Ruff day? Stop by The Dawg House in Ronceverte 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

Brittany McCulley and Lee Carter love their dogs, each other, and hot dogs. For the past year, they’ve operated The Dawg House, a hot-dog-focused food truck, at fairs and festivals across southern West Virginia. 

In a twist of fate, their first food truck event was outside The Sportsman Tavern in Ronceverte last spring. Now, they’re moving inside as a food vendor working behind the bar. 

“It’s a good thing we like each other,” Lee jokes of the close quarters he and Brittany share. “We do everything together.” 

Their customers will order directly from them at the bar, with a food prep area in the back. Customers can dine-in at the bar or one of the dining tables, or they can take food to go. 

“If you’ve got a griddle, you’re in business,” Lee says. “When you smell it, everybody wants one.” 

The Dawg House menu includes specialty hot dogs like The Ebony (named after Lee’s dog) which has chili, beer cheese, ketchup, and mustard. All hot dogs are $4. And even though The Dawg House is new, their hot dogs are already well-liked by locals. They took a surprise third place in The Real WV’s Best Hot Dogs in the Valley 2023.

They also have a wide variety of options including burgers, a buffalo chicken sandwich, crab rangoon dip, nachos, and loaded pretzel bites.

The Dawg House menu

Why they do it

“One of the biggest things for us is providing a meal out that’s affordable,” Brittany says. “We want to keep our prices reasonable for families, especially with multiple kids.” 

Lee recalls a time last summer when a family of eight people came to eat at their food truck. He looked at Brittany and said, “That’s the reason we do this.” 

“I quit my job to do this,” Brittany says of The Dawg House. “It’s so much fun! I’m doing what I love to do. It’s the biggest blessing.” 

The Dawg House will continue to operate their food truck at fairs and festivals come spring, but customers can find them at The Sportsman Tavern every Tuesday-Sunday from 12-6pm…or later. 

“More options means more people,” Lee suggests. “We hope it brings more people here to town and believe there’s plenty of room at the table.”

Located inside The Sportsman Tavern and beside Flavor Mutt, The Dawg House provides an additional food option in the River City. All three establishments are in downtown Ronceverte on Edgar Avenue, across from the railroad tracks. Photo by RealWV.
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