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Jun 21, 2011 07:50 AM

Hot Dogs - Easton to Allentown

Any recommendations for good hot dog joints in the area?

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  1. I haven't been there in at least 10 years, but I think Yocco's is the hot dog place of choice in Allentown. 2128 W Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18104.

    1. This link should give you choices with some comments regarding each joint. I have not tried many but a few which have legendary status in the Allentown area have been very disappointing to me. So take Holly's suggestions with caution and understanding that popularity or longevity may not mean the dog meets your standard for a great dog. Most that I did try were not close to mine.

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      1. re: Bacchus101

        I agree with your assessment of HollyEats. That's one of the reasons I posted here.

        1. re: Sdenred

          Understand, that in this area you will get a much milder hot dog(usually Berks or Kunzler) than in North Jersey.

          That said the ones to try in my judgement would be as follows.

          1 Charlies Pool Hall, which is actually in Alpha NJ, accross the Delaware from Easton.

          This place is a total throwback, run by two brothers. It has not changed for decades.

          The dogs are very good ,fried in a skillet and served with Grandma Fencz's secret sauce which is a delicious onion sauce. Also available with sport peppers.

          2 Jimmys- 25th Street shopping center Easton. Classic strip mall storefront run by two Greeks who worked for founder("Jimmy"-who died about 20 years ago). Classic Easton preparation Steamed dog, topped with mustard, raw onions and a pickle spear. Under a $1.00 per dog.

          3. Yoccos- various locations around Allentown (see their website) famous for their chilidogs. The chilli is not as spicy as that put on aNJ texas weiner, but more bitter. Not my favorite, but many love it.

          1. re: brookquarry

            I'd rather have thick, meaty chili than Y***o's pastey sauce, and I can go right down the street from their Catasauqua Road, Allentown/Bethlehem border location to Dad's Hot Dogs in the Shoppers' Village at Catty and Pennsylvania Avenue for that kind of dawg.

            Dad's Hot Dogs
            2362 Catasauqua Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18018

          2. re: Sdenred

            Ahh yes I see your reasoning. I will watch for responses also as I would love to find a good
            dog (very subjective I know) within the area you have defined. Looks like Brook has some suggestion worthy of a visit. Well that is with the exception of Yocco's which I would rate
            as a poor quality dog, cheap and served with way too much attitude.

            1. re: Bacchus101

              I live in North Jersey where the dogs are more well seasoned as brookquarry alluded to. But Charlies Pool Room serves a very good dog in my opinion, even if I don't include their Hungarian sauce because I hate onions. I haven't been to Yocco's, but around here it's referred to as Yucco's.

              A good place to try less than 5 minutes from Charlies Pool Room is Toby's Cup. They serve their dogs PA/West Jersey style; with yellow mustard, onions, and a pickle slice. The dogs are skinless Berk's and are fried in peanut oil. Less than a buck a dog (last time I went), these dogs are surprisingly good. I consider them the White Castle of hot dogs. small, delicious, and your car will smell like it.

              White Castle
              , Tannersville, PA 18372

              1. re: hotdoglover

                Yucco's, exactly! LOL Don't get that way often but when I do I will seek out Charles Pool Room and Toby's Cup. Thanks

                1. re: Bacchus101

                  When I went to Yocco's I was pretty young, so forgive me for suggesting a yucky place! They had cheese dogs and that's all I cared about! I always passed Toby's Cup on the way to PA and never stopped there, but it's so cute from the outside!

                  I'm also partial to Hot Dog Johnnys in Buttzville, NJ since I grew up in the area, which isn't too far away for you. It's a roadside stand that has picnic tables and still feels nice and old timey. They serve birch beer and buttermilk in frosted mugs and only have a few toppings: mustard, pickle, relish, onions, and ketchup. The hot dogs are fried in peanut oil. Their fries are horrible now though.

                  Hot Dog Johnny's
                  333 Rte 46, Belvidere, NJ 07823

        2. Thank you for all of the suggestions!