One of Philly’s All-Time Hot Dog Greats Is Resurfacing at Stockyard Sandwich Co.

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We all loved Hot Diggity. It was one of those shops that seemed to effortlessly fit right in on South Street, in the neighborhood, in the city. And when owner Keith Garabedian closed it in 2015, it was a heartbreaking loss to our scene. Not because it’s hard to find a hot dog in Philly (there are plenty of spots in Philly that are talented with tubular meat), but because it’s a rare thing when a restaurant can so fully and completely embrace a community like the way Hot Diggity did — friendly, creative, collaborative, accessible to everyone.

And after two years of laying low, Garabedian will bring back some of his favorite dogs with a pop-up at Stockyard Sandwich Co.

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Hot Diggity Popping Up at Swarthmore Hot Dog Jamboree

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Hot Diggity’s Saigon Fusion: Topped with fresh Cucumber, Cilantro, Spicy Mayo, Pickled Daikon and Carrot, Jalapeno, and crushed Peanuts.

Hot Diggity is popping up at Hobbs Coffee (1 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA) this Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. for the shop’s annual Hot Dog Jamboree. And even if Hot Diggity’s Keith Garabedian wasn’t making his first hot dog appearance since the closure of his South Street restaurant, this would be a can’t miss event for hot dog fans. Also appearing at the event:

  • Joey Baldino, Zeppoli
  • Scott Schroeder, South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar
  • Marcos Espinoza, Side Project Jerky
  • GitJo, Culinary collaboration of Craig Parahus (Amis) and Michael Strauss (Taprom on 19)
  • Gary Ducket, some kind of pickle jawn
  • Hawk Krall, hot dog artist
  • Nick Macri, La Divisa Meats
  • Ari Miller, 1732 Meats
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South Street’s Hot Diggity Closes

Menu boards by Hawk Krall

Menu boards by Hawk Krall

Keith Garabedian is closing his South Street hot dog shop after three-and-a-half praise filled years. Hot Diggity immediately seemed like it had always been on South Street and I never considered it would close. Garabedian shares a wonderful thank you letter to his customers, co-conspirators, chef friends and more.

Hot Diggity will be missed.

Read the entire letter on Facebook.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

For a Limited Time: The South Philly Ripper at Hot Diggity

Hot Diggityhot diggity south philly ripper has teamed up with chef Scott Schroeder (South Philly Tap Room, American Sardine Bar) to create the South Philly Ripper. Schroeder brings North Jersey and South Philly together in this deep fried “Ripper Dog” that is then topped with with melted Provolone, French fries, fried onions, and spicy pepper relish.

The South Philly Ripper is available for a limited time. So get it soon.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

Hot Diggity Rolls Out Another Regional Sandwich

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In late October, Hot Diggity debuted the first of its regional sandwich specials with the Chow Mein sandwich. Now owner, Keith Garabedian is back with the Juicy Lucy. It’s a specialty of Minneapolis and features a half-pound burger stuffed with two ounces of cheddar cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato and sauteed onions.

It’s available now but only for a limited time.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

Hot Diggity Shows Off Chow Mein Sandwich

hot-diggity-chow-mein-sandwich-940Hot Diggity is kicking off a series of regional sandwich specials. First up is the Chow Mein Sandwich from Fall River, Massachusetts. According to owner Keith Garabedian, the sandwich has been a local classic since the 1930s when it “helped feed thousands of hungry laborers and immigrants.

The sandwich is made with Hot Diggity’s own chow mein, celery, peppers, carrots, scallions, ginger, garlic and soy. The sandwich is available with chicken or vegetables.

Hot Diggity [Foobooz]

PHOTOS: Mount Airy Street Fare 2014



3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Are Back

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This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.

Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.

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