From what the Buds have witnessed, Wheeling has a new 'top dog'.
After the closing of long-time area favorite Louis' Hot Dog late last year, the Friendly City has a new weiner vendor: the Weiner Hut.
Occupying the location of the former Sesame Cafe, the eatery opened its doors to hungry patrons last week. Owner Trudy Gratz, a longtime restauranteur of the Washington, Pa. area, has been a resident of Wheeling for two years. Gratz always wanted to open a hot dog stand at the beach, but since she hasn't made it there she decided to open one here. And the Buds couldn't be happier.
Regular chili dog
The small eatery, which sports a new color scheme and adorable thatched roof, was literally packed full of people when the Buds paid a visit on Friday. Apparently, we weren't the only folks after those weiners!
Once seated, the Buds had a chance to peruse the menu, which offers much more than just hot dogs, which - by the way - come in original (with the casing), regular and footlong and can be topped with ketchup, mustard, relish, onion, chili, sauerkraut and cheese.
The Weiner Hut also offers Italian, meatball, ham and veggie hoagies, a variety of pizza pies, a burger, and even B.L.T., grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Certainly something for everyone! Side items include baked beans, side salad, cole slaw, potato salad and cottage cheese.
Bud Shaunna decided on a regular hot dog topped with chili and a side order of cole slaw. The dog had a great flavor, and the chili was a nice flavor boost - not too spicy and not too sweet. The cole slaw was delish, as it was full of fresh cabbage and a thick sauce, but it wasn't too saucy - it was just right! The Buds don't like overly saucy slaw! With a can of pop, this tasty lunch rang in at only $5.50.
Bud Em, who as you probably are aware is not a huge hot dog fan, opted to try the Italian hoagie. The 9" sub was loaded with deli ham and salami, cheese, lettuce and tomato and topped with a zip of what Em thought was extremely good Italian dressing all on a delicious toasted hoagie bun. Ummmm .... it was a $7.99 piece of Heaven. With an order of chips on the side and a soda it was one of the tastiest lunches she'd had lately. Well done Weiner Hut!
Both Buds agreed that the Weiner Hut is a fabulous addition to the streets of downtown Wheeling and will no doubt serve their casual fare to hungry crowds for years to come. Great place, great food, great people - we can sum it up in one word: weinerific!!
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com