Philly Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off RECAP

Monday, July 28, 2014


I was invited to the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off presented by South Street Headhouse District in conjunction with Hot Diggity held on July 19, 2014, 1-4pm, under the Headhouse Square Shambles (2nd/Pine). Twenty of the region’s top restaurants and chefs went grill-to-grill in the ultimate hot dog competition. There were 20 different hot dogs with tasty inventive toppings.


Getting around to all 20 would have been ambitious, even eating half dogs, but I did taste a respectable 10, which I have given Tine Ratings - * Excellent - 4 Tines * Great - 3 Tines * Good - 2 Tines * Fair - 1 Tine * Poor - Tarnished, and placed in order of my least favorite to my most favorite. along with pictures of the actual 1st & 2nd place winning restaurants with their big checks!

#1 The Twisted Tail - House made pork dogs, brisket & short rib chili.  Sounded like a winner, but I felt it was under cooked and a bit too gamy - 1 Tine

The Twisted Tail on Urbanspoon

Twisted Tail Chili Dog

#2 Rex - I gave extra marks for anyone using a potato roll, but I took off for sausage, since it was a hot dog contest - 2 Tines

Rex 1516 on Urbanspoon
Rex Restaurant Chicken Fried Chicken Dog

#3  BRAZBQ - these dogs were cut up and mixed with peas and corn, topped with potato sticks - this didn't really work on a roll; if it were in a bowl, piping hot, with baked beans, and then add the potato sticks on top, now that would have worked for me - 1.5 Tines

Brazbq Brazilian Dog

#4 Cavanaugh's - Bacon Wrapped Sausage - not much to say about it - 2 Tines




#5 Noir Restaurant's  It looked like potato salad, and even though I knew it wasn't, when I bit into it, I wanted it to taste like potato salad -  2 Tines

Noir on Urbanspoon


It was about this time that a cold brew was called for - only the line stretched clear back to the ticket booth entrance.  I stayed in the beer line for over 15 minutes and figured I'd better just forget it for now and get back to sampling, walked passed a table and saw my friend and fellow blogger Lee of 

Crazy Craft Beer Line
Lee keeper of the drafts
... it was perfect timing, as Lee told me her husband Andrew was at the front of the beer line and could get me a draft! As you can see, we got enough to last awhile.


Andrew, Me, Lee and their neighbor Kathi 

#6 Hot Diggity - should have had the advantage, and it was a very good dog, the sweet corn was summer Jersey fresh, and the delicately displayed shaved radish was lovely, but it wasn't my fav. 3.5 Tines

Hot Diggity! on Urbanspoon
Hot Diggity Corn Salsa Dog w/ bacon, cumin, creme, cilantro and crispy tortillas


#7 Sancho Pistola's - What was hot about this dog, other than Casey's pose, was the Bacon jam - bacon cooked down with sherry vinegar and maple syrup - 3.5 Tines


Sancho Pistola's on Urbanspoon

Sancho Pistola's Boner w/bacon jam, jalepeno ketchup, mayo & pico de gallo

#8 Head House Crab & Oyster Co. - Were the BIG $1000 WINNERS of the DAY - voted on by the public through a count of yellow tickets!  Loved the idea and execution of the crab salad, but the dog itself was too salty, together with the Old Bay, it really did make it a Sea Dog. 3.5 Tines

Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co on Urbanspoon

Congrats Head House Crab and Oyster House!

The Runner Up with a $500 prize was one I didn't get a chance to sample - Misconduct Tavern's - Sriracha Pork Sweet Sichuan Chili dog.

Misconduct Tavern on Urbanspoon

Good show Misconduct Tavern!

#9 Brauhaus Schmitz's The Mojo Rising This was my personal runner up. Not only was it a traditional Hatfield hotdog with bacon, but I'm a Dorito-holic and these guys ingeniously used them as a crumbled topping - so good 3.75 Tines!

Brauhaus Schmitz on Urbanspoon


Drum roll please ......MY PERSONAL WINNER

#10 The best of the Cook-Off to my taste- Taproom on 19th's Korean Fried Hot Dog - the cool sweetness of the perfectly diced watermelon, really brought out the flavors of the jalepena mayo, and as I said before, extra points for potato roll - perfect combination!  4 Tines!

Tap Room on 19th on Urbanspoon

Charred dog, watermelon, pickled watermelon, radish, jalepeno mayo, Martins potato buns

ALL IN ALL GREAT SUMMER TIME FUN!  Thanks @koryaversa & @officialsouthstreet for the invite.

DDOS- Crews
2nd & Locust Headhouse Square District


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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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