In coordination with National Hot Dog Month, South Street Headhouse District put on the Fourth Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook Off Saturday. Several Society Hill and Queen Village eateries entered dogs into a contest that awarded cash and prestige to the winner. With a five-judge panel, myself one of them, Cavanaugh Headhouse won first place and $1,000 for a dog with pork sausage and bacon, queso and jalapeno. Second place and People’s Choice honors went to Bridget Foy, 200 South St., for its Nitty Gritty Dog with watermelon rind, crispy basil, onions and a barbecue sauce. Girard Estate’s Taproom on 19th, 2400 S. 19th St., secured third place honors for its Polish Dog with keilbasa, pierogi, fried cabbage, onions and tomato. My personal favorite was from a restaurant that’s not open yet, Hungry Pigeon, 743 S. Fourth St., a fairly traditional Philly Poppins dog with red onion, banana pepper, spicy brown mustard and a bit of cream.
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