West Virginians, we are often reminded, have a bit of an inferiority complex. As one local business leader told us this week, hillbillies are the only American cultural group that anyone can legitimately make fun of. So it was refreshing to visit Hillbilly Hotdogs today. The side-of-the-road stand embraces hillbilly stereotypes with tongue firmly in cheek. There’s mounds of junk out front: old telephones, rickety chairs, rusty pots and pans — and one of those big painted boards you can stand behind and put your face in the cut-out. The character: Big Bubba.
Opened in 1999, Hillbilly is a series of trailers and old school buses converted into, um, unique seating areas. The most famous item on the menu is the 3-1/2 pound “homewrecker” dog — that’s what brought Guy Fieri to the joint. But you can also get regular-size dogs (pretty good) onion rings (very good) and milkshakes (damn respectable in the Dairy Queen tradition).
A few photos from our visit: