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.
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.
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!
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.
A&W- Numerous Locations
Augie & Rays- East Hartford
Bills Drive In Monroe
Botsford Drive in Newtown
Capital Lunch- New Britain
Carvilles Ranch House- Hartford
Chelles Stafford Springs
Clamps New Milford
Dannys Drive In Stratford
Davids Place Chesterfield
The Dawg House New Britain
Delicious Dogs Berlin
The Dog Stop Bolton
Duchess- Numerous Locations
Five Guys- Avon, Orange
Frankies- Waterbury(4), Bristol, Naugatuck, Madison, West Haven
Friendlys- Numerous Locations
Glenwood Drive In- Hamden
Happy Days Drive In East Hampton
Harrys Place- Colchester
Hot Dog House New London
Hot Dogs Plus- Meridan
Hot Dog Stand Westport
The Hut Berlin
Jays Place- Manchester
Johnny Ads Old Saybrook
Lake Zoar Drive In- Stevenson
Mc Henrys Willimantic
Merritt Canteen Bridgeport
Michaels Hot Dogs New Haven
Murphys Route 66 Columbia
Pilot House Haddam
Richs Drive In Somers
Roadside Chili House Bethel, Brookfield
Roscos Big Dog Hartford
Sahadis Hotties New Britain
Saints - Southington
Shady Glen Manchester
Shelton Dog House - Shelton
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
Woodys - 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
re: Mark M
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.
re: Mark M
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.
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.
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.
Just a note to say THANKS for putting this list together...
my faves (Saints, Rosco's, Capital Lunch, Glenwood) are on your list but now I've got a ton more to try.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!
Kurts Muckes Hot Dogs Torrington Ct Rt 8 Exit 46 Open 1030- 3pm 19th year in business. Check it out!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.