A Texas Tommy at Ishkabibble's in Philadelphia

The Texas Tommy is an American hot dog dish in which a hot dog is prepared with bacon and cheese. Despite the name, it was invented in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s. It may be cooked by various methods, such as grilling and deep frying, and some variations exist. The Texas Tommy is a common dish in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, and South Jersey, and it is a menu item at various restaurants and hot dog restaurants in the United States. In Canada, this hot dog dish is often called the whistle dog.


The Texas Tommy was invented in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s and was a popular dish among 1950s housewives.[1][2] The origin of the dish's name is unclear, and it has been suggested that its name may have been devised per the "general branding of hot dogs as "Texan" on the East Coast."[2]


The Texas Tommy is prepared by slicing a hot dog lengthwise to split it; cheese is placed within the slit; and the hot dog is then wrapped in bacon, secured with toothpicks, and cooked and served on a warmed or toasted bun.[1][3] Cheddar cheese or American cheese may be used, and some versions are prepared using Cheez Whiz.[1][4][5][6] In the 1950s, Velveeta was sometimes used in their preparation.[6] Some versions are prepared by topping a hot dog with bacon and cheese. It may be cooked by barbecuing, grilling, broiling or deep frying.[1][3][7] Additional condiments may be used,[2] such as mustard, ketchup[1] and relish. Some versions may have a high cholesterol[1] and fat content.


The Texas Tommy is a common dish at diners and greasy spoons in Philadelphia, eastern Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey.[1][2] The dish's availability is widespread at restaurants in Philadelphia, and some cheesesteak restaurants in Philadelphia also offer the dish.[2] Little Pete's restaurant, located in the Center City district of Philadelphia, was well known for serving the dish.[1] The Texas Tommy has been served at baseball games at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and in 2012, the dish was listed on the Serious Eats list of The Craziest Major League Baseball Hot Dogs of 2012.[8] The version served at Citizens Bank Park included the addition of chili.[8] Additionally, some hot dog restaurants in other areas of the United States include the Texas Tommy on their menus.[9][10]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d e Krall, Hawk (October 30, 2009). "Hot Dog Of The Week: Texas Tommy". Serious Eats. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Hester, Bree (November 17, 2015). "How to Make Texas Tommy Hot Dogs". bettycrocker.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Bernstein, Hannah (October 3, 2009). "Weekend DishPhilly Hot Dogs from Hot Dog Cafe". The Phoenix Reporter and Item. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  5. ^ McCarthy, I. (2012). Food Lovers' Guide to Philadelphia: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings. Globe Pequot. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-7627-7945-1.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "The World's Best Hot Dog". Grub Street. November 7, 2007. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Ludwig, Elisa (June 29, 2012). "Hot diggity: Philly's great hot dogs". philly-archives. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Two Citizens Bank Park Dogs Make National Hot Dog List". Philadelphia Magazine. May 15, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "New Hot Dog Restaurants Innovate American Dish". QSR magazine. August 30, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Chaudhury, Nadia (June 23, 2015). "9 Solid Bets for Hot Dogs in Austin". Austin Eater. Retrieved 22 November 2015.