New hot dog haven promises 'doggone good food'

Article Published: Apr. 9, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Hot diggidy dog, there's new eats in town, and, according to the sign at the register, it's "doggone good food."

Hot Diggidy Dog opened last Thursday next to Capone's Pizza and Bar on King Street, and it is already making an impact on area stomachs.

"How can you beat this?" part owner Bill Highsmith asked.

Pricewise, it would be hard.

A dollar and 50 cents buys you a hot dog. Throw in an extra dollar, and you can buy a hamburger.

"We try to make it so you can eat a full lunch for under $5," Highsmith said. "We have a limited menu, and we like to think that everything we do here is excellent."

Main course-wise, you have two choices: The hot dog (chili cheese for $1.85), or the hamburger (with cheese for $2.85), and don't forget the french fries ($1.25, with chili for $1.85). Add a Pepsi ($1.25), and you've got a cheap meal that doubles as tasty.

Couple the prices with the Mountaineer 3-peat decor, and you've got the makings of a college hangout worthy of Yosef himself.

Bill Highsmith and Danny Highsmith know a thing or two about appealing to the masses. Not only have the brothers made more than 800,000 hot dogs personally, but they've owned two hot dog restaurants in Fayetteville. After seven years, the brothers closed shop to re-open here in the High Country.

The reason for the move should be obvious, Bill Highsmith said. "We love it up here. Everybody loves it up here," he said.

Patrons like high school freshman Trey Smith experienced the food in Fayetteville and expect she and many others are going to be fast fans of the new Boone eatery. "Everybody you know goes in. It's all about community," Smith said.

It's a feeling the Highsmiths hope to emulate on King Street.

Hot Diggidy Dog is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.

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