MILTON -- One of the most venerable hot dog stands in the Tri-State, the first Farley's Famous Hotdogs opened as a Stewart's Hotdogs stand in 1968.
This was followed by additional locations in Milton, which opened in 1986, and Hurricane in 1990. The drive-ins eventually split from the Stewart's franchise about a decade ago.
Today, the three Farley's locations are a family operation. Harry "Buck" Farley co-owns the franchise and runs the Hurricane location. His mother, Phyllis Farley Ferrell, runs the Milton hot dog stand, while his son, Spencer Farley, runs the Barboursville location with his siblings Ryan and Morgan.
"My grandfather built the original building in Barboursville with only the help of one electrician," Buck Farley said. "We built the Milton drive-in after we purchased the land next to Wayne's Heating and Cooling. The airplane next door is a historic landmark which is a park of sorts the city set up for children. I don't know the whole history of it but it makes our location pretty easy to see."
The restaurant has used the same recipes for 40 years.
"Everything is homemade," Farley said. "The coleslaw is homemade. The onions are cut up in the back. Our hot dog sauce is made in Hurricane and spread out over the three locations. The chili is made daily. We still use the same recipe for our root beer."
The drive-in's famous hot dogs, topped with sauce, mustard, onions and coleslaw, sell for $1.59 each. Customers also can enjoy a combo featuring two hot dogs, a small fry (or chips) and a small drink for $4.49 ($4.89 for a large drink). Hamburgers are available for $1.89. A double hamburger is available for $2.45. In winter months, 12-ounce cups of chili are sold for $2.79, and 16-ounce cups are $3.50.
There also are daily specials. Hot dogs are available for $1.29 after 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. A six-pack of hot dogs can be purchased before 5 p.m. for $8.29.
"My late grandmother came up with the with the original recipes back in 1969," Farley said. "The hot dog sauce is unique because of the spices. Our sauce is a touch of everything she made over her lifetime. A lot of people confuse sauce with chili. They're two different things. Hot dog sauce is something unique to West Virginia, which is not chili. Our recipe is unique. It has nothing to do with any other drive-in."
Farley's Famous Hotdogs is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Cash and all major credit/debit cards are accepted. Local checks are also accepted.
Customers can call in orders ahead. To place a carry-out order or for catering information, call the Milton location at 304-743-9242.
If you go
NAME: Farley's Famous Hotdogs
TYPE OF FOOD: Hot dogs, Barbecue, Burgers
ADDRESS: 1226 Main St., Milton, WV 25541
PHONE NUMBER: 304-743-9242
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit/debit cards. Local checks only
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday