Pete’s Hot Dog Shop

Hot Dog
Worth a detour

Chili dogs and deep-fried pierogies: That’s lunch. Where are you? If you answered Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, count yourself among the Roadfood congnoscenti. What French fries are to most of the fast-food eating populace, fried pierogies are to the Lehigh Valley. And what Yocco’s is to Allentown, Pete’s is to Bethlehem.

Pete’s, which calls itself King of Hot Dogs, has been a fixture on Bethlehem’s Southside since the hayday of the steel production that took place less than a mile down the road. Take that drive east today and you’ll discover that Bethlehem Steel is now a casino; but Pete’s is still slinging chili dogs and pierogies on Broadway.

The dogs are pork and beef Hatfield franks (same as the ones served at Yocco’s), well-browned on the flattop. You can enjoy a naked dog, of course, but there’s nothing intrinsically wonderful about a plain Hatfield frank. At Pete’s, you want the classic local combo of chili, brown mustard, and chopped onion — known among regulars as a Greeker. Unlike the chili served at Yocco’s (which they do NOT call chili; it’s Yocco’s “sauce”), Pete’s chili will not seep into the bun. It is thick and viscous enough to remain atop the dog. It has a touch of heat, but cumin is the operative flavor.

For well under $10, you can lunch on a couple of chili dogs, a trio of fried pierogies and, if you really want to go local, a container of chocolate milk. Or grab a can of the locally bottled (in Allentown, since 1918) A-Treat soda. It is a soulful taste of the Lehigh Valley.

What to Eat
Pete’s Hot Dog Shop, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
The classic Lehigh Valley configuration includes brown mustard, chili, and chopped onions.
Pete’s Hot Dog Shop, Pierogies
Strange sight: pierogies served without butter, sour cream or onions.
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday7am - 3pm
Tuesday7am - 6pm
Wednesday7am - 6pm
Thursday7am - 6pm
Friday7am - 6pm
Saturday7am - 6pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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