Few foods say "America" as well as hot dogs.

Grill them, boil them, deep-fry them, microwave them (OK, don't microwave them).

Dress them up with a thin bead of mustard, or layer them with cheese and anything else you can think of.

Place them on a Stroehmann's roll, a potato bun, an Italian roll, or tuck them into a jelly doughnut (OK, don't tuck them into a jelly doughnut).

You get the picture. The varieties are endless.

Here are some Philly area shops that we like.

Our short list by no means is definitive or all-inclusive. We left out a bunch of carts, and we are certain that your favorite is not here.

Included are a few wiener specialists. (In short, the "haute" dog establishments.) We also have a couple of dives.

Either way, you'll pay as little as a buck or two, or as much as $8.

Don't like 'em? It's still not the wurst investment you'll ever make.


Hot Diggity, 630 South St., Philadelphia

Cool Dog Cafe, 2091 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill

Underdogs, 132 S. 17th St., Philadelphia


Weber's Drive-In, Route 38 at Lexington Ave., Pennsauken, and 105 S. White Horse Pike, Stratford

Moe's Hot Dog House, 2601 Washington Ave., Philadelphia


Alla Spina, 1410 Mount Vernon St., Philadelphia

Paesano's, 1019 S. Ninth St. and 152 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

Lucky's Last Chance, 4421 Main St., Manayunk


A.P.J. Texas Wieners, 47 N. 13th St., Philadelphia

Texas Wieners, 1426 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia