Monday, January 2, 2012

Walter's Hot Dog Stand, Mamaroneck, NY

Happy 2012 everyone.  Yes, it's been a long time since I've updated this blog, but I'm back now, thanks to many requests.

Susan, Rob and I took a trip upstate this afternoon after reading about a small hot dog stand called Walter's Hot Dogs in Mamaroneck, NY. This is not to be missed.  It has been called the best hotdog in the world and they aren't kidding.

Here I am enjoying their sweet potato fries which are very different than regular fries. Basically it's a sweet potato fried in a tempura batter, so there is still real potato inside.  Their hotdogs are delicious.  Susan had a Puppy Dog, which is half a hot dog and Rob had a regular size.  They are split and grilled and absolutely delicious. Their fabulous mustard, which uses special ingredients and they make themselves, is out of this world.  

Walter's is a local favorite and when I say favorite I mean it.  When we arrived at 11:30 am, the place wasn't open yet.  We pulled around to park and ran into Kelly  who is engaged to marry Chistine, who is Eugene's daughter, Walter's son.  He opened the place at 11:45 and within 15 minutes, a small line of 15 people formed.  By the time we finished, the place was busy with orders to stay or to go. It is truly a hot dog stand and is open every day, winter, summer, spring or fall with picnic tables on the side you can eat at.

Many of the people we spoke to have been coming here for over 5 years, some over 50.  Many said that it was family tradition.  This stand, very eye catching from its Palmer Street location, was established in 1928.  But it's not the original stand which was on Boston Post Road where business actually started in 1919.  Walter Warrington started off selling apples and apple cider from his own orchard in Quaker Ridge. He moved south of Post Road where he began selling his unique style hotdogs which are a mixture of pork and beef.and are split and grilled.  When the property was condemned, he purchased the Palmer Street location and has been here ever since.  It is now run by Walter's son, Eugene, and there is a picture you can catch from 2001 on their website, which I will include at the bottom in my links section.

  Their house is in back of the stand and can be seen from the parking lot also located in the back of the stand.  It is pictured here on the left. 

Walter's Hot Dog Stand has also been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 2010 and has a sign to prove it. It will be unveiled sometime in the warmer months, but I have a sneak preview which is exclusive to this blog.

The building itself, a pagoda with dragon style hanging lamps, has been declared a National Landmark and listed on the County Inventory of Historic Places as typifying a 1920's roadside stand since 1991.  It has also been mentioned in Road Side Delights and is also featured in Drive I-95 in their 2004 edition.   

Here I am by the plaque
 This fabulous landmark eatery is not to missed.  We ended up buying four more hot dogs to bring home and also sampled their curly fries.  Their hot dogs are one of a kind and the workers are friendly and will answer any and all of your questions without a problem.  This is one place that I highly recommend if you are in the Westchester area.

Here are my usual links

The official site.  Full of wonderful postcards and photos and a wonderful history of the stand.  All in all one great site.

Wikipedia article with lots of links on the bottom.

Here are a few more photos:


  1. Again, I wish I lived in your area, Clyde! This place sounds great! We have a hot dog stand in our area that is 60+ yrs. old...sounds much like this place. Only one is only open from April to September. :( I am sure I would love Walter's!!

  2. OMG I have been going to Walters since I was a kid. I graduated from the High School and everyday at lunch would get a dog and sit on the grass across the street. Its a wonderful place and I'm proud you found our little treasure :)