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Speed's - a first timer's report

The background. For year's I've been trying to get a Speed Dog. And for years, I've been foiled. Rain. Or no Speed. Or more rain. And the time I was three people from the counter when a work emergency killed the dream ...

So you can imagine the delight when work unexpectedly took me south of town for a mid-morning meeting and brought me back up I-93 to the Mass. Ave. exit at 12:15 with no responsibilities until mid-afternoon. Kismet!

The scene: A dozen men (all men), mainly blue collar workers and truck drivers in line. Slight overcast gave way to beautiful sun and pefect San Diego 70-degree weather.

The wait: 15 minutes. One person in line commented this was a new record for Speed's.

The Dog: Everythiung but relish. The dog felt more like a sub, which was a great thing. The toppings were so juicy - thank goodness I was forewarned to lean my chin away from my body while eating. The dog was perfect for a all beef style pup and the toppings went well together - especially the blend of sweet sauce and smoky chili, with the slight tang of the sweet onions. The lone, teensy pick I had was the mustard, which did not add a lot of flavor.

The verdict: What's not to like? I left with my belly full and my taste buds satisfied. Just like Sullivan's & Simcos, Speed's is a must for every person who loves a good hot dog.

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  1. So was the price definitely $7?

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    1. If you had a tie on, you should of had Speed cut it off your neck you when you were finished eating it.

      1. 15 minutes is definitely NOT a record. I've only been there maybe 3 times...? The first time I think I waited close to a half an hour for my dog. Don't get me wrong; totally, 100% worth it. But in all respects (including this one) Speed's is definitely NOT fast food....:)

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        1. re: twentyoystahs

          I thought he meant it the other way: that this was the fastest the line had ever moved. 15 minutes with 12 people ahead of you? The line doesn't move that fast at McDonalds!

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            You are right Barney. The process was 'faster' than usual according to the repeat visitor.

            1. re: Bob MacAdoo

              I was just there yesterday (Thursday) at 12:50 and there was only one person in front of me, so it only took about 7 minutes to get my Speed Dog.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                Oh, okay, thanks for the clarification. I was thinking..."15 minutes, that's nothin' " and apparently that's what you guys were too.

          2. Good for you.

            I wish he has a smaller dog and charge me less. It is not I don't like it but it is a bit too big for me where I have to force myself to finish it.

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            1. re: sheila

              A leftover half a speed dog is a great breakfast, or so I hear. I eat the whole thing.

              1. re: yumyum

                I've eaten half at lunch and the other half for dinner my 2 times there.