The New York import lasted just under a year in Pittsburgh’s North Side.
The Hot Dog Guys, Paul and James Barton, usually set up next to an Exxon station in Lower Burrell. Though they’re currently operating out of a small trailer hitched to the back of their van, they hope to eventually buy an actual food truck.
I ordered the Firecracker dog and a chili cheese dog. The Firecracker lived up to its name, combining hot relish, jalapenos and hot sauce. The brothers said most people get coleslaw or mayo to balance the heat, but it wasn’t unpleasantly hot.
The chili cheese dog was perfect -- delicious chili that could stand on its own, topped with melted cheese and resting on an all-beef throne.