Friday, November 13, 2015

Charleston HDJ Review - Zippy's Hot Dogs and Ice Cream

We watched all summer long as this new HDJ was being built near Southridge off of Corridor G in Charleston. We figured a standalone HDJ that wasn't a front for a gambling parlor had to be serious about hot dogs and would no doubt be great. We figured wrong.

I really don't wish to waste as many words as it would take to accurately describe how disappointing my Zippy's visit was. It started as soon as I walked through the door and saw a whole host of different kind of hot dog pictures on the menu board and none of them looked familiar. The photo beside the name "WV Dog" was of a New England Style bun with a weenie hanging out of the end so far that it looked almost pornographic, and on top of the whole thing were a few unrecognizable toppings. When I asked what was on the WV Dog, the young lady said "anything you want." Strike two.

Since it was obviously ala carte ordering, I ordered a standard hot dog with chili, slaw, mustard and onions. After not much wait I got my hot dog and went to my car, since there are no provisions for inside dining - only picnic tables, which on this day were windswept and chilly.

Everything about the hot dog was unremarkable, except the weenie: Zippy's has what they call and "spiral grilled" weenie, which might be interesting if it were not covered by toppings, but really didn't add anything to the aesthetics of the hot dogs. The weenie was way overcooked (perhaps that is endemic with "spiral grilling") and was tough and chewy. Topped with tasteless slaw and even less tasty chili. Bad hot dog. Bad, bad hot dog.

I'll give it a one-half Weenie rating, since I was hungry and it filled my stomach.


Wayne said...

Sad. It never amazes me the money that is lost when people start businesses and do it half as*ed

Quinn Kessinger said...

Stanton (I know you), I am not disputing your review of Zippy's, but I would like to remind you that you must either use the plural tense (we) or the singular tense )) throughout the entire article. By using the word "we" you are inferring that more than one person ate a hot dog, assessed the hot dog, and wrote the article.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the heads up...Glad I have not wasted my time, nor will I

Ranson Stuck said...

Come on's really not that difficult to make a good hot dog! If you want to have good food, you can't be a cheap skate on ingredients! I got some really bad reviews from customers in our joint about this place. I wish all of our competition the best, because unfortunately good traditional WV hotdogs are hard to come by anymore and that's pretty sad!

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sarah said...

The first time I ate there, it was pretty good. My daughter's corndogs were cold in the middle. So I took them back and they gave us a double batch. They were hor, but a little too done. But they were edible I guess.