My 3 Sons Hot Dogs to Open Saturday

The hot dog and beer emporium on West State Street will officially open for business on Dec. 15.


UPDATE: The opening of My Three Sons has been pushed back to next Saturday, Dec. 22. The owner apologizes for the postponement but it will be worth the wait for a tasty dog.


As details, decor, inspections and menus are finalized at My Three Sons Hot Dogs and Beer Emporium, owner Steven Gariffo could not be more excited to open Media Borough's newest restaurant.

Gariffo's enthusiasm for hot dogs, beer, family, customer service and his new business venture is electric and will surely make My Three Sons a success.

This is Gariffo's first food service venture but he grew up working in his parent's Southwest Philadelphia deli.

Gariffo says he and his wife, Roxann wanted to pass a legacy down to their sons but being a doctor of physical therapy made that legacy a little more difficult to pass on.

"I wanted a legacy and I wanted something for my boys to have, but I can't give them my profession," he says.

Gariffo, who has lived in Middletown Township for 12 years, says his parents owned a deli for 30 years and he has the fondest memories of his family's time there.

"I want that for my boys," he says. "I want to instill that work ethic in them."

Gariffo son's Luca, 12, Matteo, 10, and Marcello, 7, will likely be stocking shelves and serving up hot dogs in the years to come.

Hot Dog Decor

My Three Sons' custom-made picnic tables offer amble seating along with the counter seating that faces the window. Plus, during warmer weather more seating will be placed outside on a small patio front.

But the grass-like tile flooring inside, allows a guest to feel as if you're outside enjoying a delicious dog.

TV's and a jukebox will entertain guests with sports games and music. And the vintage hot dog signs mixed with newer cartoon-like menu graphics bring a retro-modern feel.

Top Dog Menu

My Three Sons has six solid menu items: hot dogs, beer, tater tots, onion rings, chili and homemade cookies.

The hot dogs are all gluten free and all beef and a vegan dog and kosher dog are also available. Each dog is 10-inches long and on an 8-inch roll.

Every hot dog is themed and several are named after a city, reflecting that city's personality, and a beer pairing will also be suggested for each hot dog.

The LaLa Land Hot Dog, of course hails from Hollywood and offers a creamy fennel slaw with a Dijon mustard. The Toddling Town Dog, of Chicago, has yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, onion, a dill pickle spear, tomato and pickled peppers. The Trailer Dog may be the most indulging, topped with homemade chili, nacho cheese and Frito corn chips. (See attached PDF file for more menu items.)

Everything is baked, not fried at My Three Sons and all of the sauces are homemade.

There will be 300 plus bottles of beer offered and a build-your-own six pack option. A weekly beer tasting is also an idea Gariffo says he'd like to do as well.

He traveled to Munich for Okberfest this year and has done a beer tour in Belgium too, so beer is a passion for Gariffo.

"I'm a beer geek," he says. "You're not going to see the Busches and the Bud Lights here. We'll have beers that you don't see anywhere else."

The Italian tradition in Gariffo's family was to always make "gravy" and meatballs on Sundays so he has decided to continue tradition. Every Sunday in January, meatball sandwiches will be added to the menu.

"Ketching Up" Media's West End

Gariffo says he knew he wanted to open his first restaurant in Media.

"We just love the town and the feel of it," he says. "Media is the spot. It's comfortable."

The location took about three months to completely renovate and Gariffo says he had to completely gut the place. But something that My Three Sons offers that many State Street businesses can't, is parking. There is plenty of parking at My Three Sons.

The West end of State Street historically sees less traffic however with the recent openings of Desert Rose and Sassy Girl Boutique, the trend may be turning around.

"We're trying to build up this side," he says. "I want to be an anchor and draw people to the West side"

My Three Sons, located at 300 W. State Street in Media, will officially open for business, Saturday, Dec. 15. Beer sales may not yet be permitted as Gariffo finalizes his liquor license with Harrisburg.

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MIke Scott December 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I was looking forward to this until I saw the prices! $6 is too much for even a "fancy" hot dog. Nearly $4 for a plain dog.
Lisa Cawley December 10, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Sounds amazing - looking so forward to this opening. Love the fact that it is something different in Media and the menu offers what you can't get anywhere else. I will gladly pay these prices for QUALITY food!
Lisa Cawley December 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM
And $6? Sounds like a deal for a "dog that is 10-inches long and on an 8-inch roll" with "homemade sauces". A steal.
Steven Gariffo December 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Mike---thanks for you interest and feedback. I’m so excited to be opening – and I'm confident you’ll love what we have to offer. Please email me at sgariffo@verizon.net as I’d love to hear any additional comments you might have and since you were excited – I’d like to tell you more about our restaurant. Lisa - Thanks for recognizing the qualtiy and our dedication to matchless, exceptional TEN INCH frankfurters - - like nothing you've ever seen and definitely never tasted! Steven (owner)
John Daly December 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Best of luck Steve, can't wait till you open up...you will be a welcome addition to Media, especially at the West end of the Boro.
Jimmy from the Block December 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
This place looks like a hit. The Wall Street Journal had an article on this trend http://www.buzzfeed.com/wallstreetjournal/the-10-most-decedent-gourmet-hot-dogs-from-around-354z and I think Rachel Ray had gourmet hot dogs as her next big thing.. Look at Media being on the cutting edge! My son is looking forward to a Trailer Dog and I think I will go with a Madone for my maiden effort! Best of Luck Gariffo family.. Media has another winner in town!
Tim Broadhurst December 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Ran by on Friday night and the place looks great. Can't wait to bring my three sons for a dog! Plenty of parking too, good luck Steve. It couldn't happen to a better guy!
Barbara Bacchia December 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Looking forward to the grand opening Steve. Lots of people talking about your place and excited for the opening. Great location and with you and Roxann's personality, it's sure to be a big success! See you Saturday!
Jimmy from the Block December 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I just got back from Wawa where they wanted $3.59 for something they called a Big Bacon Cheese Dog that was sitting under a heat lamp for about an hour and a half. With a bag of chips ($.99) and a soda ($1.59), lunch was over $6.50 for a swamp dog … I would rather give a family owed business a few extra cents for a gastronomical experience. I can’t wait to try it! I give Dick Wood enough of my hard earned moneys!
G.K. Chesterton December 11, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Just returned from Clearfield, Pa, sixty miles west of Penn State. Population 7000. The place to eat? Denny's Beer Barrel Pub. Specialty? Burgers. Everything you can imagine in a burger. The place was mobbed on a Sunday night. This hot dog thing is a great idea. Now there is a good dog place in Media. Munich has a glockenspiel. Media has a bell. Ring it at My Three Sons.
Chris A December 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Steven, my girlfriend lives in Veterans Square and I am there quite a bit. We are both very excited about your Grand Opening! Best of Luck and I am sure you will be seeing us quite frequently!
adupont December 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Very excited! We will be there on Saturday!
Bob Fuller December 14, 2012 at 05:19 AM
In another article on mediapatch it said the owner used to own a quiznos so how is this his first food service venture?
Courtney Elko (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
You are correct Bob that was in the earlier article. I had forgotten about that. I would say this is their first restaurant than since quiznos is more of a franchise. Thanks for fact checking.
Courtney Elko (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Hey Hot Dog Fans, It looks like we'll have to wait just a little longer to try My Three Sons. Unfortunately, they have to postpone the opening until next Saturday, Dec. 22. The owner apologizes for the postponement but it will be worth the wait for a tasty dog.
Lisa Cawley December 14, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Bob - the owner owned/invested in Quiznos, but this is a chain. My Three Sons is his first food service venture being started on his own as a family business.
Lisa Cawley December 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Will be worth the wait :)
Jennifer Koenig McDevitt December 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I would MUCH rather support a family owned business than give my 3 boys the same over-processed food at Wawa when they are craving a hot dog. Excited to see all the different choices they have to offer, as well as the beer garden. Sounds like it's sure to become a Media favorite!
John Dooley December 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
THE G.K. Chesterton?
Randy December 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Traveled into Media today to get a hot dog......NOT!!!!!!!! Still not open....... Store looks like it's not done..... Ceiling tiles all over the tables, Looks a mess. Note on door blamed it on the LCB. Maybe they should have covered the windows.
Bobby Fuller December 16, 2012 at 07:33 PM
@Lisa Cawley. I wasn't trying to play a game of semantics, I was just being curious and doing a little fact checking.
Lisa Cawley December 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
@Bobby. Just answering the question for you since I am good friends of the owners :)
Gene Riordan December 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Looking forward to checking out these top notch Hot Dogs with great toppings. Good Luck Steve!
Me-z December 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Does anyone know if this place is open yet, I live right down the street and tried calling about 5 min ago but got no answer -- looking forward to trying this spot out!
Courtney Elko (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Opened today and already busy so that may be why no one answered the phone. Head on down.
Lynn S. December 22, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Just got home from my first visit to My Three Sons Hot Dogs. The dogs are outstanding! The snap of the casing and the perfectly seasoned beef are a testament to high quality hot dogs. The rolls were lightly toasted crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, providing an excellent vehicle for holding the abundant homemade sauces and toppings. The red cabbage slaw and chipotle mayo on the LTC were so delicious that my taste buds are still singing! The Bad Bad Boy Barbeque sauce was such a perfect balance of sweet, tang and heat that it was impossible to stop eating it. Pair those high quality dogs and delicious toppings with outstanding beer selections from award winning brewers including Rogue, Dogfish Head, and Harpoon, and top shelf sodas from Hanks and Boylans, and My Three Sons is a recipe for success!
Tommy Gert December 23, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Haha, Lynn S. must work there or be related to the owners. Everything was ok at best but nowhere near what she said
Lynn S. December 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I am neither an employee or a relative of the owners. I'm just someone who enjoyed a tasty dog washed down with a good Harpoon IPA. As an aside, these types of community sites would be much more helpful to readers if commenters just communicated their personal experience with a place instead of deeming themselves qualified to comment on other people's experiences.
Tom gert December 24, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Welce to the internet! I said what I think of the place


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