Sunday, June 17, 2007

Second Chance Review - Skeenies Hot Dogs

Skeenies Hot Dogs was one of the very first HDJs that was reviewed on the WV Dog Blog. It scored a 4 Weenie rank, primarily because you don't want to give the top score to the first competitor in case someone later has an unexpectedly flawless performance. So I've always felt a little guilty about giving Skeenies, a place I always has thought was a superior hot dog joint, a 4 Weenie ranking. I was glad when Second Chance Month came around so I could give them a fair shot at glory.

Tradition holds that real West Virginia Hot Dogs were born at the Stopette Drive In on Rt. 21 just outside the Charleston city limits. The Stopette, it is told by sages, was the very first place to put coleslaw on top of a chili dog sometime in the 1920s. Well Skeenies is located just a stone's throw from the site of the old Stopette and one can't dismiss the possibility that there is a cosmic connection or some good hot dog karma has lept through time and into Skeenies hot dogs. There's got to be some reason for how good they are.

Sitting alongside Rt. 21 where it has been since the 1960's (or earlier), Skeenies hasn't changed one iota in all these years, nor have their hot dogs. The chili is still wonderfully spicy, complex and perfect in consistency. Skeenies slaw has always been among the best ever and is a perfect match for the chili. The buns are still perfectly steamed and the hot dogs are still served in a wax paper sleeve so they stay soft and wonderful. Onions are plentiful and weenies are tasty and well prepared.

After one bite I realized I had made a mistake last time: This hot dog is definitely more than a 4. After eating two hot dogs, I am ready to make it official: Skeenies is as good as any hot dog in town, county or state. It certainly deserves a full-fledged Five Weenie rank.

7 comments:

Chris James said...

I'm sold just on the branded wax sleeve alone.

Chris James said...

One question: Is there more slaw on the dog that there appears to be from the photo? Or was there maybe less chili, thereby lowering the slaw altitude?

Stanton said...

What you can't see is that the bun is so soft from steaming that weenie and toppings have settled deeply into the bun. Fear not, there is an ample supply of both chil and slaw.

amoss5 said...

I LOVE SKEENIES! My parents have brought me there ever since I can remember. I am not a big eater at all but for some reason when I come here I eat 4-6 hot dogs. I LOVE THEM. My family has came to skeenies for a long time. mY dad went as a boy. I am from Ohio and we Drive 4 hours to eat there hot dogs and then we drive 4 hours back home. They are SO worth it!

Belle said...

i live in calif. but my parents are from sissovville and i've been eating there my whole life i can't even eat a hotdog here without the chili and slaw but it just isn't the same also i proudly wear a skeenies t-shirt all the time actually im wearing it now skeenies hands down is the best hotdog nationwide!!!!

Army Vet said...

There's not a better hot dog on this planet, The foot long chili and slaw is the best made anywhere.

rob jett said...

I grew up in sissonville. i met my wife in clearwater florida. where did i take her on our very first date? skeenies! and not the one in WV, the one that was in tampa at the time!