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Charlie's Pool room

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Charlie's Pool room

John Fox | Aug 16, 2003 11:09 AM

Has anyone been here? A most unique and one of a kind place serving hot dogs that has a sort of cult like following. Located in an old white-shingled house that once served as the local jail. One table to eat at, one pool table, a wooden 1928 cash register, a small room behind it with a barber chair, one frying pan used to cook the dogs, this place has to be seen to be believed. A definite trip back in time. Until his death last year, the 92 year old father of the owners (brothers Joe and John fencz) used to cut hair in the room behind the register. A small operation, they sell between 300-400 hot dogs a week.

What makes these dogs special is the secret Hungarian sauce developed by the grandmother in 1925. I won't eat it because it contains onions, but my wife and the customers here love it. People come from all over the state. Dogs are Kunzler pork and beef from Lancaster Pa. Fried in the pan with some oil until hot and slightly crispy. When I judge a hot dog, I focus on the dog without considering outside factors like atmosphere, service, price, location, setting, etc. But this is one place where the total experience for me is as enjoyable, if not more so, than the dogs themselves. Which are pretty darn good.

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