Thursday, June 21, 2007

Elkins Area HDJ Review - Bob's Hot Dogs

I've been getting mail about Bob's for a long time and I was glad when a recent trip to the mountains afforded me the opportunity to finally check it out. While some folks told me that they had great hot dogs, the main thing I heard about Bob's was that they have an incredible selection. This last assertion is not in dispute: There are well over a hundred combinations on the menu board that takes up an entire wall of the roadside stand. In fact, one of the non-standard hot dogs on the menu was the reason I made Bob's a mandatory stop on this trip. As I approached the Norton turnoff on Corridor H, I was already salivating over the prospect of the treat that awaited me: A combination of the two most scrumptious food items in the state: Ramps and Hot Dogs. But when I got there I quickly found out that Ramp Dogs were out of season.

I opted, instead, for a customized version of their "Slaw Dog" (I only had to ask for onions and mustard - it included chili) so I could give Bob's an apples-to-apples comparison with hot dogs from the rest of the state.

Not a lot to say about this hot dog: The bun was OK, the weenie was OK, the slaw was not too good. The most remarkable thing was the chili: It was the most perfect texture I have ever seen. It was meaty but the meat was so fine that the sauce was liquid enough to be poured over the top of the dog. It tasted good, but it was the texture that I'll remember most.

I'll put a note on my calendar to head back to Bob's in the springtime, but the modified slaw dog only rates a 3 Weenie rank.


Christopher Scott Jones said...

I can't help but think that the ramps are at best a kitschy attempt at hiding crappy weenies.

SOOAKC said...

I have been to BOBs many many times, i have to say i dont agree, i love their food, the Pizza Burger w/ extra cheese is the best and their Quad burger, no man can finish, (by the way, Hes family)Oh and RAMP SEASON IS IN NOW !! NOT FOR LONG THOUGH, TRY VISITING ELKINS WV FOR OUT ANNUAl RAMP FESTIVAL< RAMPS IN SOUPS, CHEESES< CHOCOlATES ETC> COME JOIN US !!

hilljackdan said...

Dan Hazen we eat at Bobs as often as possible,we have family that visists from out of state and bobs hotdogs is the first place they want to eat upon arriving here in elkins w.v. great fresh cooked food!

langolier said...

We live in Winchester, VA, but visit WV often because all our friends and the best music are there.

Whenever we are taking a trip that takes us through Elkins we always plan it so that we're traveling by Bob's about lunchtime. As a result of several delectable meals at Bob's I've come to believe that it's not a proper hot dog unless garnished with home fries.

Here's my most recent mention of Bob's:

and some earlier posts:

L Eby said...

Headed to Bob's now for the Picnic Dog - baked beans and potato salad! Bob's is a treat any time we're out this way.