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May 2, 2014 12:23 PM

Walter's Hot Dogs in Larchmont (Westchester Co.) has reopened!

The landmark hot dog stand (since 1919, 1928 at this location) was closed for longer than expected for some renovations. Looks like they are back in full swing today.

Here is the story from the LoHud website:

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  1. So they are back to serving their boring, flavorless hot dogs...

    Oh, and it's Walter's.

    6 Replies
    1. re: JMF

      I know, right? Cute building, but food-wise I never understood the appeal. I'd much rather have Nathan's.

        1. re: MRS

          Their hot dogs are not the best, but not the worst either. It's nice to sit outside and enjoy their hot dogs. A good way to spend a lunch hour.

      1. re: JMF

        I completely disagree. Love me some Walters! Love that they are light and not heavy. Such a unique taste to their dogs. And love their potato puffs and special mustard!

        1. re: chloe4ever

          Yes, there are lots of people who like bland food.

          1. re: JMF

            Hope you are talking about yourself. No need for you to be rude.

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        1. If I was being executed and was asked what I wanted for my last meal (fast food category) it would be a Walter's hot dog, no make that four Walter's Hot Dogs mustard only! I used to drive from Stamford (1/2 hour) to get them. when they opened up a location in Norwalk when I first moved there I was thrilled but it never caught on.and closed quickly. It lacked the charm of the Larchmont location and Norwalk had one iconic Ct hot dog joint already, Swaky Franks. It was a garish,fast foodsie, Formica tabled strip mall joint although the hot dogs were just as good. For you Walter's haters I'll try to be kind because it the Sabbath. Please get off Chowhound until you get a taste bud transplant because your's are dead! Maybe the critics are New Yorkers and like those too garlicky, over smokey kosher style dogs like Nathans, Sabrettes & Hebrew National. They are disparagingly called "bologna hot dogs" by us true aficionados. Walter's dogs are subtlety delicioso! So go say three Hail Mary's, get up early tomorrow, brush your teeth to cleanse your palate and get in line early in front of that wonderful pagoda.You'll see what I'm talking about.

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          1. re: zackly

            Blah, blah, blah, boring... It's the walters dogs that are baloney. "subtle" = boring.

            1. re: JMF

              What's your idea of a better hot dog joint around Westchester? I'll make a pilgrimage and taste them objectively and if you are correct I'll post my apologies here and give you all props. I'm talking blue collar places (not some haute charcuterie, one off joint) like Nathan's or Papaya King.Bring it on, JMF!

          2. I got the patina, never quite understood the pagoda, and I don't understand
            the allure of hotdogs that taste like rolled up tepid baloney. Hope that they're not terribly overpriced now too after the remodel.

            1. As one of the hoards and hoards of hungry aficionados that continue to line up for what seems like an eternity on those summer days just to get at a Walter’s hot dog, I say to you, of ruptured taste buds, are all of these people misguided? Could they be wrong or should we say that it is only an astute Sound Shore dog lover that has the taste sensibility to recognize the delight of culinary pleasure from a hot dog which has a very unique light delicious taste, rather than a bombastic mouth explosive, stomach churning dog from elsewhere. How tragic it is for those of you that have lost that delicate taste sensitivity to reach for the heights and appreciate so divine a dog as Walter’s will provide. How sad!

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              1. re: Sonnyno

                Bravo! Well said!! They must be heavy cigarette smokers, whiskey drinkers or maybe even carnival fire eaters to miss the subtle deliciousness of a Walter's hot dog. Today would be a great day to sit in your car under those budding trees while enjoying a few. As Ernie Banks, baseball Hall of Famer says, "it's a beautiful day lets play two". I say "it's a beautiful day, lets eat four".I am not a fan of their French fries however. I don't like the shoestring 1/4" cut. Not since Micky d's stopped frying in animal fat have I liked shoestrings. And the challenge I offered to JMF, I extend that to all Walter's me something better in Westchester and I'll bow down to you.

                1. re: zackly

                  Okay, I'll put a dog or two in this fight:

                  The "New" Nathans in Yonkers: Not always consistent, but always a more savory, snappier, juicier dog than Walter's.

                  Dobb's Dawg House: My family loves this place. The "Old School" is great, especially deep fried (a la Rutt's Hut).

                  Lubin's and Links: One of two Tarrytown dog places with some nice homemade toppings.

                  Village Dog: Pricey, but worth a try.

                  Five Guys: Even the Five Guys dog is better. Great choice of toppings on a big, tasty dog.

                  As for your claim that our tastebuds have been corrupted by drinking and smoking, let me add that my then-two-year-old son tried Walter's fourteen years ago. It was his first hot dog. He had a small bite, refused a second, and ate the french fries instead. I can assure you that his intake of whiskey and cigars was quite limited at that age. ;)

                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                    Let me take them on one @ a time:
                    Nathan's-way too much garlic & smoke. I've been to many Nathans. In fact all Kosher style hot dogs are lousy because dietary laws don't allow pork and Please note: Rule 1- A GOOD HOT DOG MUST HAVE PORK IN IT!
                    Dobb's Dogs-never been but using Boars Head all beef well, see rule 1
                    Now BH Beef & Pork NATURAL CASING is one fine dog!
                    That also eliminates Lubin's,.
                    Now Village Dog looks interesting but that's more along the lines of specialty chacuterie and not being blue collar, ($6.00 for a hd!).
                    Five Guys hot dogs just suck, pardon my French.
                    There you go, I guess I don't need to gas up my car.

                    1. re: zackly

                      I disagree that the addition of pork makes a better dog.

                      I also wouldn't dismiss the food of any place I haven't tried myself. It seems like a bit of a cop-out. Try one and then respond honestly.

                      Okay, these places may not have a tree-covered lot next door as a dining room, but that's not what I look for in a hot dog.

                      1. re: foodiemom10583

                        Because I want to maintaIN MY ANONYMITY ON THIS SITE YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD THAT i AM A GOURMAND OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER WITH MY PARTICULAR FIELD OF EXPERTISE BEING HOT DOGS. TRUST ME I KNOW HOT DOGS AND AS A GUY WHO TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY FOR (THE FOOD) BUSINESS I ALWAYS SOUGH OUT LOCAL HOT DOG MECCAS ALL OVER AMERICA LIKE RUTTS,YACCO'S IN Allentown, THE VARSITY (SIMPLY AWFUL) PINKS AND OTHERS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION IN CHICAGO ,WISCONSIN AND THE MIDWEST IN GENERAL.Sorry, just looked up and saw cap lock was on. I'm not yelling @ you just preaching the Gospel. None can compare with Walter's and I'll give you there might be a bit of alchemy involved that adds to the Walter's experience their hot dogs are second to none in America!

                        1. re: zackly

                          I've done much the same as you for both hot dogs and hamburgers. I still think Walter's is overrated.

                          It's great that we in Westchester have at least one place about which people are so passionate, let alone two or more. G-d bless America.

                          1. re: foodiemom10583

                            Then let's agree to disagree although you are so wrong about Walter's.............

                            1. re: zackly

                              Yes, even though you are wrong about Walter's, let's agree to disagree. :)

                            2. re: foodiemom10583

                              All kidding aside there are two camps of hot dog lovers in NYC Metro area. Mild (you might say bland) and spicy-all beef ( I would say too much garlic & smoke). Most of the great CT (the hot dog state according to many) emporiums use the milder beef & pork natural casing hot dog. from Hummel Brothers out of New Haven. I used to prefer kosher style dogs but now I've done a 180. Sure, I'll have a dirty water Sabrett in the city or a Nathan's on the NJ Turnpike but I'll take a Walter's over either of them any day.

                              1. re: zackly

                                Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.

                                I grew up in Brooklyn, about 10 minutes from Coney Island. We had Nathan's about a dozen times a year. We ate Hebrew Nationals from the kosher corner deli probably once a month. Since childhood, I crave the smoke and garlic taste found in that type of dog. Nothing tastes more like summer to me than a really hot Nathan's dog with mustard and sauerkraut.

                                We are in Maine a lot and the hot dogs there are scary: They are dyed pistachio-red and taste like extra-sweet bologna. To each their own.

                                1. re: foodiemom10583

                                  I've ate my share of weird wieners too especially in the South. All in the name of science! Hot dogs are not popular down South which is why the locals love The Varsity in Atlanta. Big fish small pond. We have better hot dogs in twenty four hour gas station convenience stores up here that have been spinning on that roller grill for twenty three hours.Sadly, due to health issues, I can no longer indulge in my passion, eating hot dogs. So talking about them is the next best thing.Ialways wondered why McDonald's Burger King Wendy's don't offer hot hogs. They are far easier to prepare, hold up better and are cheaper than hamburgers. I was told it's because hot dogs are more of a regional thing & didn't test well when McDonald's tried them in the South.

                                  1. re: zackly

                                    Oh no! I'm so sorry. Feel free to pledge your allegiance to Walter's any time you like. Hope you are able to have some again soon.

                  2. re: Sonnyno

                    Actually, I've heard of Walters but never had one. But by the logic you are using,then Pizza Hut must be the best pizza on the planet.