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7 Hot Dog Hotspots to Try Right Now

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Summer means many things, not least among them a fine excuse to stuff your face full of hot dogs. And while we have nothing but love for the classics (Texas Wieners, Johnny's Hots, even new classic Alla Spina) and the carts, a little variety and adventure never hurt anyone. With that in mind, here are seven new additions to Philly's hot dog scene to try rightthisveryminute, before the dog days run their course.

[Photo: Spruce Street Harbor Park, Matt Stanley/DRWC]

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

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There are almost too many good food options vying for your attention at Spruce Street Harbor Park this year, meaning you might have to make several repeat visits before you even make it to the hot dogs. At the Garces Group's Froman's on the Boardwalk, you'll find abundantly dressed Chicago-style dogs (not to mention Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches, bacon knockwursts with apple slaw and kraut,, and even fries topped with sausages for a truly balanced meal). [Photo: Matt Stanley/DRWC]

Morgan's Pier

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The Stallion Dog is a plant-based riff on a hot Italian sausage from Asheville, NC's No Evil Foods, topped with long hots and scallions. It might not quite qualify as a hot dog if you're a pedant, but it's a damn sight more interesting than most veggie dogs you'll come across elsewhere. [Photo: Morgan's Pier/Facebook]

Bing Bing Dim Sum

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Drink specials are one good reason to head to Bing Bing during happy hour, but we think the main attraction might actually be the hot dog bao. You won't find them on the regular menu, but you can snag a plate for $5 from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. [Photo: Bing Bing/Facebook]

Drury Beer Garden

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Opa's been making good this year under new chef Bobby Saritsoglou, who's also recently given a bit of a revamp to the menu at the attached Drury Beer Garden. Rather than the traditional Greek dishes you'll find inside Opa, think burgers, popcorn, pretzels, and yes: corn dogs. There's a spicy sausage tucked inside this version, fried crisp and served with honey mustard. [Photo courtesy of Drury Beer Garden]

Independence Beer Garden

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Sometimes hot dogs are notable for being heaped with crazy toppings. Other times, they're special because they're simple, because they're wagyu, and because you're eating it with one hand while tossing beanbags with the other, and the sun is shining, and life really isn't so bad. (To be clear, IBG represents the latter.) [Photo: IBG/Facebook]

Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill

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A relative newcomer to South Street West, Founding Fathers is a sports bar that happily does not neglect the hot dog — arguably the most important part of sports. The offerings have changed over time, and there are often special dogs coming and going, but expect varieties informed by (if not always fanatically faithful to) the classics, like Chicago dogs, Coneys, and more. [Photo: Neil Hoving/Founding Fathers]

PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden: South Street

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The PHS Pop-Up Garden has made a return visit to last year's location at 15th and South, but this year, Dietz & Watson is a sponsor, because hot dogs in a beer garden just make good sense. You can go classic if you want, but keep an eye out for specials that will rotate throughout the season (things like banh mi dogs, buffalo chicken sausage sandwiches, or other varieties depending on when you visit). [Photo: Taylor Farnsworth/Passyunk Post]

Spruce Street Harbor Park

There are almost too many good food options vying for your attention at Spruce Street Harbor Park this year, meaning you might have to make several repeat visits before you even make it to the hot dogs. At the Garces Group's Froman's on the Boardwalk, you'll find abundantly dressed Chicago-style dogs (not to mention Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches, bacon knockwursts with apple slaw and kraut,, and even fries topped with sausages for a truly balanced meal). [Photo: Matt Stanley/DRWC]

Morgan's Pier

The Stallion Dog is a plant-based riff on a hot Italian sausage from Asheville, NC's No Evil Foods, topped with long hots and scallions. It might not quite qualify as a hot dog if you're a pedant, but it's a damn sight more interesting than most veggie dogs you'll come across elsewhere. [Photo: Morgan's Pier/Facebook]

Bing Bing Dim Sum

Drink specials are one good reason to head to Bing Bing during happy hour, but we think the main attraction might actually be the hot dog bao. You won't find them on the regular menu, but you can snag a plate for $5 from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. [Photo: Bing Bing/Facebook]

Drury Beer Garden

Opa's been making good this year under new chef Bobby Saritsoglou, who's also recently given a bit of a revamp to the menu at the attached Drury Beer Garden. Rather than the traditional Greek dishes you'll find inside Opa, think burgers, popcorn, pretzels, and yes: corn dogs. There's a spicy sausage tucked inside this version, fried crisp and served with honey mustard. [Photo courtesy of Drury Beer Garden]

Independence Beer Garden

Sometimes hot dogs are notable for being heaped with crazy toppings. Other times, they're special because they're simple, because they're wagyu, and because you're eating it with one hand while tossing beanbags with the other, and the sun is shining, and life really isn't so bad. (To be clear, IBG represents the latter.) [Photo: IBG/Facebook]

Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill

A relative newcomer to South Street West, Founding Fathers is a sports bar that happily does not neglect the hot dog — arguably the most important part of sports. The offerings have changed over time, and there are often special dogs coming and going, but expect varieties informed by (if not always fanatically faithful to) the classics, like Chicago dogs, Coneys, and more. [Photo: Neil Hoving/Founding Fathers]

PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden: South Street

The PHS Pop-Up Garden has made a return visit to last year's location at 15th and South, but this year, Dietz & Watson is a sponsor, because hot dogs in a beer garden just make good sense. You can go classic if you want, but keep an eye out for specials that will rotate throughout the season (things like banh mi dogs, buffalo chicken sausage sandwiches, or other varieties depending on when you visit). [Photo: Taylor Farnsworth/Passyunk Post]

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