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Hot dog/Hamburger stands in Westchester

xecuchef Mar 13, 2007 12:09 PM

My family loves to go to Roadside burger places such as Red Rooster(Brewster). I enjoy going in the warmer weather as well but no place that we have found offers up any healthy options. As a treat, I might go for the fried clams and ice cream but on most occasions I prefer to eat well. Does anyone know of a Drive-In sort of place that has a healthier option than the typical bugers and fried foods? Thanks, I hate to give up those fun visits but don't want to add the extra summer pounds!

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  1. chocolate chick RE: xecuchef Mar 13, 2007 01:07 PM

    The Pony Express in Pleasantville has organic hot dogs and "sliders" in addition to regular and sweet potato fries. They offer a couple of salads and 2 types of chilli. The salad I had was topped with "saddle bags" (chicken pieces) and was good. It is worth a stop.

    Also, although not a healthy alternative, Walter's hot dogs in Mamaroneck is a landmark to say the least. They are my favorite hot dogs when we are down county.

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      spa RE: chocolate chick Mar 14, 2007 10:57 AM

      I like Pony Express a lot, but it's not really a drive-in. It's more a park-if-you-can-find-a-place-and-walk-in. But I heard that if you call in advance, they'll run out and bring your order to your car.

    2. JMF RE: xecuchef Mar 14, 2007 08:32 AM

      Walter's hot dogs are an institution, with the pagoda shaped building, but personally I find the dogs unremarkable, bland, and even the "relish mustard" is bland. Their sweet potato nugget things are really weird, mushy, and strange tasting. They make homemade ice cream and shakes/malts which can be good.

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        laylag RE: JMF Mar 14, 2007 09:23 AM

        Yeah - someone who also doesn't "get" the Walter's thing. The hot dogs are Oscar Mayer-ish to me and with only ketchup, mustard and that Walter's mix of the two I really can't understand why people love them.

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          chocolate chick RE: laylag Mar 14, 2007 10:00 AM

          I think it's more nostalgia than anything else. I grew up in southern Westchester and it was a fun treat for the family. I do not claim to be a hot dog connoseur by any means, but desserts on the other hand...

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          addictedtolunch RE: JMF Mar 17, 2007 05:36 AM

          Jumpin' in on the "I don't get Walter's" parade. I think any Nathans stand in a mall makes a better hot dog, and the fries, while ok, are only that. I think the point is that Walter's re-creates one of those roadside stands we remember as a kid where the food was unexpectedly remarkable.

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            Pat Hammond RE: JMF Mar 17, 2007 05:54 AM

            I think it's the "institution" part that keeps folks going back to Walter's. Generations of families swear by it. The first food recommendation I got, after moving to Southern Westchester, was "You've got to go to Walter's!" Like you, I'll have a milkshake, and get a hot dog for my grandchildren.

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              woodkw85 RE: JMF Jan 24, 2008 08:56 AM

              I can't really believe what I am reading. Walter's hot dogs are anything but bland, the mustard is phenomenal, and comparing it to Nathan's is just absurdity. Nathan's holds nothing on this place. They are definitely one of a kind and I could not love any other hot dog the way that I love Walter's. They are cooked on a grill in a special sauce, the curly fries are my favorites, and the milkshakes can't be beat! "The potato nugget things" are buttery and delicious as well, never mushy and no one else has anything like them.

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              MRS RE: xecuchef Mar 14, 2007 01:27 PM

              What about Frank's franks in Rye Brook near the Doral hotel? They have a pretty big menu for a hot dog truck. It's my nephew's favorite "restaurant". I like the chicken sandwich.

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                xecuchef RE: xecuchef Mar 14, 2007 02:53 PM

                Thanks all. I will try Pony Express, never been. I agree with the comments on Walters. I have been many times in my younger days but now I don't really get the hype. The dogs aren't that good.

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                  KarenNYC RE: xecuchef Mar 14, 2007 04:29 PM

                  Where is Frank;s franks? It sounds interesting. I am also not a fan of Walter's personally - we went and waited forever for a hotdog that I could have made myself. On the other hand there is a great place that surves franks and chili in Valhalla - So Dam Hot (it is near the Dam). Their franks are pretty good. There is also a great Dog place in Greenwich but I have forgotten the name - I'll type it later when it comes back to me.

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                    MRS RE: KarenNYC Mar 15, 2007 06:45 PM

                    Frank's Franks is just off of King Street along the road across from the Doral Greens complex. I think it's where Anderson Hill Road meets King Street, actually. I like a lot of things that they serve, not just franks.
                    I am very not into Walter's...I think they taste weird.

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                      misspastina RE: MRS Mar 28, 2009 08:25 PM

                      Nooooooooooooo! Frank's Franks is GONE! I drove out today specifically to go there. He is gone, and a fence is going up. I went to ask at the liquor store up the road and someone there said that the town made him get off the property. He said that the last he heard, Frank was looking for a new location nearby, but nothing definite yet. If anyone knows more, PLEASE let me know!

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                        Nancy C RE: misspastina Mar 29, 2009 06:41 AM

                        Any opinons out there about "The Little Spot" in North White Plains?

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                          rich51 RE: Nancy C Mar 29, 2009 12:05 PM

                          the "idea" of a roadside place is the best part ,there food is only fair, while not a roadside place, i would rather go to so dam hot in valhalla, very close to little spot but very good (tiny) luncheonette

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                    gbeats RE: xecuchef Mar 17, 2007 06:28 AM

                    A great roadside place is Greasy Nicks(Leno's Clam Bar) on Shore Road in New Rochelle. Really good burgers on a kaiser roll with fried onions and do not miss the corn.

                    1. DebitNM RE: xecuchef Mar 17, 2007 04:51 PM

                      I was just wondering if Greasy Nick was still around!! And lo and behold, there it is listed on here! I would hardly call it healthy option,but man, what great burgeres. Haven't been their since 90's but loved it!

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                        hotdoglover RE: xecuchef Mar 18, 2007 10:51 AM

                        I'm from N.J. but have been to Walter's. Overrated in my opinion. The dogs are grilled sufficiently and the mustard is good. A decent snack, but the dogs are fairly mild bordering on bland. Pale in color, they are a special blend of beef, pork, and veal made for Walter's by Boars Head. I like the dogs in Connecticut better. Roscoes, The Glenwood Drive In, Danny's, Mac's Canteen, Super Duper Weenie all make exceptional dogs. The Hudson Valley is good too. World's Best Hot Dogs in Newburgh, Pete's, also in Newburg, and the Cney Island Restaurant in Middletown all make exceptional hot dogs.

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                          xecuchef RE: xecuchef Mar 18, 2007 01:36 PM

                          Thanks for all of the input! luv greasy nicks especially when the butter drips all over your face from the corn on the cob!!! Here I go again, fogetting why I made this post. I guess finding a healthy option at a roadside place is not going to be an easy task. Maybe I'll just save up the calories and just enjoy!

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                            fancyfood RE: xecuchef Mar 21, 2007 11:17 AM

                            There is a new place in yorktown/mohegan lake called Arnolds. Never been there but I looks good!

                            1. Sra. Swanky RE: xecuchef Mar 29, 2009 07:51 AM

                              There's King Kone - right on Route 100 - on the Yorktown/Somers border. It's a cute little place that looks like what the old school Dairy Queens used to be. Not waistline-friendly, but a great place to treat the kids!

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