Hot dog lovers across the north end of the county were reveling and reminiscing Friday morning over the news an old-school doggy joint opened on Northlake Boulevard.
Don Carroll, the owner of Big Daddy’s Hot Dogs & More, 603 Northlake Blvd., said guys like him that grew up in the North always had a good hot dog joint they could visit. To a degree, that’s what he is trying to emulate.
The column alluded to another small-town hot dog joint called Jimmy’s.
Jimmy’s, apparently, was a popular name for places that sell franks. Four readers wrote about four shops named Jimmy’s across the country to find out if theirs was the same one mentioned in Friday’s column. One of them actually was!
Dave Van Horne wrote this message:
“You mentioned Jimmy’s Hot Dogs in your story. In my hometown, Easton, Pa, in the ’50s and ’60s, we used to cross the Northampton Street bridge, known as the “free bridge” (no toll) to get to Jimmy’s. It was on the Jersey side of the Delaware [River]. A walk-up window to order. Later, Jimmy moved his business to 24th Street in Wilson Borough. I wonder if this is the same Jimmy’s you referenced?”
Yes, that’s it!
Here’s a little bit about the other beloved Jimmy’s, just not the one mentioned in the column:
“From your description, it sounds like Jimmy’s Hot Dogs in Arlington Heights, Ill. Was wondering if it is the one you referred to. If so, brings back lots of memories, as I was a frequent customer and a relative worked for Jimmy for many years. It also reminds me that there is a serious lack of real Chicago dogs in South Florida.” -Dawn Lloyd
“I read your article regarding Big Daddy’s & More hot dog joint with great interest. I am from MA and MANY years ago, around 1970 while working in the financial biz in Boston, I had an opportunity to join two others in buying what I remember as a hot dog franchise. It was named, as you described, “Jimmy’s Hot Dogs,” home of the split hot dog.” -Jim Stewart
The fourth email was about a Jimmy’s in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where you either had to stand outside and eat your dogs or get them as takeout. -Frank Nero