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

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

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/29 17:09:59 (permalink)
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.
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 10:31:58 (permalink)
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,

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 10:49:10 (permalink)
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
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 11:36:27 (permalink)
Oops,

  Missed the address. Thanks.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 19:32:07 (permalink)
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.    
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/08/30 21:32:47 (permalink)
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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?
 
 
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/10/15 11:37:48 (permalink)
The Trib had a nice article a couple of days ago about a day of eating hot dogs/sausages in yinzerland.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/16 15:07:40 (permalink)
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/
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/16 17:42:16 (permalink)
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:



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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/16 20:08:44 (permalink)
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. 
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/17 08:31:33 (permalink)
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.
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/17 08:41:19 (permalink)
eruby-
I'm not that familiar with East Liberty, but I do remember seeing a Trader Joe's close by.

 
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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.
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/11/17 11:53:21 (permalink)
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.
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/15 13:40:03 (permalink)
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.

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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/15 18:35:45 (permalink)
Deputy Dog needs to read this ( http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/fb.ashx?m=556447 )
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/31 13:55:57 (permalink)
Ralph-
Check this out from the Trib concerning Hot Dog Heaven.
 
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_659624.html
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RE: Pittsburgh hot dog joints 2009/12/31 14:15:11 (permalink)
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.)
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Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/03 19:13:55 (permalink)
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.
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/03 22:06:02 (permalink)
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.
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/04 07:48:46 (permalink)
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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.
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/01/11 13:11:56 (permalink)
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.
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 12:04:56 (permalink)
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.
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 12:50:22 (permalink)
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.)
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 13:04:32 (permalink)
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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. 
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 15:16:16 (permalink)
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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.
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/04 16:36:56 (permalink)
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
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/08 16:54:43 (permalink)
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.
 
 
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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/08 18:23:51 (permalink)
 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. 

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Re:Some Pittsburgh hot dog thoughts 2010/02/09 10:26:33 (permalink)
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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? 
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