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Any places for good Hot Dogs?

PFOODIE Feb 22, 2007 06:28 AM

Restaurants or roadside carts.

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  1. Prav RE: PFOODIE Feb 22, 2007 06:32 AM

    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. hiddenboston RE: PFOODIE Feb 22, 2007 06:45 AM

      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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        chowciao RE: hiddenboston Mar 2, 2007 06:53 AM

        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!

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          hiddenboston RE: chowciao Mar 2, 2007 07:04 AM

          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!

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        jjbates4 RE: PFOODIE Feb 22, 2007 06:50 AM

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

        1. Bob MacAdoo RE: PFOODIE Feb 22, 2007 08:22 AM

          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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            Fort Point RE: Bob MacAdoo Feb 22, 2007 11:41 AM

            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.

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              Prav RE: Bob MacAdoo Feb 22, 2007 07:43 PM

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

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

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                Fort Point RE: Prav Feb 23, 2007 05:47 AM

                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.

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                Fort Point RE: Bob MacAdoo Mar 1, 2007 06:54 AM

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

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                  hiddenboston RE: Fort Point Mar 1, 2007 07:00 AM

                  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).

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                    tamerlanenj RE: hiddenboston Mar 1, 2007 09:58 AM

                    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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/32220...

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                      hiddenboston RE: tamerlanenj Mar 1, 2007 10:28 AM

                      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?

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                    Bob MacAdoo RE: Fort Point Mar 1, 2007 09:49 AM

                    I saw a photo earlier today on Boston.com 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.

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                      Fort Point RE: Bob MacAdoo Mar 1, 2007 01:05 PM

                      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. finlero RE: PFOODIE Feb 22, 2007 11:54 AM

                  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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                    BJK RE: finlero Feb 22, 2007 12:00 PM

                    I like Spike's.


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                      Prav RE: finlero Feb 22, 2007 07:44 PM

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

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                      Zatan RE: PFOODIE Feb 23, 2007 07:10 AM

                      UBurger in Kenmore make s a decent dog, their standard is almost a Chicago style dog, and the bun is like their hamburger buns, nice soft white bread.

                      1. kparke30 RE: PFOODIE Feb 23, 2007 07:16 AM

                        Halfway Cafe serves the Pearl Country Club foot long - - easily a meal for two!!

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                          pesto RE: PFOODIE Mar 1, 2007 11:23 AM

                          Has anyone ordered the dog at the Ashmont Grill?

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                            Seamus RE: PFOODIE Mar 2, 2007 07:08 AM

                            Casey's in Natick. Step back in time.

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