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Jan 12, 2009 04:43 PM

looking for an old school hotdog...

Philly used to have great hotdog joints. I remember they had a variety of different toppings and were called funny names by the people who served them. Any hotdog places left, I would love to recapure the past.

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  1. Texas Weiners and Johnny's Hots are in the city. Check out and his "eating phila" or "hot dog page" for a list that includes the 'burbs.

    1. Its a bit of a drive but I heard great things about Yocco's in Allentown. Its definitely an old school hot dog stand.

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      1. re: AmblerGirl

        Weather was too nice, so I threw the Peatbog Faeries in the CD player and treked up to the original Yocco's on liberty street in Allentown. Its not the best neighborhood, though there is parking right across the street from the corner shop. These days, I suspect they sell more beer than hot dogs, and unfortunately they don't have a frier so no fries or pierogies with the dogs. But the dog is real good. Steamed bun, grilled dog with onions, mustard and Yocco's famous sauce. There are two other locations in Allentown, norh and west of the city, plus branches in Trexlertown, Fogelsville and Emmaus. Definitely worth a trip. And for more on the hot dog, see Rick Nichols great piece in today's Inquirer.

        Yocco's Hot Dog King
        625 W Liberty St, Allentown, PA 18102

      2. I really love Johnny's Dog House in Wayne; they have a variety but my favorite is the Chicago style hot dog.

        1. I don't know about funny names, but Jimmy John's in Chadds Ford has been around since 1940 and still going strong. On rte 202, just north of rte 1

          1. Check out Holly Eats. I swear by this guy's recommendations, and classic hot dogs (Philly and NJ) are one of his obsessions:


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