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Pete's Famous Hot Dogs in Bham, AL - owner dies unexpectedly

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http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/04/p...

Pete's Famous was consistently voted one of the best dogs around. Hopefully his family will keep this establishment running. Anyone care to post their experiences at this Bham icon as a tribute?

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: pinotboy

      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.

      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        Joe York, the king of southern film makers, has put out a video tribute to Gus

        http://www.vimeo.com/23003768

        Well worth the six minutes of your time

    2. His distinctive sign has been left to a local motorsports museum. This report seems to say the place is closed.

      http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2011/...

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