Friday, July 21, 2006

2006 Weenie Awards - Best Hot Dog

Romeo's Grill Wins Charleston's Best Hot Dog for 2006!

It was close, very close indeed, but Romeo's deserves this years top dog award because of their overall committment to excellence. The winning combination is:

  • A great chili recipe handed down by the late Pete Romeo, still cooked every day by long time Romeo's employees Jennifer Maxwell and Chuck Young. It has a unique taste and while not real spicy, it makes its presence known.
  • Even better slaw made fresh every day by Jennifer and Chuck.
  • Buns that are steamed to order right before your eyes.
  • Finely chopped onions applied in the exact right proportion.

All these things work together for an authentic West Virginia hot dog taste that is the creme-de-la-creme of hot dogs in the Charleston area and perhaps the whole state.

Romeo's is located right across Seventh Avenue from the Mound in South Charleston, near the corner of Seventh and "D" Street. It is a bar and grill where smoking is allowed and practiced, so be ye warned.

Honorable Mention - Chris' Hot Dogs

I would be remiss if I were not to mention, very honorably, Chris' Hot Dogs who made it a real race to the finish on the strength of their incredibly great chili. In the end it was the slaw that beat them. If they had Romeo's slaw it might have turned out very differently. As I have been known to say, it's all about the slaw.

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