dogs.
 
What I'd like to know is what type of dog do you serve? All beef or beef/pork? Size or how many to a pound. 8/1? 6/1? Natural casing or skinless? How is it prepared? In water? On a grill or griddle? Deep fried? How about the brand? That's of utmost importance. If you don't start with a quality dog, it doesn't matter much what you do with it. Although toppings aren't important to me (I prefer to sample a quality dog with just mustard most of the time), others would like to know if you offer chili and if it's homemade.
 
Thanks, and good luck.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 16:36:56
Better late than never, here are the photos from my recent visit to Shorty's Lunch in Washington, PA.  A small store front,

located in the center of town, this place sure has a fine Roadfood atmosphere.  You can either sit at one the big wooden booths or at the counter.  Since Mariton was with me, we sat in the booth. 

I ordered two with everything (chili, mustard and onion) and before Mariton could place her order, the waitress yelled two over her shoulder and within 20 seconds, I had these

beauties set in front of me.  The steamed buns are nice and soft.  The tasty chili had lots of small chunks of meat in it. 
 The onions are chopped fine and they slap on a generous dose of yellow mustard.  Good stuff!!!

I didn't catch what brand of hot dogs they use, but you can see the wieners being grilled right in the front window. 

It would take a better man than myself to walk past that window and not stop in.

On the way out, I did chat with the owner for about 15 minutes.  Nice guy!  He did tell me that Shorty was the nickname of the original owner.  Oh, and the chili recipe is a family secret that has been handed down to him.
 
 
Shorty's Lunch
34 West Chestnut Street
Washington, PA
724-228-9919
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/02/05 08:13:52
rfox
Junior Burger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/08 16:54:43
Great photos from Shorty's, Buffetbuster.  I was in Shorty's a couple of weeks ago.  As I was leaving, I noticed the cook was pulling dogs from an Albert's package and putting them on the grill.
 
I had the opportunity to stop in and grab a footlong at Frankie's in Lawrenceville last week.  While the dog is nothing incredible, I have to say that it tasted pretty good.  The only problem is that my coat still smells of the powerful onion aroma that place generates.  Wow, is it strong.
 
 
LeadBelly
Hamburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/08 18:23:51
 I'm coming to Pittsburgh for a couple of days in March mainly to eat at a few places that I keep reading about here and to see the Warhol museum. Thanks to your great pics I now have to put Shorty's down on the list of places to stop in and eat. Just looks great. 

Allan
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/09 10:26:33
LeadBelly-
Glad to read of your visit to Pittsburgh.  I hope you thoroughly enjoy your food stops and the Warhol Museum.  Which restaurants do you plan on visiting? 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/03/02 11:36:02
Johnny's Lunch, a small hot dog chain, recently opened a location in Cranberry Twp, PA.  This would be about a half hour north of the city.

My buddy Mike recently called me one morning letting me know it had opened and I stopped in that day for lunch.  Not knowing how big these hot dogs are, I ordered three.  These are big enough that two would easily satisfy most normal appetites.

First up is the Spicy Buffalo,

with bleu cheese, hot sauce, American cheese and onions on it.  This was a seriously messy hot dog, but I am a big fan of the bleu cheese/hot sauce combination and this was my favorite of the hot dogs I tried.

The web site describes the wieners as 100% Black Angus Beef Hot.  The wieners are sliced in half and grilled, which may be difficult to see in the photos.  It certainly does seem like a quality wiener.  The buns are soft and spongy.  I haven't quite made up my mind yet whether I like them or not. 

The other two hot dogs were the Jersey Slaw (on the left)

and the Johnny's Famous.  Why they named the slaw dog after Jersey, I have no idea.  Sounds like poor research on their part.  Still, the slaw was cool and creamy and I liked the addition of the tasty brown mustard, also on the dog.

The Johnny's Famous is the standard chili (which they call Johnny's Signature Sauce), onions and mustard.  I probably prefer my onions to be diced a little smaller, but still a good hot dog.  I also got a milkshake, but it was way too thin and I won't be ordering it again.

Over the weekend, I brought my mother, who is a big hot dog lover, to Johnny's Lunch.  She loved it so much she was back the very next day.

 
http://www.johnnyslunch.com/%3C/a%3E%3C/font%3E
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/03/02 11:38:16
LeadBelly
Hamburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/03/04 22:33:16
buffetbuster

LeadBelly-
Glad to read of your visit to Pittsburgh.  I hope you thoroughly enjoy your food stops and the Warhol Museum.  Which restaurants do you plan on visiting? 




Gee.... real sorry I didn't see this on the day you left it. I'm going to be in Pittsburgh the 18th, 19th and 20th. As a result of this topic I was going to eat hot dogs for three days. But looking into a few blogs and using the search function here, well, I got a list and I'm still working on it. 

Here's the list:


Shorty's - this is your fault... the pictures and the location looks too good not to drive down to Washington. Pa
MP coney Island ...a trip to New Castle ....a different kind of hot dog that from the photo looks to good to pass.
Pittsburgh dogs ( went to the dirty O my only time in Pittsburgh.. the dogs and fries were great, parking was a nightmare.)
  Wiener World
  Franktuary - hot dogs in a church.... how can you pass on that
  Dormont dogs - good looking slaw dog.
  3 sons dogs and suds -  a hot dog and a great choice of beer ...sounds great for a nightcap
  station street  hot dogs
  Wholey's fish sandwich - just looks too great to pass if I'm going to see the strip.
  Pierogi's plus... I remember these from when I was a kid. Gotta have some
  Dicarlo's pizza - never had the cheese put on last.. and I'll be staying at the Marriott North in Cranberry Twp.
  Franks Pizzeria in Ambridge, Pa. - I read a blog that said this is the best pizza in the area. 

 The one I've been on the fence about is Primanti's. And maybe I'm wrong about this but Primanti's for an outsider kind of strikes me like Pat's steaks when I lived in Philadelphia. I kept insisting that there are about fifty places better than Pat's in Philadelphia, but that's what they insisted they couldn't miss. And now that I'm in the position of being the tourist, Primanti's was on the top of the list when I first started it . But the more I looked into it the farther down the list it fell. Now its kind of maybe not. 


What I'd really like to try more than a Primanti's is turkey devonshire, but not sure where to get that . But even without that I'm still trying to work out how many places I could possibly visit in the amount of time I have. The problem is that I still want to spend time at the Warhol museum and with 12 hour roundtrip... not sure how many places I can actually get to. But I'll see what happens. I'm already seriously considering a second trip in October in order to find the turkey sandwich and stop in places I couldn't get to outside the city. Maybe Primanti's then.

 Pittsburgh seems like one hell of a good eating town. 

Allan
  
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/03/05 10:17:54
LeadBelly-
You got to love the ambition of your list.  As for turkey devonshires, the best in the city is made at Union Grill in the Oakland section of the city.  It is outstanding and easy walking distance from the Original Hot Dog Shoppe.  Also within easy walking distance from these two places is Pittsburgh's best ice cream, Dave & Andy's

 
If you are in Ambridge and want pizza, it would be a shame not to try Pizza House, better known to everybody as Police Station Pizza.  Similar to DiCarlo's, they put the toppings on cold.  You can always stop in and grab a square or two.

http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/6768/union-grill

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/03/05 11:23:05
My buddy Mike and I went to a new hot dog place last night.  It is called Ryan's Sports Dogs and is located well north of the city in Zelienople/Harmony.  It opened just a few weeks ago and they haven't even had their grand opening, yet.

They have a huge menu, with each dog named after a sports team.  Mike's two were the Browns and the Bearcats.  The Browns (on the left)

has Cleveland's own brown stadium mustard and onions.  The Bearcat is Cincinnati chili, mustard, onions and cheddar cheese.  While I was still taking photos, Mike bit into his Bearcat and was making some serious yummy noises.

My two were the Mountaineer (on the left)

and just a regular hot dog, with chili, mustard and onion.  The Mountaineer has cole slaw, yellow mustard, onions and chili.  I wish the cole slaw was more finely chopped and a little creamier.  And the chili on the regular dog was different, since it was in large chunks that included tomatoes and peppers.

They us Berk's all beef dogs here and they have a wonderful snap when you bite into them.  The hot dogs are grilled to order (it took a good ten minutes to the hot dogs) and you can see the grill marks in the photos.  The buns are Martin's potato rolls and you can get them buttered or steamed.  I went with steamed on my hot dogs.  This place obviously tries to do all the little things right.

Side-wise, they had quite a few things that looked good, but I went with the sweet potato fries,

which were excellent!

They said they are still working out the kinks, but Ryan's is off to a great start, IMHO.  Since they are so close to my house, I plan on visiting often in the next couple weeks and should have some more photos.

  
http://www.ryanssportsdogs.com/%3C/a%3E%3C/font%3E 
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/03/10 18:54:01
Another new shop is Hot Franks at Penn & 27th. The bun and dog appeal to the 10 year old Kenny Joe - squishy white bread bun and mildly tasty skinless dog. The chili that you are encouraged to put on your dog appeals more to the adult Kenny Joe. It has a kick one does not find in most chili destined to top a dog. It also has a small hint of cinnamon that is common only in Cincinnati. Other sandwiches are available.
There must be another location somewhere because the sign outside this newly opened established claims that Hot Franks has been in Western Pennsylvania for 40 years.   
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/03/11 14:10:32
I've chatted recently with Nardo Bernardinelli, proprietor of Hot Dog Heaven. He says he's resolving things with the Health Department, and expects to reopen about April 1.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/04/06 08:30:01
LeadBelly-
I saw in another thread you mention that you visited Shorty's Lunch.  Any chance you could do a quick write up of where you ate at in Pittsburgh?  I had been curious.
JonBattle
Junior Burger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/04/06 10:02:33
Anyone remember "


The Original Hotdog Shop: Historic Eatery in Oakland....I used to eat here in my Pitt days (1964-1968).

How does it stack up to current faves in Pittsburgh?



buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/04/06 10:49:36
Jon-
I didn't know you went to Pitt.  The "O" or "Dirty O" is still going strong.  I am definitely a fan of the place, although more for their fries than the wieners.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/06/16 15:34:47
[font="verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal; "]On Sunday, we finally got around to trying Jim's Drive-in in West Mifflin.



Jim's has a special sauce for its hot dogs; it's mellow brown, translucent, and smooth, with flecks of spice. The sauce was noticeably spicy; I felt my lips glowing afterward. It was tasty; I would get it again.

I am far from a hot dog connoisseur, so I have trouble judging the hot dog. Both the hot dog and bun were griddled to be nearly black in places, but that worked well for this dog.

The french fries were good, but the cheese sauce was probably a mistake--it was no better than one would expect any melted nacho cheese to be.




buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/06/16 15:38:19
Nice photos Ralph!  That hot dog sauce at Jim's is unlike anything else I've ever had.
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/06/17 06:56:12
It looks like Jim's has a big new sign since the last time I was there. 
 
I like Jim's well enough (though as Ralph noted, the dogs/buns can be a bit overdone at times), and the sauce is excellent (they sell bottles to go), but what I don't like is no matter if there are five people in line or no one in line, they always say we'll call you when it's ready and it always seems to take 10 minutes.
 
Perhaps this has changed since I was last there a couple years ago, but does it really take that long to toast a bun?  Jim's is also very close to my brother in West Mifflin so it's easy to take a quick run over.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/06/17 13:54:03
A couple Fridays ago, my buddy Mike and I drove to Frankfurters in Bellevue.  We got there at 5:15 and they were closed, which was very frustrating, because I had called earlier in the day and was told they are open until 6:00.  No matter, we had an excellent meal at Pierogies Plus instead, before going to the Pirate game.

Tuesday night, I was going to Pirate game again, so I stopped in at Frankfurters and was glad to see the open sign.

The pleasant young woman greeted me warmly and kept up a running conversation the entire time she was preparing my food.  I went for the Buffalo dog and another dog with chili, mustard and onion.

The Buffalo dog had hot sauce, blue cheese and in the true spirit of Pittsburgh food, had fresh cut fries on top.  The wiener was nice and plump, with a distinct snap when you bit into it.  Very good hot dog.

The chili dog was not as good, but that was mostly my fault.  According to one of the co-owners, Brian (also, a very friendly guy), they went back to the chili recipe original owner Marty Armstrong used to use.  This is a thick, meaty chili, which also is on the sweet side.  The sweet chili and the yellow mustard was too much of a clash of flavors.  Next time, it will be the chili dog without mustard and I'm sure I will be much happier.

From what Brian told me, they are working hard to get back all the original customers of Marty's, that the second owner drove away.  I am one of those people and I can happily say that Frankfurters is back and in my good graces again!

Frankfurters
564 Lincoln Avenue
Bellevue, PA
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post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/06/17 13:56:07
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/10/14 00:02:17
I tried Hot Franks in the Strip this evening. 
 
I wasn't very impressed with the hot dog; it felt dense and tough, sort of the opposite of a juicy snappy dog.
The Hot Franks Super Sub was tastier; it was basically an Italian sub with a few other meats.
 
Still, I won't be yearning to return soon.
 
Hot Franks
2701 Penn Avenue
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/11/23 11:05:21
Nice article in The Trib on Pittsburgh hot dog joints.
 
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/email/s_709452.html?_s_icmp=et
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/11/28 23:52:37
Whenever the subject of Pittsburgh hot dog purveyors arises without mention of The Pickle Barrel, I feel a need to reprint this:
 
When sojourning in Pittsburgh, it’s apparent that this is a town with a hot dog culture. 

Among my favorites is the Pickle Barrel, which you’ll find at 1301 East Carson Street on the South Side…a funky, on-the-comeback area loaded with all sorts of interesting stores and restaurants. The Pickle Barrel serves a foot-long Smith's Provision frank out of Erie, cooked on the griddle, about a 5 or 6 to a lb., 65% beef, 35% pork. 

They top the dogs about 12 different ways, mostly named after regional preferences: i.e.- Chicago, with peppers, tomato, etc., all for about the same price: $2.50. Adorning the wall, several signs describe what beautifies each dog…though there is no hot dog listed with mustard and kraut or mustard and sautéed onions and thus delineated as a N.Y. dog. But that’s OK. I order my own, Weequahic Section, Newark, NJ. Style Sweetworks (mustard, kraut & relish) and they’re pleased to accommodate. 

A best seller is the Pittsburgh. It’s the foot-long with mozzarella cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, black olives and honey mustard. I’ve never tried one, but ultimately will…perhaps next time. Y’know, when in Rome. 

Additionally, the roll is impressive…a Schaible. All too many places serve foot-longs on small rolls that prove unwieldy. But this is just right, fresh, bountiful with taste, making more of a meal out of the whole affair…and thereby legitimizing the foot-long concept. Ask for the roll toasted. It’s better that way. I also ask for the frank cooked a little on the crispy side. They’re happy to oblige. 

In any case, for about $6, you could have yourself a pretty good meal. I also usually notice people sharing large portions of hearty French Fries, including what looks like a concoction smothered with gravy, cheese and pieces of bacon. Actually, I think The Pickle Barrel is as popular, if not more popular, for their breakfasts as for their dogs. There’s a good-sized counter and several booths, old luncheonette style. 
The phone # is 412-431-1114. Just tell ‘em the guy from Jersey sent you. 

The Bear 
 
 
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/11/29 08:26:04
Well done ScreenBear.  Haven't been in a few years but always love the Pickle Barrel.
 
Wen't to Hot Franks last Wednesday.  The hot dog was a bit bland, but the spicy chili more than made up for it.  Very fresh fries too.  They had slaw as a topping, but I wasn't feeling 100% in my belly so just went with chili only.  Staff could not have been nicer.  Forgot to ask what they charge for additional toppings.  Chili seems to be included with all dogs.
 
Was sorry to see the Red Caboose was closed when we went by Friday.  They will re-open tomorrow, so I'll have to give it a go next trip.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/03/22 22:05:35
Oh no!  Watching the local news and there was a fire tonight at The Pickle Barrel.  Hopefully the damage won't be too bad.
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/03/22 22:11:13
It doesn't sound good - it's a three alarmer. I was just walking by there tonight at 6:58. (I noticed the time because the door was locked although there was a big sign saying that they were now open until 7 PM!) I get to the Pickle Barrel once or twice a week, so this will be a big loss for me if it is gone.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/03/23 08:14:07
Video from the local news about the Pickle Barrel fire:
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/03/23 09:43:24
This is really sad news. The Pickle Barrel was one of my 5 favorite hot dog restaurants in America. The foot-long Smith Provision beef/pork dog, griddled and placed in a Schaible roll, the most perfect bun I've ever had a foot-long frank in, was always a highlight of my visit. And though I'm no longer in Pittsburgh with any frequency, it just won't be the same the next time I am there with no Pickle Barrel to enjoy.
 
  I can't believe Scott, the owner, didn't have the insurance necessary to do a rebuild, either in the current location or perhaps nearby. What a shame.
 
  Indeed it hurts when one of your favorite eateries ceases to exist. I doubt I'll ever stop bemoaning the end of Syd's in the Vauxhall section of Union, N.J.
 
  Here's hoping Scott, a very nice fellow, somehow figures a way to reopen. 
Bummed in New Jersey,
  The Bear
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/03/23 10:50:48
ScreenBear-
You are the first one I thought of when I heard about this.  We are all crossing our fingers they find a way to reopen.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/03/23 13:32:58
ScreenBear

This is really sad news. The Pickle Barrel was one of my 5 favorite hot dog restaurants in America. The foot-long Smith Provision beef/pork dog, griddled and placed in a Schaible roll, the most perfect bun I've ever had a foot-long frank in, was always a highlight of my visit. And though I'm no longer in Pittsburgh with any frequency, it just won't be the same the next time I am there with no Pickle Barrel to enjoy.

 I can't believe Scott, the owner, didn't have the insurance necessary to do a rebuild, either in the current location or perhaps nearby. What a shame.

 Indeed it hurts when one of your favorite eateries ceases to exist. I doubt I'll ever stop bemoaning the end of Syd's in the Vauxhall section of Union, N.J.

 Here's hoping Scott, a very nice fellow, somehow figures a way to reopen. 
Bummed in New Jersey,
 The Bear

 
I'm bummed too, and I've never even been to Pittsburgh. As for Syd's, I still wake up in the middle of the night screaming after having a recurring nightmare about the closing of Syd's. My favorite place to grab a dog. Fortunately you can still get this same dog elsewhere.
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/03/23 13:55:47
I know what you mean, John. And thanks, Buffet. Glad to know someone is concerned with my hot dog welfare. I, too,  hope Scott finds a way to start up again. Mr. Trump....are you reading?
 
  The Bear
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/04/12 10:20:12
Hope Springs Eternal in Pittsburgh:
http://www.wpxi.com/news/27389319/detail.html
 
The Bear
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/04/12 10:36:38
ScreenBear-
Thanks for the link.  That is good news and hopefully, he will be back open on the SouthSide again soo.  And from what I know about Wendy Betten, I'm not surprised she is helping out like this.  I may have to swing by this weekend.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/04/12 15:37:25
ScreenBear

Hope Springs Eternal in Pittsburgh:
http://www.wpxi.com/news/27389319/detail.html

The Bear

What an Act of Kindness! There's hope for this World yet.
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2011/05/19 12:39:12
ScreenBear

Hope Springs Eternal in Pittsburgh:
http://www.wpxi.com/news/27389319/detail.html

The Bear

I just spoke with the Hot Metal Diner and they are no longer doing the Pickle Barrel hours on weekend nights.  I'll probably be up there on May 27th and was hoping to go.  On the Hot Metal Diner website, it doeas say they are having a fundraiser for them on June 30th.  I didn't ask why no more Pickle Barrel nights.
 
http://www.hotmetaldiner.com/
 


buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2012/02/10 08:35:02
As pointed out to me by Ralph Melton, the previously discussed Station Street Hot Dog Shop is under new management and has gone upscale.  Kimchi dog anyone?
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2012/02/10 09:05:28
Sweetbread Dog? Really?
 
I liked Station Street Dogs and usually went there in conjunction with a trip to Trader Joe's.  While I applaud their culinary flair, I just don't see it with hot dogs.
 
Next trip to Pittsburgh, it'll be back to Jim's Hot Dogs in West Mifflin. Where you wait 20 minutes even if there's no one else in line.
 
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