Sunday, January 22, 2006

Charleston Area Hot Dog Joints - Tudor's Biscuit World

Tudor's Biscuit World is a Charleston classic. Ever since Bill and Mae Tudor opened their first store on the West Side Charlestonians have been in love with their biscuit creations like The Tootie, Mickey, Mountaineer and Thundering Herd. I love the reaction of visitors to our fair city when they first hear of the unique offerings of Tudor's. That Tudor's is the only restaurant that greets travelers at Yeager Airport speaks volumes about how authentically West Virginian this franchise is.

At some point Tudor's decided to offer more traditional lunch fare and hot dogs were added to their menu along with other home-cooked dishes. I'd love to report that their dogs are as awesome as their biscuits but, alas, the tuth is they are most ordinary. The bun is ordinary, the chili is ordinary, the slaw is ordinary and the weiner is ordinary. It doesn't seem to vary by location, either. Every Tudors where I have sampled the hot dogs they have been remarkably consistent. Consistently ordinary.

Frankly, I have a hard time walking into Tudor's and ordering anything but a biscuit with egg, sausage, a hash-brown potato and cheese and that is probably best. When you have a specialty and you are the king of that specialty why dabble in other areas? If my heart could take it I think I could eat a dozen of their fanatastic biscuit creations a week and never get tired of them, but leave the hot dogs to the experts, please.

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