There are few reasons to go to the Mountaineer Mall (aka, the OTHER, old abandoned mall). But Hometown Hot Dogs is one of them.
The half-occupied building has a hodgepodge of businesses or services that continue to reside there, and it is where Woodburn Shanks got its start. That restaurant has since moved out, but Hometown Hot Dogs moved in not quite a year ago to fill the lunchtime business void.
Hometown Hot Dogs has a location in Westover, as well as ones in Fairmont and Kingwood. There's a real "hot dog culture" throughout West Virginia, though it's much stronger in the southern part of the state. But, I always enjoy seeing a little sliver of it in Morgantown.
Hometown Hot Dogs is located in the Center Court of the Mountaineer Mall (5000 Greenbag Rd., Suite B1, Morgantown, WV, 304-435-0015). There are a few tables and chairs nearby if you wish to eat in. No cards, but there is an ATM available if need be.
The menu features hot dogs, of course. But there are also pepperoni rolls, pizza, chili, chicken sandwiches or wraps, salads, fries, nachos, and weekly specials. A cooler full of sodas is available, including Cheerwine!
These hot dogs are pretty decent. I only wish the dog itself was a bit warmer, and the slaw is pretty liquidy. It kept seeping into the bun, but the flavors are all good. I've had some pretty damn good hot dogs, so it's hard to rank this up there with them. But it's definitely one of the best you'll find in Morgantown; its competition being Haught Diggity Dogz.