London: Weaver’s Hot Dogs Is a Gem of the Mountains
One of Eastern Kentucky’s iconic restaurants happens to set conveniently near I-75 in London’s lovely downtown. Unlike so many county seat downtowns across the state, London has done a remarkable job maintaining its old strip, and kudos to them for it. Right beside Bob’s Clothing is the unassuming Weaver’s Hot Dogs. Weaver’s was established in 1940 just as America was casting a nervous eye toward the events in Europe that would drag many of the sharpshooting boys from those mountains to faraway places, some never to return.
Growing up just one county over from London, I was aware of Weaver’s, but honestly don’t know that I had ever eaten there before, despite being dragged to Bob’s innumerable times as a child by my mother. Now I wish I had strolled over to Weaver’s instead of hiding in the clothing racks.
I frankly expected a bar stool and counter type setup, but Weaver’s, although casual, is a sit down, full-service restaurant. The walls are covered with framed photos from London’s history, many featuring Weaver’s customers. You can see a photo of everything from early Laurel County majorette squads to visits by Kentucky’s Alben Barkley, US Senator and Vice-President. Service was friendly, even downright bubbly. Weaver’s is the sort of place where you can relax and feel comfortable.
I went with a standard order of their signature chili dogs with a side of onion rings. My wife opted for the Steepleton Burger, a cheeseburger topped with bacon, A-1 sauce, and onion rings.
But Weaver’s is more than a hot dog and burger joint. It has an expansive bar food type menu with home cooking favorites sprinkled in. After we ordered, one of Weaver’s cooks walked by with a tempting order of fried chicken livers.
A southeastern Kentucky speciality is a type of non-spicy chili, often seen on hot dogs, but also eaten in buns without a dog at all, a chili bun. I ordered my chili dogs with everything they had, and that would be my recommendation. The chili dogs were very good, and the onion rings excellent. But I must say I believe my wife hit the jackpot with her Steepleton Burger. It was first rate, well worth stopping for.
We couldn’t have been happier with our visit to Weaver’s, which is really a gem of southeastern Kentucky eating. We will undoubtedly be back. And the next time you’re headed down I-75 don’t give in to the lure of convenient eateries and chains at the London exit, but take a minute to drive down to Main Street for something far better and authentically Kentucky.
Weaver’s Hot Dogs
131 North Main Street
Monday – Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 10 PM
Thursday -Friday: 7:30 AM – Midnight
Saturday: 9 AM – Midnight