Whether hot off the grill or plucked from a carts mucky waters, no single food is more synonymous with the summer season than that all American mongrel, the hot dog. Thanks to some of Phillys enterprising chefs, the old dog is learning some tasty new tricks lately. With the July 4th holiday ahead, we decided to search the city for some of its best dogs. And with this slideshow we present what we found. Some are new creations, while others are timeless classics. Click through and let us know which ones you think look the most appetizing.
Texas Hold ’Em
630 South St.; (267) 886-9253
The South Street newcomer’s most popular dog is a bacon-wrapped all-beef Sabrett wiener topped with shredded cheese, hot sauce, onions and Percy Street Barbecue’s Old Faithful Barbecue Sauce.
1017 South Ninth St.; (215) 922-2220
For what it lacks in beauty, this combination of two all-beef franks wrapped in sopressata and topped with bolognese, sharp provolone and Italian long hots on a seeded Sarcone’s roll, delivers in taste.
Philly Pretzel Factory
This Franken-furter brings together two junk food staples: Pretzels and hot dogs.
1234 North Delaware Ave.; (215) 423-2280
Some claim that long-gone Philly hot dog shop Levis’s gave birth to what’s known in some circles as “Philly Surf and Turf.” It’s an all-beef dog, split down the middle and topped with a fried fish cake and pepper hash, a traditional Amish/Pennsylvania Dutch condiment. Others say it goes back further, possibly to the Colonial era.
1210 Frankford Ave.; (215) 423-2280
Stephen Starr’s still new-ish beer garden in Fishtown serves up this traditional Frank simply on a Martin’s potato roll with sauerkraut and spicy mustard.
926 South St.; (215) 592-8180
Mitch Prensky and his kitchen staff grind pork shoulder and stuff these pups in house. Wrapped in thick cut bacon and deep fried, they are served with house-cured kraut, barbecued onions, and beer mustard on a house-baked, New England style top-split bun. The side of buttermilk fried pickles serves as a perfect accompaniment.
Mexican Hot Dog
South Philadelphia Tap Room
1509 Mifflin St.; (215) 271-7787
Chef Scott Schroeder’s Scott Dogs cart has yet to make its debut, but in the meantime, you can get a taste of the dogs he his and his tube steak conspirator Nick Marci (from Southwark) are making with the Tap Room’s Mexican Hot Dog. It’s a housemade wiener wrapped in country bacon and deep fried. Then it’s placed on a toasted potato roll, and topped with mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, pickled jalapenos, red onions and diced tomatoes.
630 South St.; (267) 886-9253
Another of the South Street newcomers regionally inspired dogs. This one fuses the tastes of the East and West with a Sabrett dog smothered in chopped onions, pickled cucumber, shredded carrots, jalapeno, Thai vinaigrette and Sriracha.
2331 E Cumberland St.; (215) 425-4460
Memphis Taproom opened its beer garden this spring with the addition of a stationary food truck, which in addition to bringing what can only be described as a little slice of Portland, OR to the heart of Fishtown, also serves an impressive lineup of hot dogs. This one pays homage to the Keystone State with a grilled dog piled high with beer mustard, bread and butter pickles, tomato, chow chow, raw onions, cucumbers and celery salt.
Kobe Beef Hot Dog
124 S 13th St.; (215) 732-3501
The housemade kobe beef dog is served on a toasted bun with smoked mustard and micro cilantro. For just $2 at happy hour, it could be one of Midtown Village’s best budget-friendly bites.
102 South 13th St.; (215) 735-7500
Chef John Taus constructs these dogs from a mixture of fresh caught fish that’s minced, seasoned, fashioned into a cylindrical hot dog form, and poached. It’s browned and crisped to order, and served on a potato roll with avocado mayonnaise, housemade fingerling chips and cole slaw.
1511 Locust St.; (215) 732-5797
Misconduct Tavern also rolled out an impressive wiener lineup recently, with a rotating selection of housemade dogs. This one, which is made with duck and Grand Marnier, is served with fennel slaw, shallots, orange zest and mustard.
2331 E Cumberland St.; (215) 425-4460
This bacon-wrapped dog loosely pays homage to the Caribbean with mashed plantains, pork belly, garlic, hot sauce and cilantro.
Hot Dog Bun
145 N 11th St.; (215) 351-1177
From Philly’s Chinatown comes this hot dog baked into its own, slightly sweet and buttery, brioche-like bun. For just eighty cents, you can’t go wrong with it.
Mortadella Hot Dog
Garces Trading Co.
1111 Locust St.; (215) 574-1099
Iron Chef Garces serves this house-cured mortadella dog at lunch, but during Phillies daytime games, it's paired with a beer and chips for $9. It's made with local pork, white wine, espelette, pistachios, and is served on a house-baked pain au lait bun.
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