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Forget Five Guys, I've got Yo Dogs in Wyndmoor!

kiwijen May 27, 2009 08:49 AM

When I lived in Arlington, VA, I was an avid Five Guys fan - great burgers, terrific (if greasy) fries, cheap, fresh, yummy. Then we moved, and although there is a Five Guys presence in Philadelphia, in the burbs, not so much. But now, my prayers for great burgers, great fries and even some salad options have been answered by Yo Dogs, a new burger/dog joint that opened in Wyndmoor on Willow Grove Avenue.

We went last night because our power was out and PECO couldn't give us a good estimate on when it would be back on (yeah, 4 am was the eventual answer so I'm doubly glad we went out).

It's a little takeout spot (next to Bhagya's Kitchen, the new Indian takeout in Wyndmoor) with a few stools and cute decorations so we ate there.

I got a Basic Burger which was about $4.75 - a good sized hand-shaped patty arrived on a nice eggbread bun, thick slice of tomato, lettuce, onion, just as I'd asked for. Compared to a Five Guys burger, it was huge. My husband got the Honcho which had panchetta and cheese (can't remember which kind) and coleslaw which he said was great (under $6). There are many many topping options, plus you can get a turkey burger or a blackbean burger. Our boys got plain hot dogs (good quality long beef franks - $2.75 I think) but they could have also gotten apple chicken sausage, Nieman Ranch dogs, or something called a carrot dog which I haven't tried yet, but probably will since I can only take so much beef and I need an excuse to return.

And then there were the fries. Oh, the fries. Boardwalk style fries, freshly made. They have a range of flavors (crab spice, jerk spice, cheese fries, among others). We got their "soon to be famous" garlic fries which had garlic and scallions on top. They were outrageous. The plain fries were great too, but oh, the garlic fries. So much for the diet. And they were NOT overly greasy. I love Five Guys fries, but the oil gets to me after a while. These did not seem overly oily to me.

My boys got a chocolate shake as well which was very rich and they drank every drop until only slurpy straw noises could be heard.

There are salads too, but sadly for my waistline, I couldn't see past the burgers and fries. Hopefully, I will explore those soon.

When we mentioned "yeah, this is great but in Virginia, Five Guys had peanuts," they brought us out a basket of peanuts - I don't know if that's the usual thing and they just weren't out yet, but it just shows good customer service, if you ask me.

I'm really really hoping they stay in business in these tough times: nice people running the place, great burgers and dogs, outrageous fries, very reasonable prices. I'd highly recommend trying it out.

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    Velvet Elvis Feb 24, 2011 05:10 AM

    The wife and I visited the Elkins Park location on Tuesday , and we had a great time and some great dogs. She got the Chi-Town and I had the Reuben and the Chili-cheese dog. All three were great. We also tried the truffled fries and they were really good. We will be going back and taking friends.

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      givemecarbs Feb 12, 2011 11:09 AM

      They still have GREAT customer service kiwijen! Thanks for starting this thread. I was visiting the tag place next door and noticed the Yo Dogs sign. I was like, I know I read something about this joint on chowhound and I'm hongry. I probably wouldn't have tried Yo Dogs if it weren't for the recs. I got three dogs to go while my friend was still at the tag place, which also has very nice service btw. Do the people in Wyndmoor just take nice pills every morning or something? I also decided to get a milkshake and the lady was so sweet. She made a bit too much and kept encouraging me to sip a bit more out of my cup so that she could add the excess shake to it when I made room. It was a tough job but I somehow managed it. :)
      I got a spa treatment dog (avocado and chopped tomato), a basic dog with kraut, and a chili dog with raw onions to share with my friend. All were yummy and the shake was especially tasty. I love chowhounds!!!!! They are truly the best dogs.

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        sindeegirl Feb 7, 2011 12:56 PM

        Okay. I know. I am a little odd. I am a vegetarian who loves hot dog joints so I was looking forward to trying Yo Dogs. The carrot dog is literally a carrot on a roll. I got it with sauerkraut and it was surprisingly quite tasty.... No tofu dog from Pinks, but still fun....

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          gardens4me Feb 9, 2011 05:08 AM

          Have they done anything about the COLD rolls yet? That is a real turnoff for me! Dogs were great, rolls were a turnoff!

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            stirzthepot Feb 12, 2011 10:52 AM

            I have been twice and both times the rolls were nicely toasted.

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              gardens4me Feb 17, 2011 04:02 AM

              Glad to hear that they resolved the cold rolls issue! And yes Wyndmoor is a very nice tiny place to visit...the tag place is the same one I have used for years!

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          FriedClamFanatic Nov 16, 2010 11:55 AM

          I wanna Yo Dogs down near me.....they sound Great!

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            gardens4me Nov 16, 2010 09:40 PM

            I like Yo Dogs just fine, but wish they would do something about the hot dog rolls...they are cold...I expect better for this price.

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              Bacchus101 Nov 19, 2010 03:48 AM

              Right you are "gardens". Steamed or warmed rolls are almost a must for a really good dog house or at very least from- the- bakery- this -morning fresh! IMHO

          2. gigibell214 Nov 14, 2010 03:22 PM

            I went to Yo Dog's and really enjoyed it. It seems like they must be doing pretty well because I noticed that they are opening up another one in Elkins Park by the train station. I live in Elkins Park, so..."lucky me":) Thanks again for the post!!!!!

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            Yo Dogs
            1014 E Willow Grove Ave, Glenside, PA

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              VTRP Nov 15, 2010 05:18 AM

              I will also vouche for the place. Have gone 4-5 times for lunch. Haven't gotten a burger, but the dogs are top notch. What i'd like to comment on however are the fries. The garlic fries are a must try. I've also had the curry fries which were delish. Not very greasy, but with A TON of flavor. The rueben dog was my favorite, though catch me on another day and it could be another. Highly recommended. Hope for their continued success so they can update their Wyndmoor space a bit.

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                Bacchus101 Nov 15, 2010 05:48 AM

                Good to hear about the Dogs! Sure love burgers(not 5 guys ugh) but seems harder to find a really good Dog house in Philly than it is to find a good burger. Sure look forward to trying Yo Dogs and putting them to the plain yellow dog taste test! Great News Thanks!

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                  VTRP Nov 15, 2010 08:03 AM

                  I'm not so sure you'll be satisfied with a plain yellow mustard taste test at Yo Dogs. They are way more about the toppings in my opinion. Though any good dog, starts with the weiner. So you have to start somewhere.
                  And i almost forgot...... i have pictures!!

                   
                   
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                malkazanie Jan 3, 2011 10:56 AM

                Any updates on their Elkins Park location opening? I'm moving back to that area shortly and would love to have a great burger/hot dog place within walking distance.

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                  Hungryin theBurbs Jan 3, 2011 12:01 PM

                  It's been open for several weeks. We've gone a couple of times, and it's always been really empty, so I hope they are doing ok. The general consensus in my family is that it is nice to have someplace nearby to go, and the food is fine, but nothing so great. My 10 year-old says he'd rather go to Jack Frost in Glenside any day (except they aren't open in the winter). I do hope Yo-Dogs survives, because it is nice to have something in the area, but I probably won't be a frequent visitor.

              3. gigibell214 Jun 16, 2010 11:09 AM

                Sounds Exciting!! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the post.

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                  meredithbrown Apr 25, 2010 09:30 AM

                  Thank you for this review! I can not agree more with how fantastic everything is there! I got the Ger Dog which has bacon, caramelized onions, and bleu cheese crumbles and a side of onion rings. Everything was amazing and I can not wait to go back with friends!

                  1. bucksguy14 May 30, 2009 07:00 PM

                    Is it a BYO - it ain't a burger without a beer!

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                      kiwijen Jun 1, 2009 07:11 AM

                      Good question. I'll have to check that out and report back next time I'm there.

                    2. cheesewit May 30, 2009 01:23 PM

                      Thanks for the tip kiwijen! Went there today for lunch. Enjoyed it very much. Especially the fresh cut fries. We had the garlic fries and yes, they were fabulous. Had the Hustler burger: caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and swiss cheese on a medium cooked burger in a nice sized bun. We also had a basic dog with mustard, ketchup, relish, and chopped raw onion. Steady line of business while we were there. There are a few stools at a counter and a few chairs and a table outside. About half of the customers ordered to go. We stayed to eat there. They sell cupcakes as a sweet and they looked fresh. I will be back!

                      1. oliviasaru May 28, 2009 05:46 AM

                        Thank you so much for this review, kiwijen! I drive down this stretch of Willow Grove Avenue at least 4 times a week and it can be more frequently. I've been wondering the last few days about Yo Dogs - now we'll try it within the week.

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