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Ritzy Lunch

465 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, WV - (304) 622-3600
Posted By Andrew Hammack on 6/22/2009 7:12:00 PM
On Mr. Stern's recommendation, I visited Ritzy Lunch in Clarksburg. The service was not quick, as it took more then ten minutes to get my order. Both of the employees offered apologies for the delay.

I had two dogs, fries, and a drink. The fries were decent. The dogs were great. The first dog was topped with chili, which at first I thought was canned. The chili, canned or not, was good. It had a touch of heat that did not come from a can, in my opinion. Very, very good hot dog. The second dog was the same as the first with the addition of slaw. It was also a tasty dog, but not quite as good as the slaw-less chili dog.

As I recall Mr. Stern noting, the Ritzy is not really ritzy. It would be easy to drive by without noticing, but I recommend looking for it. My only caveat is that the restaurant is a smoking restaurant, with ashtrays on every table. In Virginia I'm pretty sure they would shoot you for doing that, but apparently West Virginia lets it slide. That aside, the Ritzy gets a definite thumbs up from me.

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The sweetness of the slaw blends well with the spice of the chili.  The fries were piping hot and tasty.
"The sweetness of the slaw blends well with the spice of the chili. The fries were piping hot and tasty."
Jeff Pelurie





Giovanni burgers can be found on menus around Clarksburg.  As good as the other ingredients are, what makes this burger special is the excellent garlic toast.
"Giovanni burgers can be found on menus around Clarksburg. As good as the other ingredients are, what makes this burger special is the excellent garlic toast."
Cliff Strutz


A close view of a Ritzy dog gives a good idea of the flavor harmony that defines it. Not visible in this photo, but essential to the taste, is a line of yellow mustard.
"A close view of a Ritzy dog gives a good idea of the flavor harmony that defines it. Not visible in this photo, but essential to the taste, is a line of yellow mustard."
Michael Stern


The slaw is cool and sweet, the chili is hot and spicy, the dog is juicy, the bun is soft:  a wonderful weenie!
"The slaw is cool and sweet, the chili is hot and spicy, the dog is juicy, the bun is soft: a wonderful weenie!"
Michael Stern


While one is by no means a whole meal, even a plateful of these dogs is a bargain. Cost? $1 each.
"While one is by no means a whole meal, even a plateful of these dogs is a bargain. Cost? $1 each."
Michael Stern


The
"The "Giovanni" hamburger and chili dogs are oh-so-delicious and reasonably priced."
Richard


As ritzy and authentic as the interior.
"As ritzy and authentic as the interior."
Richard


At about 1pm, Ritzy was still pretty crowded with dog eaters. A vast majority of the clientele are of the male gender.
"At about 1pm, Ritzy was still pretty crowded with dog eaters. A vast majority of the clientele are of the male gender."
Michael Stern


The wooden booths on the left are original, going back to the days a hot dog sold for seven cents
"The wooden booths on the left are original, going back to the days a hot dog sold for seven cents"
Michael Stern


Not really so ritzy, but home of truly regal hot dogs
"Not really so ritzy, but home of truly regal hot dogs"
Michael Stern


This pristine Ritzy hot dog wrapper is just the right size to hold a bunned dog loaded with chili and slaw.
"This pristine Ritzy hot dog wrapper is just the right size to hold a bunned dog loaded with chili and slaw."
Michael Stern


Ritzy has been a Clarksburg hot dog destination for over seventy years.
"Ritzy has been a Clarksburg hot dog destination for over seventy years."
Michael Stern



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