The Original Hotdog Shop, Pittsburgh

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    Landmark Eatery
    by VeronicaG
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    by KET33
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    The Original Hotdog Shop: Historic Eatery in Oakland

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 24, 2008

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    Landmark Eatery

    Be sure to stop by this popular Pittsburgh Landmark--The Original Hot Dog Shop in the Oakland area, near the University of Pittsburgh. A proudly displayed sign on the window declares that Football Hall of Famer, Dan Marino ate here for many years. Since it was such a local tradition, my husband suggested I include it in my photos of Pittsburgh!

    The Original Hot Dog Shop opened in 1960, across the street from Old Forbes Field. It's "dogs" quickly became the main staple in the diets of countless college students at The University of Pittsburgh. The shop's menu offers Hot Cheese Dogs; Hot Dog Parmesan, Deluxe Kosher Pure Dogs, Beef Dogs and Slaw Dogs--all in natural casings. Their crispy fries are cooked twice in peanut oil and are a popular accompaniment. Hoagies, Pizza, Salads, Chicken and Fish Sandwiches are also served.

    The Original Hot Dog shop is the place to go for simple, inexpensive but tasty cooking! Hours are Sun.-Wed. 10 am-3:30 p.m.; Thur.-Sat. 10 am-5 am. They will deliver daily from 11 am-2 am.

    Favorite Dish: Any "O" dog!

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    The Original Hotdog Shop: Top Dog

    by Parklife Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    The "O", as it's known, is one of the nations top hotdog eateries. While it may not be the quaintest spot in town, they serve the best hotdogs, the largest side of fries and the cheapest pizza.

    Normally filled with Univ. of Pitt students trying to make their dollars stretch, it's a Pittsburgh icon and is a must visit eatery when in the university area.

    Favorite Dish: Without a doubt, the Superdog. Their hotdogs are locally made using a secret recipe and you can order dogs with a variety of toppings.

    Note that dogs and fries are ordered at seperate stations.

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    The Original Hot Dog Shop: A Pittsburgh Classic

    by KET33 Written Sep 13, 2008

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    Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop, better know to us Pitt students as "The O" or "The dirty O" is certainly a local legend. It was established adjacent to Forbes Field, before the university built Posvar Hall over it.

    The place is filthy, which adds to the ambiance. If you're squeamish about bathrooms, you'll definitely want to pass on the restrooms here.

    It's a popular spot with college students, especially on the weekends. They're pretty well know for their lenient carding policy when purchasing alcohol, and after 1 am on Thursday-Saturday night, expect the place to be packed with drunken college students looking for that amazingly satisfyingly greasy and cheap drunk food like pizza, fries, and hot dogs.

    Favorite Dish: When we go, we usually get an order of small fries, which is about enough to feed a family of 7, for 3-5 dollars (depending on what the cashier feels like charging, basically). You can practically feel your arteries clogging as you eat them, but it's well worth the future cardiac arrest.

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