Originally posted by tater dickens
Once again another gastronomic icon is closing to be replaced by the "umpteenth" yuppie bar or trendy restaurant. I'm happy to say that fortunately I visited the The "O" last year on a trip from California. Two dogs plus fries with gravy washed down with a root beer. One of the best atmospheres in a dog shop that I have experienced. I mourn the passing a great Pittsburgh institution.
Fear not ye hotdog loving Pittsburghers!
There is a place that should fit the bill. Go to Yovi's on Liberty Ave., in Downtown Pittsburgh. I know it's sacreligious to blaspheme against the Original Hotdog Shop, but it wasn't my favorite. I can see if it held some nostalgia for you, or that's were you met your gal whilst attending Pitt, but to me the bad out-weighed the good; namely, you're taking your kid's life in your hands if you went there anytime other than a tuesday at noon (and that wasn't a sure fire bet either). Yes, the fries were outstanding and the dogs pretty good, but what's gone is gone.
Yovi's has ALSO been a Pittsburgh institution for 20 years. They make "chicago style" hotdogs, with all the trappings - the tomato, the hot pepper, the pickle, the celery salt, all on a fresh poppyseed hotdog bun. Plus, Yovi's dogs have something the O's never had - that kosher SNAP! Yes, the snap of an honest to gosh natural casing. AND, their fries are really good too.
IMHO, Yovi's got it ALL OVER the Dirty O. But as we know, one man's treasure is another man's trash. Try it, you may like it!