Pete's Famous Hot Dogs in Bham, AL - owner dies unexpectedly
Eating at Pete's was always an experience. Gus could be a bit like Seinfled's "Soup Nazi." Many times I would go in and order a "special" dog and he would ask, "Hey buddy, are you going to have a pint of buttermilk with your hot dog?" (A lot of the old timers would order exactly that, although the thought of buttermilk with a hot dog made me nauseous).
When he asked that he knew full well that I was going to order a Grapico, which I had been doing for years. It was just his little way of trying to have some fun with his customers.
I am not sure that I agree with the sentiment about his family keeping it going, as a good bit of the attraction of the place was Gus himself. Rest in peace.
Had a great time visiting with Gus back at the turn of the year.
His dog was nowhere near as good as Lyric but I loved the worn down shop.
You could feel the history.
When I asked if it was ok to take some pictures he barked "you got any money?".
I dutifully pulled out my wallet and he just laughed.
I'd love to read some more tales of Gus and his little shop.