Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop

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Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop
Essie's Original Hot Dog shop logo.png
Restaurant information
Established 1960
Food type hot dogs, french fries
Street address 3901 Forbes Avenue
City Pittsburgh
State Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°26′32″N 79°57′23″W / 40.442095°N 79.956469°W / 40.442095; -79.956469
"The O" on the corner of South Bouquet Street and Forbes Avenue

Essie's Original Hot Dog Shop (commonly known as The Original Hot Dog Shop, The O or The Dirty O[1]) is a restaurant in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.


The Original Hot Dog Shop opened in Pittsburgh, in June 1960[2] near Forbes Field and the University of Pittsburgh. The restaurant quickly became known for its hot dogs and large portions of French fries, although the menu also includes sandwiches, salads and pizza. In 2001, Gourmet Magazine ranked the hot dogs fourth-best in America[3] and The New York Times named it to a list of one of the "high spots in a nation of hot-dog heavens" in 2002.[4] The O was also featured on Rick Sebak's nationally distributed PBS program A Hog Dog Program[5] as well as on an episode of the Food Network's Unwrapped.[6]

"O" fries

As part of CNN's 100 Places to Eat series, Travel+Leisure's Laura Kiniry ranked the O's fries among the best in the U.S.[7] The University of Pittsburgh's student newspaper The Pitt News named The O "Best French Fries" in 2002,[8] 2003,[9] 2004[10] 2005,[11] 2006,[12] 2007[13] and 2008.[14]

A location at Carnegie Mellon University lasted from 1996 to 2005, closing in the wake of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint and declining profits.[15][16]

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  1. ^ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Long live "The Dirty O!"
  2. ^ The 'O' Turns the Big 5-0
  3. ^ Fitzgerald Michael R. (2006). "'O's hot dogs ranked fourth best in the United States". The Pitt News. Retrieved December 9, 2006. 
  4. ^ Lukas Paul (July 3, 2002). "High Spots in a Nation of Hot-Dog Heavens". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Hot Dog Places". Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Unwrapped: In the Bun Episode CW1204". Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kiniry, Laura (November 26, 2012). "Best French fries in the U.S." Travel + Leisure. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Best of Grub - Best of Issue 2002
  9. ^ The Best Grub - Best of Issue 2003
  10. ^ Best of Food - Best of 2004
  11. ^ The Best Grub - Best Of 2005
  12. ^ The Best Food - Best Of 2006
  13. ^ "The Best Food - Best Of 2007". The Pitt News. Archived from the original on 2007-11-14. 
  14. ^ "Best of 2008… The Best Grub". The Pitt News. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  15. ^ Post-Gazette "EEOC says Original Hot Dog Shop is racially biased"
  16. ^ The Tartan "The 'O' to close on campus"

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