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Dick's Hotdog Stand, Wilson, North Carolina

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

1500 Nash St N Wilson, NC 27893 (252) 243-6313

Until recently, I have only known Wilson, North Carolina to be the home of several outstanding Q houses. Now, I know that it's also the hometown of a world class hotdog stand. Dick's Hotdog Stand founded in 1921 by Socrates "Dick" Gliarmis is on the corner of Nash & Pearson Street in Wilson. Dick's is a Wilson institution, but it's also a museum of sorts. Inside, the walls are covered with photos of all the famous swells, celebrities and corkers that have visited Dick's over the years. Celebrities include Stan Musial, Ava Gardner, President Jimmy Carter, Steve Young, Harris Barton, Jerry Rice, Coach Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, Bob Uecker, Jim Lampley, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster and Burt Reynolds. The photo collection is impressive, but for me, the real stars @ Dick's are the top quality hotdogs; you won't find any nuclear red dogs here. Their dogs are grilled and the buns are steamed. I had three dogs with a side of onion rings. My dogs were topped with mustard, onions and Dick's homemade chili. The dogs were simply outstanding! And my lightly fried rings with their great sweet taste were equally outstanding and also very addictive. The hot-dogs were so outstanding in fact, that they will easily find a spot in my top ten best hot-dogs of the American Realm. The homemade chili that tops those dogs is so good that the Campbell Soup Company tried to buy the recipe without success. Enjoy!

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