Quoted by WV State Folklorist

“As West Virginia writer V.C. McCabe put it, her hometown hot dog stand was a ‘building of memories.’”
Southern Foodways Article by Emily Hilliard, WV State Folklorist


My full answer to her question about why hot dog stands are so beloved in WV was:

“comfort food, nostalgic of family picnics, and are community hubs for the same reason, tradition and good memories. Kids take their kids, etc. For example, until the flood Clendenin DQ provided first hotdogs, first dates, and first jobs for 60 yrs. A building of memories.”

Published by V. C. McCabe

V.C. McCabe is an Appalachian poet and the author of Ophelia (Femme Salvé Books, 2023) and Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019). She has edited for Barren Magazine, the New International Voices series (Ice Floe Press), and Frontier Poetry. Her work appears in ekphrastic exhibits and journals worldwide, including EPOCH, Poet Lore, and Prairie Schooner. Her website is vcmccabe.com.

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