Stewart’s Original Hot Dogs

Review by: Jane & Michael Stern

West Virginians are nearly as crazy about hot dogs as are Chicagoans or New Jerseyites. Dozens of modest stands throughout the state serve variations on a basic theme that consists of a small wiener in a steamed bun topped with chili sauce, mustard, and chopped onions (and, usually, cole slaw). The flagship of hot dog passion is Stewart’s, a curb-service drive-in that opened as a root beer and popcorn shop in 1932. Stewart’s uses local Logan hot dogs and Heiner’s buns and its chili sauce is grand — thick and pasty, not too hot. The basic configuration is a dog set on top of its trimmings in the bun and presented wrapped in a paper napkin.

To drink, nearly everybody chooses renowned Stewarts root beer, available in quantities that range from a 4 ounce mug for kids to a 32 ounce drink to a gallon jug. Or you can enjoy it as the basis of an ice cream float.

The Stewart’s on Fifth Ave. is the original location, but there are four other locations in the Huntington area: First St. & Adams Ave. in West Huntington; in the Huntington Mall; 1025 Oak St. in Kenova; and 205 Town Center Dr. just over the state border in Ashland, Kentucky.

Directions & Hours

10am - 9pm
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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