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Rosco's big dog--Hartford, CT

I have to say...I've mentioned Rosco's before but I had two great dogs there today...I highly recommend them:
Die Fleider Dog....snappy dog in a grilled NE Style bun with horseradish mustard, cheese and saurkraut...mmmm
CC Rider which has chili-meaty sauce, mustard and cheese...also awesome. There's a container of Tipitina (something like that) sauce that is excellent on the CC Rider.

check them out...
they're on Franklin Ave in the South End of Hartford...but I hear they're moving downtown...rumor has it near Pratt Street.

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  1. How solid is the rumour that they are possibly moving downtown? Very interesting.

    1. We were there this weekend, my son loves the slopdog. They are moving to the Front Street redevolpment--it was supposed to be this fall, but now they are saying this spring. I'm not happy, Franklin Ave is really easy to get to.

      1. Speaking of, I've never tried Woody's because of their hours not being conducive to mine. How is it? what do you like there? Do they have a Chicago Style dog?

        Well...if Rosco's is open Thurs-Sat evenings...I'll be kicking up my heels. That they close at 7pm kind of sucks.


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        1. re: masha bousha

          Woody's is a good hot dog joint. They have a Chicago Dog as part of their normal specials. I get Hot Dog w/ the works which comes with all the normal stuff, sauerkraut, peppers, chili, and cheese (I hold the cheese)...

          1. re: Jestner

            Thought I'd throw Woodys website up in case you were interested.

            1. re: Jestner

              hey, thanks.

              what do you know about this 'hot chihuahua' challenge? says if you survive the hot dog, you get a button. thinking of trying that out ($3.25, can't go wrong).. am i looking at whole habaneros or what?


              1. re: goodbyeohio

                No habaneros it has hot sauce hot relish super hot mustard jalapenos and small hot peppers.if you love hot food go for it.

        2. Interesting that Rosco's may be moving next to City Steam. I'm from N.J. and stayed overnight at a hotel within walking distance of City Steam. My family and I were on our way to Maine for vacation. We went to City Steam for some tasty beer and a meal. I'd love to go back. I've been to Rosco's once about 2 years ago with a friend of mine on an all day hot dog expedition. We hit about 7 places that day. I've been to about a dozen or more in Connecticut, and I'd have to say that Rosco's is the best. It's also one of the 2 best dogs I've had anywhere (Syd's in Union, N.J. is the other). Unfortunately I live far from Rosco's. Fortunately, I am able to obtain the dog that they serve since it's made and sold in New Jersey. Not many hot dog joints in Jersey serve this particular dog. But I can get it at the supermarket and enjoy it at home. This dog is so good that you can enjoy it with just a little mustard. But the chili and other toppings at Rosco's are excellent. When I was there, I enjoyed a dog with mustard, and one with chili and coleslaw. Long live Rosco's wherever they move to!

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          1. re: hotdoglover

            Hey! You post on the Manhattan board too don't you?
            I love chowhound. It's the one site that I consistently visit whenever I'm on the web.

            good info! thanks much!

          2. Hi...Isn't Woody's on Pratt Street? The address on the website says Main Street. Are there two locations?

            also, any ideas on what their hours are? I believe they're only open M-F but the hours aren't on the site.

            thanks all!

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            1. re: masha bousha

              Well, you can access Woodys from an alley off Pratt St, or through an entrance to the right of Quizno's on Main St. One in the same.

            2. Regarding the "roll up the sidewalks after dark" comment...Keep in mind that this is really a 'chicken-and-egg' issue. With the Convention Center open and doing better than expected business, the construction of Front Street (some day), and the ribbon cuttting of some pretty impressive condo/apartment complexes, the hope is that the city will no longer suffer from this problem. But it will take the brave relocation and start-up of businesses into downtown (which means walking distance from hotels, condos, etc., and not down Franklin Ave.) in order to make this goal a reality. While it is sad to see Franklin Ave vaporize, if the trade-off is a vibrant downtown in Hartford, then this is probably for the good.

              1. Not gonna get into a debate on this, but the City/Condo/Apt Owners will have to do much better providing an incentive for people to move in. The rental rates at the new apartments are obscene - given that you are moving into Hartford and not NYC. So you pay through the roof, you pay another couple hundred for parking, you have no grocery store, not much in the way of entertainment, no gas stations, etc.
                I think what it will take is a massive oversupply, developers/property owners going bankrupt, and then monthly rental reductions to give an incentive.
                I personally wouldnt have any interest in paying double the rent I could pay in the suburbs to live in a ghost-town with no infrastructure - regardless of how many hot dog shoppes and deli's there are.

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                1. re: Jestner

                  That's why I said it is a "chicken-and-egg" issue. Do the people move in first, to a town with no goods and services? Or do the goods and services move in first to a town with no people? Something has to give, and someone has to go first. Kudos to Rosco's for taking that step. That's all I'm saying. I have never priced the housing situation in Hfd, and have no opinion on the situation.

                  1. re: FoodieJim

                    I totally agree and hope I didnt come across confrontational. I think it will be interesting having two hot dog joints across the street from each other

                    1. re: Jestner

                      For all of us that love a good hot dog...it is hard not to find at least one redeeming feature in almost any outlet...and anything ...anything at all that gives someone a reason to go to downtown Hartford is a good idea...the lack of storefronts in this city...thanks Hartford Steamboiler, Constitution Plaza, City Place, New Civic center...with blank fortress walls that stretch up and along every street have eliminated the basic fundamentals of city life...which are small storefronts viabale for entry level businesses...this has to help...

                      By the way..ate two half smokes and a side of cheese fries at Ben's Chili Bowl last week...if you like dogs you will find out where this is...but it's a seven hour drive for the un-initiated. Worth the trip and some sightseeing in close proximity. Open till 2am.