Augies Hot Dog Stand

Destination Delco Executive Director Tore Fiore is served up a Classic Wiener with sauerkraut and  onions from Matt Pantellas at Augie's Hot Dog Stand
Since 1982, Augie's Hot Dog stand has been a fixture at the entrance to the Media Borough
Courthouse. Opened 34 years ago by the former professional boxer known as the Broomall Bomber, the food cart offers sodas, generic hot dogs, soft pretzels chili and chili and cheese dogs.
Augie Pantellas
Augie, who was known for his vicious knockouts, fought in the Junior Lightweight division over the course of his career. At only 5′ 6″ 130 lbs. Pantellas wasn’t the biggest guy, but he could pack a punch; just ask one of the twenty guys he knocked out. Augie officially retired from the fight game in 1977 and fought his last battle in 1979.

His congenial son, Matt, has taken over for Augie at the Hot Dog Stand, and still delivers up the best Dogs in town.

Augie's Hot Dog Stand
Media Courthouse

Media, PA

Jimmy John’s Pipin’ Hot Sandwiches

“Famous for Frankfurters” since 1940, Jimmy John's has been one of America's favorite roadside stops. Their friendly atmosphere and service provide customers with an experience like no other.  They have been featured on The Food Network's Best of: Roadside Stands and received rave reviews from critics and hot dog lovers alike.  Their "Special Frankfurter" features a natural casing with a wide range of self-serve toppings available throughout the restaurant. These dogs have been the foundation of Jimmy John's and have kept taste buds happy throughout Delaware and Chester counties for decades.

Jimmy John’s Pipin’ Hot Sandwiches • 1507 Wilmington-West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19308 • 610.459.3083  •

"A hidden gem! I found this course via YELP and decided to check it out with my girlfriend. The hardest part is getting to the actual course, it is hidden behind the Planet Fitness off Baltimore Pike. Once we arrived we were amazed, a little arcade area then in the back was 4; yes 4, different mini golf courses."
– Steven, Fairfax VA

Putt Putt is one of the best miniature golf places in the Philadelphia area. Besides the 4 courses, they also have "Jump Shot" that combines basketball with trampoline "jumps" a Game Zone and a snack bar.

Group packages are available as well as packages for Fundraising efforts.

Putt-Putt Fun Center  • 5300 Baltimore Pike, Clifton Heights, PA 19018
(610) 626-5766 •

Nicholas Smith Toys and Trains

Many people consider Nicholas Smith the "best toys store in the world." It has been around for over 100 years…with the bottom floor devoted to dolls, toys and hobbies, and the upstairs relegated to model trains and accessories.

Nicolas Smith is the oldest Lionel Dealership in America. The store also carries American Flyer, HO gauge, LGB and Marklin as well as a host of other brands.They also carry Madame Alexander, porcelain and other collectable dolls…action figures, metal figures, slot cars, building bricks and Thomas compatible wood trains.

The staff and owner are beyond helpful… if you are nice to them and don't waste their time.
This is a must see if you visit Delco!

Nicholas Smith Toys
• 2343 West Chester Pike •  Broomall, Pa 19008
610-356-2180 •
See where it all started at the original location in Folsom, Delaware County.  Experience 1950’s nostalgia with fresh-cut, homemade french-fries, freshly ground and hand pattied 100% beef burgers, award-winning malts and milkshakes, and much, much more.  Anyplace with more than 100 freshly made milkshakes options deserves to be a classic. Especially with flavors like Black Raspberry. And Butterscotch Krimpet. And Italian Rum Cake...

Nifty Fifty’s • 1900 MacDade Boulevard (at Route 420) • Folsom, PA 19033
610.583.1950 • niftyfifties.com

Val Shively's R&B Records

Val with Johnny Maestro, lead singer
of The Crests and Brooklyn Bridge
I you are obsessed with "vinyl," and records and music of days gone by, there is no more iconic place
then Val Shively's R&B records located in the 69th Street area of Upper Darby.

Val can be downright unfriendly to strangers, and from what we hear, harder to get an audience
with than the Pope. But if you "know your stuff" and can tolerate, the mess and the blasphemies, R&B is worth a visit. You won't be welcome, but that's part of the charm. Maybe you can just walk by on your way from the H-Mart and peer through the dirty window. It will be well worth the visit!

Val Shively’s R&B Records

49 Garrett Road • Upper Darby, PA 19082
610-352-2320  •

Pinocchio’s Restaurant

This was the first pizzeria in Media back in 1955. And just about anyone born since then has hit Pinocchio’s after a little league game or school event.  They’re proud to boast a selection of 1,000 microbrews, imported, or domestic drafts and bottled beer as well as wine selections and a full bar.  As for the prices, theirs can’t be beat. They offer all you can eat pizza and daily specials.  Pinocchio’s is a family restaurant so children are always welcome! They can watch the pizza makers toss dough while they wait for their order and play with their very own dough ball. 

Pinocchio’s Restaurant • 131 E. Baltimore Pike • Media, PA 19063

The Original Clam Tavern

Known as a neighborhood place with great fish, crab, lobster and, of course, clams - this where you go when you’re craving something from the sea.  The kitschy d├ęcor only adds to the charm and the overall ambience is casual and warm. The seafood dishes are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and you
always get your money's worth with generous portion sizes and affordable prices.   Once you’ve tried this place, you’re sure to visit regularly.

The Original Clam Tavern • 339 E Broadway Ave • Clifton Heights, PA 19018
 610.623.9537 • 

Llanarch Diner

First of all, it’s pronounced LAN-ark. Say it any other way and they’ll know you’re from out of town. A modern classic located in Upper Darby, their extensive menu features breakfast foods, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, seafood, steak, plus and all baking is done on the premises! And second of all, yes, there’s a reason that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s characters ate here in Silver Linings Playbook. Because it’s that good.

Llanarch Diner • 95 E. Township Line Road • Upper Darby, PA 19082
610.789.6057 •

If you’re looking for old-school, this is the place.  2015 marks 80 years since Charlie’s opened its doors in Delco. Blink and you might miss this cozy, “shack-like” building with counter seating and no-frills menu.   As one visitor said online, “This is where God gets his hamburgers...and his black and white milkshakes.”  Amen!

Charlie’s Hamburgers • 336 Kedron Avenue • Folsom, PA 19033
The Drexeline Billiard Club has been serving the Delco community since 1989. In his later years, the Club was the hangout of Delaware County native Jimmy Caras, a 4 time World Champion who durung his career defeated the likes of Wille Mosconi, Luther Lassiter, Irving Crane and Ralph Greenleaf.

Unlike many billiards rooms, the owners pride themselves on the Family Atmosphere they have developed over the years. They sport a great variety of sandwiches made to order, as well as pizza slices, hot dogs, hot sausage, and a super wide range of sweets from our cookie & candy department. They also provide multiple energy drinks as well as coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, soda, and electrolyte drinks, but will allow guests to bring whatever drinks they wish, as long as they are over 21.

Group functions can also be tailored to meet most any leisure, birthday or office event.

Drexeline Billiard Club
• 5100 State Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 • 610-259-9144
Located in the heart of Wyeth Country, Hank’s is, “the place where hungry people eat and friendly people meet!” Everything is home-made and fresh on site. Their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus boast many favorite foods, fresh baked goods, and of, course daily specials.   And while the Chadds Ford landscape has changed tremendously over the past 50 years, Hank’s, thankfully, hasn’t.

Hank’s Place
1625 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA
610.388.7061 •  

K&G Speed Shop

Whatever happened to all the old speed shops in the Delaware County? With the closing of the Harry Tillman Speed Shop in Aston, the only one we know of us K&G in Havertown, located just behind the Nicholas Smith Toy and Train Store.

For more than 50 years, K&G has been the shop for "motor heads" in and out of the County. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, and still has much of the atmosphere of days gone by.

By the way, we came across this 2009 obituary on Delaware County racing and speed shop legend Steve Kanuika:

It began early. At 17 years of age Steve and his brother opened a small shop in the basement of their folks’ home, a small Pennsylvania cattle ranch. Street racing was big at the time; real American Graffiti-type stuff. Steve did the work on the cars and engines – he had that magic touch -- as older brother Bill talked up the business. Steve would build the motor in the basement, then use his dad’s tractor to hoist it out and into the customer’s car. One of his early efforts was to hop up friend Buddy Corleto’s Buick Century – it was fast, and word of mouth brought customers.

His first dragstrip race car was a ’54 Chevy p/u truck running a 283-inch mouse motor – also their daily driver parts truck. It proceeded to set the D/Gas record in Vineland, N.J., Langhorne Speedway, York, and Lancaster, where Bill Jenkins was the tech inspector. Other Kanuika cars included a B/Dragster powered by a 327 Chevy with a 4-71 GMC blower (in a Lynnwood Welding frame), a C/Gas Henry J, and the most famous, his C/Gas Willys pickup with a 301-inch injected mouse motor. It set the record at 10.80, 127mph and even made the cover of Drag Times.

In the early ‘60s, business was getting to be too much, so Mom finally threw ‘em out of the driveway. Steve immediately opened his first shop in Upper Darby, named Kanuika Bros. Automotive (in an old gas station). Steve’s talents continued to earn him a dedicated following in drag racing circles, and his business boomed - at one time he was operating four Steve Kanuika Speed Shops! Then came the "Jungle Jim" sponsorship, and the shop in Concordville, Pa. (with six employees) became the place where you could find the two "Jungle Jim" Chevy II Novas; it wasn’t far from Jungle’s “pad” in West Chester. Those were glory days - Kanuika and K&G were THE speed shops in the Philly area – no one else was even close.

Steve built his last racer; the ’69 Jungle Jim Camaro Super Stocker, with acid-dipped doors and frame, blueprinted 427-inch rat motor and all of the go-fast “stuff”. It was a 9.80s match racer, very popular, and another rolling billboard for his speed shops. This car still holds a class record! It was driven by Steve, and eventually sold to Dick Collins.

Speed parts were selling, the Jungle cars were winning, and it was all good. . During this time Steve had the success of having both his motors in the '69 Funny Car finals in both of "Jungle's" cars as well as sponsoring some of the greatest cars and drivers of the time. These included no less than Lew Arrington's Brutus, Roland Leong's Hawaiian, Mickey Thompson , Jade Grenade, Neil Mahr's Superpress as well as many other famous names like Dickie Harell , Goeske, and Lewis to name a few. He also was one of the first to offer chassis-dyno tuning and many innovative engine building techniques. Focusing on all aspects of the build and machine work totally in house. He was a true pioneer and a class act for the sport of drag racing. He never gave up the love even in his retirement, he would build motors by appointment, and had been working on several engine design patents.

K & G Speed Associates • 2343 West Chester Pike • Broomall, PA 19008
(610) 359-1616