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Willy’s Wieners

I am by no means a hot dog aficionado. They are usually the last item I will pick up if I need something quick to eat and am in a hurry. However, I am on vacation, MG and I were sort of in a hurry to get to Sea World, and aside from hamburgers or pizza, hot dogs are the definition of very fast food.

Willys Storefront
Willy’s Weiners is located in what is described as Historic Downtown Kissimme. It is on a side street, right next to the train tracks. While this may paint a seedy picture, the location is anything but. While I usually abhor eating outside, I did not mind (though inside seating is available). There are three picnic benches out front next to a street that does not get much car traffic, so you don’t have to inhale exhaust with your meal. The train station appears to be for Amtrak, so there wasn’t a constant din of railway noise.

Upon entering we received a friendly greeting. The lady working the counter was from Queens, so we discussed our memories of the 1986 Mets and bemoaned their current state.

There are a few options outside of hot dogs, such as bratwurst and beef (something like cheesesteak as I understand it), but MG and I decided to try out their namesake item. The counter lady was kind enough to let us try their chili, which was quite tasty. But what else to get with it?

Big Dog with Chili
I opted to make my order relatively simple. I got their Big Dog ($3.50), described as a 1/4lb. Vienna dog, and had it topped with chili ($0.30 extra). This dog was very good. I was quite impressed. Usually, hot dogs taste a little “fake”. They don’t really taste like beef, but almost taste and feel like plastic-flavored beef. While this may prompt many of you to ask, “What the heck kind of hot dogs are you eating?” rest assured, I’ve tried many kinds cooked many different ways. There is just something about them that usually does not appeal to me. That is what made this particular occasion special, I really enjoyed with dog. It didn’t have the taste of throw-away cow parts, but had a great seasoned, beefy flavor. The aforementioned chili was not runny. It had a nice and smoky taste with just a little bit of kick. The bun was a big surprise, a soft, fluffy poppy seed roll. I don’t know where they got it from, but it was very, very good. It was fresh and delicious.

Barnyard Dog
MG went for the Barnyard Hot Dog ($3.95). A regular dog is encased in the excellent bun and topped with chili, bacon, shredded mozzarella, and melted cheddar. The last item, the melted cheddar really messed up the dog for MG. The cheese was like the cheddar substance that is used for nachos at movie theaters. For her, the fake, chemical quality of that cheese messed up the dog. She tried to remove as much of it as possible. She liked all the other elements. The bacon was properly cooked. The chili was nice. The dog was tasty. However, the cheese just soured her experience.

The onion rings ($2.09, large) are your standard frozen variety, but they were properly cooked. While nothing special, they were tasty, not greasy, and served in a decent portion. If you are in the mood for some rings, they are a good choice, but not a must have.

One of the available sodas was Sprecher ($1.75). They were excellent. They come in 16 oz. (pint) bottles. The ginger ale has a really nice kick of ginger which I enjoyed. MG’s root beer was also quite tasty.

Everything is served on a Frisbee, not a plate. Interesting touch.

For a quick bite to eat, Willy’s Wieners is a very good choice. Their prices will not put Gray’s Papaya’s Recession Special to shame, but they are more than reasonable.

Willy’s Wieners
108 East Dakin Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(Google Map)


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