FLATWOODS, W.Va. — Interstate 79 travelers stopping at Flatwoods for a bite to eat now have the opportunity to fill up on a West Virginia original: Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili.
The Webster Springs-based company opened a stand across from McDonald’s on March 1.
The menu at the new the location is loaded with food that goes well with the star ingredient: hot dog chili made using a secret recipe with nine ingredients that has been handed down through the Cowger family for about 85 years.
Everything on the menu is available to go. For fastest service, customers can call 30 minutes ahead of time at 304-765-6500. The stand is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Outside the Flatwoods stand there’s an eye-grabbing neon sign visible from the Interstate. There’s also a shady outdoor dining area for use during nice weather.
The indoor dining area has long-playing records and Harley-Davidson memorabilia on the walls and music from the 70s and 80s on the sound system.
The Flatwoods stand is the second location for Angie and Dee Cowger, who opened a stand in Webster Springs, their hometown, in 1991. Their chili is also available at Wal-Mart, Kroger and other stores throughout a 13-state area.
Story by George Hohmann