Greek immigrants made many contributions to Birmingham's restaurant scene over the decades, such as "Big John," who started the original John's restaurant decades ago. Arguably, no single contribution by this group of people has been enjoyed more by such a diverse group as the numerous hot dog places that have been Greek-owned in Birmingham for many years. Pete's Famous is one of those landmarks, but so, too, is Gus's Hot Dogs, located off Fourth Avenue North tucked between a parking deck and a parking lot. Embarrassingly, we had never been there until today.
We came, we saw, we ate ... and ate some more. Another interpretation of the Birmingham hot dog, with a sauce that's slightly sweeter and thicker than many. Our favorite was the chili-slaw dog, with lots of mustard and chopped onions, and a chili with a definite bit of lingering heat. (Pass the Zantac, please.)