Calling All PGH Foodies: NaCl Chef to Open East Libery Hot Dog Shop

Kevin Sousa, the mastermind and chef behind Pittsburgh foodie favorite Salt of the Earth, announced December 28 via Twitter that he plans on opening up a hot dog shop in East Liberty. Sousa’s Station Street will take over the now vacant Station Street Hot Dogs at 6290 Broad Street and has hopes of opening within the next month. The shop will serve hot dogs, fries, soft serve ice cream, and hopefully beer and liquor in the near future, Sousa said.

Station Street plans to do traditional dogs like the chili and Chicago, but will offer vegetarian options as well. There will also be vegan and fresh cut fries cooked in peanut oil or duck fat, with malt vinegar and salt for $3 and two flavors of soft-serve ice cream.

Below is a list of the specialty hot dogs posted on the Station Street twitter that should be available on the menu. There will be 8-10 dogs, with a few rotating options. All dogs will be served on soft & simple rolls, and will range in price from $4-7. All will have veggie options & most will have vegan, too.

  1. house dog = 100% beef natural casing, oversized dog

    house veg. dog = oversized soft soy protein dog

  2. devilled…hard boiled egg, mustard, tabasco mayo, potato chips
  3. offal…fried sweetbreads, foie pâté, apple mostarda, red onion
  4. chicago….poppyseed bun, mustard, onion, relish, dill pickle, tomato, pickled peppers, celery salt
  5. new york…sauerkraut and good mustard
  6. kim chi…kewpie mayo, nori, togorashi, bonito
  7. bahn mi…liver wurst, pickled vegetables, jalapeño, cilantro, nuoc cham
  8. chili cheese…smoked brisket chili, arsenal cheese curds
  9. hawaii…cayenne, sweet soy, pineapple salsa
  10. picnic…sweet relish, onion, ketchup, mustard
  11. dorito…refried beans, pickled hot peppers, cheddar cheese
  12. breakfast…maple glazed pork belly, tamago, sriracha
  13. philly…peppers, onions, cheese whiz
  14. kennywood…fresh dipped cornmeal batter, ketchup, mustard
  15. cali…avocado, sprouts, cilantro, lime, pepita pesto

According to the Post-Gazette, the restaurant will seat about 65 and offer counter service, except for one table in the kitchen that can be reserved. Parking can be found in the adjoining lot seen below.

photo via Station St Hot Dog Twitter

photo via Station St Hot Dog Twitter

photo via Station St Hot Dog Twitter

Station Street will be open seven days a week, for lunch, dinner, and late-night eating. Future plans include a roller-skating car service and outdoor seating once the weather is warm. Sousa’s latest venture is a partnership with his brother Tom Sousa and Jay Fanelli and is expected to open within the next month or so.

I can already hear the Dorito dog calling my name.

Be sure to follow Station Street on Twitter for updates.

  1. Gina said:

    I don’t know. Hot dogs are already being done very well at D’s in Regent Square. I’d like to see more original approaches in Pittsburgh rather than just the old standard of hot dogs and burgers. That said, I am happy to see more new, locally owned restaurants opening and I will check it out.

  2. Gina, I haven’t been to D’s but need to get there ASAP as I love hot dogs. You’re right locally owned restaurants are only a good thing for Pittsburgh, and in my opinion, the more hot dog shops, the better 🙂

    Thanks for reading!

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