Walters re visit

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2009/02/19 09:32:26 (permalink)

Walters re visit

A while ago I had made several enemies by putting a post saying that Walters Hot Dog Stand was terrible.  Well I just went back in all fairness to try it once again.  Based on the fact that after 3 singles with mustard I would have to say I retract my earlier opinion and agree that this place does have a certain charm and taste to it.   I do give it a well deserved thumbs up and humbly say sorry.
 
The only thing I don't remember is I thought they had coals they cooked over but I all I saw was a grill with no coals around.  Does anyone know if they have changed the cooking fixtures or maybe I am confusing this place with another place.
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    John Fox
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    Re:Walters re visit 2009/02/19 15:56:38 (permalink)
    I was to Walter's once about 6 or 7 years ago. The dogs were prepared on a griddle that is sprayed with some mystery substance (Pam?). I believe the dogs are still prepared the same way. Walter's has quite a reputation, but in my opinion is overrated.

    The dogs are made by Boars Head, but are a mix of beef, pork, and veal. Very mild, bordering on bland. The dogs are small, and from what I remember skinless. They are split open and grilled on both sides. Left on the griddle for a sufficient time and prepared fairly well, but the dogs are too mild. They have a unique mustard that you buy from them. It has tiny pieces of relish in it. Pretty good. The dogs aren't bad, but not worth going out of your way for.
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    Re:Walters re visit 2009/02/19 16:14:14 (permalink)
    Walter's in Mamaroneck?
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    Re:Walters re visit 2009/02/20 05:50:00 (permalink)
    Yes.
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    Re:Walters re visit 2009/02/20 08:16:18 (permalink)
    I was born & lived most of my life in Westchester County, where Walter's is located. Somewhere in the early '80s, a group of us visited the place. The pagoda & the relish are interesting, but I have to agree with John Fox about the dog itself. I also found it bland & underseasoned. Bottom line...I lived in Westchester another 20+ years and never felt the urge to return.
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/05/07 09:21:29 (permalink)
    This place has been closed for a remodel, and has just recently reopened. It has also stirred up quite a hornet's nest on Chowhounds. That tread makes most of the exchanges here seem very civilized.
     
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974367
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/05/08 22:58:56 (permalink)
    Walter's rules. They grill their dogs in butter I think. The dogs are a combination of veal and pork. I love them! I think they have a great flavor to them. I love their mustard as well. It's a far trip for me, so when I go up I buy 30 or 40 dogs at a time.
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/05/09 09:00:42 (permalink)
    And how long do they last?
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/05/19 20:31:03 (permalink)
    30 or 40 dogs? Usually will last 2 days.. when we had 3 people in our house. They come home on a Saturday and some get eaten in the car on the way back, when they get home there may be 30 or so left.
     
    Now that my Mom and her Husband moved to Hawaii I don't order as many. But last year I sent them 10 or 15 by USPS Priority Mail with some Mustard. My Mom's Husband is originally from Mamaroneck and his Aunt used to date Walter.
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/10/21 15:20:06 (permalink)
    It's more than the food, it's the rommance of a bygone era, incredible craftsmanship in the building itself. Fanciful, international architecture and one-of-a-kind craftsman houses are a true motif of the area. Truly the buildings and architecture are gems in and of themselves.
     
    And how good does a hot dog get anyway? The thing is Walters is perfectly in historic context of an "aspiring middle class" that could suddenly afford new accomodations in these suburbs and walking was much more the style back then and traffic by there was slower, people promenading in the parks, an inexpensive meal in the middle of a stoll was the perfect thing for the times.
     
    The product I hope maintains it's quality with it's thicker-skin sausages and that awesome mustard and kraut. That is absolutely nothing if not authentic.
     
    The neat thing about Mamaroneck is it hasn't been ghettoized or even gentrified, it still offers more of less the same housing options kept in good repair and as such could well last another hundred years.
     
    What you need is a suit and a decent pair of shoes and a neck tie and a hat (fedora preferred), a topcoat, scarf and gloves and you need to "escourt" a young lady for a stroll and to interlude by Walters for a tasty snack so you really feel that "young, energetic man of prospects" feeling. It's not that youth today don't have energy, it's the prospects part I worry about. And the fact that a slouchy appearence just adds no dignity to any event.
     
    I guess that's what I recommend about Walters: let it be a time-transport machine. That's not a facade, that is the real thing in nearly perfect context.
     
    If your date carries a parasol you are right on target. And you might want to learn how to tie a bow tie. It's a real pain to learn too.
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/10/21 20:50:04 (permalink)
    Have a drink, babe. Then tell me about the hotdogs...not the parasols and bow ties..
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/10/22 13:26:07 (permalink)
    I have been going to Walters since 1950.  The dogs are split then cooked in butter on a grill not over coals.   The mustard is their own recipe and I think the dogs are made to their recipe and yes they are a bit on the bland side especially to those more used to spicier dogs . . . but not to those who grew up with Walters.  They're perfectly suited to show off the mustard. To those critical of Walters -- and even perhaps insightful in their criticism --  I say that reason and critical appreciation do not apply.  For those of us who were children in the Westchester County of the 1940s and 1950s, Walters is part of our childhood.  I've a cousin who has lived in Germany where if they know anything they know wursts and dogs of all kinds.  She's lived there for over 40 years and whenever she's home she heads to Walters.  'There's nothin' better and it should never change,' she says.  So to anyone critical of Walters I say this: you're wrong because you're wrong because you're wrong and now I'm putting my fingers in my ears and not listening to anything else you have to say. So there.
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/10/22 13:35:27 (permalink)
    Come on, how is this spam??!!??  This dude is on a nostalgia trip, it's well written and a fun read.  Sure myself and others think it might be over the top.  But it's what makes this a great site to be a part of!!!!
     
    OzdogsOfPhoenix
    It's more than the food, it's the rommance of a bygone era, incredible craftsmanship in the building itself. Fanciful, international architecture and one-of-a-kind craftsman houses are a true motif of the area. Truly the buildings and architecture are gems in and of themselves.
     
    And how good does a hot dog get anyway? The thing is Walters is perfectly in historic context of an "aspiring middle class" that could suddenly afford new accomodations in these suburbs and walking was much more the style back then and traffic by there was slower, people promenading in the parks, an inexpensive meal in the middle of a stoll was the perfect thing for the times.
     
    The product I hope maintains it's quality with it's thicker-skin sausages and that awesome mustard and kraut. That is absolutely nothing if not authentic.
     
    The neat thing about Mamaroneck is it hasn't been ghettoized or even gentrified, it still offers more of less the same housing options kept in good repair and as such could well last another hundred years.
     
    What you need is a suit and a decent pair of shoes and a neck tie and a hat (fedora preferred), a topcoat, scarf and gloves and you need to "escourt" a young lady for a stroll and to interlude by Walters for a tasty snack so you really feel that "young, energetic man of prospects" feeling. It's not that youth today don't have energy, it's the prospects part I worry about. And the fact that a slouchy appearence just adds no dignity to any event.
     
    I guess that's what I recommend about Walters: let it be a time-transport machine. That's not a facade, that is the real thing in nearly perfect context.
     
    If your date carries a parasol you are right on target. And you might want to learn how to tie a bow tie. It's a real pain to learn too.




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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/10/22 14:20:55 (permalink)
    I visit Roadfood every day, very seldom miss, usually twice, sometimes more.  I like it!  But I only sign in when I think I can contribute something worthwhile.  I signed in for this.
     
    That comment is spam?  I like what I've been hearing from OzdogOfPhoenix, and I like it fine.  This post is no exception, in fact it is littered with good sense.  
     
    And I like his style too.  A "...young, energetic man of prospects...," does conjure up things from another time, lot of stuff to talk about there.  Maybe like when we saw ourselves as a place of hustle and bustle, instead of in a malaise.
     
    I hope to hear more from him, and I like his website too.  If his posts are spam, then any other restaurant owners must scat!
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    Re:Walters re visit 2014/10/22 15:48:55 (permalink)
    cribari
     For those of us who were children in the Westchester County of the 1940s and 1950s, Walters is part of our childhood. 

    Not all of us....some of us were hanging out at Adventurer's Inn on Central Avenue!
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