Hey, We Got Your Slaw Dogs Right Here

A race morning at Martinsville. (Monte Dutton photos)

A race morning at Martinsville. (Monte Dutton photos)

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, April 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

I’m tempted to swing by Whiteford’s Drive-In and order a slaw dog plate before the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Monte Dutton

Monte Dutton

At the risk of blaspheming, Whiteford’s slaw dogs are better than the ones at Martinsville and also very similar. The biggest difference is probably that Whiteford’s does not prepare its slaw dogs by the thousands.

In all those NASCAR weekends in southern Virginia, the hot dogs were never a novelty to me. We’ve had them right here in town for my entire life. Whiteford’s has been around since I have, though it’s now in its third location. It’s my understanding that the ancestor of Whiteford’s Drive-In was opened by the family of a Presbyterian College basketball coach named Norman Sloan, and it became Whiteford’s when the Sloans moved off to far Charleston because Sloan took the job at The Citadel.

The rest is history. Sloan went on to Florida, North Carolina State, and Florida again.

 (Andrew Coppley/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

(Andrew Coppley/HHP photo for Chevy Racing)

Slaw dogs remained the same, though I can’t say for sure they were originally served by the Sloans. I suspect the originality of Whiteford’s slaw dogs were in the brothers who opened drive-ins* separately in Clinton and Laurens.

As a general rule, I’ve often heard people in Laurens say the Whiteford’s in Clinton is better, and vice versa for the patrons in Clinton.

The slaw is always sweeter on the other side of the county.

ClintonPCNovember13 001The racing at Martinsville is rough, roaring, and rousing. It offers a shock to the system similar to its hot dogs. In polite company, one can say hot dogs “clean out the system.” The fans of Martinsville are the salt of the earth, and the hot dogs of Martinsville are the salt of the system. The digestive system.

If I were there, I’d likely have four. More wouldn’t be prudent.

If you’d like more on the race, here’s my Bleacher Report column: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2628201-matt-kenseth-joey-logano-meet-again-at-martinsville-will-there-be-more-drama

*Whiteford’s Drive-In in Clinton; Whiteford’s Giant Burger in Laurens.

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

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(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

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(Melanie Ryon cover design)

(Melanie Ryon cover design)

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(Joe Font cover design)

(Joe Font cover design)

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For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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2 Responses to Hey, We Got Your Slaw Dogs Right Here

  1. Keith Cannon says:

    Good post about some iconic hometown food. I can’t remember the last time I came to Clinton and didn’t get a Whiteford’s slaw dog — to eat in or take out. Thanks for the memory.

  2. Monte says:

    What prompted that was a post this morning about a Clintonian visiting home and having a Giant Burger plate. It occurred to me that I almost never get anything other than a slaw dog plate at Whiteford’s. It was good to see you last fall, and I hope our paths cross again soon.

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