NOT A CHICAGO SUBURB  —  This place is a touch of Chicago and some feel it was born in the food courts of the insane asylums.

Chicago located right here in mid Pinellas County.  On a few  occasions I have eaten in Bruce’s Dog house,  I’m still kicking, and was really surprised during this inspection in April 2019, things could have gone to the hot dogs but he passed inspection and made some repairs  One man businesses are tough.  

The new Food Police, new Agriculture commissioner has got the boys really checking and finding violations.   Easily correctable problems, Bruce he’ll get it straight,  his Dog Emporium...It’s located in a small strip mall at Ulmerton and Belcher and easily accessible and he’s a friendly sort of character.

It’s  a popular place based on the small joints that was Bills Doghouse here and at another strip mall on Tyrone and Ninth.  His career as a decorator though adding so much wall decorations, has advantage, he’ll never have to paint his walls and the Optometrists in Pinellas County claims its good for their business.  All those eye charts on the wall.


First let me state unequivitively there is a Bruce, he  is a character and likable.  The store features some brand name products familiar to Chicago area refugees living here or just ducking the cold weather during the winter.

Bruce himself will tell you, he have been serving quality food for 24 years in this location. He serves authentic Chicago food, including 23 different types of Chicago Dogs.  We serve Red Hot Chicago Hot Dogs which is owned by Vienna Beef Sausage company in Chicago. Established in 1994.  Also Nathans and Hebrew National --

We are formerly a Chicago restaurant serving very high quality Chicago food since 1994. We started with just 3 tables when we took over the old Bills Doghouse and today have expended into a 100 seat space”.

If thats 100 seats who gets to sit in your lap?

He carries the Brand Names like Vienna Beef Sausage Company and other names from the Chicago area. And he carries more than just Hot Dogs.   He has the extensive list for Pinellas County.  Bear in mind, these Chicago products are  more expensive than BallPark Franks ( Most of the time an unknown quality, various combinations and sizes, ballparks are more for the plebeian masses and not for the true Hot Dog aficionado who likes keeping his balls)


The Chicago Hotdog  ( Vienna)  Vs The New York Kosher Dog (Hebrew National)   

 I am a hot dog fanatic.  I am also sensitive to certain additional items some manufacturers place in their hotdogs.  Lets be spot on if they ( the manufacturers and food processors) did what they say they do for the consumers protection we would not have recalls and Zantac.

The “Chicago Style” hot dog got its start from street cart hot dog vendors during the hard times of the Great Depression. Money was scarce, but business was booming for these entrepreneurs who offered a delicious hot meal on a bun for only a nickel. The famous Chicago Style Hot Dog was born!

Vienna® Beef was founded in 1893.  Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany introduced their family frankfurter recipe at the legendary Columbian Exposition. The hot dog was a hit, and Vienna® Beef was born. More than 124 years later, we’re still making our sausages the old-fashioned way, with premium domestic beef and our original recipe, made to the highest of quality standards and hickory-smoked for authentic flavor.

There’s no mistaking that famous “snap” when you bite into a Vienna® Beef frank.   Always firm and juicy, the meat we use to create our hot dogs is fresh domestic beef and beef trimmings?    No antibiotics, hormones, fillers, artificial colors, or flavorings, Premium Beef, Real Hickory Wood Chips – Not liquid smoke


  • The REAL NEW YORK KOSHER HOTDOG, ( which is not SABRETT)  is usually served with spicy German Mustard and Sauerkraut, they don’t fill a bun with salad and peppers.  Sabrett is Kosher style,  seasonings, but not Kosher.  There is a huge difference in the meaning and legality, thats why they throw in the word KOSHER STYLE in.  It’s called a ploy, some people see only the word “Kosher”.
  • Nathan’s Hotdogs are not Kosher.  They do not observe “ Kashruth” requiring Rabbis in a observational setting making sure the un-kosher parts of a cow do not go into the grinders.  Neither is Sabrett.
  • Steak and Shake claims they Sell Steakburgers, no such thing as a steak burger.  Steak is a cut of meat — not a statement of quality — Hamburger comes from it’s origin in Hamburg , Germany.  S and S vendors use slabs of meat from the back of the cow, the butt, anything past the ribs on the ASS end of the cow. Steak and Shake has been lying about this for years. That is the cheapest part of the cow.  

  •  HEBREW NATIONAL  HOTDOG PRODUCTS come from the front of the cow to the last rib — These are the choicest and most expensive cuts from the cow.   Briskets, filets ribs etc.   No heads,  ears, feet etc.  This is according to Jewish law and the plants have full time inspectors who are Jewish Rabbis making sure no shenanigans occur - Jewish dietary laws are written literally in stone.  They are as rigid as Muslim dietary restrictions which are called “ Halal” .

  • However, in the culinary world, the reigning champ of Nathan’s Famous 4-th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, is set to compete against a number of other contestants. Last year, Chestnut downed 62 Nathan franks in 10 minutes. from the new supplier and lived.

  • The original Nathan's restaurant stands at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York CityNew York. The company’s headquarters are at One Jericho Plaza in Jericho, New York, part of Oyster Bay, New York

  •  I grew up in Brooklyn  there every weekend I hopped in my DeSoto Limo Car, more a cab with jump seats and took my gang (friends ) to Nathan’s for two Hotdogs, two dozen Littlenecks or Cherry stones, Fresh French Fries and Corn.  And a Beer.

  • Nathan’s Corporate Franks are not from the same vendor that supplied them years ago    I simply could not imagine a change and their supplier then was Marathon.  But Nathan's Famous (NASDAQ: NATH), the iconic New York wiener company, said it has inked a new licensing agreement with Lisle, Ill.-based John Morrell Food Group to manufacture, market and sell Nathan's-branded hot dogs.Yet, when it comes to July 4-th, there is nothing more mouth-watering than a couple of old standards:   with th meat market owned by four companies about 78%, having you closer ties with a provider is critical.

  • I agree and on one note both purveyors have good products,  Vienna Beef and KOSHER Hebrew National hot dogs are premium and cost more.  Vienna Beef and Hebrew National franks, when cooked on a grill, emit an ambiance of flavors unlike any other.  Top drawer.   These in my opinion are the top names in Hotdogs and yes they are more expensive than the run of the mill cow that fell into a huge blender,  sawdust and all,  blister packed and called some sports name.   Bruce carries all three.

What Is Triangle K Supervision — And Why It Is A Better Dog —

ED:   It refers to a symbol, a triangle with a K in it, meaning this product is heavily inspected and KOSHER.  Kosher Hotdogs 
( Hebrew National) when tested against other processed meats like Steak and Shake Burgers and McDonalds indicated less chemicals and superior content of the certain parts of the cow.  See the simple chart. Anything aft of the ribs, near the genitals, back legs, tail hoofs and back thighs above the shoulder, bellow the back belly  are not “Kashruth” or certified Kosher.   And sold to the other Hot Dog and burgers makers for Mickey Dee, Burger King and others.

There are a few  “ Blackmarket” Kosher type operations who will use parts of the butt, but they are not recognized though they claim so.  And lucky no one has burnt them down yet.  Again these are very strict dietary laws.

It also refers to how the animal is treated before In order for meat to be considered kosher, the animal the meat came from must be healthy and clean, meaning it can’t have dirty hides covered in mud, sand or stones, the suit notes. And that it is slaughtered mercifully. 

When you buy  Hebrew National it’s a premium cut of meat of the highest attainable level and not like Steak and Shake who call their cheap steakburgers 
( truly the ass end of the cow)  a Steakburger and have been doing it for years.

Kosher Has Very Strict Rules  —  The Triangle K symbol is a trademarked logo that signifies “kashruth” (kosher) as defined by the most stringent Jews who follow Orthodox Jewish Law.   It’s a symbol of integrity, representing the most trusted and reliable name in strict rabbinical food certification and supervision. 

For more than half a century, Triangle K has been committed to making kosher food products available to people around the world.  While there might be slight variations from plant to plant, the requirements for the manufacture of all kosher food are based on the same fundamental principle of Jewish Dietary Laws: 

Only Kosher Ingredients Processed In Kosher Equipment  —  First, a special supervisor, the “ mashgiach", or an ordained Orthodox rabbi conducts an investigation of the plant and its procedures, as well as the ingredients, equipment, and processes used in the production of the product.

If the preliminary investigation indicates acceptable ingredients and procedures, the manufacturer is informed as to the nature of rabbinical supervision required for the food product for a specific period of time. 

Each individual food product must be inspected and certified separately, and the certification process is ongoing; each product must be inspected every day,  week, month, year.

In an effort to protect kosher-observant consumers, kosher laws have been incorporated into various state codes. For example, in New York, the Kosher Law Enforcement Division (KLED) is maintained to aid its large Jewish population and protect consumers from the mislabeling and misrepresentation of food products.

 A division of the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets, KLED's tasks include ensuring that businesses selling any item with Kosher certification—particularly meat and poultry products—adhere to the state's labeling laws. Rabbi Rubin stated, “We feel the consumer is to be protected. If a market section says it is Kosher, it should be kosher without the buyer having to carefully check the ingredients.”

The legal protection for kosher consumers was first introduced into American law in 1915. According to Kashruth  “New York has continued its leadership role by setting standards for the development of new ways to guard against fraud and misrepresentation in the sales and distribution of kosher food.” 

KLED laws require that meat and meat parts (including poultry) be identified as kosher through the use of tags and plumbas. The regulations also address the procedures to be followed with respect to the required washing of meat and the method of transportation.

Hotdogs come in all sizes, combinations, ingredients. They are meat ground to finite and stuffed in a casing.  This is the difference between a McDonalds Burger and Berns Steak House.  What it is made of ! Also the reason Hebrew National hotdogs are more expensive. There are plenty of cheap filled hotdogs in coolers all over the combined with pork, chicken, grains and only God knows what else they stuffed in, thus the expression:

 “ Hebrew National Hotdogs answer to a higher calling"