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Original Hot Dog Shop

3901 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA - (412) 621-7388
Posted By Rod Teel on 7/31/2006 10:56:00 PM
As a grad of the U. of Pittsburgh, I gotta tell you that the Original Hot Dog Shop is known around campus as the "Dirty O." Now I won't say it's exactly dirty... shabby would be more accurate.

The hoagies and cheesesteaks have a great reputation, but the hot dogs are its namesake. Where else can you ask for your dog medium or well-done? But the real deal at the Dirty O is quantity - an excess of chili, cheese or onions on that dog. And the fries! A small order of fries covers a typical cafeteria tray - no lie. They're good and hot, if not the most elegant plate of Belgian style pommes frites you ever ate.

Take a place in line at the hot dog station, move on back to the hoagie and fries station, and stop at the beer station. Pretty soon you've got a trayful! When you consider the quantity, the price, the beer on tap or in bottles and the extended hours, the Dirty O is the late evening place to go for another round and a satisfying meal on a budget.

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Here is one with sauerkraut and one with chili, mustard and onion.  If you ask for mustard here, you get brown mustard.
"Here is one with sauerkraut and one with chili, mustard and onion. If you ask for mustard here, you get brown mustard."
Cliff Strutz





The amount of fries you get at the
"The amount of fries you get at the "O" is legendary. This is a medium, which could easily feed 3-4 people."
Cliff Strutz


The grill at the O is a lovely sight; its piggy aroma is intoxicating.
"The grill at the O is a lovely sight; its piggy aroma is intoxicating."
Michael Stern


The Big O is a favorite of students, night owls, and wienerheads from all over town.
"The Big O is a favorite of students, night owls, and wienerheads from all over town."
Michael Stern


1960 was a great year for Pittsburgh.  Maz beat the Yankees in the World Series and the Original Hot Dog Shop opened its doors for the first time.
"1960 was a great year for Pittsburgh. Maz beat the Yankees in the World Series and the Original Hot Dog Shop opened its doors for the first time."
Cliff Strutz



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