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“For those who love hole-in-the-wall eateries”

The Roast Grill Hot Weiners
Ranked #139 of 1,502 Restaurants in Raleigh
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Reviewed January 11, 2013

This place is easy to miss. On a lightly-trafficked side street a bit away from the busier parts of Raleigh, with a sign so washed out that you wonder if the place is still in business, the neon "open" sign is your best landmark. Step inside and you will feel transported back in time. A small lunch counter with maybe 8 fixed stools that feel a bit too short and placed a bit too close together is on your right. In front of you are two half tables, each with room for 2 people. The place looks like it could use a good dusting. But the atmosphere feels so right. Businessmen in suits sit beside construction workers who sit beside artists and so on. The common bond is their love of the simple fare and the throwback feel.

The heart of the operation is a small griddle where the proprietor, George, a Scrabble fanatic, fries the hot dogs, turning them just enough that they get a nice blackened crust over much of them, just the way I like it. Your choice of toppings is mustard, onions, chili and slaw. No ketchup, not even if you beg. The dogs are $2.50 each and a small coke is a buck. Some beers are also available, as is homemade baklava and pound cake for dessert. Haven't had the desserts so I can't comment on those. The dogs, however, are really tasty. Nothing fancy in the way they are served; they are just placed on a piece of paper; no plates, no utensils -- very green actually. Most people order 2 or 3 hot dogs at a time, although even one makes for a nice lunch. Bottom line, if you are tired of flavorless boiled or steamed dogs or dogs that have sat on the griddle for so long that they could pass for jerky, and you instead want some flavorful grilled dogs (maybe topped with some chili, and/or mustard, and/or onions, and/or slaw) this is the place to come to. You sometimes have to wait a bit, especially on Saturdays, but it is well worth it.

Thank Weloveroadtripping
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I am admittedly not a big fan of hot dogs, but had to check this place out after seeing it pop up on "Man vs. Food" many months ago. Roast Grill was very close to our hotel, so we decided to give it a shot before heading off to a noon N.C. State basketball game at PNC. When we pulled up, I just couldn't believe it. This place looks stuck in the 50's, added as a tiny diner on the first floor of somebody's house. Even the "HOT WEINERS" sign out front is a relic. It was around 11:30 AM, and we couldn't get the door open. The place was completely full, with about 10 at the diner stools. Both tables were full, and another couple was waiting inside the door. We finally sat, and just took the whole place in. The dog assembly line was quite efficient... see my photo. All of the hot dogs were packed on a small covered roaster, and about half of them were charred pretty well. Mustard and onions were next to that, and then a really big bun steamer. After the buns, there is the 70-year old chili recipe. The chili is fantastic... it has a hot and spicy kick. Both of us got 2 for $5 and my wife got a little bottled Coke. Honestly, we could have easily eaten 3 apiece. A guy next to us ate about 8 of them. The whole place is tiny, and looks like a museum. Both the man and woman working were as nice as they could be... they have a good thing going, and we will definitely be back when we are in Raleigh again.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Excellent hot dogs, cooked to a crisp. The chili is delicious--obviously homemade. This is a fun place to grab lunch, if you can find a spot to sit. You really can't go wrong with hot dogs and a glass bottle Coke. Your hands will smell like hot dogs all day long but you won't want the smell to leave--it's that good.

Thank nbchica
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Saw this place on man vs food and had to stop. When you walk in it's like your stepping back in time. Really small place!! There really is no menu either. So just get a hot dog with mustard and chili, onions and your good to go. Their cokes are in small tiny bottles!

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Thank jasonc001
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Whatever you do, don't ask for ketchup! And be prepared to smell like hot dogs for the rest of the day. It's totally worth it, though!

Thank CourtneyF
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