We didn't eat out a ton in my family growing up, so when we did it was always a special treat. I have fond memories of when my Dad would surprise us by coming home from work with a big white paper bag filled to the brim with hot dogs from the Roanoke Weiner stand. I think it's where I first learned to love hot dogs topped with mustard, chili, and onions, because even today this is my preferred method of topping a hot dog.
The Roanoke Weiner Stand in downtown Roanoke has been around since the mid 1920s. I remember years ago when Paul and I first moved to Roanoke from Houston, we took a break from unpacking boxes to head downtown for the beloved hot dogs that I remembered so well from my youth. When they recently started renovating Center in the Square, the Weiner Stand closed briefly. It was missed by many locals.
As for me, I was thrilled to order my usual "all-the-way" hot dog. I love their zesty chili. And the fries are just the right crispness. While they are lacking in salt to my Southern tastebuds, they handily provide salt shakers on the tables so that you can salt to taste.
How about you, readers? What restaurant do you remember fondly from your youth? Is it still around?