Destination Dogs, the New Brunswick, New Jersey restaurant specializing in cocktails, arcade games and bizarre hot dogs has finally made it to Philly. Here’s what we discovered on our first visit:
The wild idea for Destination Dogs came both from creator Jimmy Cronk’s love for hot dogs and partly from his love of travel, which his wife Diana recognized as combinable passions. “My partners and I travel a lot. Well, we used to. Now we’re definitely traveling from the kitchen to the bar,” said Jimmy. “I knew I could get a little out there once it was globally inspired. I didn’t have to stick to the parameter of just serving hot dogs.” He certainly didn’t. Soon, hot dogs made of duck, alligator, kangaroo, and python will be available in Philadelphia. The restaurant is expanding here after four successful years in its original New Brunswick location. It is also updating its menu to include more shareable appetizers, such as scotch eggs, buffalo-inspired wings, and crab dip.
Philadelphia isn’t the only place to have pop-up beer gardens. Ambler is now home to the Ambler Yards Beer Garden. The pop-up beer garden opened on May 19th and will run through the end of June. It is open Thursdays 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, May 26th, the Ambler Yards Beer Garden is having event with free admission, where two craft beers, wine and Mexican fare from Cantina Feliz will be available for purchase.
The garden is in an open-air meadow at the Ambler Yards campus (300 Brookside Ave) and features yard games like Kan Jam for guests to enjoy. This year’s menu includes the likes of Cantina Feliz’s guacamole and tacos to pair with drinks like Tecate and Lagunitas IPA.
Kids are welcome and the music is always live. Sounds like the perfect way to start off the summer. To gain admission RSVP to the event online at their EventBrite page.
Ambler Yards Beer Garden [Facebook]
SpOt Burger which opened its brick-and-mortar storefront in Brewerytown back in January has rolled out the first major revision to its menu. The Best of Philly winning cheesesteak is there as well as the impressive Jawn and Sloppy Joe, as are the burgers that range from the SpOt burger with bacon, cheddar, pickles, coleslaw and SpOt sauce to the over-the-top Umami burger made with mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, ssamjang, pickled daikon, cucumber and teriyaki. New however is the of option mini beef or chicken burgers served with cheese,pickles and onions.
Today, Wednesday, August 19th, Johnny Brenda’s is celebrating the dog days of summer with Philadelphia Brewing, Commonwealth Ciders and Rowhouse Spirits. The Fishtown fixture is hosting a summer evening of cocktails, beer cocktails and beer and cider from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA which just opened a satellite location on Frankford Avenue.
In addition to all the drinks, Johnny Brenda’s will also be grilling hot dogs, and with every donation to the SPCA, you get a hot dog.
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.