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Alienkeeper Oct 13, 2004 07:13 AM

For a great HotDog in Conn. Go to Blackies in Cheshire.Don't forget to try their relish. That's what makes the HotDog so great.

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    Lily RE: Alienkeeper Oct 13, 2004 07:16 AM

    We love Blackie's!!! Hot dogs are awesome and cheap at about $1.50 each. Yes, the relish is what makes them so good. They are open every day except Friday.

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      E.G. RE: Lily Oct 13, 2004 09:32 AM

      Blackie's relish is good, but I was never too keen on their dogs, though.

      This thread has come up before, and I'm surprised Guida's on the Meriden-Middlefield line hasn't come up more often. The dogs grilled 'til they're nice and crispy with fantastic flavor. As per NE tradition the buns split and toasted. The fries are made fresh to boot.

      Check out the Sterns' review below.

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      Link: http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Write...

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        Lily RE: E.G. Oct 13, 2004 08:47 PM

        As long as you are posting reviews by the Stern's then I should add this review that they did of Blackie's. Note that it was reviewed after Guida's. They are both great places for hot dogs, it just depends on your preferences. Another great hot dog place is Frankie's with several locations in Waterbury, Bristol and Naugatuck.

        Link: http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...

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          E.G. RE: Lily Oct 14, 2004 09:55 AM

          Frankies, eh? I remember they used to have a branch in Cheshire, must've been around 15 years ago or so. I didn't know they're still around -- I might have to make a trip!

          E.G.

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            Cookie RE: E.G. Oct 14, 2004 12:04 PM

            The best, bar none, hot dogs in Connecticut are at a place in Colchester, The name escapes me. Anyone?

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              Lily RE: Cookie Oct 14, 2004 01:31 PM

              Would this be Harry's Drive-In by any chance? I heard that their food is awesome.

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                Alex RE: Lily Oct 14, 2004 02:54 PM

                I will go with the message abour Millsie's in Windsor Locks, I am a regular there, a super nice couple run the place, VERY CLEAN and there chili (no beans, really a meat sauce) is the best. The Muckies hot dogs they sell are the best, Grote and W changed hands a few years ago and are not the same, muckies have been the same for over 90 years!
                Ales

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                  Waldo RE: Alex Oct 29, 2004 11:26 AM

                  I like JK's in Danbury...... There's a meat sauce

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                    daves girlfriend RE: Waldo Jun 5, 2010 05:11 PM

                    I agree! JK's is the best!!! :)

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                    b white RE: Alex Dec 1, 2005 01:01 PM

                    been i fla 45 yrs, still get muckies mailed to me

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                      always_a_loser_magnet RE: b white Nov 17, 2006 02:02 PM

                      hello i lived in conn for 6 years and fell in love with muckies hotdogs and now i wont eat any other hot dog can you help me find a site where i can order them it will be greatly apprecated

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                        rich11 RE: always_a_loser_magnet Apr 13, 2011 12:49 PM

                        Just talked to owner of muckies,sorry they dont ship em but stop and shop in middletown ct and meadowmeat market both sell them muckies no is 860 246 5609.so i guess youll have to find a person to buy em and ship em yo you

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                        sailing RE: b white Jan 14, 2007 02:08 PM

                        can you tell me how to get muckies sent . I am in florida and would like some
                        Lenny
                        sailing@sweetliberty.com

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                          rstiff41 RE: sailing Feb 27, 2007 10:09 AM

                          Lenny, Were you able to get info on Muckies? Thanks,
                          Rick

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                            rich11 RE: rstiff41 Apr 13, 2011 12:51 PM

                            muckies no is860 246 5609 they dont sell em there or mail em

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                          sailing RE: b white Jan 14, 2007 02:31 PM

                          Alex can pass along how to get muckes in fla

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                            dfinch RE: sailing Sep 6, 2007 01:23 PM

                            I live in Texas and would like to get the info on where I can purchase muckies from and have them shipped to my home. Can you please share any info you have?
                            Thanks!

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                            rstiff41 RE: b white Feb 27, 2007 10:04 AM

                            Can you give me contact info for Muckies? Thanks alot, Rick

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                              dawn32071 RE: b white Oct 17, 2007 06:40 PM

                              I grew up on muckies how can i get them delivered to my house in South Carolina?

                              dawn32071

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                                sumner RE: b white Apr 16, 2008 05:35 PM

                                How do you get Mucke's shipped

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                                  babecarta RE: b white May 18, 2008 12:49 PM

                                  I just moved to SC about a year ago & so far the dogs are horrible. I've eaten at Blackies, Guida's and Frankies & all their dogs are excellent. I enjoy the Muckie brand hotdog the best with Hummel at a close second. Can you tell me where you order the Muckies from? Thanks in advance.

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                                    loriinfl RE: babecarta Aug 13, 2008 09:52 AM

                                    We moved to FL 12 years ago from Hamden. Whenever we have visitors from CT, our guests are REQUIRED to bring a 5 lb. box of Hummel's for Mom. They are the best!

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                                    Donna49 RE: b white May 21, 2010 11:40 AM

                                    Were do you get them mailed from Im in SC and they dont have them down here. I would very much appreciate the address or phone number where you order them.

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                                  gardencub RE: Lily Nov 18, 2006 06:24 PM

                                  It would be Harry's Place, The are open only in the warmer months of the year. While it is still great, it has changed slightly and I find the food is not quite as perfect as it once was.

                                  This is sour grapes perhaps, I hate having childhood memories changed or taken away. It is still my favorite place for burgers and dogs and great onion rings and fries. You sit out on great old picnic tables, thick with deep green paint under nice shade trees. I cannot think of a more ideal setting for a drive in dinner.

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                                    gildomilo RE: gardencub May 2, 2009 07:25 PM

                                    Garden,

                                    I have the same childhood memories. The burgers used to be better, and the atmosphere was different. They went downhill somewhere in the late 90s. Still good rings and a good burger, but not what it used to be. Maybe they cut down on the fat content?

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                                      gardencub RE: gildomilo May 5, 2009 05:18 PM

                                      ;I hate to say it, but this year, the food is really bad, the burgers are now being made with chopped meat that is so high in fat content that the flavor is gone. I think that finally greed, efficiency, and the economy have caused some less then 'savory" practices to be instituted.

                                      You can't go home again...

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                                    tammiteacher RE: Lily Apr 25, 2008 06:17 PM

                                    amazing hotdogs,hamburgers, fries, onion rings, fried clams!

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                                      superkevbo RE: tammiteacher Nov 11, 2008 11:39 AM

                                      I second Saint's as Best dog in CT.. Don't overlook Blackies in Prospect Though. Their dogs are Regular Hummels but that Home-made relish is Excellent.

                                      Berlin Pizza on the Berlin Tnpk is also said to have a good dog - Anything is Better than their God-Awful Pizza.

                                      Link: http://www.condomman.com

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                                      mbdodge RE: Lily Jul 1, 2009 06:31 AM

                                      That would be Harry's. LOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGGG lines in the summer.

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                                      beachbumnana RE: Cookie Oct 15, 2004 08:41 PM

                                      are you thinking of Harry's?-- been there for 50 years that I remember. 'Course Old Harry is ling gone but the quality continues, hamburgers are great too and the lines are there all summer long. They close soon- so hurry up!

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                                        aldente1 RE: Cookie May 7, 2009 07:39 PM

                                        Harry? I haven't been there in a few years. It was named after a CT legislator who is now deceased. I think his name was Harry Cohen.

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                                          aldente1 RE: Cookie May 23, 2010 07:43 PM

                                          Harry's is probably the stand that you remember. And the hot dogs are great!

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                                          104 Broadway, Colchester, CT 06415

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                                        njmarshall55 RE: Lily Nov 9, 2011 12:05 PM

                                        Frankie's does a very good dog. Also really like their fried vegetable assortment (brocc, caul, zucc, shrooms). The Bristol location started offering horseradish sauce with the veggies. TDF!

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                                        kalove345 RE: E.G. May 19, 2007 10:51 AM

                                        Blackies, huh? Well, blackies now Sells its relish.Since Rosslers went out of business, I think they use hummels now, another really good Dog.....In Florida we cannot get a decent hot relish except if we have talentged friends who can make it for us or send away to Uncle Maynards Hot Pepper relish. Nothing good here in Florida...Yukkie

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                                          mcklarson RE: kalove345 Jan 29, 2008 03:36 PM

                                          Do you know how to send away to Uncle Maynard's? We moved from CT to TX and can't find it anywhere including the internet.

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                                        beachbumnana RE: Lily Oct 22, 2004 01:24 PM

                                        Update everyone! Happened to stop at Harry's in Colchester the other day for lunch and it is still as good as ever, open only thru next weekend, Halloween, before it closes for the season. All beef hot dogs are still made by Bogners and the others are Muckes; So that ends the debtate- they have both. And the hamburgers are still the best ever, still prepared the way Harry did 50 years ago, and the rolls - which no longer come from Colchester Bakery, are identical to the ones we all know and love. Get there for your last licks ASAP!!!

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                                          kurt johnson RE: Lily Mar 29, 2008 08:40 AM

                                          the best hot dog i've ever had was at Kurt's Mucke's in Torrington soo goood.

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                                            MagnumWino RE: kurt johnson Mar 29, 2008 08:51 AM

                                            I have to agree. Kurt's dogs are legend in the greater Torrington area.

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                                              bbenedict01 RE: kurt johnson Apr 3, 2008 09:17 AM

                                              Kurt's Hot dogs are like candy to me! I have tried to buy Muckie's and bring them home but they do NOT taste as great as Kurt's!! I wish they were there longer than just till 3 pm. How many times have I been by their two locations in Torrington only to have it be 3:15 and they are gone! THAT ruins the rest of my day!!!!

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                                              Stiflersmom RE: Lily Jul 24, 2008 07:09 PM

                                              I agree with Blackies. Not only is the relish second to none, the mustard is awesome as well.I also like the way you place your order. Just stand at the counter and yell out how many dogs you want. I always loved the "no dancing" sing on the wall in the side dinning room!

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                                              mels RE: Alienkeeper Oct 13, 2004 04:49 PM

                                              Blackie's does absolutely nothing for me. They are so militant with their lack of condiments, but it isn't like they have a fantastic dog where I should savor the flavor of it.

                                              I recently tried Guida's. I agree with the other post, very good dog.

                                              Super Dupre Weenie in Fairfield is good, but their dogs alone are just OK. It is the three pounds of condiments that make them good!

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                                                Grin RE: Alienkeeper Oct 14, 2004 08:54 AM

                                                Woah, wanna try a FANTASTIC hot dog, check out MILLSIE"S a hot dog cart (enclosed trailer actually) in Windsor Locks by the airport, on rt 75 (next to Bradley Bowl and McD's). They have fantastic dogs (Muckies dogs) plain, but their meat sauce, sauerkraut and onion relish is beyond compare. I think weekdays only till about 3, and they said they will be there all winter. Nice days be ready to wait in line at lunch.
                                                Grin

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                                                  Far Far RE: Alienkeeper Oct 14, 2004 01:14 PM

                                                  Don't overlook "Saint's" in Southington near the Plainville town line on Rte 10. The "in-crowd" knows that the proper way of ordering a dog there is with "MOS"*


                                                  *Mustard, Onions, Sauce

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                                                    Chicklet RE: Far Far Mar 13, 2007 07:27 AM

                                                    Oh, I miss Saints! Every Friday, my boss would say "Let us adjourn to the Sainted Venue" and we'd all troop over there for lunch. I live in Cleveland now and have to visit Saints next time I'm home.

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                                                      njmarshall55 RE: Far Far Nov 9, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                      Agree about Saints. They now take credit cards, too. Sauce is a mystery, tho. Not enough texture for me, but still good.

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                                                      Sean RE: Alienkeeper Oct 14, 2004 01:45 PM

                                                      Swanky Franks in Norwalk has one of the best dogs.
                                                      They deep fry them and then throw them on the gill.

                                                      They're on the Post Rd (Rt 1) at Exit 13 off Rt 95

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                                                        Tom RE: Alienkeeper Oct 14, 2004 01:49 PM

                                                        Hi everyone. mels alludes to a key point of mine. Who MAKES the best hot dog, not serves the best? Condiments do not make the hot dog in my opinion. Which COMPANY is best? I personally detest Grote and Weigel, but Hummel, Stanley Provision and Bogner are all good. What say you?

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                                                          Lily RE: Tom Oct 14, 2004 03:27 PM

                                                          Whenever I buy hot dogs at the grocery store to cook at home I usually like Mucke's with the casings on them. My favorite way to cook them is on the grill.

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                                                            Jen RE: Lily Mar 19, 2005 10:59 AM

                                                            Hi,
                                                            I live in FL and I would like to know if there is a way to order Muckes. My neighbor is from Conn. and we have had the oportunity to taste them and we love them. I am from MA amd we grew up on essems and I thought they were the best until I had Muckes.

                                                            Thanks, Jen

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                                                              babecarta RE: Jen May 18, 2008 01:01 PM

                                                              Jen, If you received an address for ordering Muckes/Muckies/Mucke's hot dogs could please pass it along to me. Thanks.

                                                              Babe

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                                                            beachbumnana RE: Tom Oct 15, 2004 08:27 PM

                                                            Good point and Bogners were always the best but no one serves them anymore. Hummels aren't too bad, but a good solid all beef hot dog with natural casing that "pops" when you bite into it-- who still makes those? Doogie's in Newington comes close-- any others?

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                                                              Lynda RE: beachbumnana Oct 16, 2004 01:18 PM

                                                              Kirschner Meats in Augusta, Maine makes great natural casing hot dogs but, alas, I haven't been able to find any since I have been in CT :-( Look for the name "Kirschner" at your local market.

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                                                                jackattack RE: Lynda Sep 25, 2006 06:39 PM

                                                                Kirschners closed down in Maine. Someone (Jordans?) bought the kirschner brand name but if you find kirschner franks anywhere these days they're not the same that we came to know and love, sorry.

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                                                                  khotdawg RE: jackattack Apr 19, 2008 02:40 PM

                                                                  yes my grandfather sold the business to jordans, but there is one place i know of that still sells the original called Bodans or something like that, one of the people that used to work for my grandfather opened up his old shop and still makes them like the good old days.

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                                                                    allie651 RE: khotdawg Jul 24, 2008 05:41 PM

                                                                    No, my grandfather sold it to jordans! haha who are you? I just bought a package of Kirschners last week, and they were quite delicious.

                                                                    you must be my cousin? ...

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                                                                John Gould RE: beachbumnana Oct 19, 2004 11:00 AM

                                                                Doogies is NO LONGER in Newington.
                                                                They have moved.
                                                                Their new address is:

                                                                560 Chase Avenue
                                                                Waterbury, CT

                                                                Exit 36 off Route 8

                                                                (203) 574-1700

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                                                                  Far Far RE: John Gould Oct 27, 2004 09:10 AM

                                                                  My drive home on the Berlin Turnpike takes me by Doogies in Newington every evening. As of last night (Oct 26, 2004), the Newington Doogies was definitely open. The lights were on, the "open" sign was lit and there were cars in the parking lot. Doogies may have opened in another location, but they've still in Newington as well.

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                                                                    Drummer RE: Far Far Nov 5, 2004 08:58 PM

                                                                    Doogies does have 2 locations and both are open. However, go another 5 minutes down the Berlin Turnpike into Hartford and go to Rosco's Big Dog (Franklin Ave.). It is a much better dog and a lot cleaner.

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                                                                Michael Hoffman RE: Tom Oct 17, 2004 09:42 PM

                                                                Rosseler's, without a dooubt.

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                                                                  eleanor blossom RE: Tom Mar 2, 2005 04:34 PM

                                                                  can't find a good hotdog since I move to Florida. Only packaged ones which don't taste the same. I miss Hummel natural casting hotdogs. Can't find them on the web. Help, anyone know where I can send for some?

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                                                                    babecarta RE: eleanor blossom May 18, 2008 01:04 PM

                                                                    Eleanor, If received an address for Hummel could you please share it with me. Thanks.

                                                                    Babe Carta

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                                                                    Robert RE: Tom Jun 28, 2005 04:08 PM

                                                                    I personally think that when it comes to quality hotdogs it would ahve to go to Grote and Weigel. Bogners is pretty good but no where near grote and weigel.

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                                                                      Bob RE: Tom Jul 27, 2005 03:14 PM

                                                                      Just trying to see if anyone know what happened to Stanley Provision formely in Manchester, CT. They've either relocated or closed, anyone know ?? Thanks

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                                                                        smoky RE: Tom Sep 24, 2006 02:12 PM

                                                                        I have to put in a vote for Saugy's, made in RI since 1869. Great dog with a natural casing and distinctive taste.

                                                                        http://www.saugy.net

                                                                        Update: Just read on the site that they're no longer made in RI. The newest member of the family closed the old Providence plant and has contracted out the manufacturing to a place in Lynn, MA. I bought a pound recently, though, and they tasted exactly the same, so they've preserved the recipe very well.

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                                                                          anadandy RE: Tom Jun 28, 2007 06:32 AM

                                                                          Growing up in Danbury we always swore by Tobin's First Prize dogs. I don't even know if they make them any more.

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                                                                            hotdoglover RE: anadandy Jun 28, 2007 09:50 AM

                                                                            They're still made in Albany, New York.

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                                                                          Sean RE: Alienkeeper Oct 14, 2004 01:50 PM

                                                                          Swanky Franks in Norwalk has one of the best dogs.
                                                                          They deep fry them and then throw them on the gill.

                                                                          They're on the Post Rd (Rt 1) at Exit 13 off Rt 95

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                                                                            Alison RE: Alienkeeper Oct 14, 2004 05:32 PM

                                                                            Harry's in Colchester
                                                                            Capitol Lunch in New Britian

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                                                                              beachbumnana RE: Alison Oct 15, 2004 08:24 PM

                                                                              Edd's in Westbrook on Rt 1, with grilled onions, chili or cheese, they are split then grilled, the rolls are toasted, and they are yummy. Johnny Add's has gone down hill, not as good as they used to be. I miss the old Jimmie's at Savin Rock- now THOSE were good hotdogs! Bart's in Windsor had good ones too but haven't been there in years.

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                                                                                bmgsmg72 RE: Alison May 2, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                                                I second Capitol Lunch good dogs cheap price fast service

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                                                                                smalley1213 RE: Alienkeeper Oct 15, 2004 08:08 AM

                                                                                My favorites are SAINT's in Southington...Chili with melty american cheese...delicious!

                                                                                Rosco's on Franklin Ave in Hartford is also very good and the owner is dedicated to pleasing the customer. He did a ton of research on hot dogs/recipes prior to opening his business. Try the CC rider dog.

                                                                                I love Capital Lunch too but I do not love their famous meat sauce. It tastes like nutmeg or something funky...just not my thing.

                                                                                Shady Glen does a pretty decent "crispy" cheese-furter.

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                                                                                  E.G. RE: smalley1213 Oct 15, 2004 10:49 AM

                                                                                  I always thought the predominant flavor in Capitol's meat sauce was cumin. I've met more than a few people who really dislike cumin, so I'm not surprised that some may not care for the sauce.

                                                                                  E.G.

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                                                                                    Johnnyct RE: smalley1213 Mar 11, 2005 11:23 AM

                                                                                    I second Saint's as Best dog in CT.. Don't overlook Blackies in Prospect Though. Their dogs are Regular Hummels but that Home-made relish is Excellent.

                                                                                    Berlin Pizza on the Berlin Tnpk is also said to have a good dog - Anything is Better than their God-Awful Pizza.

                                                                                    Link: http://www.condomdepot.com

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                                                                                    Mary RE: Alienkeeper Oct 15, 2004 01:40 PM

                                                                                    I'm surprised nobody mentioned Doogie's (home of the 2-foot hot dog!) on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, just south of McDonald's. The hot dogs are wonderful, grilled with snappy casings, and the "2-foot" ones are actually probably closer to 3 feet, with specially made rolls to match. Hamburgers, chicken and seafood equally good.

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                                                                                      John Fox RE: Alienkeeper Oct 16, 2004 10:17 AM

                                                                                      I'm a hot dog lover from N.J. who has been to Conn. a few times to sample hot dogs there. I would say that these two states have the best hot dog restaurants. New York has a few good ones, but lacks the variety of N.J. and Conn. You can get kosher style all beef dogs, German style beef and pork, and have them cooked a number of ways. Deep fried, griddled, deep fried then griddled, charbroiled (The Glenwood Drive Inn) etc.

                                                                                      I've been to Swanky Franks, Capitol Lunch (Storrs, not New Britain) Rawley's, Super Duper Weenie, and I've had the dog served at Rosco's in Hartford although I haven't been there yet. This dog is from N.J. and I have access to it here. All are very good. I would rate Roscos as the best tasting dog, while Super Duper Weenie has a less flavorful (but good) dog that complements the homemade condiments. I'm looking forward to going to Rosco's as I've heard that they also have excellent homemade condiments.

                                                                                      In two weeks, a bunch of people from Jersey and Conn. will be sampling dogs at Rosco's, Super Duper Weenie, Danny's, Capitol Lunch, Blackies, Glenwood Drive Inn, and Mr. Mac's. This is a followup to a trip last month to five of Jersey's best hot dog joints. These were Charlies Famous Italian Hot Dogs, The Hot Grill, Rutt's Hut, Syd's, and The Galloping Hill Inn. All are excellent and represent different styles. An Italian Hot Dog is one (or 2 for a double) beef dog on Italian style pizza bread that is deep fried and topped with peppers, onions, and potatoes. Absolutely delicious. The Hot Grill serves a deep fried beef/pork dog that is topped with thin Greek style chili sauce. Called a Texas Weiner here in Jersey. Rutt's Hut also serves a delicious deep fried dog that is topped with their unique relish that is my favorite hot dog condiment. Syd's serves a long, natural casing all beef dog that is charbroiled. The Galloping Hill Inn has a German style beef and pork dog made specially for them by Grote and Weigel that is better than the regular dogs made by them. Cooked on a griddle and served on a harder, football shaped bun. All of these places are well worth seeking out if you are in Jersey. Contact me for directions if needed. Looking forward to sampling the Conn. dogs in 2 weeks. Will report back.

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                                                                                        Drummer RE: Alienkeeper Oct 16, 2004 04:15 PM

                                                                                        By far, best hot dog is Rosco's Big Dog on Franklin Ave in Hartford. Only open for a year so far, but owner knows his stuff. Grilled, natural casing dogs (Thumann's?) on a butter toasted bun with a bunch of condiment offerings. Its quietly becoming a favorite spot in Hartford. Best to go before or after lunch, or on Saturdays.

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                                                                                          smoky RE: Drummer Sep 29, 2006 07:50 PM

                                                                                          I met the owner at the Big E, where he had a stand at the Connecticut building. Yeah, that guy is passionate about his dogs!

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                                                                                          TAP RE: Alienkeeper Feb 27, 2007 04:32 PM

                                                                                          One of my favorites is Glenwoods - great doggy ...

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                                                                                            lwa RE: Alienkeeper Mar 5, 2007 11:16 AM

                                                                                            Take a drive to westchester! Walter's hot dogs on the post road(mamaroneck, NY) is by far the best hot dogs anywhere.

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                                                                                              Waquoit RE: Alienkeeper Mar 6, 2007 09:51 AM

                                                                                              Don't forget Augie's and Rays in East Hartford. With onions and sauce, of course.

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                                                                                                Its great to hear Saints mentioned! My mom grew up in Plainville, and to this day (after living in CA for 40 years) her and my uncle's all still say Saints is the best, along with their whole belly clams you cant get out here.

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                                                                                                  japhyryder RE: Alienkeeper Mar 8, 2007 11:17 AM

                                                                                                  The Merritt Canteen on Main st. in Bridgeport. I used to have an office within walking distance and their chilidogs are the best. the downside was that my wife could smell me before i got into the house.

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                                                                                                    OrganicLife RE: japhyryder Mar 9, 2007 09:49 AM

                                                                                                    Popey's in Morris!!!!!

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                                                                                                      grego53 RE: japhyryder May 18, 2007 03:34 PM

                                                                                                      I grew up about 10 minutes from the canteen,remember it well.Been in North Carolina for 20 years but still miss certain foods real bad.Rawley's, the Cricket near the airport and the old greeks on Boston Ave.At least we have Dunkin Donuts now.

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                                                                                                      Mitsuo RE: Alienkeeper Mar 9, 2007 10:00 AM

                                                                                                      I'm surprised nobody mentioned Bart's in Windsor. I don't know what brand they use but the finished product is old-fashioned buttery grilled goodness. In happy weather you can take your shake and your dog outside and sit at picnic tables overlooking the river. All Bart's diner fare is as generous and flavorful as 1957 summer nights in a Mercury Bel-Air!

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                                                                                                        barno RE: Alienkeeper Mar 10, 2007 09:36 AM

                                                                                                        CAPITOL LUNCH IN NEW BRITAIN. it is unreal and has been doing business there forever. the taste of the chili dogs is unmatched.

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                                                                                                          kalove345 RE: barno May 19, 2007 10:46 AM

                                                                                                          I am living here in Florida where the hot dogs are AWFUL!! Loved Blackies but still Hummels are my favorites as are Muckes...Natural casings, what else. I know Hummels are made in New Haven but How can I get them shipped here to Florida without giving them my first-born? Also, another good dog is deutchmachers natural casing...

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                                                                                                            grego53 RE: kalove345 May 28, 2007 11:18 AM

                                                                                                            I have my brother go to Costco in Milford and they have Hummels and the price is reasonable.He then shipps them next day with fedex, uses dry ice packs, and they arrive still quite cold.Have never had a problem and while it's not the cheapest way to get a hotdog,I cannot eat the cheap packaged ones after growwing up in Conn.eating the best.Good Luck,Greg B.

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                                                                                                              kaszeta RE: grego53 Jun 15, 2007 06:07 AM

                                                                                                              I never thought of looking in the Costco when I'm down there. I'll grab my Hummel's there next time.

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                                                                                                              sumner RE: kalove345 Sep 2, 2007 11:20 AM

                                                                                                              I moved to Auburndale florida from Conn. about 5 years back. I really NEED to find out how to get muckie's franks shipped here. HELP HELP

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                                                                                                            hink RE: Alienkeeper Mar 14, 2007 04:20 PM

                                                                                                            Someone else already asked who makes the best dog. The brands I'm familiar with are Muckes, Grote and Weigel, Hummel, and Martin Rosol's. Availablity seems to be very regional. I'm interested in sampling other locally produced brands. I've never seen or heard of Saugy's or Bogners, and I've heard of Rosseler's but no store in my area carries them. Where can you get these brands? Are there other good local producers who haven't been mentioned?

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                                                                                                              hotdoglover RE: Alienkeeper Mar 18, 2007 10:44 AM

                                                                                                              Rosseler's are out of business. I've never had Bogner's, but they are available in Conn. Saugy's are now made in Lynn, Massachusettes but still to the original recipe. Don't know where in New England they are available, but you can do a search and order them from their website. A very good frank with a slight peppery taste.

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                                                                                                                sodagirl RE: hotdoglover May 19, 2007 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                I stopped in a place right off the exit on Rt 9 about two down from Waterbury...was it "AL'S" hot dogs...I thought they were great.

                                                                                                                Bogners is in Manchester...a good product but second tier from a Grote and Weigle...I toured the factory once it was very clean.

                                                                                                                Muckies is good but then when I talk about hot dogs I am referring to natural casing...all these companies make an extruded dog...and I just can;t hack it.

                                                                                                                I hit capital lunch in NB now and then...but the place is so cold in the winter you have to eat with a coat on...I compare the dogs in size to Blackies,...and in reality...I have never been impressed much with the relish...I guess it's a love hate thing. I do like their sign.

                                                                                                                There is a place in Canton...on 44...little drive in..past the new Pseudo mall ...can;t place the name but it's small and all painted with murals...lots of flames...they make some good combo dogs..I had one the other day with crispy onions and horseradish sauce...it was great...can't think of the name...darn it.

                                                                                                                Last point..hate to be negative...last winter I went to Doogies on the Berlin Tpke...had the two foot dog...the roll was this big stale, chwey, piece of white bread split down the middle...like aboiyt two pounds worth ...saying it was bad would be a complimnent...and the place has this big sign on the wall that says it you don;t like anything...don;t complain, just go somewhere else...so I will.

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                                                                                                                  coldduck RE: sodagirl May 19, 2007 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                  Al's is on Route 8 in Naugatuck, south of Waterbury.

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                                                                                                                    bagelman01 RE: coldduck Aug 20, 2010 03:42 AM

                                                                                                                    I had to go to Prospect yesterday, so Mrs. B and I got off Rt8 at exit 62 for a Dog at Als. (I hadn't been there in many years.
                                                                                                                    They serve Hummel's exclusively and everything is cooked to order (slow).
                                                                                                                    My dog was absolutely incinerated, but very tasty the New England style bun was toasted and held up well to the kraut. Kraut was frest and not all mush. It was drined before being placed on the bun. There are assorted relishes and pickles on the condiment table. They are all covered and kept on ice. I don't eat relish, but the pickles were great.
                                                                                                                    Mrs. B had a grilled chicken sandwick special that was supposed to have L, T and bleu Cheese. It was a very large boneless skinless breast on a toasted Portugese roll. Nice leaf lettuce and native tomato, but it was not bleu cheese, but a drenching in bleu cheese salad dressing.
                                                                                                                    Onion rings were batter dipped, not breaded and very crisp. I loved them.

                                                                                                                    Mrs. B. had a large Pink Lemonade, which was the best she had ever had, I had White Birch Beer, which tasted like Foxon Park.

                                                                                                                    Basic Dogs are menu listed at $2.79, and charged as such, even though there is a big rooftop sign for $2.50. Onion Rings are $2.99. Don't remember the soda prices, but a large is served in a 16oz styro cup with 2/3 ice.

                                                                                                                    Good food, but a bit pricey.

                                                                                                                    Note: if you take the little kids, be aware that the dogs are long dogs and may be too much for a tyke, they do not serve traditional short dogs.

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                                                                                                                    rrdrums RE: sodagirl May 24, 2007 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                    The place in Canton is Juniors. I was never impressed, nor with Doogies. I liked the Original Ranch House in Hartford on the Windsor line, though the place now scares me. I was a huge Rosco's fan. They're opening this summer in downtown Hartford after closing their other location. That's my favorite and I miss them. I also like the Glenwood in Hamden and Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield.

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                                                                                                                      Veggo RE: rrdrums May 26, 2007 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                      I grew up in Hamden when Glenwood was king, and Wayne would turn those Hummels with those tongs like a concert pianist. It might have had something to do with flames singeing his arm. (It burned down once, you know) Interesting thread on 2 counts: that there are real hotdog aficionados who travel for that experience, and that this thread spans almost as much time as World War 1.

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                                                                                                                  bmgjrg RE: Alienkeeper May 26, 2007 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                  In Fairfield, CT try Rawley's for the BEST dogs around. Get a dog with the works...bacon, relish, mustard and kraut. It's a little hole in the wall, not much atmosphere, but very good....also very good shakes. Part of their secret is that they deep fry the dogs briefly and then grill them and they are made to order...none hanging around.

                                                                                                                  1. cheereeo RE: Alienkeeper Jun 14, 2007 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                    It's been awhile since I've been to Rawleys in Fairfield. Went a few Saturdays ago and it was just outstanding. I forgot how good their dogs are. I am sad that Roesslers is gone; see that Rawley's sign still says they use Roessler hot dogs. I also really like Frankie's in West Haven. Always order it Split, Well-Done with Bacon--their homestyle relish is devine and they use French Bakery rolls I believe, which makes it.

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                                                                                                                      Waquoit RE: Alienkeeper Jun 21, 2007 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                      I just stopped at Blackie's yesterday. I had a nice lunch, 2 dogs with relish, chips and a root beer. I love the relish. To me, Blackie's is the kind of place Chowhound was created for. I also like Harry's in Colchester and Augie and Ray's in E. Hartford. I liked the food at Glenwood but the dining room is always a pig sty when I've been there. Thumb's down for me to Capitol Lunch. Those dogs never sit right in my stomach.

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                                                                                                                        krisrowe RE: Alienkeeper Jun 28, 2007 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                        Everyone should try Dragon Dogs in Old Saybrook, CT. The chef/owner Jack Flaws makes the best Lobster Hot Dog ever, he also owns a restaurant in the center of town but the hot dog stand is in the front of Harbor One Marina.

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                                                                                                                          John V RE: krisrowe Jun 29, 2007 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                          I agree....try Dragon Dogs....There is a Lobster dog but also beef, pork and vegan. The topings and combos make the dogs (my Fav the Adam Bomb-named after the bartender at Jack's restaurant). There are also redhots and aleast a doz different topings.

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                                                                                                                          johnsmelling RE: Alienkeeper Jul 26, 2007 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                          Stanley provisions went out of business but was still being made through NY meat in SW. Bogner burgers n dogs is still be sold through different little spots such as harrys, Augies and Rays, Shady Glen, Chells, Barts, Capitol lunch, and some other places around the state. They got one of the best dogs i think.

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                                                                                                                            hotdoglover RE: johnsmelling Jul 27, 2007 03:19 AM

                                                                                                                            I believe Capitol Lunch uses a dog from Martin Rosol.

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                                                                                                                            Waquoit RE: Alienkeeper Jul 28, 2007 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                            I just went Glenwood before the free show on the Hamden green. I enjoyed every bite of my two dogs. I think the best CT dog would be a Glenwood dog with Blackie's
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                                                                                                                              sodagirl RE: Waquoit Jul 30, 2007 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                              Anyone mention the original Ranch on North Main St Hartford?

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                                                                                                                              panterarips RE: Alienkeeper Aug 6, 2007 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                              Davids on rte 85 in flanders ct has great hot dogs love their chili nice and spicy it is only open from spring till late fall.

                                                                                                                              1. ginger7949 RE: Alienkeeper Sep 13, 2007 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                Blackie's is ok, but if you go a little further north, Sheik's in Torrington, right off rte. 8 is amazing, natural casing dogs with sauerkraut that has bits of roasted pork in it from the roast pork that they use for grinders. I lived in Torrington my whole life till 4 yrs ago when I moved to TX and that is what I miss the most. They are only available on Saturdays.
                                                                                                                                There is also a place in Bristol called Buster's, they make this michigan sauce that is a little scary looking but tastes amazing. They also have unbeatable milkshakes, I get the one made with fresh blueberries or pineapple.
                                                                                                                                The best I ever had though, wasn't in CT, it was in Pittsfield Ma. at The Hot Dog Ranch, which I believe has since closed, mini dogs, 3inches long with amazing chili sauce and fresh buns that were especially baked for them. they were about .60 ea and I could easily eat 6. Man I miss that joint, beer in frosted mugs too!

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                                                                                                                                  Lise Morin RE: ginger7949 Sep 18, 2007 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  OMG! I was just gonna write EVERYONE in CT has to go to Sheik's in Torrington!!!! I have always expected to see them on one of those Food Network shows 'Best Hot Dogs In America'. Yep, only on Saturdays, and I admit to being there many a time at 8am or before getting my dogs with their Kraut (and I typically don't like ANYBODY'S kraut) and Chili (homemade), and Cheese (they'll use sliced deli Provolone or Deli American, or whatever your heart desires...yummm.) There is truly NO PLACE like it for a great dog. Please make the trip if you're in CT - I moved to Myrtle Beach three years ago from, and it's the only thing I can say I completely Jones for! (Luckily I was in CT this summer and got a 'fix').

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                                                                                                                                    bluefish77 RE: ginger7949 Dec 17, 2010 04:10 AM

                                                                                                                                    ginger---Pittsfield,ma. still has the best dogs and the secret chili sauce! They're 3--4inches--special buns. The place is TEO'S on East St. Order 3 with everything(mustard,onions,chili sauce).And the beer is in frosted mugs!

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                                                                                                                                    ElizabethHenton RE: Alienkeeper Oct 17, 2007 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                    yankee doodle - new haven, ct
                                                                                                                                    bacon wrapped dog stuffed with cheese with buttered grilled bun. It's my death row meal

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                                                                                                                                      trooper26_26 RE: Alienkeeper Oct 23, 2007 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                      Stopped by Super Duper on Sunday evening. We were let in even though the 'Closed' sign was out (but it was only 5:56pm). Good dogs...great fries! They were a bit greasy but the flavor was remarkable. I struck up a conversation with the manager(?) and learned a couple things.
                                                                                                                                      The day before they had fried up seventeen 50lb bags of taters.
                                                                                                                                      They use soybean oil and hand-cut fries.
                                                                                                                                      They blanch for one minute, let cool, and then refry.

                                                                                                                                      Great "service," highly recommend.

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                                                                                                                                        robbydec RE: Alienkeeper Dec 16, 2007 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                        My favorite place for dogs is the Dawg Haus in New Britain on East Street near the College. They split and grill there dogs and they have a great taste to them. My favorite is what they call the Strand Lunch Dog which is mustard onions and their chili sauce that they call the Strand sauce. I also like there hot relish when I am in the mood. They also carry Avery's soda which has been a favorite of mine for years!

                                                                                                                                        Does anyone know what happened to Juniors in Canton? I took a trip up there from New Britain a few weeks ago and it looked like maybe it was out of business??? I hope not I love there hamburgers! Someone told me they had another location called someone else anyone know the name and where?

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                                                                                                                                          ShelT54 RE: Alienkeeper Dec 16, 2007 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                          super duper weenie in fairfield

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                                                                                                                                            Mrrrl4real RE: Alienkeeper Mar 29, 2008 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                            A friend of mine has reviewed dozens of nearby hot dog joints on his website, Holly Eats. I'll have to tell him about Blackie's... link:

                                                                                                                                            http://www.hollyeats.com/HotDogPage.htm

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                                                                                                                                              cltcgirl RE: Alienkeeper Apr 2, 2008 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                              Heavenly Hot Dogs in the Blockbuster plaza at the top of East Main St in Torrington features Muckes and they are great!! Amazing amount of condiments including a fabulous hot relish and absolutely the BEST chili dog I have ever had bar none. Plus they have converted a camper into this really cool looking stand that has to be seen to be believed. :)

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                                                                                                                                                preacher RE: Alienkeeper Apr 2, 2008 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                i have 2 say the best dog now in ct. is al's in naughatuck but my favorite was coreys in woodbury . on rt.6 they knocked it down a couple months ago
                                                                                                                                                also den mos in southbury pretty good
                                                                                                                                                happy hot dogging

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                                                                                                                                                  Teraesa22 RE: Alienkeeper Apr 17, 2008 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Roscoes! Downtown Hartford.

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                                                                                                                                                    applesauce23 RE: Teraesa22 Apr 17, 2008 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I agree! Rosco's on Temple Street is amazing and the owner really knows his stuff...

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                                                                                                                                                      rrdrums RE: applesauce23 Apr 18, 2008 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I triple that!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                        Lee Gordon RE: applesauce23 Apr 19, 2008 12:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I went to Roscoes for the first time last Saturday, and it was excellent. When the manager came around to ask how everything was, I told him I was there because I had heard good things about the place here on Chowhound. He seemed somewhat surprised. He said, "I thought that was just for upscale restaurants."

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                                                                                                                                                      ZSUU RE: Alienkeeper Apr 25, 2008 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                      MUCKIES Is in Hartford on Main St.

                                                                                                                                                      1-890-246-5609

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                                                                                                                                                        ElizabethHenton RE: ZSUU Apr 29, 2008 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                        any news on the yankee doodle? Someone said it was open again? True?

                                                                                                                                                        Any GREAT steamed dogs out there on the shoreline?

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                                                                                                                                                          babecarta RE: ZSUU May 20, 2008 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Muckies correct number in Hartford CT is 860-246-5609.

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                                                                                                                                                          LCM RE: Alienkeeper May 18, 2008 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Blackie's was so diappointing! The hot dog was tiny and bun tasted like WonderBread. Glenwood's in Hamden isn't bad but I have yet to find a good hearty hot dog so will be interested to hear other suggestions. FoodTV had a 'Road Food" special a few years ago and mentioned a place in New Britain???

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                                                                                                                                                            masha bousha RE: LCM May 19, 2008 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Hi-I agree with you. They say Blackie's is all about the relish but I hate relish.

                                                                                                                                                            Here's where you've gotta try:
                                                                                                                                                            Rosco's Big Dog on Temple Street in Downtown Hartford---tons of love go into these...you won't be disappointed
                                                                                                                                                            Saint's in Southington---hands down the best chili cheese dog ever. Toasted NE style bun, the cheese is all melty and hiding under the perfectly grilled snappy dog, and the beanless chili...awesome.
                                                                                                                                                            Also, Capital Lunch in New Britain is an institutution. It reminds me of the diner on SNL where they kept saying "no coke, pepsi...no fries, chips" in it's old timey-ness. They are super cheap and the sauce while a taste I feel you must become used to, is something you can come to crave.

                                                                                                                                                            enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                              LCM RE: masha bousha May 20, 2008 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Masha Bousha...Capital Lunch is the place in New Britain mentioned on that "Road Food" show. Thanks for all the other suggestions!

                                                                                                                                                              I like relish but did not think the Blackie's relish is worth all the hype.

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                                                                                                                                                                Waquoit RE: LCM May 21, 2008 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Different strokes, I guess. I never liked relish until I went to Blackies. I like Glenwood. Glenwood then the free concert is a new Friday July tradition for us. Capitol Lunch makes me ill. Don't forget Augie and Ray's in E. Hartford.

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                                                                                                                                                            kalove345 RE: Alienkeeper May 27, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I was just back in Ct and tried a Blackies Hot Dog(now Hummels) once again.....not disapointed at all. Still yummy!! You can purchase the relish now, a small jar is very expensive BUT does not taste the same as when the original Owners made it right outside their door near the restaurant.
                                                                                                                                                            Maynards Hot Pepper relish is as good if not better....1-800-8relish and they will ship to you.Hummels will NOT ship, Muckie will NOT ship unless you are buying a boatload.

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                                                                                                                                                              judie in the sky 1 RE: Alienkeeper Aug 7, 2008 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I LOVE Blackie's. I love the simplicity of their menu and their dedication to that very narrow range of food.

                                                                                                                                                              I am very curious about their dogs though. They say they are hummels, but I cannot find Hummels that skinny anywhere. I don't like thick hot dogs, and would love to be able to buy these. I get the sense they have them made special or something. Anybody know anything about this?

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                                                                                                                                                                hotdoglover RE: judie in the sky 1 Aug 8, 2008 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                judie,

                                                                                                                                                                Hummels, like most hot dog manufacturers make more than one size. Rarely is it true that a place makes a "special recipe" dog. It's more difficult to make a different recipe than a different size. All Hummels beef and pork dogs are the same in regards to taste. Like River, I prefer the charbroiled dogs at the Glenwood Drive-In.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Raina RE: hotdoglover Dec 12, 2010 12:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Hummels actually makes a 'special recipe' just for Glenwood. So, for those of us that jones for Glenwood dogs not just for their being charbroiled, but also for their unique and oh-so awesome natural flavor, we can't get exactly what we jones for just by getting packaged Hummels (though, they are still better than any other dog one can get packaged). Grote and Weigel are almost close to being as good as packaged Hummels, and Deutschmacher are decent, yet not as good as Grote & Weigel.

                                                                                                                                                                  Glenwood's Hummels are THE best dogs, hands-down!

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, and to those that have mentioned not being able to find Hummels at stores here in CT, in New haven County you can get them at Stop & Shops, among other places (both w/skin and w/out...though Idk why one would get them w/out!). Shop Rite, Ferraros, and other markets, carry them, as well. You can get Deutschmacher at many Stop & Shop's, and Grote & Weigel at a few, too. You'd find them in the hot dog case and/or behind the deli.

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                                                                                                                                                                    hotdoglover RE: Raina Dec 12, 2010 04:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Raina,

                                                                                                                                                                    Sampling hot dogs is my hobby. I know many people in the business from owners of hot dog establishments to distributors to plant managers of the places that make the hot dogs. Many people who own and/or manage hot dog restaurants like to claim that they have a special recipe dog made specially for them. Some claim to make their own dogs on the premises. I always ask to see the sausage making equipment. They then have to admit that they do not make their own. As for special recipe dogs, rarely is this true. Grote & Weigel makes a special recipe frank for the Galloping Hill Inn in New Jersey. It was made previously by a local butcher shop. When the shop was sold to new owners, the people at Galloping Hill went to several hot dog manufacturers with the recipe. They picked Grote & Weigel.

                                                                                                                                                                    People in the business tell me it's too labor intensive to make a special recipe for each client; especially if it's a small neighborhood joint. I know the plant manager and owners of a popular Provisions company in Jersey. They make a top quality beef dog. It comes in many sizes and shapes. Also skinless or natural casing. But they have used only one recipe since the beginning. This has not stopped some people from telling me that they get a special recipe frank from this place. Sometimes I say nothing but other times I mention the info I just stated. I usually get either a look of astonishment or a sheepish grin. I've been told that the reason these claims are made is because the hot dog establishment wants you to think that you are getting something that you can't get anywhere else.

                                                                                                                                                                    I know people at Marathon Enterprises including the person in charge of private label. Marathon owns and makes Sabrett hot dogs. They have 2 recipes; one that is beef/pork, the other all beef. Their all beef frank is served at Katz's, Papaya King, Gray's Papaya and others. But these 3 places all claim a special recipe frank. It is not true and this has been verified to me by the people who distribute, make, and market these franks. Papaya King and Gray's use the exact same dog. Katz's is the same recipe but slightly bigger; 9 to a lb instead of 10. They may taste slightly different because they may be prepared a little different at each place. All use a griddle, but there may be slight differences regarding how long each is grilled and what temperature they are heated at. Papaya King gets their franks delivered refrigerated rather than frozen. 90% of the other places that get these franks get them frozen. Again this may account for slight differences.

                                                                                                                                                                    I happen to know that the beef/pork dogs made by Hummel (they also make an all beef dog) are the same recipe. The Glenwood's come in a different size than what other restaurants use. Long and thin, these are approx 5 to a lb. But they are the same recipe franks as those served at Blackie's, Danny's, Swanky Frank's, and the other places using the beef/pork frank. This was confirmed to me by a woman I spoke with who works at the Hummel plant.

                                                                                                                                                                    Rosco's was my favorite Connecticut hot dog joint until they closed. Glenwood is my favorite now. I like the flavor of these dogs, how they're prepared (char broiled), the size and the casing. There is good news for you and all others who love the Glenwood frank. While the particular dog served at Glenwood (natural casing 5/lb) is not available at any store or supermarket, you can buy them at the Hummels plant in New Haven. Robert Stone, who owns the Glenwood, mentioned this on the new DVD out called A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour. Now you can enjoy these franks in your own home.

                                                                                                                                                                    A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour is an excellent film profiling 10 of Connecticut's best hot dog restaurants. See this post for more info:

                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7509...

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                                                                                                                                                                      Veggo RE: hotdoglover Dec 12, 2010 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I grew up as a Glenwood junkie and have heard the order taker bark to the grill man many times "one dog, burn it". Robert Stone would be Wayne's son, I suppose? Their family did a lot along the years to support youth sport programs.

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                                                                                                                                                                        hotdoglover RE: Veggo Dec 12, 2010 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, Robert is Wayne's son. Here is a short clip from the DVD:

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                                                                                                                                                                        This is just part of the segment on the Glenwood. In the film, right after this part is when Robert mentions that you can buy their dogs at Hummel's plant. Definitely get the DVD. It's only $7.99. The guy who made it is looking to do one in the future on New Jersey Hot Dog restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                                                        jfood RE: hotdoglover Dec 12, 2010 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        HDL,

                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Holidays and good to see a familiar name.

                                                                                                                                                                        I stopped at Best Provisions the other day to buy my favorite "Don's" dogs. As you know these puppies are ~3/lb. Sometimes this size is a little too large for others who are eating them. They have the "Syd's" dog which are much smaller plus their normal dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                        Are these all the same recipe yo reference and just a size difference. If they are that would be great as I have another meeting in NJ this week and was planning another stop on the way home since other friends have asked for the dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                        TIA.

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                                                                                                                                                                  River19 RE: Alienkeeper Aug 7, 2008 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I used to live in Cheshire and I liked Blackies, however I am a Glenwood guy.....great grilled dog, and the onion rings are awesome..........

                                                                                                                                                                  I love the ordering process there, it cracks me up still 25 years later...the guy walking down the line and shouting your order back to the grill section.

                                                                                                                                                                  "THREE DOGS..........2 RING...............ONE FRY....."

                                                                                                                                                                  The funniest part is you find yourself at the counter to pay saying "3 dogs, 2 rings, 1 fry...."

                                                                                                                                                                  Steve

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                                                                                                                                                                    masha bousha RE: River19 Aug 12, 2008 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    On my way back to West Hartford from a trip to Ikea yesterday we stopped at The Glenwood for my second time. I have to say, the dog alone is really tasty. I intentionally didn't get chili or cheese on it because it can't compete with Saint's (IMHO). I just got a dog and dressed it with mustard and 'kraut and the flavor of the dog was off the hook good.
                                                                                                                                                                    My SO wasn't as enchanted with her char-grilled burger and neither of us were wowed by the onion rings which were cooked fine but rather tasteless. I believe the Roadfood site mentions the O-rings as a must try but I'll probably never get them again there.
                                                                                                                                                                    Also, maybe it was just the young whippersnapper working there yesterday but when saying "fries" he says "FRENCH" as in "one French". Oh one more thing, while eating my dog I noticed that many folks order theirs either "well" or "burnt". I'll have to give that a shake next time.

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                                                                                                                                                                      musicrx65 RE: masha bousha May 2, 2009 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Rawley's in Fairfield on Rt. 1 is still my favorite. Nothing fancy--just good dogs. Try one or two with a 'black and white' shake. Oh Baby!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Raina RE: masha bousha Dec 12, 2010 12:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Masha, it wasn't just the "young whippersnapper" working there when you went. River19 remembered that one thing wrong. They have always said "French" for fries...well, for as long as I've been going there, which is over 35 years. And, yes, you MUST try one of their dogs "well," or "burnt!" I like my steak (beef, tuna, etc), burgers, etc, rare to med. rare. So, believe me, it's not just people that like all their meat/food overcooked or burnt that love Glenwood's dogs this way. Maybe it has something to do w/the skin vs. the inside taste and texture, Idk, but they are the best when well-done or slightly burnt.

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                                                                                                                                                                          River19 RE: Raina Dec 13, 2010 01:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I guess I must need to go back to refresh my ,memory and stop "misremembering".........;-)

                                                                                                                                                                    2. MacshashRIP RE: Alienkeeper May 6, 2009 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      when I'm not in Clifton, NJ eating a Rut's Hut deep fried dog, I like a Saint's chili-cheese dog in Plainville. I see a lot of mentions of Capitol Lunch in New Britain. Personally, I think their great sauce (chili) is wasted on a lackluster dog and bun.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Waquoit RE: MacshashRIP May 6, 2009 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I agree. I think dogs at Capitol Lunch are nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. jfood RE: Alienkeeper May 6, 2009 04:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Interesting old thread that got bumped, and on the NE Board.

                                                                                                                                                                        In FFD county Jfood's favorites are

                                                                                                                                                                        -Super Duper. He lovess the NY Dog but saves his Chicago fix for when he is in Chicago
                                                                                                                                                                        - Chez Leonard - Now that the son has taken over he still keeps the quality great
                                                                                                                                                                        - Swanky Franks - It may sound silly but he likes the Norwalk location better than the Westport. Maybe jfood likes the "tradition" versus the slick
                                                                                                                                                                        - Hamburger Patty's - Jfood was driving up route 7 in Ridgefield/Danbury (keeps changing all the time on this stretch) and he was hungry. Pulled over to a little shack on the west side (near Calico Corners) and ordered two dogs. He was extremely pleasantly surprised. And jfood loves the name.

                                                                                                                                                                        And he has yet to try the dog at Burgers Shakes and Fries. He understands from many these are good but when he gets in the presence of the burger, the idea of ordering a dog slips jfood's mind. He has to remember to try one next time.

                                                                                                                                                                        Likewise jfood has on his calendar trying the dog from the truck just off route 8 in Oxford (exit 20). He keeps driving by on Sundays when she is closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                          bmgsmg72 RE: River19 May 6, 2009 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow Roscos Closed i didnt know that

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                                                                                                                                                                            flattop5 RE: jfood Jul 2, 2009 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Jfood, you might be confusing two nearby establishments, both of which are on the west side of 7 in Wilton, south of the Ridgefield line. The one near Calico Corners is Dexter's Dog House, which features Kuhn's chili. Hamburger Patty's is about a mile further north, next to a gas station.

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                                                                                                                                                                              jfood RE: flattop5 Jul 2, 2009 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Nope.

                                                                                                                                                                              Dexter was not open yet when jfood stopped into Hamburger Pattys. And he agrees about the two locations. He was really hungry that morning, ate while driving, but he liked it.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Pigeage RE: Alienkeeper Jun 27, 2009 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            OK my CT 'Hounds - I'm driving thru tomorrow and you are my home state though I live in CA now and have been gone for years - what's the definitive deal here on the best Dogs? This is an old thread - quick sound off as to who thinks what is good (and open on a summer sunday)? Taking 95 to 84 from NY to MA. Anything else I shouldn't miss? (Gonna do Neil's for crullers and Modern for a pie (no time for Sally's/Pepe's.)

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                                                                                                                                                                              jfood RE: Pigeage Jun 27, 2009 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Taking 95 to 84 from NY to MA...they are parallel. good luck on that geographic null set.

                                                                                                                                                                              Dogs on 95 -

                                                                                                                                                                              Fairfield - Rawleys (X21) and Super Duper Wienie (X24)
                                                                                                                                                                              Norwalk - Swanky Franks (X14)

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                                                                                                                                                                                Pigeage RE: jfood Jul 3, 2009 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Hey 'Hounds - it's been fun reading your board during my trip to the nutmeg state. Had some great meals and snacks - including a nice dinner at Lenny's Indian Head and maybe the best donut (cruller) I've ever had at Neil's. As for the dogs, well, we hit Blackies - great summertime atmosphere, and no one has mentioned the birch beer which is a totally New England thing and not to be missed if you are an out of state foodie doing the regional eats thing like me (I don't think I have seen birch beer here in CA, but it must be here somewhere). The dogs are, I was told by another customer, Hummels but special make for them. They were, to me, very knackwurst-like in consistency - mild and plainish - a great backdrop for their relish, which is a surprisingly dark almost brown/army green color. We were glad we stopped - also glad to have coolered a five pound box of Mucke's and a buncha bags of New England style hot dog rolls for this weekend back here in L.A. from the Super Stop n' Shop! I snuck one already (you know, just to be sure they arrived safe and all) - they are waaaay better than the Hummels in my opinion - just a personal preference, but the difference was pretty striking. With Guildens and Blackies relish I think we will have no complaints on the 4th here in L.A. Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

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                                                                                                                                                                              hrashcc RE: Alienkeeper May 28, 2010 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Try the Dugout in FDairfield as well as Super Douper Weenie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                rudysmom RE: Alienkeeper Aug 20, 2010 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                OK hounds, i am not a hot dog aficionado. i eat one once a year in the summer and that usually does it for me. i stopped into a place called Rome's in Granby; it's a little yellow summer-shack-looking place with outdoor seating. burgers, fries, two types of dog, wings.
                                                                                                                                                                                i don't know what brand of hotdog i got, but it popped and split beautifully between my teeth. lots of butter on the grilled bun. only got mustard on top, but i think chili is available (hard to drive & eat a chili dog, at least for me).
                                                                                                                                                                                Rome's is on Rt 10 just past the high school (don't blink). i'd be interested to see what true dog lovers think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  rudysmom RE: rudysmom Aug 20, 2010 04:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  oh,and they also sell propane :)

                                                                                                                                                                                2. DavidA06488 RE: Alienkeeper Jan 31, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  To all CHers. A moment of silence, please. According to the news as this AM Grote & Wiegel is going out of business. A casualty of decreasing profit margins due to consumer focus on cheapest price, plus cost of beef going up d2 cost of corn going up d2 ethanol production. A great CT company hits the dust. In the mean time, if you like their products, stock up!

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