Even before the warm weather started, we lost two of the city’s best hot-dog joints. (RIP, Hot Diggity and Moe’s Hot Dog House.) But while we may be a couple grills short this summer, don’t despair. Our hot-dog bench is deep in Philly, and here are six dogs to try while the sun is hot and the days are long.
Last night, FOX News legal correspondent (and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge) Andrew Napolitano showed up on The Daily Show for what is likely to be his final appearance. (He’s a decent guest. Jon has had him on a lot.)
Halfway through the interview (at the 4:35 mark of the video above), Stewart interrupts Napolitano to ask him if he was wondering whether a hot dog is a sandwich. As you know, we here at Philadelphia magazine — okay, okay, just me — are very in tune with the “is a hot dog a sandwich” question, having previously written about Tom Wolf’s declaration of a hot dog as a “sandwich … and a good one” (a bold position to take, first term). Read more »
.@rcc_215 Yes, and a good one too. – TW
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 28, 2015
Yesterday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf held a “Twitter town hall.” He took questions on serious matters about the state’s future, and he also answered this question on whether a hot dog is a sandwich. The governor said yes. Read more »
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
— Wilmington BlueRocks (@WilmBlueRocks) March 11, 2015
The Wilmington Blue Rocks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The team plays just off of I-95 and can be a bargain night out for friends and family. But today they are getting all sorts of attention because of the above creation. That my friends is the Wilmington Blue Rocks Krispy Kreme Donut Dog, complete with raspberry jelly, bacon and enough sugary glaze to send you into shock.
The donut will be available at Blue Rocks home games and right now, the team is looking for a name for the Frankenstein-ian creation.
With last month’s surprising news that Hot Diggity closed on South Street and the most recent bummer about Moe’s Hot Dog House at Grays Ferry and Washington Avenue closing, we got to thinking about where else you can get a good hot dog in Philadelphia. Yes, you can get a hot dog at just about every street vendor, but we were thinking about hot dogs a step above.
Here is our list of some of the top hot dogs in Philadelphia.
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.
Hot Diggity [Foobooz]
Hot Diggity 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]
Ok, so people are saying that summer is winding down. Labor Day is right around the corner, the kids are all going back to school, the grocery stores are already full of Halloween candy. But the surest sign that we’re in the final throes of the season? Corn dogs are back at Shake Shack.
Just like they did last year, the Shake Shack crew will be adding corn dogs and a Peach Pie Oh My concrete to the menu, starting Friday. They will only be available (along with pints of Shack X IPA) through Monday, September 1. After that they, like summer 2014, will only be a memory…
Shake Shack [f8b8z]