Seriously? People are giving five stars? Skeeter’s is an interesting old place, but if you are judging by the hot dogs only, something is very wrong with these reviews.
This place is a slice of old small town America. Old charm is what we call “never been renovated” in the real world.
No disrespect to the owners (and they obviously read and reply to these reviews), but this is really just an interesting stop…very nostalgic; and by that I mean there have been zero improvements in probably 50 years…at least. I think the bar top is masonite; clearly Wytheville has no health department or they get a historical waiver.
An old rotary phone sits on the wall…and it rings. A call came in for one of the master hot dog makers (nice local ladies) and she hastily tells the person who answered, “take a message and tell them not to call at lunch time”. The “lunch rush” at the time was less than a dozen people, all eating the simplest hot dogs on the planet and there are two women making them. It was entertaining watching them get stressed about four toppings and ten people! They were really trying and were nice people though.
The hot dogs are nothing special…in fact I was stunned after reading the reviews on the web exactly how not special they are. They are very pink…not sure why because they have no special taste but I think that comes from old time curing salts. They are tiny, real small. They offer four ingredients to top with and actually have a menu to assist you on what combos you can do…in case you cant work that out yourself.
Four ingredients, chili (I think it was), cheese (a stretch calling it cheese, I’ll call it “cheese type product”), slaw and onions. With all the highly complicated ingredients and the crush of ten people, the nice ladies had six hot dogs returned in the 15 minutes we were there because they were apparently made wrong…or something.
The tiny concession stand grade hot dogs are put in front of you on a napkin…on the 50 year old+ porous masonite bar counter. They taste…like hot dogs. I’m not trying to be mean here, but they clearly have not been around to see the improvements made to the hot dog in the past half century. I came here thinking “world famous” and they had been here so long they had to be “crazy good”. Nope, I blow them away at home, without trying (think “Nathan’s”).
The tea was not great. I wonder if it was brewed, because it has that “instant” background taste. There may be a type of tea that makes that weird flavor because I’ve tasted it before and it’s not good tea. My wife asking for part sweet and part un-sweet was a challenge…they could do it, but the ten people and four ingredients we were pushing the nice ladies a bit. Want lemon? Here’s a squirt pack…a squirt pack of concentrated lemon juice.
This is a cool old place stuck in time, but do not come here expecting a good hot dog or toppings. Just eat one and then you can say you did it.
One thing I give them a lot of credit for is they do have Texas Pete hot sauce! This should be mandatory everywhere. I give them an extra star for that for a total of two stars. The one star I would have given is based solely on the hot dogs and the lack of anything that made them even basically a great hot dog. (world famous?)
I give them credit for being in business still. Somehow the locals have not made it out to the rest of the world either…because they still come in and eat it up…like it was something new 88 years ago. It is remarkable that this place stays in business, but between the locals and the trap of a road- trip web search bringing curious travelers in for an expensive lunch (relatively speaking) must keep them going.
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