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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.

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    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.

      2. 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 critics..show 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). http://dobbsdawghouse.com/

                Lubin's and Links: One of two Tarrytown dog places with some nice homemade toppings. http://www.lubinsandlinks.com/

                Village Dog: Pricey, but worth a try. http://www.villagedogtarrytown.com/

                Five Guys: Even the Five Guys dog is better. Great choice of toppings on a big, tasty dog. http://www.fiveguys.com/

                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.

                3. Wow. I put this up for informational purposes and never imagined I'd get so many heated responses.

                  Walter's dogs have a milder flavor than others, which may not be to everyone's taste. But since they have been around for 95 years, there are obviously many people that do like them.

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                  1. re: iluvcookies

                    I think nostalgia has a lot to do with it. I dare say that the crowds would be even bigger if the dogs were better.

                    1. re: iluvcookies

                      You're on Chowhound - everyone has an opinion. Its like asking about the best bagel or the best pizza - everyone has their own version.

                    2. I've said it often...some people like chocolate and some people like vanilla. Period. Some people who like chocolate hate vanilla. Doesn't make the people who like vanilla "wrong" -- it simply means people have different tastes, likes, dislikes, etc. It doesn't mean someone if wrong.

                      Come on now -- I know Walter's. Just because I don't like or appreciate the "type" or "style" of dog, doesn't mean my opinion is BS, or that it doesn't count, or anything of the like. Even if it is not the type of style -- even if I just don't like the dog, it doesn't make me wrong. My tastes, taste-buds, likes, etc., are different than yours. That's all.

                      If you want to take note of that and never want to hear my opinion -- because you feel you won't ever like anything I like, so be it. That's fine.

                      But let's not attack others' opinions, what they like, and so on. Take what you like and leave the rest.

                      That's just my opinion.

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                      1. re: ELA

                        Hot dogs- Walter's is decent, fun but over-rated. If you were eating the hot dog from an anonymous cart you wouldn't remember it 5 seconds after you ate it. (Oh, and vanilla isn't a flavor-it is the absence of a flavor. Vanilla ice cream is ice cream that has the chocolate left out of it).

                      2. When I first moved to this part of Westchester County ten years ago, of course I started asking around for good food. Walter's was the first place that was mentioned, and more than once. So I tried it. I wasn't overwhelmed but I was thinking, a hot dog is a hot dog. I asked my son-in-law about it, the guy knew food, and he said he went with his dad over 35 years ago. So many people said something similar. Nostalgia is a big draw for Walter's. Families have been going forever. I very much like that about it.

                        1. Face it , New Yorkers,for the most part grow up and are used to kosher style hot dogs like nathan's and sabretts,so that is the "preferred" type. What Walter's has going for it is tradition/nostalgia and a unique building- which does not travel well btw- which is why (i think) their other stores failed years ago. Walter's is good for a change of pace , and even their mustard only seems to "work" on their own hotdogs. Would definitely miss them if they were gone- but then again , I still miss cooks

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                          1. re: 51rich

                            I miss Cook's too.. I grew up in their Darien store. Those hot dogs really snapped and I loved the condiment bar. I still held the highest score on the Subway pinball machine when they closed. My life's greatest achievement!

                            1. re: zackly

                              *g* somewheres I have some photos of the cooks bldg. taken a few days before it was torn down- wasn't cooks by then but the bldg. was still the same

                          2. ok...I am not a hot dog expert by any means...grew up eating them WHEN i would eat a hot dog either Hebrew National or Nathan's ( old Nathan's...really the best!!) That said, I think my issue with Walter's hot dogs is that, whenever I might try one, the taste was oddly/weirdly sweet to me. Not savory as would expect a hot dog to be. I think it's SO much fun to go to Walter's and they have spuds and things that I like to pick at, but there is something about the actual hot dog there that is not appealing to me. Too sweet, for lack of a better word.

                            1. OMG, I just read on another thread 'Best Hot Dogs In Westchester" that Boar's Head now makes their hot dogs. I've been droning on about how great they are but I may be judging them on their previous suppliers product which was not BH. It was a company whose name ended with "Wood" I think, like Ridgewood or somethanking like. I remember dumpster diving there and they were eleven to a pound. Have they changed much over the years? I might not know what I'm talking about, certainly not a first for me.

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                              1. re: zackly

                                boars head has always made their hotdogs- that has not changed,it is supposedly made to their own recipe.At least that is what I was told- quite a few years ago, so i don't think it has changed

                                1. re: 51rich

                                  Maybe it was a Boars Head manufactured product but in a different, proprietary brand but when I did my dumpster dive in mid to late 1980's the box was not Boar's Head and the truck wasn't either but he could have been a jobber who brought him all his meat?.. I worked for Sysco @ the time and dumpster diving diving was a common practice to see whose products they were using. I do remember they were 11 to the pound.

                              2. I cannot wait to get my first hot dog of the season from Walter's! I love them. However, my husband does not.. to each their own....

                                1. Had to go,as it was a beautiful day,and i do like them occasionally. Now using a # system for order/pickup. Was #193. The first window (used to order fries there),is now the order window. You receive a # on your receipt,the last windows still the pickup window, the middle is kept closed-right in front of the grill, also they have a/c or at least some sort of circulated air to keep the interior cooler for the employees.Lines still ridiculously long, but it did seem to move quicker.Otherwise no changes- I think even the price held steady