Mel’s Hot Dogs – Tampa, FL

On a recent trip to Florida, the family and I stopped in at a Tampa mainstay hot dog stand, Mel’s Hot Dogs. Owner Mel Lohn sat down with us while we munched on Vienna Beef Franks – Chicago style of course – and some of the best damn french fries I ever had. We “chowed […]

Coney Island Grill – National Hot Dog Month Day 7

The Coney Island Grill, located at 250 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North in¬†Saint Petersburg, Florida is a third generation Coney Island Hot Dog Shop run by Pete Barlas. Pete recently took the business over from his dad, who’d been running the joint since the 1970’s. Pete’s grandfather started the business way back in […]

The Old Salty Dog – National Hot Dog Month Day 6

The Salty Dog, or rather The Old Salty Dog is the Siesta Key edition of a 27-year-old classic dive bar and hot dog joint. Located on Siesta Key beach, consistently picked in the best top ten beaches in the country, The Salty Dog has served millions of hot dogs since opening their doors in 1986. […]

Bobby’s Beach Bistro in Venice, FLA

Bobby’s Beach Bistro was the last place we had hot dogs on our recent Florida vacation. The fully functioning commercial kitchen in a trailer is steps from the beach at the Venice Fishing Pier and is owned by Sharky’s, a popular beach-side bar and restaurant. Proprietor Bobby Fiorini is a snowbird who summers on Cape […]

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs in Venice, FLA 2012

I made my first visit to Mad Dogs Hot Dogs in Venice, FLA last year with Mrs. HDM and Little Miss. Mitch and Maria have been “grooming the Mad Dog” and they are just about ready to open their second location. They are currently set up out on the Tamiami Trail in an old coffee […]

Luke’s Coney Island in St. Petersburg

On my recent trip to Florida, I went to visit Nardo’s Natural World HQ to meet with three of the four Mastronardo boys. They were recently featured on the Shark Tank and were funded by Barbara Corcoran. I planned to interview Kyle Nardo about his Shark Tank experiences, but before we got down to business, […]

ChicDoggie

After my visit to Dream Maker Hot Dog Carts, I was a bit hungry and I wanted to see one of the carts in action. Lucky for me, there was a cart operating out in front of the Home Depot at 22nd Ave. in St. Pete just a few blocks away. I popped over there […]

Dream Maker Hot Dog Carts

A hot dog cart is a good point of entry¬†for many people who want to get into the hot dog business. There are lots of good choices when purchasing a new hot dog cart, you can also find a lot of good used carts or even Build Your Own Hot Dog Cart. It just so […]

Mad Dogs Hot Dogs in Venice, Florida

On our recent trip to Venice, Florida, Little Miss, Mrs. Hotdogman and I visited Mad Dogs Hot Dogs at 2059 South Tamiami Trail.

Anita’s Sand Castle

While vacationing in Venice, Florida with my family, Little Miss, Mrs. Hotdogman and I found ourselves down at the Venice Jetty one day around lunch time. We’d planned to stroll the jetty, go for a swim and soak up some sun when we came across Florida’s latest iconic hot dog joint- Anita’s Sand Castle.