Charleston Edition: Sam's Hot Dog Stand - Greenbrier Street

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Sams Hot Dog Stand

So, I've started a new adventure: Try all the Sam's Hot Dog Stands in the area.

Sams Hot Dog Stand

Frank Lucente grew up in a small town in West Virginia. As a young boy, Frank often enjoyed spicy chili dogs at the town hot dog stand. Even as he grew older and moved away, Frank would always stop in for a hot dog on his visits home. Years later, the town stand closed and Frank was forced to look elsewhere to satisfy his craving. He went to see the owner of the old stand to convince him to pass on the recipe. But the owner refused saying he would "take it to the grave".
Denied, Frank soon discovered that the original recipe for the chili sauce belonged to an elderly woman still living in his hometown. For years she had been cooking up the sauce and selling it at her church bazaar. According to her, the stand owner had changed the recipe over the years but the woman gladly provided the original recipe.
Frank recruited his business partner and good friend Rocco Muriale to help invent an even better chili sauce recipe. The chef at the popular Rocco's Ristorante, Rocco spent several months cooking up batches of chili sauce. After six months, he had the perfect recipe! In 1983 wanting to share the delicious invention with the public, Frank and Rocco opened the first Sam's Hotdog Stand in Huntington, West Virginia....ending the search for the perfect hot dog.
Sams Hot Dog StandWith this history in mind, I thought it would be neat to see all the small differences amongst the different Sam's locations in the area.

Sams Hot Dog StandSo on my lunch break, I headed up Greenbrier Street to check out the closest Sam's to me. This location has a gaming room located in the back, but there's also a large dining area for folks to dine in.

Sams Hot Dog StandThis is an "everything" with mild slaw. Yum!

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