Here are the best locations to help find the real deals in food and drink and fun in the PHILLY AND SOUTH JERSEY AREA…
* These locations are in : BUCKS, CHESTER COUNTY, DELAWARE COUNTY, PHILA ( NE – Center City – Manayunk),MONTGOMERY COUNTY, SOUTH JERSEY, ATLANTIC CITY, WILDWOOD NJ, CAPE MAY NJ
MAGGIE’S WATER FRONT CAFE NE PHILA
THE PENTHOUSE – PHILA * UPSCALE GENTLEMENS CLUB
THE RED ZONE – Burlington NJ
Mc Noodles -Phila
The RED STALLION – Warminster Pa
RICHIE’S BAR – Warminster Pa
CURRAN’S – Bensalem Pa
THE WHISKEY TANGO -NE PHILA
THE ARENA -Phila
THE CANNONBALL -Phila
Out Of Wack JACKS -Phila
THE PENNY GARDENS -Phila
BOOTLEGGER’S – WOODLYN PA DELCO
SWEENEY’S SALOON – Somerton/ Phila
RP MC MURPHY’S – HOLMES PA DELCO
TOM & JERRY’S MILMONT PARK PA DELCO
KILDARE’S – KING OF PRUSSIA, MANAYUNK, WEST CHESTER PA, PHILA PA and THE NEW LOCATION AT PENN STATE
MICHAEL’S CAFE – BENSALEM PA * BEST DANCE CLUB
DAVE & BUSTERS’ – ( ALL LOCATIONS) PHILA
FINNIGAN’S WAKE – NORTHERN LIBERTIES/ CENTER CITY PHILA
HARRIGAN’S – WARMINSTER PA
KAT MAN DU – TRENTON NJ
THE FIRESIDE BEEF AND ALE – FEASTERVILLE PA
TONY’S PLACE – IVYLAND PA & the original location IN NE PHILA
CURRAN’S – TACONY – NE PHILA
HAZY’S – FEASTERVILLE PA
THE ASHBURNER INN – NE PHILA
MC NOODLES’ – NE PHILA
HARRINGTON’S IRISH PUB NE PHILA
MC STEW’S IRISH SPORTS BAR – LEVITTOWN PA
PADDY WHACKS – NE PHILA
PADDY WHACKS – SOUTH STREET
HARRIGAN’S – WARMINSTER PA
BIG HEADS’ – WARMINSTER PA,.WILLOW GROVE, HOLLAND PA and PLUMSTEADVILLE PA., RICHBORO PA.,
REED’S – BLUE BELL PA
Magirks – FT. WASHINGTON PA
KEENAN’S – N. WILDWOOD NJ
THE LIGHT HOUSE POINTE – WILDWOOD NJ
THE TRUMP MARINA – ATLANTIC CITY NJ
THE TRUMP PLAZA – ATLANTIC CITY.NJ
THE TRUMP TAJ MAHAL – ATLANTIC CITY NJ
RESORT’S CASINO – ATLANTIC CITY NJ
CARNEYS- CAPE MAY NJ
CHEERLEADERS – BOTH LOCATIONS PA AND NJ
TOP DOG – CHERRY HILL NJ
OTT’s – ALL LOCATIONS
KAMINSKI’s – Cherry Hill NJ
THE STADIUMS ( ALL LOCATIONS) LEVITTOWN PA, BRISTOL, BENSALEM/ ANDALUSIA/ LINDEN AVE/ FAIRLESS HILLS PA
THE JUG HANDLE INN – Cinnaminson NJ
THE TAVERN ON BROAD – PHILA
THE RED STALLION – WARMINSTER PA
KARMA – NE PHILA
THE ROCK GARDEN /Inside KARMA
THE ROAD HOUSE – NEWORTVILLE PA
CAZZ’s SPORTS BAR – LEVITTOWN PA
TATTLETAILS – GENTLEMENS CLUB/LEVITTOWN PA
THE HULMEVILLE INN – HULMEVILLE PA
THE THREE MONKEYS – NE PHILA
ALBERTS CAFE – NE PHILA
LA CAS DI LUCIA – NE PHILA
DEAN CASMIRRIS OLD COLONIAL INN – HULMEVILLE PA
*CURRAN’S IRISH INN – PALMYRA NJ * New this year and best in South Jersey
REALE’S – NE PHILA
HAMMERHEADS’ – NE PHILA
CASPER’S – NE PHILA
DOUBLE VISIONS – HORSHAM PA
THE BALL PARK – GENTLEMENS CLUB-LEVITTOWN PA
KENNY’S SOUTHAMPTON PA
THE BUCK HOTEL – FEASTERVILLE PA
THE E – HOUSE – BENSALEM PA
CALLOWAYS – HUNTINGDON VALLEY PA
THE COASTLINE – CHERRY HILL NJ
THE SAVOY – PENNSAUKEN NJ
SCRUPPPLES – NESHAMINY PA
MANNY BROWNS – ALL LOCATIONS!
CHICKIE’S AND PETE’s ALL LOCATIONS – SOUTH PHILA, NE PHILA, BORDENTOWN NJ, MAYS LANDING NJ/ PARX CASINO BENSALEM PA LOCATION
THE FINAL SCORE – BENSALEM PA
SQUIRREL MURPHYS – WARMINSTER PA
THE GENERAL DAVIS HOUSE – WARMINSTER PA
JOE SANTUCCIS BAR AND GRILL – NE PHILA
THE ROUTE ONE CAFE – NE PHILA
THE PENNANT EAST – BELL MAWR NJ
THE CHERRY WOOD – CLEMEMTON NJ
THE ADELPHILA – DEPTFORD NJ
SILK CITY – NOTHERN LIBIERTIES – PHILA
THE TROCADERO – CHINA TOWN- PHILA
NORTH STAR BAR – PHILA
THE FIRE – PHILA
THE MANAYUNK BREW PUB – PHILA
THE CASTLE ROXX – PHILA
MAD RIVER – BOTH LOCATIONS OLDE CITY and MANAYUNK
CLUB 27 – ODLE CITY PHILA
THE ROXXY – PHILA
THE ROCKLEDGE PUB – ROCKLEDGE / FOX CHASE
THE HOLLYWOOD TAVERN – ROCKLEDGE
HUGH BREENS – ROCKLEDGE
The Brickhouse – Phila
The Grey Lodge -Phila
CAVANAUGH’S RIVER DECK – PHILA PA
BENNY THE BUMS – NE PHLA
General Grants Saloon -NE PHILA
CAPPY’S BAR & GRILL -Phila
RAUCHETS TAVERN -Phila
The Sheffield TAVERN -Phila
THE COPA’s ( ALL LOCATIONS) NE , CENTER CITY, UNIVERSITY CITY
THE SOUTH PHILLY BAR AND GRILL – SOUTH PHILA
THE WET WHISTLE -JENKINTOWN PA
*THE UKIE CLUB – NOTHERN LIBIERTIES -PHILA
MILLER’S ALE HOUSE – PHILA and LANGHORNE PA
THE BLUE COMET – GLENSIDE PA
THE HORSHAM INN – HORSHAM PA
JT ‘s PHILA HOUSE – NE PHILA
THE BOG SIDE IRISH PUB – NE PHILA
THE RHAWNHURST CAFE – NE PHILA
THE GREEN PARROT -NEWTOWN PA
THE CLUB HOUSE – NEWTOWN PA
BRADY’S IRISH PUBS – BENSALEM PA AND CROYDON PA
THE RIVERBOAT CAFE – CROYDON PA
NICK’S ROAST BEEF – NE PHILA PA & * 2nd street LOCATION
E’s IRISH PUB – WARMINSTER PA
WALSH’S TAVERN – WARMINSTER PA
BROWNIE’S 23 EAST ARDMORE PA
PJ HENRY’S – Lancaster Ave
TJ SMITHS- WARRINGTON PA
TOMATOES DOYLESTOWN PA
STEPHAINES – DOYLESTOWN PA
CHAMBERS’ 19 DOYLESTOWN PA
THE AMBER INN DOYLESTOWNPA
LOUIE D’s MAMA D’s RESTAURANT
HARRAH’s CHESTER PA
SHENANIGANS – Levittown PA
GLEASON’S BAR – Levittown PA
FRANKS’ SORTS BAR – Feasterville PA
THE SRPINGFILED INN – Springfield PA
CASEY’S – BROOMALL PA
TAILGATORS – CLIFTON HEIGHTS PA
THE WARF TAVERN – ASTON PA
THE DECK at the HARBOR POINTE- Essington PA/*The old Lagoon Location
PJ WHELIHAN’s – ALL LOCATIONS – Blue Bell, Medford NJ, CHERRY HILL NJ, HADDON TWP., MAPLE SHADE NJ, WASHINGTON TWP.,
THE NOTE – WEST CHESTER
THE LANDMARK AMERICANA – Gleassboro and West Chester
THE STONE GRILLE – Clementon NJ
SHADY KATIES – Somerdale NJ
THE COURTYARD – West Chester Pa
Elephant & Castel – Phila
FRONTIER SALOON – DELCO
J D Mc GILLICUDDYS – DREXEL HILL PA
Locust Bar – Phila
Leneghans ( All Locations) Phila
THE KNIGHT’S TAVERN -Phila
TONY’S BAR AND GRILL- Collingdale DELCO
PAULIE’S PLACE – PENDELL Pa
RANDI’s PLACE – Phila
DIEGO’S BAR – Phila
TOM FOOLERYS – Phila
OWEN’S CAFE -Phila
KILBANES – Phila
TOM’S SPORTSMENS -Phila
Mc Faddens Irish Sports Bars (Both locations) Ball Park and3rd Street.
FLUKE’S BAR & GRILL -Phila
BAILEYS – Levittown Pa
Da Bar – Levittown Pa
Gilligan’s Bar & Grill – Levittown Pa
Other bets: Haggertys Pub, Mc Closkeys, Nippers, Oscars Tavern , Queen Sheeba II, Red Hill Tavern, Salvis, Sandy Beef & Ale, Toll House, Tony G’s Brownies Pub.
Bud’s Cafe, Cherry Street Tavern, Dacey’s Pub, Drake Tavern- Jenkintown,Henry James Saloon, Hill Top Crab House, Jack Cassidy’s/ Boothwyn, Jerzze Bar and Grill,
Moriaritys, Nicks Roast Beef, Pier 1 Bar, Pogue Mahones, The Red Rooster, TD’s, Shenanigans Irish Pub, The Office Bar & Grill, The Aloft in South Jersey & Connie Macks!
HOOTERS – ALL LOCATIONS in PA., NJ AND DE., The Penguin Club – Warminster, The Funky Monkey- Wilmington DE, Dazzy O’s Winslow Nj. RACKS – Atco NJ., My Brothers Pub -Levittown Pa., Bolero Wilwood NJ, Flip Flops N. Wildwood NJ.
*These are some of the locations we service and also know about. Email “OOT” if your favorite location is not on our list…Send to> firstname.lastname@example.org – we will do all we can to get your favorite spot listed in our next NEWS AND ALERTS POST. In the mean time, have a great LABOR DAY WEEKEND and as always…grab the fun and DON”t DRINK AND DRIVE…USE A DESIGNATED DRIVER with you friends when going Out On The Town!
By Patty-Pat Kozlowski
CONEY ISLAND-July 4, 2010, Number-one-ranked eater Joey Chestnut won his fourth straight title by winning the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, downing 54 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in oppressive heat to retain possession of the Coveted Mustard Yellow Belt.
125 miles away in Philadelphia, I had quite a hot dogger event this past summer as I sampled my fair share of wieners over the lazy, crazy, hazy days.
Now mind you, I didn’t eat anywhere near 54, but I think I covered enough hot dog places to issue a fair judging. My quest was to find the hot diggidity dogs worth your mustard since the majority of us could not make it to Coney Island.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans chomp over 7 billion hot dogs. The convinence store 7-11, boasts that it sells 100 million hot dogs a year in North America. I did my part at these places to give you a run down on the red hots.
Citizens Bank Park, Section 111- I shelled out $3.75 for a Hatfield hot dog from a roving vendor. Wrapped in a tin foil pouch, it was accompanied by a packet of yellow mustard and ketchup and lets just say this diggity dog suffered from performance anxiety as it turned limp in my hand.
Aramark, the company that has the food concession contract at the ballpark needs to grill these doggies longer. No grill marks and a lukewarm wiener makes me think you microwaved the franks and wrapping them in foil baggies just makes them sweat and the buns get soggy. However, the hot dogs you order up in the concession stands seem to be grilled and much better tasting to give you that ballgame feel.
The only saving grace of the hot dogs at Citizen Bank Park are two instances. First, is if it’s Hatfield Dollar Dog Night and you can get em’ for a buck a piece (maximum 6 per person) or, if the Phillie Phanatic shoots the hot dog out of his air cannon and hits you square in the groin. Then you’ll be in hot dog heaven.
Hot Dog Tommy’s, Cape May New Jersey- up until maybe 5 years ago, there used to be a place just steps away from the Cape May Beaches that sold fifty cent hot dogs. I kid you not. 50 cent hot dogs out of a side window with all the mustard, catsup, relish and onions you could pile on. I never knew fifty cent hot dogs existed until I found this place. Lunch for a dollar! There was always a line but nobody every minded the wait because we knew we were waiting for a fifty cent hot dog.
Unfortunately, since you can not be that close to the Atlantic Ocean in the Victorian seaside town without costing over a million dollars in real estate, the fifty cent hot dog business went to the big wiener roast in the sky.
Taking its place, at the same take-out window is a place called Hot Dog Tommy’s selling wieners at Jackson Street and the beach. Wearing a hot dog hat and fire engine red high top Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers, owner Tom Snyder doesn’t sell fifty cents hot dogs and the line that snakes around the corner doesn’t seem to mind. Tom grills his puppies from 10:31 a.m. until 5:17 p.m. and for those who just want a hot dog, you have two choices. The leaner Wiener is a mixed pork and beef puppy served on a soft steamed bun for $1.30. The B.A.D. Dog, which stands for Black Angus Dog is an all beef hound served on a firmer deli roll for $2.85. There is no charge for mustard, catsup, mayo, onions or relish.
But I do not get just a hot dog. No, because I wanted to do permanent damage to Cape May County’s raw sewage system I order something called a Bad Thunder Dog ($4.00) which is the following: A Black Angus Dog topped with mashed potatoes (mixed with real butter!) baked beans, yellow mustard, chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese on a deli roll. It was the Bull Mastiff of all hot dogs, Tom’s wife Mary gave me a fistful of napkins and a fork and I walked this dog right over to the Cape May promenade, sat on a bench and tried to eat it without being gawked at, photographed or suffered a heart attack.
There was no dainty way to eat this, and it was a two handed project. With the first bite, mustard and beans got on my cheeks but I kept chewing. Maybe in 90 degree weather, mashed potatoes and baked beans aren’t the best choices to eat but I couldn’t stop this toilet clogger of a hot dog. I did not eat a hot dog that day on the Cape May beachfront. I ate a small child. And he was tasty.
Aluminum street cart-Ben Franklin Parkway – My mother Carmella does not ask much from her daughters. She asks us not to do drugs. Don’t shave our arms and never eat a hot dog off a Center City hot dog cart. She fears salmonella or tapeworm and for 30 years I’ve obeyed her until now. Hawking $3 hot dogs, an aluminum buggy of a food stand served me my first hot dog cart wiener on 4th of July weekend. The dog was far from grilled, they were kept in a hothouse hell of a hole in the cart’s belly, in water murkier than the puddle the cart sat in. One of my dearest foodie advisors told me she yearns for the hot dogs of her elementary school days. “Floaters”, she calls them, because they floated in the serving trays as she waited in the lunch line. They were boiled to oblivion and for a 8 year old, it was good eatin’. But not from this cart-served on a bun that looked like it was a tire block for the cart, I squeezed on watery mustard and broke my mom’s heart as I bit into this dog that should have been euthanized at the pound. My only way to describe this hot dog is to remember the one-liner Dan Aykroyd made about hot dogs in the 1987 comedy “The Great Outdoors”. Fellow funnyman John Candy offers Aykroyd a hot dog and he replies, “Hot Dogs? Do you know what hot dogs are made out of? Lips and –well, since it’s a family paper, let’s just say, rear ends.”
Port Richmond Lake-The Kozlowski Family backyard swimming pool – back at Homestead Park, burgers and dogs were grilled up. Momma Carm buys only all beef hot dogs and this holiday it was Dietz and Watson that did the honors. Grilled to a crisp and served on a Strohman potato roll hot dog bun, I was ready for some hot dog ecstasy when another dog ruined the moment.
Porkroll the Dalmatian. This spotted moose was a malnourished skin and bones frightened pooch at the SPCA 3 months ago when we rescued him. Today, he’s 55 pounds of chicken parm and meatloaf and his job is to move from leather couch to leather couch to see which one is in the best position for the air conditioning to reach him. He watches 3 Stooges and the Weather Channel all day.
Porkroll gazed at me and drooled over the kitchen floor. I saw in his eyes that if I gave him my hot dog, one day he would return the favor. Sort of like, “What’s that Porkroll? Patty-Pat fell down the well at the old, abandoned mine?”
So as the responsible pet owner that I am, Porkroll ate my hot dog with one big sloppy gulp and didn’t even chew which if they freeloader job doesn’t work out, he could find work in the porn industry, I’m sure.
Johnny’s Hots, Delaware Avenue at Columbia Avenue- I like to call this Fishtown’s only waterfront dining establishment and one of my favorites. About 10 years ago, Johnny’s Hots was literally a shack next to a lagoon on the Delaware River, so small, you could not stretch or sneeze. But all you had to do was follow the line of truckers that parked and waited for his hot sausages, breakfast sandwiches and hot dogs. Johnny’s moved to a triangular cinderblock newly built establishment about ¼ mile north and the truckers still followed. As did the cops, the plumbers, the carpenters and everybody else. His hot dog buns are baked just for him, not too soft, not too crusty and cradle his hot dogs just perfect with toppings like sauerkraut, brown mustard, chopped onions and melted American cheese or Cheese whiz.
The Fishtown “surf and turf” (what I like to call it) is a hot dog with a fried fishcake wrapped around it-the best of land and sea.
He opens at 4:30 a.m. for his loyal breakfast sandwich crowd and he even was awarded Best Cheesesteak from Philly Magazine. But another claim to fame and public safety is when a PennDot inspector stopped at Johnny’s Hots for lunch and while driving through the hood, spotted a girder on I-95 that was cracked and ready to crumbled back in April 2008. I-95 was shut down for days while it was repaired and hopefully with the detour, more people ate at Johnny’s Hots.
Lenny’s Hot Dogs, Street Road near Buck Road, Feasterville-Ah Lenny’s, just on the outskirts of Philly past Route 1 when driving west on Street Road, one of the only few places left that serves Cherry Champ soda-bottled not on tap, but still, an A+ for effort. It was before my time, but other hot doggers tell me Lenny’s had a few shops in Philly, but his Feasterville location is all that is left. Lenny’s condiment of pepper hash is what puts him on the map-his followers swear by this topping instead of relish. His dogs have snap and you never just order one. He’s in a small strip mall shopping center called The Summit Center and sells Lucia’s water ice too, a treat to cool off your taste buds after a date with that pepper hash.
Again, nobody can ever be crowned the best hot dog, in fact, isn’t one of the better one’s you ever ate, one you grilled yourself in your own backyard?
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