The kids are out of school, the beach traffic is relentless, and the humidity is reaching shirt-soaking levels in Charleston. It’s summer in the Lowcountry, and sometimes you need to escape the chaos of the heat. There’s almost no other food more associated with summer than the hot dog.
Across North Carolina are a series of family owned hot dog joints in operation for decades. Stretching from the Outer Banks to the Piedmont, these places are serving hot dogs with chili, mustard, onions, and slaw with a side of nostalgia. Hit the road, grab a couple neon red dogs, a Cheerwine, and take in a century of culinary and cultural history. Bring cash — most of these places still run the cash register like they did 50 years ago.Read More