OK, so it doesn’t look like much from the outside. And the inside is kind of dark. But it’s one of my favorite places to go for a hot dog and fries.
I took my Grandpa here once. We parked in the metered lot across Washington Street. As we stood on the curb facing the restaurant, Grandpa asked “Where are we going” and when I pointed to the time-worn facade, his skepticism shone on his face. But it only took one bite to win him over.
Full of vintage charm, Chris’ is a must-visit place in downtown. They even have one of the old menu boards hanging on the wall. The antique wooden bar is something to see, too.
I got my standard: hot dogs and a small basket of real, not faux, homemade fries. I have never sampled anything else here because I like these selections so much.
We noticed the ketchup was devoid of a label, but it tasted like the good stuff. You can see that a small basket of fries for $2.35 is a generous portion for one. The three in my party shared two baskets among us – it’s part of our dieting plan. You know, we’re cutting back. And it’s tough when the fries are this good.
The hot dogs are just the way I like ‘em: a perfect Utilitarian Dog. Soft, simple bun…small-calibur weiner, and lots of yummy ketchup – just like the first graders eat their dogs. Hot dogs are priced at $1.75 each and run $2.35 if you want cheese on that. (Stanton, I’m interested how you feel about putting cheese on dogs.) You can read what the Hot Dog Experts think of Chris’ by clicking here to see their review on the WV Hot Dog Blog.
The drinks come in a can, but they give you a cup full of ice. Even the ice can’t justify the price at $1.40 per 12 oz. can. Ouch!
At reasonable prices, it’s no wonder this food keeps the locals coming back year after year. Truly a Charleston institution, Chris’ is a solid THREE FORK lunch! Click on the thumbnail below for a full-size view of the menu.
Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm cash only Chris’ Washington Street West Charleston, WV