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Feb 22, 2007 06:28 AM

Any places for good Hot Dogs?

Restaurants or roadside carts.

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  1. I recommend doing a search for Mr. Speed's. His hot dog stand is one of those "gems" that many aren't aware of. I can't guarantee that he's gotten set up in this not-quite-yet warmish weather, though.

    1. Simco's on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan has excellent hot dogs at really cheap prices. It's a simple hot dog and sandwich joint, where you order at the window and wait for your food. On nice days, I either sit on the back of my hatch or sit on the stoop next door. But in this weather, plan on eating in your car, I guess. It's really more of a warm-weather place.

      For a sit-down spot with outstanding dogs, check out Grumpy White's in Quincy. They have foot-long hot dogs that are almost as good as those that you will find in southwestern Connecticut (which to me is the best area to go for hot dogs).

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Ahh, Simco's - my Dad used to sneak over there on his way home from work once in a while - Mom always caught him - mustard stains are hard to remove when driving! :-) I love their dogs - as much for great memories as for their taste!

        1. re: chowciao

          One of my favorite parts about Simco's is going there on a Sunday morning and watching the older couples in their suits and dresses coming out of church, and making a beeline across the street for Simco's. Mustard on a suitcoat? Ketchup on a stocking? No problem--the hot dogs are more than worth it!

      2. If you are making the drive, hit up Popo's in Swampscott, right up 1A. great stuff in there

        1. Sullivan's on Castle Island is always good for a traditional Kayem dog grilled and placed in a buttery grilled roll.

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          1. re: Bob MacAdoo

            Sullivan is closed for a few months each winter. Not sure exactly when it reopens, but I wouldn't be surprised if isn't arouond St Pats day.

            1. re: Bob MacAdoo

              Isn't it just a slice of plain white bread folded in half?

              Still buttery/grilled/delicious though. And only $0.75 or something.

              1. re: Prav

                Maybe it was on white bread when it was $0.75, but it is on a hot dog roll now and I think last season it was $1.25 or $1.50.

              2. re: Bob MacAdoo

                Looks like Sullivan's has reopened for the season and from March 1 -5 they are offering a 70 cent hot dog.

                1. re: Fort Point

                  I know what I'm doing this weekend! :-)

                  So that means that this weekend, you could go to Sullivan's and get...let's see....20 hot dogs....for the price of 1 hot dog at The Butcher Shop. This will be the best $14 I've spent in awhile (plus another $10 for a big bottle of Tums).

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    It wouldn't be a hot dog thread without someone taking a baseless shot at the butcher shop's $14 "hot dog" despite never having eaten it.

                    Do you compare the $1 double cheeseburger at McDonald's to the $13 burger at Abe and Louie's?

                    Here's a link to my review:

                    1. re: tamerlanenj

                      I don't like the double cheeseburger at McDonald's. :-D

                      Yup, I bet Sullivan's is indeed doing an amazing business today, with the nice weather and the JFK sailing into Boston. I wish I had a chance to be there. If anyone was at Sullivan's today, what were the lines like?

                  2. re: Fort Point

                    I saw a photo earlier today on of the USS JFK coming into the harbor that was taken at Castle Island. I imagine a lot of the onlookers in the photo enjoyed a nicely priced dog after seeing the carrier.

                    1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                      Actually I was at the JFK coming in viewing and unfortunately Sullivan's was not open yet. All I saw was the sign on the door. The ship by the way is amazing.

                2. A lot of hounds dislike the fairly gigantic rolls and overall phoniness at Spike's, but I must confess to liking them, at least as a mildly guilty pleasure.

                  While Spike's won't be mistaken for a down 'n' dirty, real deal hot dog joint, it can be a lot of fun for the impressive assortment of good, fresh ingredients. I'm partial to the Samurai Dog, topped with sauteed onions and teriyaki sauce, and the Texas Ranger, topped with bacon, cheddar, and BBQ sauce, then toasted in the oven.

                  Other selling point: they're open late.

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                    1. re: finlero

                      I do like that they're open late, and they have interesting combos. I wish their dogs had more "snap" though!