HUNTINGTON - There are many places to get a hot dog in town, and the Midway Drive-In boasts of an impressive history. Established in 1939, the small restaurant has been serving up hot dogs and hamburgers for decades. The restaurant closed in 2006 before being renovated and reopened in 2008 by new co-owners Bill Ghiz and Cory Hutchinson. In 2015, the restaurant got some national attention as Huntington native Katie Lee hosted a segment of Food Network's "Guilty Pleasures" about their famous hot dogs.
"We have found really good success here over the past nine years," Hutchinson said. "We wouldn't be here today without our customers. We have the best customers in the world. They are very loyal, very supportive."
Hutchinson also complimented the staff.
"We have the best staff any two owners could ask for," he said. "We have several guys here who started here nine years ago. We have some people who worked at the old Midway Drive-In. We have some people who have been here longer than 30 years."
The restaurant's hot dog sauce is a closely guarded secret. A dog topped with sauce, mustard and onions sells for $1.60 (slaw is an extra 29 cents). Groups can order a six-pack of dogs for $8.99, and there is a special with a dozen dogs and a gallon of root beer for $19.99.
"Our sauce is made from scratch," Hutchinson said. "Only one person makes the sauce here, so it's consistent every time. We also make our slaw from scratch. It's a secret recipe, also. Our slaw is creamy, sweet and tart. It just compliments the hot dog perfectly. It's an awesome hot dog." The store sells its famous hot dog sauce by the pint and quart. There are even West Virginia Hot Dog T-shirts at the Drive-In.
While little has changed about the drive-in over the years, the current owners have added some additions to the menu. There's a Mushroom Burger ($3.79), a Smoked Pork BBQ ($3.99.) and a Hot Bologna Sandwich ($3.29.)
"I think we have the best burger in town," Hutchinson said. "They're fresh ground and pattied every single day. We use the freshest meat, and we grill them to order. We make both our beef and pork barbecue from scratch. We slow cook it with our own special seasonings. We serve it on a bun with coleslaw."
The Smoked Pork BBQ is something new that the co-owners brought to the restaurant.
"We smoke that meat for 12 hours and put a homemade barbecue sauce on it. It's more of a Kansas City-style barbecue," he said.
In summertime the Midway Drive-In is also well known as a ice cream destination. There's an assortment of milkshake flavors such as chocolate, black raspberry and peanut butter. A regular milkshake sells for $2.80 and a large for $5.29. There are also sundaes ($2.80-$4.99) and root beer floats ($2.80 regular, $3.99 large).
The Midway Drive-In is located at 44 West 6th Ave. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant also offers a variety of catering options. For carry-out or catering information, call 304-697-3644.
NAME: Midway Drive-In
TYPE OF FOOD: Hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, ice cream.
ADDRESS: 445 West 6th Ave., Huntington.
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sundays