A. P. J. stands for
Arthur, Paul and James - the three guys who opened the
place in 1920. Jimmie has owned it for the past 22
The first thing Jimmie
asks after laying a plate of Texas Weiners in front of
you is, "How do you like the sauce?"
Jimmie is proud of his
sauce. "People come to me from the place in South
Philadelphia - they think we're the same - and they say
what's a matter with their sauce. No taste. I tell them
sauce has to be spicy."
First time in I got a
couple of Texas Weiners. A Texas Weiner is a split and
grilled hot dog served with sauce, mustard and chopped
raw onion. Second time in I noticed a couple of fish
cakes sitting by the grill. I figured I'd have a combo,
like at Levis' or Johnnie's Hots. Something got lost in
translation. I got a plate with a Texas Weiner on one
side and a fish cake served Texas Weiner style on the
other. Took a few bites of each, then discarded
one bun and made my own combo, squashing the fishcake on
top of the hot dog.