While the hot dog was certainly not invented in Philadelphia, the city certainly had its own hot dog culture, including pepper hash as a topping and Philadelphia Surf and Turf (hot dog with fish cakes on top). Nearly twenty years ago the last of the Levi's Hot Dog stores closed, ending an era.
But now they are back, in Abington opposite the Raymour and Flannigan on Easton Road, complete with pictures of the old stores, and members of the 50 year club.
I have only eaten there twice since they opened in December. The hot dog is big (5/lb) is all beef and uses original Levi's recipe. It is served on a mini hoagie roll. I have had their pepper hash and spicy brown mustard and it is quite a good dog. They have Champ Cherry soda in bottles to wash down the dog with so the nostalgic feeling is complete. Definitely ask for it to be grilled as they will split it and grill it for you, which adds flavor. They have lots of other toppings, as well as a the ability to make egg creams. Hope these folks are able to make a go of it.
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