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Ranking of the best tasting hot dogs in Parkersburg-Marietta area in an unofficial taste test of area eateries that serve hot dogs-no retail national chains included-only those eateries personally sampled in July 2006 are listed..
Best Hot Dogs in unofficial random taste test-final score 30-in which three criteria (bun, sauce and frankfurter are scored from 1-10 with ten being the best score). Price per dog as of July 2006-$1.45. Hot dog sauce outperforms all others tasted in balance of taste, texture(right amount of sauce to meat) and flavor. Bonus is that you can take home sauce in pints, quarts or gallons. Restaurant located in Park Shopping Center-truly one of Parkersburg's best kept secrets..
Overall score 29-just a notch below Aunt Judy's due to the bun I received the day of review-a bit too bready. Sauce had substantial meat with spice and the weiner had a good beef flavor. Price for two dogs was $3.18 with tax (July 2006).
Overall score 28-Lost two ratings points as the weiner had no distinctive taste-the bun was steamed (Nickles bread) and the sauce had a good mixture of sauce to meat with some spice. Price 2 for $1.89 with tax.
Overall score 27. Price $1.50 (July 2006). Although the sauce had the right mix of sauce to meat, it lacked spice. The bun which was actually toasted bread folded over was o.k.(it ranked an 8). The weiner had a beef flavor without aftertaste and is grilled. Better than most in the area but not the best.
Overall score 24-Bun was a bit chewy-meat based coney island style sauce and no aftertaste on the weiner. Price in July 2006 was $1 a piece and 2 for $1.90. Good dog but nothing special.
Although the sauce was very good with a nice flavor, what deducted the Redwood's score was the weiner's weird aftertaste-if the restaurant uses a high grade beef weiner, the dog's would be one of the area's best-this is due to the Redwood's flavorful sauce. Overall score is 24 which ties Cone & Shake but ranks lower also due to being a bit more expensive at $1.55 per dog.
Overall score 20. Sauce was meaty-ground up hamburger that lacked any tomato flavor. Weiner was cheap-no beef flavor with a slight aftertaste. Price was $1.25. Overall impression was that the dog was average with nothing distinctive
The good news is that their the cheapest in town-2 for $1.15. The bad news is that they taste like the cheapest in town. The worst sauce ever-very watered down tomato sauce with specks of beef-it tasted like very cheap canned spaghetti sauce or Campbell's bean soup without the beans. The weiner was also cheap without any beef flavor-overall score was a generous 19.