Know what you are coming here for. The locals do.
Long before I became a vegetarian, I grew up in Anderson, SC -- the home of Skin's.
I remember fondly trips down hwy 29 to get a brown paper bag of hot dogs with coke in bottles. Huddled around the counter were people from varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds -- lawyers in suits were enjoying hotdogs next to the folks from the neighborhood.
So when Skins came to Greenville, I was excited, even though they didn't have coke in the bottle any more.
It was a convenient 12 minute drive from my workplace, my meal took 5 minutes, and I'd get back having only taken a short lunch.
Other reviewers have focused on lack of variety, expensive drinks, the simplicity of the hot dog offering.
You should expect this: Skins serves hotdogs. The hotdogs "all the way" have chili on them. Plain means no chili. I guess you can order cheese, but I don't understand why. It probably is served in a little cup for you to put on top. Condiments like mustard, hot sauce, and catsup are at the table.
This is a no tipping zone. It means if you come regularly, they know your order and have it ready by the time you sit down. They put it in front of you, and your responsibilities include: eating it, paying the bill at the register. Thankfully, they take credit card now.
The reason why I was addicted to it was this:
the simplicity of their offering.
They make the finest hotdogs in the south. People come there just to buy a bags of 10+ hotdogs for them, their family, or their friends. They are the Krispy Kreme of hotdogs. You don't go to Krispy Kreme to get cheesecake, a steak dinner, and oh- by the way- some donuts. Krispy Kreme is donuts.
Skins is hotdogs. When you place your order, blam! there they are in the kitchen assembling it. You can watch them. The hot dog buns are out of this world good -- steamed, and they have a corner on the market of a particular kind of chili which, granted, is not for everyone, but which I love. The hot dogs themselves are great.
I don't like $1.25 soft drinks to go with my hot dogs, so I used to get tap water and no chips -- again, I didn't care what else Skins served -- that was incidental.
I'd get two all the way with a cup of tap water and douse them both in hot sauce. If I was feeling like celebrating, I'd get a cup of slaw to go with it.
So: know what you're going for -- hotdogs and just hotdogs, way better and quicker than you can make at home.
For example: the best birthday party I can imagine had Skins hotdogs catered -- a fridge full of them. Cold? Heck yes. Do you know how long it would have taken the birthday host to make all of those hotdogs? But Skins has focus, drive, and passion and knows their subject matter.
Delicious with beer [not served at the restaurant or catered]. Just sayin'.
If you like hot dogs and you're not looking for any frills, just the best hot dogs, go to Skins.
Excellent atmosphere because I love simple, to the point, direct service where I know my meal costs are not going to buy fancy lamps and tables.
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