The notable working class history of the WV hotdog - West Virginia Strong

The notable working class history of the WV hotdog

Laura Jackson Roberts used to be a hot dog minimalist, but is now a convert to the pleasures—and historyof the loaded West Virginia Hot Dog, one of the state’s culinary delights. The Mountain State version of a loaded hot dog—which may include chili, onions, mustard, coleslaw and more—speaks to the state’s proud, working class roots, as it may have originated during the Great Depression, she says. 

“The hot dog fit the needs of anyone with a short, standing lunch break, a need for protein to sustain their body through manual labor (like digging for coal) and limited funds. Multiple, inexpensive toppings  created a more filling meal that accommodated a limited budget.” PS: And did you know there is a West Virginia Hot Dog blog? Find it at:

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