Pete's Hot Dog's
dates back to 1920. I'm guessing that makes Pete's
one of Birmingham's older restaurants. I know it
has to be Birmingham's smallest. Since 1948 a guy
named Gus has been running Pete's. That's Gus and
wife Janet to the right.
Birmingham has it's
own hot dog culture, sort of a Coney Island dog plus.
The plus is sauerkraut, and a dog ordered "all the way"
comes with kraut, fresh chopped onions, mustard and
Pete's meat sauce - a spicier and meatier than normal
version of Coney Island sauce.
For a history of
Pete's Famous and the other Greek owned Birmingham
restaurants check out the Southern Foodways Alliance's
oral history here.