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Lawrenceville – 3810 Butler Street – Pittsburgh, PA 15201- 412.586.7224


A sunshiny day in Pittsburgh means getting out of the office and hitting up a good lunch spot.  A friend and I decided to head to Lawrenceville for some fries and dogs.  I wasn’t disappointed… bbbuuuuttttt…I also wasn’t overly impressed.  The place is beautiful—super clean and very well renovated.  The bar is nice and I would guess that this place is packed with happy hour and late night guests.  Great beer selection and good food, not great food, but definitely good. The service was great and the staff seemed knowledgable and happy to be there—always a good sign.

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There are a handful of good veggie selections on the menu.  A veggie sausage and a vegan, tofu dog.  Every dog can come with your choice of toppings or style.

CHICAGO IMPOSTOR: Relish, tomato, banana peppers, chopped onion, yellow mustard, pickle spear, celery salt (At least they know its not a real Chicago dog, hence the name “imposter.”  They get a point for this one.)

PITTSBURGH: Smooshed pierogie, slaw

REYKJAVIK: remoulade, onion, ketchup, mustard, Onion Crunch

BOLLYWOOD:  curried cauliflower pickle, mint raita, cilantro

BANGKOK: Thai peanut sauce, pickled carrot, cilantro

CORN DOG: Under Dog or Veggie, one dipping sauce

(There are lots more styles, check them out here:

I went with the Reykajavík veggie dog because I have this weird obsession with Iceland and Icelandic culture.  While this dog was good, I don’t think it conjured up the tastes of Iceland.  It looked really exciting when it came with lots of stuff on it, but it was lackluster in taste.  It was good, but didn’t knock my socks off like I thought it would.  The raw onions were good, but a bit overpowering on the dog.  The fried onions created a good texture, which was needed because the actual dog was pretty soft.  I sadly couldn’t taste the remoulade, which was the main reason I went with the Reykakavík.

The fries, of pommes frites as they call them, were quite good.   Local, hand-cut taters.  Good seasoning, but could have been a bit crisper.  I went with the spicy horseradish dipping sauce for the fries. That was really the winner of the whole meal.  The ketchup was weird.  My friend and I both agreed that it had some cinnamon or something off-putting in it.  Not a fan, but the horseradish sauce made up for it all.  They also had loads of other dipping sauces to choose from: garlic aioli, Miller’s mustard, horseradish, barbeque, brown gravy, bleu cheese, wasabi mayo, Thai peanut, remoulade, tahini lemon, marinara, sour cream, & sweet chili sour cream. But, be forewarned, each sauce will cost you an extra .75.  My friend had the pierogies and said they were good.  Nothing to write home about (especially in Pittsburgh) but still good.

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Word on the street is the Franktuary has a killer Sunday Brunch.  That might just get me back in the door.

Overall Grade: B-

If you are looking for a good veggie dog and a great microbrew in a more laid back environment, I’d recommend D’s Six Pax in Regent Square.  But, if you are looking for something a bit more upscale in the hipsterfied neighborhood of Lawrenceville, then Franktuary might just be the place for you.

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Franks be to god.

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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Hot Dogs, Lawrenceville


For a good night out with friends, head to D’s!

D’s SixPax & Dogs

Regent Square

1118 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 | (412) 241-4666

So… I am clearly on a veggie dog kick, but can you blame me with all the choices in the ‘Burgh?!  I’ve been to D’s a few times to pick up beer or grab a drink with a friend, but this was my first time testing out their cuisine.  I was impressed.  It was tasty.  Lots of veggie-ness on the menu.

We started with the Zucchini planks for an app.  Planks? Must be a PGH thing, as I haven’t seen it before, but many places here offer the massive appetizer.  The zucchini was nice and crispy, but it was a bit over fried to the point of about a quarter of it being in-eatable.  It was a bit greasy, but not terrible.  We only ate one plank a piece, and to be honest, I could have gone for just a half a plank.  It sat pretty heavy in my stomach. But the redeeming factor for the app were the sauces.  The marinara was actually really good- not to sweet or thick.  And the “tiger” sauce was really, really good.  It had the nice kick from the horseradish and the cooling cream.  It was worth patting the grease off another plank to go back from more!

Fried Zucchini Planks
We fry a humongous handful of breaded zucchini medallions to a golden brown. Served with your choice of marinara or tangy tiger sauce… or heck, both.

For our main course, we tried two different veggie dogs.  Clearly, a Chicagoan at heart, I had to go with the Chicago Dog.  Great choice! The dog was packed with amazing veggie ingredients and void of ketchup- just like a dog should come!  The actual dog itself was a touch dry- overcooked by a minute, I think.  But the condiments more than made up for this misstep.  And, the whole thing came properly on a poppy seed bun.  Well done, D’s!

Capone, Jordan, Ditka, and a dash of celery salt! All on a poppyseed bun! Well, more like relish, onions, pickles, tomatoes, sport peppers, and yellow mustard (oh, and that dash of celery salt!), but still.

The other dog was a must try!  The Big Ben (while not one of my favorite sports heros) it was a great dog! Crispy fries, melty gooey cheese sauce, and coleslaw.  Ummmmm, yes please!  I will go back for this one!

This little slice of Heaven has nothing to do with a clock that’s 3,700 miles away and everything to do with our star quarterback! Piled high with fries, creamy cheddar and coleslaw!

So here are my words to the wise next time you made the stroll to D’s in Regent Square.

1. One hotdog is MORE than enough!  I think I ate about two bites of each and one zucchini plank and I was stuffed.  And I am not the “I’ll just have a side salad” kinda gal.  These dogs pack it all in.  They are stuffed!

2. The servers in the main dining area all tag-team the tables.  The women who took our order was NOT friendly, but the dudes were. So… Well, I guess there is really no advice here, just be warned.

3. One of my favorite parts about this place is that you can go into the beer cave, pick out any beer you want, and they will open it for you right there.  If you want a beer that isn’t cold yet, they have a convenient super cooler that can get your beer frosty very quickly.  You can also get 6 &12 packs to go.  They have a great selection of local and micro-brews on tap.  You can’t go wrong with the beer here.

Overall Grade for D’s SixPax & Dogs : A-

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Hot Dogs, Regent Square


Joe’s Dogs: Best in the Burgh

Joe’s Dog House

Joe’s is hand’s down my favorite lunch spot in Oakland.  For $5.25, my favorite (and what I get EVERYtime) is the “Veggie Special” with chips and a drink. I am a veggie dog connoisseur, and this is one of my all-time favorites.  Joe’s veggie special consists of a grilled Yves Jumbo Veggie Soydog on a toasted wheat bun topped with sliced fresh red tomatoes, spicy(!) giardiniera, yellow mustard and celery salt.  Joe (and Chris- the other owner) slice the dog length-wise and grill it to perfection.  Then it’s topped with all that yumminess?!

Yes, please!

Joe and Chris also have a tomato & basil tofu Italian sausage and a killer MorningStar Farms chipotle black bean burger. A food cart that caters to vegetarians has my heart!  But don’t worry carnivores! My meat eatting coworkers are also consistenly pleased with their meat dogs, so I say that you can’t go wrong with this place.  And the owners are super nice folks- win, win!

Joe’s also has a rewards system to keep me coming back.  Wait… who am I kidding, it’s that dog that gets me coming back each time! But, this is a lovely perk!  Buy 10 dogs, get one free!

Joe’s Dog House Grade- Easy A!

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Food Trucks, Hot Dogs, Oakland


No Chicago Dog?!?!?!

Station Street Hotdogs

What?!?!  How can a hot dog place even exist that doesn’t serve a Chicago dog?  I was willing to forgive the newly reopened Station Street Hotdogs for not having a Chicago style dog because they did have veggie dogs and veggie chili, so I ventured over to Broad St. (behind the new Target in East Liberty) for lunch.

Their menu consists of either 100% beef, natural casing hot dogs or vegan Smart Dogs.

Then they have 8 choices of toppings:

House Dog ($4)- with mustard, ketchup, relish, onions or sriracha.

Hawaii Dog ($5)- pineapple salsa, bacon, sweet soy, and mint

New York Dog ($5)- sauerkraut and grain mustard

Chili Cheese Dog ($5)- Smoked Brisket (or veggie) Chili, Arsenal Cheese Curds, onions

Devil Dog ($5)- egg salad, tobasco sauce, potato chips, scallions

Banh Mi Dog ($7)- Pork liver (or inari pockets), pickled cucumber, pickled red onions, jalapeno, sweet chili, cilantro

Kimchi Dog ($7)- Kimchi, Kewpie mayo, nori, bonito

Sweetbread Dog ($9)- sweetbreads, apple mostarda, pepper relish, crispy shallots


Fresh cut fries- $3

Duck Fat fries- $5

I wanted badly to like this place.  I was really excited that it had been reopened in a neighborhood that needs a good, inexpensive place like this.  Well… and I miss Chicago and was ready for a good ole sport pepper, yellow mustard, tomato, green relish, onion covered dog all on a poppy bun.  A dog that has been “dragged through the garden,” if you will.  But, alas, no Chicago dogs here.  So… I went with a veggie Chili Cheese dog and some fresh cut fries and a orange soda.  Unfortunately, the best part of the meal was the orange soda.


I was still quite hopeful before I took a bite.  The fries were hot, but tasteless.  I salt and peppered them which made them edible.  The ketchup was off- almost sweet.  The dog, while it looks delish, was pretty far away from the mark.  The actual dog had good flavor (I like the Smart Dogs) but it was cold.  The chili was just ok, but it was also cold.  The cheese curds tasted like cottage cheese smushed up to make a some cold cottage cheesey cubes.  Just kinda weird.  The bun was toasted, but also too sweet for my liking.  I only ate half of my dog and fries which left me still hungry after this $10 lunch. Bummer.

After a lackluster (at best!) meal, I still want to like this place, especially when they have all kinds of cute hotdog paintings throughout the restaurant.  The service folks will have to get some more experience and better attitudes (they looked put out when I ordered veggie and were pissed that there was no liner in the trash can when they went to change it).  And, I wish to think that my lunch was not great because they were newly opened and they don’t have a ton of experience with the veggie side of their menu. The fries…well, let’s just hope they get some more seasonings on them STAT.  For the record, I went with a friend of mine who is a meat eater and he loved his New York Dog.  He said the duck fat fries were good, but not worth the two extra dollars.  But he is excited to go back to try more of the different kinds of dogs.  For me, maybe I will change my tune in a few months, who knows. For now, I will keep my eyes open of the perfect Chicago style veggie dog in PGH!

Here’s to re-openings and to hope that Station Street gets off to a better start (for their veggie patrons) soon!

Station Street Hotdogs Overall Grade: D

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in East Liberty, Hot Dogs