July 23 is National Hot Dog Day. Many people will enjoy this summer staple either grilled at a neighborhood barbecue or eaten while attending a Phillies game, but to up your hot dog game, you’ll want to check out the Philly spots listed below. Taking hot dogs beyond the standard ketchup and mustard, these restaurants offer a variety of toppings and styles to make gourmet versions of the classic favorite.
Bing Bing Dim Sum
1648 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh are two guys from Philly serving Asian-style dumplings at their energetic Passyunk Square spot. With a hefty dose of American-Jewish flair, the cuisine might not be authentic Asian, but it’s certainly fun. The hot dog bao buns are a must-try during happy hour Monday though Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to midnight. At only $5, Hebrew National hot dogs are wrapped with smoked cheddar cheese and jalapeno relish, pan fried and served with a secret sauce.
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1017 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Located in the heart of the Italian Market, Paesano’s is the type of no-frill sandwich shop that Philadelphia is known for. The cash-only spot is best known for classics like beef brisket and roasted pork, but there are also more creative options like the Tuscan Tony. A bit of a nod to the Texas Tommy, this Italian version features an all-beef hot dog wrapped in Sopressata and then topped with hearty Bolognese sauce, sharp provolone cheese and hot peppers for $7. Pair your hot dog with Paesano’s signature roasted potatoes for an extra $3.
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Home to Center City’s only mini golf course and carousel as well as a beautiful fountain, Franklin Square is a great place to spend a summer afternoon with the family. You’ll also find Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger, offering burgers, milkshakes, fries and hot dogs. For just $3.50, you can get the classic split and grilled all-beef hot dog. Or you can upgrade to the $4.50 Philly Dog to get it wrapped in Kosher salami and topped with mustard, plum tomatoes, cherry peppers and onion.
1426 Snyder Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Texas Wieners has a history in South Philadelphia going all the way back to 1923. The signature hot dog, “The Works,” is grilled, served on a steamed club roll and topped with mustard, onions, and the secret Greek sauce for $2.50. The story is that a big food company tried to buy the recipe for the sauce in the 1930s, but owner Stephen Miller (originally Stephen Mandrohalos) would never share it. Other favorites include the Texas Tommy (a hot dog topped with cheese and bacon) and the Philly combo, featuring a hot dog and fish cake together on the same bun for $3.50. A crab cake version is also available for $4.50. Ideal for parties and families (or just hungry patrons), Texas Wieners offers specials on hot dogs ordered in groups of 6, 10 or 21. Party trays are also available.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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