- the bottomless pit Jul 22, 2002 05:51 PM
Where are some spots around Boston to get a good hot dog, either cooked (restaurant/stand/etc.) or uncooked (deli/market/etc.)? It's tough to beat a good hot dog and I've heard of a few places mentioned here and there but I can't remember any of their names.
Since this is a favorite subject I don't mind repeating previous posts. The best is Boston Speed dog, a lunch wagon in Newmarket Square open from 11 am until the dogs run out, Tuesday through Friday. Then there is Joe and Nemo's on Cambridge St. Government Center, and beside Filene's downtown. Next is Code 10 on Washington st. in the Southend. Finally there is Casey's Diner in Natick. Scroll down for more info about these.
re: David "Zeb" Cook
I'm from Philly so can't answer as to a local source. But in case you aren't aware, Usingers sells direct through their web site. http://www.Usingers.Com
I've done a bunch of tastings and the general concensus that Usinger's makes the best dog in the U.S.A. Both their Certified Angus and their regular dogs are outstand.
I usually get a mixture of dogs and at least 5 pounds of their fresh brats.
I just tried the Pearls Hot Dogs (they sell them at the Super Stop & Shop near me) based on the post of another chowhound. They were enjoyable- nice snap when bitten and enough garlic for a very noticeable flavor but not overwhelming taste. I still prefer the Deutchmachers overall though.
This might be way out of you way, but if your ever near Lawrence, you have to go to Lawton's hotdog stand on Canal St. They deep fry Essem hotdogs then grill them, the dog extends an inch over the grilled roll on each side, french fries are also very good. they have a special 2 dogs and fries for under 5 dollars. they also serve orange crush in glass bottles. Its just a shack on the Merrimack River but line is usually out the door. I haven't made it to Speeds yet but Lawtons is my favorite.
The long ones, in the natural casing? Sorry, but there is no way we could be talking about the same hotdog here. There was absolutely no resemblance between the hotdogs we had the other day and any of the Oscar Meyer ilk. These were well spiced, got good and crunchy on the outside when grilled and were meaty, juicy and flavorful. They were also way too long for the buns.
Wonder if Boar's Head makes more than one type. I think they must. I was raised on Boar's Head dogs and these didn't taste like the ones I remembered. I got them at Super Stop & Shop, and will look next time I'm in there to see if there are different ones other than these.
I like Top Dog in Rockport. It's a cute little shack, run by a friendly couple who take pride in their product. The dogs have a nice snap (they come grilled or boiled - I recommend the grilled) and there's a wide range of toppings you help yourself to, and they grill their buns the proper way. Delicious potato salad (her grandmother's recipe) although the last time I had it, it wasn't as good as usual.
I was disappointed by Joe & Nemo's -the Filene's branch - soggy bun, sad-looking toppings, disorganized service. The price of franchization ?
Here's an earlier discussion of where to get hotdogs (cooked) in "very greater" Boston area:
Here's my compilation on hot dogs, much of it derived from discussions on this board:
Nationwide Hotdog Voting:
Boston area suggestions
Joe And Nemo's
Simco's on the Bridge
Blue Hill Ave.
Boston Speeds (pushcart?
)(Speed's Hot Dogs? in Newmarket Square?)
but he is not always there.
Tues-Fri, about 11-2:30(?)
1638 Washington St.
Corner of E. Concord St. and Washington St. in the S. End
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
ChiChi Dogs(?) and Jim's Gems (pushcart) -- at foot of middle-to-lower campus stairs at BC - circa 1988 - seen in other Boston locations over the years, but not in last 5 yrs.
Casey's Diner in Natick
Coney Island Hot Dogs Worcester
Hot Dog Express & Grille in Worcester
Frank's in Brockton
A place in South Station food court(?
Lots of places in Olneyville section of Providence
Haven Bros., a trailer parked next to Providence City Hall every night
Eliot's in Lowell
Lawton's /Canal St./ Lawrence.
Hot Dog Annies -- Route 56 in the Paxton, Leicester area where it runs behind Worcester Airport
Flo's -- On Rt. 1 in Cape Neddick, Maine
on RT 6 about 10 miles west of Providence