levis hot dogs

Name: Buick Roadmaster & the Levis Combo
Location: Levis Hot Dogs & Sandwiches, 966 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
Protein: Skinless, original recipe, 7″ long Angus beef hot dogs, 2 fish cakes (on the Levis Combo)
Bun: Morabito Bakery roll
Toppings: Buick Roadmaster: spicy mustard, sauerkraut, raw onions, and pepper hash. Levis Combo: (I added) pepper hash, grilled onions, and spicy mustard.
Accompaniments: Pickle slices
Price: $12.97 (includes 2 hot dogs, Champ Cherry cola, and tip)

Notes, etc.: Despite being skinless, Levis dogs are still pretty good. I really liked The Buick Roadmaster with all the simple toppings. The only downside was that the sauerkraut was piled on the bottom of the roll (underneath the dog) and eventually saturated the roll (which lead to an eventual hot dog breakthrough mid-consumption). If I wasn’t convinced about the “Philly Surf & Turf” being a tasty combination before, I surely am now. It was made well, tasted great, and left me satisfied. Make sure that when you visit, you wash it all down with a Champ Cherry cola.

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ben’s chili bowl

A few weeks ago, I took a short overnight trip with my family to Washington, DC. As always, I was putting together a food itinerary. This was family permitting, of course, as there’s no way everyone would have agreed to all the places I wanted to eat at. One of the places that ended up on the itinerary was Ben’s Chili Bowl. My worry was that it would be a tourist trap that would fall short of it’s hype, like Pat’s & Geno’s for cheesesteaks here in Philly. I could name a lot of other places in Philly that serve a better steak, but that’s a discussion for another time.

The menu wasn’t very large, as it had several hot dogs and burgers topped with their famous chili; they even had vegetarian options. I went for the Chili Half-Smoke, which was said to be Bill Cosby’s favorite menu option. The chili half-smoke, which is served on a steamed bun, consisted of a grilled pork & beef dog topped with mustard, onions, and spicy chili. My father and brother both got the chili burger which consisted of a 1/4 lb. beef patty and topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese, mayo, and chili.

I was able to try a bit of everything. The chili half-smoke was really good. I’ve never been a fan of mixed meat dogs so I was a little skeptical when I first ordered. This was easily the best mixed meat dog I’ve had. It was grilled to the point that it had a pleasant, slightly charred outside and just tasted so damn good.

Tourist trap? Sure, I can see that. The chili half-smoke cost me $5.70, but it was delicious though so I can justify making the trip out to Ben’s during a visit to DC. It did not fall short of it’s hype.

Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

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the dog house

The indulging did not stop at Dogfish Head. On our way back to Philly, we grabbed a bite at The Dog House in New Castle.

This stop was not a spur of the moment thing either. We noticed it on our drive down and said, “We are stopping there on the way back!” That is exactly what we did. When a place looks like that on the outside, how could you not stop by?

I went with a Chili Cheese Dog as recommended by the guy at the counter. The dogs are split, grilled, topped with cheese and chili, and served on a Liscio’s roll. It was damn good. Reminded me of some of the hot dogs I’ve had at similar places up in North Jersey. Fantastic.

The Dog House
1200 Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE

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hot diggity

I’ve been to Hot Diggity a couple of times now. It is fantastic. The hot dogs they serve are creative, delicious, and served on fresh Liscio’s rolls.

the big kahuna

Some of the hot dogs I’ve tried are The Big Kahuna (habanero aioli, pineapple salsa, grilled red onion, guava mustard), The Cincinnati Skyline (chili, white onion, nacho cheese, scallions), and The Saigon Fusion (Thai chili vinaigrette, sriracha, carrots, pickled cucumber, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno). The one dog that’s my favorite though is the Buffalo Buffalo Dog. This one has a specially made Buffalo Dog from D’Angelo Bros., buttermilk chive dressing, hot and honey wing sauce, celery, Maytag blue cheese, scallions, and chicken cracklins. It’s so ridiculously good.

By the time you read this, the Buffalo Buffalo Dog (pictured above) will only be available for a week (or less). Better go get it before you can and if Keith is there, make sure you tell him to keep it on the menu!

In addition to the hot dogs, the fries are fantastic. They’re cooked properly and taste great alone or with one of their several dipping sauces. I haven’t tried em all (yet) but I’m a fan of the curry mustard!

Hot Diggity
630 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147


yo dogs

Truth. I like hot dogs. A lot. But, I’m also picky about them, so I rarely eat em.

I came across this place while out on a bridge inspection. (Thanks Yelp iPhone app!) Yo Dogs serves hot dogs, burgers, salads, and fries. The menu had a lot of interesting and good sounding stuff on it so it took me a bit to decide what I wanted. Finally settled for the Ger Dog – all beef hot dog topped with caramelized onion, blue cheese, and pancetta and the Wyndmoor Tommy – all beef hot dog topped with Ameican cheese and bacon. Both hot dogs were served in a Martin’s potato roll and were absolutely delicious. The dogs were cooked on the grill and had a nice snap to them (important in my book). My favorite was the Ger Dog hands down though…so damn good.

ger dog

My teammate got one of the burgers which looked really awesome. In hindsight, I shoulda snapped a picture too. It was served on a brioche roll and he said it was one of the best burgers he’s ever had.

wyndmoor tommy

They were some of the best hot dogs I’ve had in a long time. You also have the option of an all beef dog, apple chicken sausage, carrot dog, or a Niman Ranch dog. If you’re a hot dog fan, or someone looking to give hot dogs another chance, you’ve gotta check out Yo Dogs!

Yo Dogs (another location in Elkins Park)
1014 E. Willow Grove Avenue
Wyndmoor, PA 19038

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