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Walter's In Mamaroneck Ranks Among DVlicious Contenders

Courtney, left, and Kariana, right, two of the servers at Walter's Hot Dogs in Mamaroneck. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
A hot dog feast at Walter's in Mamaroneck. Photo Credit: Facebook
The classic dog at Walter's Hot Dogs in Mamaroneck. Photo Credit: Facebook
Walter's Hot Dogs is a designated historic landmark in Mamaroneck. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Walter's has been in business since 1919. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
The outdoor picnic area at Walter's. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The classic hot dog, in all its bronzed, charred perfection, holds a special place in the hearts – and stomachs -- of most Americans, especially come summer. July, in fact, is National Hot Dog Month, thanks to the designation by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. 

Who Has Westchester's Best Hot Dogs?
Final Results Voting Closed

Who Has Westchester's Best Hot Dogs?

  • Dobbs Dawg House, Dobbs Ferry
  • Lubins-N-Links, Tarrytown
  • Three Dog Bite, Croton-on-Hudson
  • Walter's, Mamaroneck

So where’s the best place to slather on the toppings and indulge in the perfect weiner? Daily Voice readers picked four nominees for our DVlicious “Best in Westchester County,” contest, each of which is being profiled this week.

Read below for what makes each nominee a “top dog,” then let your fingers do the clicking. Keep in mind you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day. Voting ends 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Walter's Hot Dog Stand, 937 Palmer Ave, Mamaroneck

Frank Talk: This Westchester institution, known as much for its Chinese-looking pagoda stand as it is for its hot dogs, churns out a blend of beef, pork and veal that dates back to a family recipe created by Founder Walter Warrington in 1919. 

In its current location since 1928 and still run by the family, Walter's dogs are split down the middle and grilled in a secret sauce until they're golden brown and the buns are toasted to a crisp. They are then slathered in Walter's mustard. 

"The Walter's hot dog is not like any other hot dog as most of them are all beef, and boiled or grilled whole, and covered with toppings," explained Katharine Warrington Woodward, the owner's granddaughter and the Event and PR Manager. "Ours taste great on their own and don't need anything but mustard as the hot dog flavor is so delicious and unique."

Top This: Don't ask for sauerkraut, onions or chili. "Ninety-seven years without them and going strong!" stressed Warrington Woodward. "We never say the 's"' word." Instead, the place is famous for its house made Walter's mustard, a brown mustard with a hint of relish. Other options include plain brown mustard, or ketchup.

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