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Lesser known hotdogs in CT

Mark McClure Mar 4, 2006 09:53 AM

I'm in the process of making a web page and guide to Hot Dog stands in Connecticut. We all know about the places along the shore(ie. Swanky Franks, Super Dooper Weinie, etc) but I'm looking for some of the lesser known places. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm up close to 60 places, but a few have closed since starting this project a year ago. Thanks.

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    TastyNewEngland Jul 10, 2008 06:34 PM

    I can vouch for Rosco's in Hartford being really tasty. I only had room for a single dog because I was doing other foodie stuff with a friend in the city but after one bite I was blown away by how good it was. I'm going back soon, I'm thinking about a stop this weekend.

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    1. re: TastyNewEngland
      hotdoglover Jul 11, 2008 03:24 AM

      Definitely go back on an empty stomach. There's no better beef and pork dog than Thumann's, which is served there. It's prepared perfectly, and although it's great with just mustard, the chili and other homemade toppings are excellent.

    2. louuuuu May 13, 2008 07:21 AM

      Jumbo Hebe Nationals at any Costco grill... served in a great bun, plus a soda ... all for 1.50.

      Don't underestimate.... despite the "unlocal" aspect... really really tasty.

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        Meesch70 May 12, 2008 01:24 PM

        My favorite local brand is Martin Rossols, located in New Britian. I am not sure which restaurants/stands sell them, I usually buy them direct or at Stew Leonard's. They're delicious!

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          dawnmarie Apr 5, 2008 03:57 PM

          What about Dragon Dogs in Old Saybrook. They have all the wonderful hotdogs but he also has invented a Lobster Dog. The chef, Jack Flaws opens the stand in May and is open through the summer. It is located at the front of Harbor One Marina. The Lobster Dog is to die for!!!!

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            doggone May 12, 2008 10:06 AM

            Do check out the place in Windsor, hot dog truck parked at dale drug on rt 75, by far the BEST dog I have ever had. Wednesday they do a burger that will make you fall over.

          2. ginger7949 Apr 4, 2008 03:36 PM

            Sheiks in Torrington, only on saturdays with Kraut and guldens. yum
            or gooseboro in bantam with a coffee milkshake and fries. oh do I miss CT!!!
            Texas doesn't know the meaning of a hot dog.

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              cltcgirl Apr 2, 2008 01:42 PM

              I would love to recommend Heavenly Hot Dogs in Torrington. They are on the top of East Main St route 202 in the Blockbuster plaza across from the new Target plaza. They are very friendly people, have great hot dogs and absolutely the BEST chili dog I have ever had. Plus they have an amazing array of condiments with a hot relish that is to die for. They operate out of a revamped, very colorful camper decorated with angels and other really neat things. They should be opening soon for the spring , summer, fall season and I can't wait!

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                twiztwaz Apr 11, 2008 01:37 PM

                Oh yes I love heavenly hot dogs. Great, great place. Chili and the hot relish are fabulous!

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                  twiztwaz Apr 19, 2008 07:54 PM

                  Heavenly is open for the season!!! HOORAY. I snapped a shot of the menu but I don't think you can see it that well. But you might be able at least to see the huge amount of condiments available for no extra charge.

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                wineaux73 Mar 28, 2008 08:39 PM

                I freaking LOVE Burger Bar in Norwalk! One of my favorite upscale burger/dog joints.

                And, Rawley's in Fairfield makes an outstanding dog and a decent burger. They have this Mel's Hellish Relish that is the bomb. Their fries are fresh and tasty, too.

                1. EastRocker Mar 20, 2008 08:23 AM

                  Clamps in New Milford

                  Gooseboro Drive-In, Bantam

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                    kurt johnson Mar 19, 2008 06:48 PM

                    Kurts Muckes Hot Dogs Torrington Ct Rt 8 Exit 46 Open 1030- 3pm 19th year in business. Check it out!

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                      sfoss17 Aug 13, 2007 01:29 PM

                      Burger Bar in South Norwalk has all sorts of dogs. From the ordinary, plain, with chili etc, to the somewhat strange, thanksgiving dogs, BLT dogs... And they use these big hot dogs. They're really good. I can a relatively picky hot dog eater.

                      The burgers & house cut fried are pretty damn good too!!

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                        cheesemonger Jul 28, 2007 09:21 PM

                        I've finally got to say it- Blackie's in Cheshire is DISGUSTING.
                        Cheap horrible dogs, condiments set out on the counter for all to fondle- why do people keep recommending this greasy bacteria fest? It's revolting.

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                          Jestner Jul 29, 2007 06:43 PM

                          They use Hummel hot dog if memory serves. Hardly cheap hot dogs. Never heard anyone say that Hummel dogs are horrible. The Hummels take care in their products and it shows.
                          The place is just as clean as any other mom & pop diner/restaurant
                          And the reason people visit there is because the hot dogs and relish are wonderful & reasonable.

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                            Waquoit Jul 30, 2007 01:42 PM

                            I second the motion. Nothing wrong with Blackie's at all. And imagine never eating at a place with common condiments? No Blackie's, no Augies & Ray's, no Harry's, no Glenwood, no Mickey's, no Shady Glen....

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                              cheesemonger Jul 30, 2007 03:33 PM

                              I think it's what you're used to- I like a char dog. I find Blackie's boiled-in-oil dogs to be, well, icky in every respect, texture, flavor, etc. The Glenwood, however, sounds promising.

                              As for the condiment stand- after watching the people paw through it, the flies, etc. It was just unappetizing in the extreme. I'm not against "help yourself" condiments, plenty of places I frequent have them, but there is a little thing called a health code for a reason.

                              Perhaps I need a grilled Hummel to appreciate it's apparent virtues.

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                                sodagirl Jul 31, 2007 09:40 AM

                                How about The Ranch on N main St in Hartford

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                          johnsmelling Jul 26, 2007 06:41 PM

                          A lot of the places that are listed.. Harrys, Augies, Augies and Rays, Capital lunch, Shady Glen, Chells Dinner, Barts, Pastrami on Rye, The Dog stop and many others carry Bogner hot dogs and hamburgers. From what i understand they do both natural casing and a all beef hot dog along with their famous kelly dogs.... i live in MA now but i make a special trip to their stores once in a while just becuase i know its a quality product

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                            tony majersky Jun 19, 2006 12:57 PM

                            Guidos drive in will be reopening very soon. They will actually be taking over the cool cow located at 242 broad st in manchester. i worked at guidos for the last 4 years in Enfield. Now that the paper work is finally done, we should be moving in in the next couple of days.

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                              swa May 15, 2006 07:33 PM

                              Chez Leonard's - hot dog cart on Main Street in Ridgefield, CT

                              Great hot dogs, wonderful owners
                              creative toppings

                              Link: http://www.food411.com

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                                Tom Mar 7, 2006 02:42 PM

                                Almost forgot a new place in Manchester called Pastrami on Wry (no lie). They serve a "Main Street Hotdog" which is a really good Bogner ( a local company) dog served w chili, cheese and kraut and 2 sides (choose from tasty slaw, pasta salad or potato salad or substitue one for shoe string fries for an extra dollar). Think it's 5 bucks - a steal and very good!

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                                  Bino Mar 6, 2006 04:38 PM

                                  Thomilson's in Bridgeport is a long time favorite, great place, the spelling might be wrong.

                                  Also, it is pretty well known for 75 years, but The Windmill Bar and Grille in Stratford make world class chilidogs. I have been going there for almost 40 years and my Dad for over 60 years. I have not been there in about 15 years and hope they are still in business, does anyone know?

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                                    Fois gras fan Mar 7, 2006 10:12 AM

                                    Fred's Shanty in New London!

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                                      long dog Apr 8, 2006 11:37 PM

                                      Tomlinson's (Hummel's dog) is still on the corner of Boston Ave and Noble Ave in Bridgeport, although the ownership and quality have changed since it was a little shack.

                                      The Windmill, on the corner of Thompson and Hollister, in Stratford is still around.

                                      The quality of the dogs has suffered greatly since Miller's Provisions went out of business, and they now serve Hummel's skinless. The chili is the only reason to have a dog there now.

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                                      smalley1213 Mar 6, 2006 06:34 AM

                                      Just a note to say THANKS for putting this list together...
                                      YOU ROCK!

                                      my faves (Saints, Rosco's, Capital Lunch, Glenwood) are on your list but now I've got a ton more to try.

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                                        christian Mar 5, 2006 09:21 PM

                                        Great list... JKs in Danbury is great... does anybody know if Big Eds in Danbury is still around? They used to park their trailer at various spots near the Danbury Fair Mall.. last time I went there was probably 5 yrs ago and at that time they had been around for alomost 20 yrs...

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                                          EAF Mar 6, 2006 08:46 AM

                                          Big Ed is still there. Segar street in Chuck's parking lot.

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                                            whampoo Aug 5, 2009 07:31 PM

                                            Big Ed's is the greatest, I used to stop everyday on the way to work and buy 2 chili dogs ... in the dead of winter the windows were down and the jacket was off and I was guzzling 2 sodas. I moved to California in 1981 and flew back hunted Ed down and he gave me a huge jar of chili to bring back to CA since no one makes their own ...they all use the canned garbage. He wouldn't give the recipe but he told me one of the secrets and I have been trying to get the right combination ever since. I think its the hot dog that make it ... It was fun to watch my friends in Ca wimp out on Big Eds Chili ... most turned beat red and started sweating profusely ... the best chili ever ....if you know anyone that says they like it hot ... get them a big eds chili dog ...unless they don't make the chili like that anymore ...now i know he is still there I will be making a trip to Ct. to see my family and Big Eds.

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                                            Lisa Mar 5, 2006 06:57 PM

                                            I think it's called Higgies on 154 in Haddam? Haven't been there in a while so can't give an accurate review, just thought you might want to check it out if you haven't already.

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                                              Redstone Mar 20, 2008 03:15 PM

                                              Higgie's is closed and for sale. Has been for a year.


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                                              Mark M Mar 5, 2006 11:00 AM

                                              A&W- Numerous Locations
                                              Al’s- Naugatuck
                                              Augie’s- Manchester
                                              Augie & Ray’s- East Hartford
                                              Bart’s- Windsor
                                              Bill’s Drive In – Monroe
                                              Blackie’s – Chesire
                                              Botsford Drive in – Newtown
                                              Buster’s- Bristol
                                              Capital Lunch- New Britain
                                              Carville’s Ranch House- Hartford
                                              Chelle’s – Stafford Springs
                                              Clamp’s – New Milford
                                              Danny’s Drive In – Stratford
                                              David’s Place – Chesterfield
                                              The Dawg House – New Britain
                                              Delicious Dogs – Berlin
                                              Denmo’s – Southbury
                                              The Dog Stop – Bolton
                                              Doogie’s –Newington
                                              Duchess- Numerous Locations
                                              Five Guys- Avon, Orange
                                              Frankie’s- Waterbury(4), Bristol, Naugatuck, Madison, West Haven
                                              Friendly’s- Numerous Locations
                                              Glenwood Drive In- Hamden
                                              Guida’s – Middlefield
                                              Happy Day’s Drive In – East Hampton
                                              Harry’s Place- Colchester
                                              Hot Dog House – New London
                                              Hot Dogs Plus- Meridan
                                              Hot Dog Stand – Westport
                                              The Hut – Berlin
                                              Jay’s Place- Manchester
                                              J.K.- Danbury
                                              Johnny Ad’s – Old Saybrook
                                              Junior’s – Canton
                                              Lake Zoar Drive In- Stevenson
                                              Mc Henry’s – Willimantic
                                              Merritt Canteen – Bridgeport
                                              Michael’s Hot Dogs – New Haven
                                              Murphy’s Route 66 – Columbia
                                              Paul’s – Milford
                                              Pilot House – Haddam
                                              Pluto’s – Bloomfield
                                              Rawley’s – Fairfield
                                              Rich’s Drive In – Somers
                                              Roadside Chili House – Bethel, Brookfield
                                              Rosco’s Big Dog – Hartford
                                              Sahadi’s Hotties – New Britain
                                              Saint’s - Southington
                                              Shady Glen – Manchester
                                              Shelton Dog House - Shelton
                                              Shiek’s – Torrington
                                              Silver Lake Restaurant – Berlin
                                              Super Duper Weenie – Fairfield, Monroe
                                              Swanky Franks – Norwalk, Milford
                                              Sycamore Drive In – Bethel
                                              T&G Hot Dogs Plus – Bridgeport
                                              Top Dog – Portland
                                              Wonkas Specialty Dogs – Danbury
                                              Woody’s - Hartford

                                              I had to delete a few that have closed, tehre may be more that have closed tho. Whn my site is complete I will include addresses, type of dogs etc. Thanks

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                                              1. re: Mark M
                                                John Fox Mar 5, 2006 12:08 PM

                                                Although Connecticut hot dog stands serve mostly the beef/pork blend, there are some fine places that serve a quality all beef dog. Five Guys serves a split and grilled Hebrew National dog. Top Dog serves a grilled natural casing Sabrett. Both are on your list. One that is not is Chez Leonard. It's a cart serving Hebrew National franks with casing, which is rare. They also have a variety of homemade toppings.

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                                                  cteats Mar 5, 2006 01:27 PM

                                                  Top Dog in Cos Cob serves grilled Sabrett's natural casing. Excellent fries, both regular and sweet potato, as well. In a retro-style diner, close to 95.

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                                                    FrankieBeans Mar 5, 2006 03:25 PM

                                                    Yes, Top Dog is excellent...I believe the well-respected reporter from the Greenwich Time, Michael Dinan, did a piece on them a while back.

                                                    Also did not see Overton's in Norwalk on the list. Simple, no-frills dogs, but delicious. Nice place to chill out in the summer.

                                                  2. re: Mark M
                                                    Tom Mar 5, 2006 04:01 PM

                                                    Great idea! Cool Cow in Manchester uses the long Hummel and grills it. Not too long ago they had a special - 2 dogs and bunch of good fries for under 6 bucks! They may still offer it. Afterward have some of their soft serve.

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                                                      thos Mar 27, 2008 07:21 PM

                                                      sorry, cool cow closed about a year ago and I don't rec the replacement

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                                                      Nancy Mar 6, 2006 09:54 PM

                                                      What about:
                                                      Turk's,Jimmies and Chicks? All in West Haven...
                                                      Vincents in Branford?
                                                      Dino's in North Haven?
                                                      Nick's Char pit in North Haven/New Haven?

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                                                        Nancy Mar 6, 2006 09:59 PM

                                                        Don't forget Duchess Family Rest. [a small chain]-the one in Hamden makes some nice dogs-on home made buns!
                                                        Chili dogs are A+,the 'works' equally yummy!
                                                        Other locations-West Haven, Wallingford.

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                                                          Bob Mar 12, 2006 02:47 PM

                                                          Also in Milford & Fairfield

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                                                            Jestner Jul 28, 2007 09:10 PM

                                                            Just for sake of people who may read this down the line - the Duchess in Hamden is now closed.

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                                                              hurc81 Apr 23, 2008 12:33 AM

                                                              There's actually one in Bridgeport also.

                                                          2. re: Nancy
                                                            jakeyd Aug 12, 2007 08:00 PM

                                                            Turk's has very good Hummel dogs. Avoid Chick's & Jimmie's.

                                                          3. re: Mark M
                                                            JB Mar 7, 2006 11:25 AM

                                                            I'm reading this from CA and haven't lived in CT since about 1980. I remember 2 places. One, Bart's in Windsor is on your list. The other, Jimmie's of Savin Rock in West Haven isn't.

                                                            Jimmie's current location has been a nice sit down seafood restaurant for a number years now but, they still srve their famous hot dogs. Their old location was a combination of a drive up stand and a much smaller sit down restaurant. Before my time, I believe that it was just a drive up stand.

                                                            My Grandfather and I would always get a hot dog for "desert" after having our fill of that wonderful seafood.

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                                                              FoodieJim Mar 7, 2006 12:59 PM

                                                              Quote: "My Grandfather and I would always get a hot dog for "desert" after having our fill of that wonderful seafood."

                                                              This is too funny. My dad and I used to do the opposite. We'd each have a "split dog" as an appetizer while waiting for our whole belly clams to cook in the fryer!

                                                              While Jimmie's is now a sit-down restaurant, its place as a Savin Rock institution warrants inclusion on any list of top CT dogs.

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                                                                JB Mar 7, 2006 06:09 PM

                                                                Too funny indeed! Two great family traditions. Jimmie's is at the top of the list of things that I miss from CT.

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                                                                LTom Mar 8, 2006 09:45 AM

                                                                My Dad used to regularly get a hot dog for dessert at the (now closed) Mt. Kisco deli. He said his father used to do the same thing when he was growing up in Brooklyn.

                                                                That was the only time I'd heard of doing that until reading your post.

                                                                1. re: LTom
                                                                  JB Mar 8, 2006 10:57 AM

                                                                  Wow! Who knew? Perhaps, it's more common than either of us realized.

                                                              3. re: Mark M
                                                                Mark M Mar 10, 2006 04:52 PM

                                                                This is just photos of some of the stands that will be on my list. I have uploaded all that I can for free on this website. Sorry for the poor quality of some, they are a few years old. Still working on my site.

                                                                Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/53907779...

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                                                                  Asher Mar 24, 2006 04:40 AM

                                                                  Chez Lenard - a hotdog cart on Main Street in Ridgefield. Always busy.

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                                                                    always040 Mar 23, 2008 05:33 PM

                                                                    Chez Lenard seconded - great dogs and buns. And where else can you get that awesome cheese sauce and peppers?

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                                                                  John Fox Mar 5, 2006 06:32 AM

                                                                  I'm from New Jersey, but have been to Connecticut several times for the sole purpose of sampling hot dogs. I've been to about a dozen places, mostly the familiar ones. Many of the hot dog joints in Conn. use the same Hummel dog. The Glenwood in Hamden is my favorite of these. A great charbroiled dog. My other favorite in Conn. is Rosco's Big Dog in Hartford. They use a Thumann's Griddle Frank. Excellent dog, and great homemade toppings. Let us know when your web page is up and running. Looking forward to it.

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                                                                    Don Shirer Mar 4, 2006 05:48 PM

                                                                    Johnny Ad's in Old Saybrook has good foot-long hot dogs
                                                                    with old-fashioned grilled buns.

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                                                                      HungryChris Mar 4, 2006 05:32 PM

                                                                      I couldn't agree with Joanie more! Show us what you got, we'll tell what you are missing!


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                                                                        abbi Mar 6, 2006 08:38 AM

                                                                        the yankee doodle in new haven. They have many heart cloggers, but they are amazing. Good friend of mine holds record for one sitting consumption of the cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped hot dog on buttered buns.

                                                                        Yankee Doodle also has sumptuous 'tiny' burgers

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                                                                        Cate Mar 4, 2006 05:13 PM

                                                                        Frankie's in Waterbury is a must!
                                                                        Also Bart's in Windsor.

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                                                                          LTom Mar 4, 2006 03:37 PM

                                                                          Glenwood Drive-In in Hamden. 2538 Whitney Ave. Farily easy access off the Merritt Pkwy. Great dogs cooked over charcoal, and very good onion rings.

                                                                          And be sure to put a link to your page here when it's up and running!

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                                                                            Joanie Mar 4, 2006 01:50 PM

                                                                            Maybe you should link to your list so people don't give you ones you already have.

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                                                                              Sloth Mar 4, 2006 01:36 PM

                                                                              My brother lives in Southington and can't stop raving about Blackie's in Cheshire. He travels the state a lot for his job and has tried many places, but considers Blackie's the best in CT. He got me a jar of their hot pepper relish and I have to admit it was pretty darn tasty. I don't think they have a website, but you might be interested in this article from the New Haven Advocate.

                                                                              Link: http://www.newhavenadvocate.com/gbase...

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