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Best Hot Dogs in Maine?

I'm a chili dog and kraut dog junkie. I enjoy Wasses, the 2 related shops around Augusta, one roadside shack in Winthrop and even a great little place in Calais, that serves fried peanuts too. What are other good hot dog joints? Even neon "red snappers" accepted......maybe(like the place in Lewiston).

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  1. There is a great place for dogs, only open in the Summer Its located on Rt1 between York and Ogunquit, Called Flo's. Its a little shack right on the road,and parking is tricky as you need to park along side Rt1 which is quite busy in the summer. They have opened another place farther north in Wells. but not the same as the original. Good luck. Earle Ct.

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    1. re: Earle

      Flo's in York is open year round.11-3 every day except Wednesday. The Flo's in Kittery, the one in Wells and the one in Sanford are only open in the summer.

      1. re: Earle

        Awesome. I love a good hot dog, and I'm going to be staying in York Beach this Saturday night. Can you tell me exactly where they are?

        What's good on the menu? Plain dogs with mustard the way I usually get them, or is there a 'specialty' I should know about?

        Thanks

        edit: Ahh, I found the website, the place is actually called "Flo's Hot Dogs" ... Still, what's good??

        1. re: ratbuddy

          The original Flo's is on Route 1 headin north from the Stonewall Kitchen store towards Ogunquit center on the right side. Open 11-3 only every day except Wednesday. The other is in Kittery near the parking lot to the Kittery Trading Post where the outlets are. I think that one is open later but not sure. The only and best way to eat Flos is with her special hot sauce (not very hot) - although regulars have hot sauce and mayo. If you are going to have mustard only, don;t bother- there is nothing particularly special about the dogs except the sauce. You can buy the sauce in many markets in the area and at Flo's.

          1. re: emilief

            Ahh, thanks for saving me the trouble, then. I'll definitely pick up a bottle of the sauce to take home.

            1. re: ratbuddy

              I tried Flo's, and it was pretty friggin' good. I told Gail to just make it however she does, and it ended up being a steamed dog on a steamed bun with mayo, 'special sauce', and a bit of celery salt. It was really good. Better than the best dog I've had in CT. I haven't tried Roscoe's yet though..

              1. re: ratbuddy

                In my opinion,Rosco's serves the best dog in Connecticut. And that's saying a lot since the state is known for their hot dogs. We all have different tastes though. I don't like onions. It's in Flo's sauce. I like mayonaisse, but not on a hot dog. When I went to Flo's I had a couple of dogs with just mustard. A pork based dog tastes better fried or grilled rather than steamed. The dog used then (Schutz's) was bland and underwhelming. A mediocre overrated dog. I think Schutz's went out of business. Maybe not, but Flo's has since switched to Old Neighborhood franks. Another mild dog. But I guess if you like the mayo and special sauce, you will like Flo's. I didn't. But it seems that I'm in the minority as this place is popular and always on those "Best of" lists.

                1. re: hotdoglover

                  I can't say if the dog was beef, pork, turkey, or camel.. It was tasty though. Very nice snap, and cooked just right. I also enjoy a grilled dog, but if you're going to have one steamed, it oughta be cooked like mine was. Very nice.

              2. re: ratbuddy

                sauce can be purchased on ebay. the secert is using the celery salt with the sauce. i also add mustard along with the local custom of mayo with the sauce. just great.

        2. The Dog House in Kittery is pretty good, but when it comes to dogs I'm not a food snob, just love hot dogs period...even fenway franks!

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          1. re: geminigirl

            Hey, what's the difference between Yankee Stadium & Fenway Park?
            You can get a hot dog in Fenway in October!

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              nice!

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                Cute!! Go Red Sox!

              2. re: geminigirl

                I tried to hit Flo's, but was too early. My brother-in-law lives in Kittery, so The Dog House is a goal next visit. Thanks.

                1. re: geminigirl

                  What about Ray's in Saco? It was a few years ago, but my dog was quite decent. Or is it Rapid Ray's? I have the t-shirt somewhere.

                2. What's with them red things anyway?

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                  1. re: trufflehound

                    Flo's is the best, in York. Used to be better years ago when Flo was alive and before they sold thier secret sauce. Still great though.

                    1. re: trufflehound

                      It's a Maine thing. We always had red hots in Maine as kids. If you like grilled NC franks that "snap" while cooking, they are the ticket. Grilled red hots with a grilled roll + brown mustard is the way to go. Raw onions also are good on them.

                      It's just food coloring with no impact on taste. The casing is died red. If you were to get Jordan's reds or "regular" NC franks at Hannafords/Shaws/S&S they taste the same.

                    2. Bollies in waterville

                      1. Many people in the midcoast maine area like Wasses Hot Dogs.

                        You can find them at three locations:

                        2 North Main St.
                        Rockland, ME
                        2075947472

                        P.O. Box 364
                        Belfast, ME
                        207-338-8380

                        1586 Appleton Ridge Rd
                        Appleton, ME
                        207-338-6431

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                        1. re: zeph74

                          I am a big fan of Danny's on the Brunswick mall especially the chili dogs. Warning: the line around lunch time gets pretty long. Might take 5 - 10 minutes.

                          1. re: zeph74

                            Bolley's in Waterville and Don's in Augusta both serve what I'd call a Wasses-style-frank, and they're good. Good burgers as well. But the reason to go is definitely those crinkled cut fries, the topper that puts Bolleys/Dons WAY ahead of Wasses.

                            1. re: jackattack

                              Isn't Bolleys in the Hallowell area?

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                Yes there is also a Bolley's in Hallowell (just over the Augusta line). Both Waterville and Hallowell locations had same ownership originally but not sure if same owner currently.More importantly, it is the same style hot dog.

                                1. re: HDinCentralME

                                  Where in Waterville? We often hit Don's off 95. What's the name or the road side dog shack in Winthrop?

                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                    Bolley's in Waterville is at 96 College Ave.

                                    The "road side dog shack in Winthrop"...I believe you are thinking of Double D's Dogs. The location is actually Manchester, near the Country Club and the Winthrop line. They are seasonal and I do not see them there yet this year.

                                    Also in Manchester on 202 is Woofy's. They are open for season now and offer fried seafood, etc in addition to dogs. (I have not tried this place.)

                                2. re: Passadumkeg

                                  Problem with the Bolleys in Hallowell is that the fries aren't as memorable as in Waterville and/or as Don's in Augusta. Fresh Cut crinkles, done in peanut oil.

                                3. re: jackattack

                                  Bolley's and Don's have closed? Where oh where in the state will I find my fresh cut crinkle cuts????

                                  1. re: jackattack

                                    I guess Bolley's Hallowell location doesn't serve fresh cut crinkle cut fries like the now-shuttered Waterville location?

                                    1. re: italianices

                                      No they don't. In fact Waterville was not serving crinkle cuts for the last couple of years because the cutter broke and they said that a new one was too expensive. Don's still had the awesome crinkle-cut fries and I had no idea they'd closed. The phone still rings so maybe it's a temporary closure, I'll cross my fingers.

                                      The locals say that "Courtney's" in next-door Winslow serves up a helluva dog, but I always went to Bolleys for the fries. I guess it's time to give Courtney's a try...they also serve fresh-cut fries at least. And Waterville is always worth the trip for the Dairy Cone.

                                    2. re: jackattack

                                      Bolley's in Waterville will reportedly open under new ownership in the near future. The couple who took over the lease claim that they'll keep everything the same, we'll see.
                                      Don's in Augusta has a sign that says "Dogg Housz" in the front yard, looks like they'll be reopening soon...but the new name probably signals a new menu and (sadly) different French fries? Will report back once they've reopened!

                                4. I have long been a big fan of Danny's on the Mall in Brunswick especially their Chili Dogs. But having had two dogs, mustard and sauteed onions at Wasse's in Rockland has made me revise my rankings. Wasses had everything I look for in a dog - flavor, juiciness, and snap to the bite. And the roll was excellent.
                                  I think they rank up with the kosher style hot dogs I was raised on in NYC. Next time I'm in Rockland I''ll try their chilii dogs.

                                  I think the burgers at Danny's are even better than the hot dogs.

                                  1. had a wassies (Rockland) dog and fries this Saturday after the lobster festival and thought it was pretty good, I was a little full from the festival, but not near this stand usually so couldn't walk by without a try....The dog itself was really good, I had it with mustard and relish. I did think the roll/dog size was a little mismatched, the roll seemed a bit big for the dog, so I tore off some of the roll and was fine...There were a bunch of local lobster fest organizing ladies behind me so I figured this must be worth it:)

                                    Later happened to drive by Wassies in Brunswick (on Sunday) but it looked closed and the coke machine in front was on its side? Are they still open?

                                    1. 2014 update:

                                      Bolley's Famous Franks in Waterville closed in early July 2014 (the separately-owned Hallowell branch remains open):

                                      http://www.centralmaine.com/2014/06/3...

                                      "Bolley’s, a culinary landmark for hot dogs, hamburgers and hand-cut french fries on College Avenue for the past 52 years, is closing. Last call is 6 p.m. Thursday, when the doors shut for the last time.

                                      While the restaurant and the original Bolley’s, now in Hallowell, were once connected, they are separate businesses and the one in Hallowell is not closing."

                                      Also, it appears that that Don's Famous Franks in Augusta has shuttered as well, if the following link is to be believed:

                                      http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

                                      I'm very disappointed, as I had been wanting to try both of these spots for a long time, especially for the fresh-cut crinkle cut fries.

                                      Does anyone know when and why Don's closed down for good?

                                      1. Wasses in the Maine mid-coast is Maines best. However, the best hotdog on earth is at Blackies in Chesire CT off the Chesire exit RTE84

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                                        1. re: dwdunn

                                          Can't argue with either of those choices. It's been years since I've been to Blackies - I'll make a point to get there next trip in that direction.

                                        2. Pass, have you made it down to the Blue Rooster in Portland?

                                          1. Tray the Family Dog in Orono. I really like their version of a Chicago dog.