There’s No Need To Fear…Underdogs is Here!

There’s a new dog in town – Underdogs! This is a cute little Hot Dog Shop that just opened up at 132 S. 17th Street in Philadelphia. We’re always up to try something new and it was a beautiful day out so we decided to take a stroll and head there for some dinner.

Now, let me start off by saying that the Mister can throw back some hot dogs. He can easily eat an entire pack of Smoked White Turkey Hot Dogs (those are the kind we buy at home) himself, but he kindly lets me eat one so he only eats seven of them. True story. So he really held back when we were there.

So we ordered up 5 total dogs, one of those being a combo so we could try out the fries and get a drink.  When they brought us our tray full of dogs, the guy (I think it was the Owner) seemed kind of surprised that we ordered so many. I told the guy that there would be no problems whatsoever finishing these! I told the Mister that maybe they need a wall where they can put your picture for eating X number of hot dogs.

First I want to apologize for the horrible photos – the lighting wasn’t all that great and they just didn’t turn out all that well. But I still wanted you to actually see them!


wrapped in bacon, fried and topped with cheese

The Mister loves a good Texas Tommy so he wanted to try this one out. He said that the roll was a bit crispy, which he wasn’t a huge fan of. But hey, they had to melt the cheese somehow! He couldn’t really taste the bacon much; the cheese kind of overshadowed it all. We were also kind of expecting a more gooier kind of cheese. He said this one was no where near as good as the Texas Tommy from Niftie Fifties, which is his favorite.  He ate the whole thing but he said he wouldn’t order that one again.


chorizo sausage with sautéed onions,
chipotle mayo and queso blanco

I wanted to try something that I normally wouldn’t try. I’m really not into mayo at all. And I have to say, this ended up being my favorite one out of the two that I tried! I loved the flavor of the chorizo, it had a lot of flavor. I was hoping that the chipotle mayo would have had a little more heat to it, but I still liked it. The queso blanco was a great addition! I would definitely get this one again! It’s a keeper.


smoked turkey sausage with stuffing,
gravy and cranberry relish

The Mister had a sandwich at Jake’s that involved Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy, etc. He absolutely loved it, so when he saw this bad boy on the menu he wanted to try it. He said that the cranberry relish was sweet and added great flavor to the dog. He said it was a bit over-powering in the sense that he couldn’t really taste the stuffing much. He enjoyed this one and would get it again!


Czerw’s smoked kielbasa with sautéed
onions and spicy mustard

This is the one I was looking forward to the most and I gotta say – it was a huge let down. I love smoked kielbasa and it’s always packed with a lot of flavor. I also love sauteed onions and spicy mustard. But there was just something that I didn’t like about this and I honestly can’t put my finger on it. I couldn’t even finish it. I ate about 1/4 of it and couldn’t eat anymore. And like I said, I don’t know WHY. So maybe it’s just me?


chicken herb sausage, marinara
and parmesan cheese shavings

This ended up being the Mister’s favorite one. He said it truly felt like he was eating a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (which he LOVES). He said the chicken sausage was good, but he said the sauce was strong and over-powering, but that’s not a bad thing.  He said it was nice and sweet. This one gets two thumbs up!


These french fries were pretty good, but not better than Five Guys Fries. Those are our favorite! But these were a close second. They had the right amount of salt on them and they were cooked  perfectly. I only had a few so that I could taste them, but the Mister polished the rest of them off.

The french fries come with one dipping sauce for free, and it’s a quarter for each additional sauce you want. These are the flavors that they offer:

I picked the Georgia Mustard BBQ, but I wasn’t a huge fan. It was waaaaaaay too heavy on the mustard for my liking.

So overall we were very pleased with our trip to Underdogs. I kind of felt like the rolls were too bulky – I would’ve liked a skinnier roll or something. I just felt like there was too much bread there.  The next trip there I’d be perfectly happy getting The Chihuahua Combo and calling it a day. Although I think I may want to try The Smoker (Czerw’s hot sausage with pepper hash, relish and ketchup). I almost got that one in place of The Chihuahua but I made a last minute change. I wasn’t so sure I’d like that pepper hash. But at any rate, head over to Underdogs and see what they’re all about!

132 S. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA
Sun-Thurs: 11am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-4am
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  1. I normally am a sucker for smoked kielbasa but the one with chorizo looks so delish. Don’t even get me started on the parm one 🙂
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