12 Best Hot Dogs in PhiladelphiaBy Danya Henninger | June 16, 2014 By Danya Henninger | June 16, 2014
Hot dogs have a long history in Philadelphia. In 1895, just a few years after the first stand opened at Coney Island and around the same time as the first franks were served in a St. Louis ballpark, Lithuanian immigrant Abe Levis opened his modest pushcart on South Street. His most popular item? Sausage links on a bun — aka hot dogs. The cart morphed into a brick-and-mortar soda fountain at Sixth and South, and the dogs gained fame, especially topped with fishcake, a combo some credit as the original surf ‘n’ turf.
You won’t find that South Street shop anymore (it closed in 1992), but not to worry — there are plenty of great ways to fulfill cravings for the summertime classic. From haute to old school, gussied up to plain and simple, here are 12 hot dogs to seek out in Philadelphia.