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steveA Mar 18, 2009 07:42 AM

Has anyone seen the wagon yet? I have been waiting for the spring, and craving a dog with chilli and mustard (a little onion too). When I had my last dog in the late fall they said they'd be back around St. Pats....anyone else craving a Speeds dog yet?

  1. Delhiwala May 4, 2009 10:46 AM

    I had my first Speed Dog of the season on Saturday afternoon and it was perfect. It is wonderful that some great things do not change.

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      Blumie May 4, 2009 11:09 AM

      ... or, in the case of Speed's, that it has changed but that it's still great!!!

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        Matt H May 4, 2009 11:17 AM

        Had my first of the season on Saturday afternoon also, I also brought a friend along for his first ever and as you can imagine he was VERY impressed. Still as good as ever.

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          hotsun2 May 7, 2009 03:20 PM

          Talked to Speed Junior today(Greg), they are going to be at Quirck Chevy for Memorial Day Weekend in Braintree. Ma. What a treat do not need to drive into Boston

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            rknrll May 21, 2009 10:06 PM

            I was planning on going Friday afternoon - will have to call first and make sure.
            Also...not a treat because I was gonna take the T there to avoid holiday weekend stuff. Not good if he's in Braintree.

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              MC Slim JB May 21, 2009 10:14 PM

              I was kinda cheesed: drove by at 1:30pm-ish on Thursday, no Speed's. Rats.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                rknrll May 22, 2009 07:51 AM

                Yeah I just called Greg...not in Newmarket until Tuesday, and confirmed whatever car dealership place Sat/Sun/Mon.

      2. nsenada Apr 29, 2009 06:32 AM

        Has anyone actually tried the steak sandwich? I am heading there today for the first time this season, and might get one to supplement the dog (like "steak for two for one").

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          steveA Apr 29, 2009 08:50 AM

          you won't need to suppliment the dog....trust me here.

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            nsenada Apr 29, 2009 10:00 AM

            Oh well - I couldn't resist the dog, and didn't feel like a steak sandwich side.

            Incidentally, there was a guy with a camera crew there today, interviewing Greg about various things. One thing he asked was the largest number of dogs he's ever seen anyone eat at one sitting (or standing). Greg said "three" - I feel like I could probably demolish four.

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              MC Slim JB Apr 29, 2009 10:05 AM

              I'd be awed by anyone who could do two Speed's dogs. I generally fall a bite short of completing one with everything. It took me a long time to learn, but I now stop eating when I'm full, even when something is so delicious I'm tempted to keep chowing.

              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                nsenada Apr 29, 2009 10:31 AM

                I'm part beagle, in that I will eat myself to death before the message gets from my exploded stomach to my brain to cease and desist. However, I'm not great in the endurance category - on Good Friday, our annual gluttony/blasphemy festival, we go to the Midwest Grill, and I’m way out ahead for the first 30 minutes. By two hours in, I’m usually on the sidelines with meat-induced hallucinations.

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                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 29, 2009 10:34 AM

                  I am, as my Aunt Loretta once dubbed me, A Big Hungry Boy. And there is simply no way I could eat three Speed's dogs in one sitting. I'm not positive I could have done that when I was a teenager and would routinely do things like eat six Big Macs or a dozen tacos at once.

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                    hotdoglover Apr 29, 2009 10:46 AM

                    I forget where it was posted (I'm too lazy to look it up), but I heard that Speed's switched brands from Pearl to something else. Is this true? And if he did, what did he switch to?

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                      MC Slim JB Apr 29, 2009 10:49 AM

                      True enough, as documented with initial horror (and then relief) in my review of Speed's in The Phoenix last year. He won't say who the new purveyor is, but I think it's a fine alternative to the Pearl original, maybe even a little better.

                      I also memorialized the switch with a 2008 Dining Award in Stuff Magazine: "Scariest Moment for Street-Foodies"

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        rknrll Apr 29, 2009 11:24 AM

                        They are Grote & Weigel dogs.

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                          hotdoglover Apr 29, 2009 05:11 PM

                          Are they all beef or a beef/pork blend? How do you know they use Grote & Weigel?

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                            rknrll Apr 30, 2009 11:32 AM

                            It's a beef dog with a hog casing.

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                              ScubaSteve Apr 30, 2009 12:19 PM

                              tee hee, you said "Hog.":

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                                rknrll Apr 30, 2009 08:02 PM

                                Yeah...and "It Was A Good Day" has been stuck in my head ever since I wrote that.

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                                  Prav May 21, 2009 10:46 PM

                                  No barkin' from the Speeds dog!

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                                hotdoglover Apr 30, 2009 04:54 PM

                                Thank's for the info. The bigger dogs use a hog casing. Smaller dogs use a thinner lamb or sheep casing. Though I live in N.J. there is one place near me that uses an 8 to a lb natural casing Grote & Weigel beef frank. It is very good. As is the Pearl brand dog. One place which since closed used a 1/4 lb Pearl for awhile. I can get them at my local Stop & Shop. They are just advertised as Stop & Shop's beef dog, but I found out that is in fact Pearl. They come loose or in boxes and are 6 to a lb with natural casing. Though Jersey is a great state for hot dogs, it is very rare to see them sold loose behind the deli counter.

                                The Pearl franks are only sold from June through Sept. I look forward to them. They are my wife's favorite dog. Grote & Weigel's beef dog is in the same league, but I wonder why Speed's switched. Only thing I can think of is that the larger dogs (1/4 lb and over) were inconsistent as far as size and consistency. That's what I was told by the guy in N.J. who used them in his store after he switched. I may have heard the same somewhere about why Speed's switched. The 6 to a lb are excellent.

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                                  nsenada Apr 30, 2009 08:35 PM

                                  Restaurant Depot has the large package of them (15 in a pack, I think?) year round - I usually get them and freeze them.

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                                    BobB May 1, 2009 08:21 AM

                                    Around here the 1/4 lb Pearl "Kountry Klub" dogs are sold from the deli case at Star/Shaw's year round. An excellent dog with a really good snap to the casing.

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                                      hotsun2 May 2, 2009 06:02 PM

                                      Lacking flavor and very inconsistance in size, wish they where better prepared. I always liked them until speed switched to the new company much better flavor

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                                        hotsun2 May 3, 2009 06:26 AM

                                        Meant to say pearl lacking flavor

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                          nsenada Apr 29, 2009 10:59 AM

                          OK - now that the Speed Dog and the doughnut (and chile chocoIate bar) I grabbed at the Baltic have finally settled in, I guess I might have trouble with four. I do think I could do three though.

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                        steveA Apr 29, 2009 01:01 PM

                        My favorite moment was last summer...around 1:30. These two gentelman are in front of me, and Greg recognizes on of them and asks where's he's been. The man said he was just picked up from Beth Israel after bypass surgery (and he was there for awhile for rehab). I wouldn't have believed it but he showed his wrist tag....then proceeded to order two with the works....

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                          mtm7654 May 1, 2009 09:35 AM

                          OMG-there goes that surgeon's hard work!

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                    Pegmeister Apr 27, 2009 09:06 AM

                    Finally, had the opportunity to try my very first Speeds dog. I'm not much of a hot dog lover, but with all the hype I just had to do it. My impression, I would definitely do it again. The roll held up nicely to all the sauce, and I have to admit I resorted to a knife and fork to eat. The sauce was sweeter than I was anticipating, but I definitely enjoyed it.

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                      CocoDan Apr 27, 2009 11:20 AM

                      Peg, I didn't know you were a virgin! Ha. Glad you liked it. It sort of ruins it for all other hot dogs. Except for the ones I grill at home.
                      CocoDan

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                        Pegmeister Apr 27, 2009 11:50 AM

                        Funny, that's why I had it with the works.

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                      bbqisgood Apr 21, 2009 10:58 AM

                      Made it by yesterday and managed to get the last 3 dogs at 3PM, one for the wife, two for me :)

                      I felt rather guilty seeing the people show up getting turned away while I was double-fisting speed dogs. Mmm...gluttony

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                        rknrll Apr 21, 2009 04:24 PM

                        Okay...so maybe the truck wasn't there today because they were out of dogs?
                        Or does anybody have any idea about if they don't show up because it's raining...?

                        I want to go get one tomorrow!

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                          bbqisgood Apr 21, 2009 05:07 PM

                          Call first - 617 - 839 - 0102

                          It will save you the heartache of pulling around the corner and realizing the wagon isn't there.

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                            rknrll Apr 21, 2009 06:29 PM

                            Oh you're the best.
                            I sort of assumed they didn't have a phone.

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                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 21, 2009 10:29 PM

                            My very first Speeds dog was eaten in the middle of a rainstorm -- it's not a cut and dried thing like that. But yes, since Greg has taken over and made his cellphone number public, there's much less of the Brigadoon-like aspect that used to be part of the Speed's mythos.

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                          steveA Apr 20, 2009 08:10 AM

                          Hi all! Well I finally made it over on Saturday. The wife had her first dog and was quite pleased. Turns out she really loved the mustard (and she's not a big mustard person). As we were discussing the dog, what kept coming up was the balance between the seasoning of the dog, the grilling, and the condiments. Overall, it's really well balanced between salty and sweet, with a bite of onion adding a touch of bitterness.

                          We were there around 12:30 on Saturday and there were about three orders in front of mine, and while we were eating about 3 more groups showed up. Overall, steady but service was quick. Satisfied the Speed's craving(for now)...but it will crop up again in a few weeks!

                          1. MC Slim JB Apr 16, 2009 11:42 AM

                            Just had my first today as well: mighty fine. As sure a sign of spring to me as the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano!

                            Hours posted:

                            M-W 9:30a to 5p
                            Th-F 9:30a to 7p
                            Sa (Apr 18): 10:30a to 5p

                            Also new: steak sandwich, $8, and T-shirts (up to size 6XL for you daily Speed's diners) for $18-20.

                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                              jgg13 Apr 16, 2009 11:51 AM

                              I didn't even notice the steak sandwich on the menu. I wonder what's going on there, if there's anything special about it.

                              I heard Greg having a conversation about the tshirts with someone, but the wind was drowning out most of the sound (we were at one of the tables) so couldn't really hear what they were saying.

                              There was some guy selling some stuff off the back of a truck, we spent most of the lunch debating whether his goods were "hot" or not. :)

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                                MC Slim JB Apr 16, 2009 12:08 PM

                                I saw the truck guy, too. Those goods had fallen off the back of another truck, for sure.

                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                  PaulB Apr 17, 2009 04:48 AM

                                  He was making a steak sandwich for another patron when I was there earlier this week for a dog. The uncooked meat looked high quality and I'm sure it is nice on one of those fresh Quinzani sub rolls.

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                                    jgg13 Apr 17, 2009 07:49 AM

                                    Interesting. Only thing is that it's enough of a PITA for me to make it out there usually that I can't imagine ever *not* getting a dog :)

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                                      MC Slim JB Apr 17, 2009 09:15 AM

                                      I have the same issue with the Speed's steak sandwich. This is a bit like my dilemma at Pho Viet. Their other stuff is very, very good, but they make my favorite banh mi in town. How can I not get that?

                                      (My editor at The Phoenix said, "You can't write a review about just one menu item", so I ended up trying a lot of other things. But not anymore!

                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                        jgg13 Apr 17, 2009 09:49 AM

                                        I wonder what the editor would say about chacarero? :)

                                        I do find that one speeds dog sates me for at least a few weeks before I start trying to concoct ways of getting over there. I figure if by some chance I find my way over there in that down period I could try the sandwich.

                                        Unlikely though :)

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                                  gourmaniac Apr 16, 2009 01:15 PM

                                  Me three! I traveled with mine and couldn't eat it for ~an hour. It does suffer with time and not quite the transcendent experience of hot off the grill.

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                                    rknrll Apr 21, 2009 10:31 AM

                                    I take it those hours are if the sun is shining?
                                    Tried to go today at noon and he was nowhere to be found...shame because it's not even raining, just damp out.

                                  2. jgg13 Apr 16, 2009 11:21 AM

                                    Had my first of the season today. Maybe I was just extra hungry but it didn't seem as "heavy", although I didn't sense anything as being different. I'd forgotten how big those things look.

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                                      enhF94 Apr 17, 2009 03:23 AM

                                      me four! We enjoyed the wide range of folks there and talked sea breeze.

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                                      fredid Apr 16, 2009 10:10 AM

                                      With all the talk of Zipcars - just a reminder for the "carless": It's an easy ride on the #10 bus from Copley! Directions in the link.

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                                      Speed's Hotdog Wagon
                                      54 Newmarket Square, Boston, MA 02118

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                                        jgg13 Apr 16, 2009 10:12 AM

                                        Also the #1 goes right down mass ave. Just get off at BUMC and walk from there.

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                                          Bob Dobalina Apr 16, 2009 10:37 AM

                                          Could also walk down and around from Andrew Square - http://tinyurl.com/speeds-from-AndrewSq

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                                            fredid Apr 16, 2009 10:58 AM

                                            And Andrew Square, if I'm not mistaken, has several Polish markets with delicious meats...

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                                              Bob Dobalina Apr 16, 2009 11:14 AM

                                              Yesirree - you can grab a delish kielbasa sandwich at DJ's Market and then a Speed's dog. One can walk off a small portion of the calories by walking between the two.

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                                                threedogs May 4, 2009 05:53 AM

                                                "you can grab a delish kielbasa sandwich at DJ's Market and then a Speed's dog."

                                                OMG - then wait to explode!!

                                                It would take a LOT of walking to get rid of those (albeit delicious beyond words) calories...

                                        2. nsenada Apr 16, 2009 06:40 AM

                                          I can't wait for my first one of the season - I have a feeling the putrid garbage strewn on the side of Southampton Street, and the foul runoff from the meat wholesalers will be a muted foil to the deliciousness of the dog. In July, the intensity of the background aromas makes the experience a little less enjoyable.

                                          1. BostonZest Apr 15, 2009 07:23 PM

                                            This is supposed to be the first Saturday for Speeds. I called today and confirmed tha weather permitting the wagon will be there. Then I emailed to some friends who want to try Speeds. We've already had a couple of folks reserve a space in our Zipcar.
                                            Can't wait for my dear dining companion to enjoy his first Speeds on Saturday.

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                                              BostonZest Apr 18, 2009 12:58 PM

                                              What fun to introduce friends to Speed's. Today I witnessed the birth of four new Speed's Hounds.

                                              Everyone love their first Speed Dog and everyone finished them -- much to the surprise of a couple of us. I knew what I was facing so I skipped breakfast to save room!

                                              We debated getting one steak sandwich to share but decided that would have to wait until next time.

                                              The friends who went with us were Spike's Hot Dog fans and while they may still go there because it's close to home, they are now plotting ways get to Speeds. We brought one back to a staff person in our building and he declared it "Awesome!"

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                                                rknrll Apr 18, 2009 05:22 PM

                                                Hah...I was sitting at the (only other) table next to you guys.

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                                                  BostonZest Apr 18, 2009 06:30 PM

                                                  You should have howled!

                                                  And, did you enjoy your Speed Dog???

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                                                    rknrll Apr 19, 2009 12:11 AM

                                                    Well...the part about bringing one back to a staff member connected the dots.
                                                    You guys were seated...we (three total) ordered and then sat down. I heard the bit about getting one more to-go...so then it clicked when I read your post on here.

                                                    The dog was tremendous...ordered it loaded. It was my first time as well...and I was not disappointed.

                                                    The original plan was to get a Speed's dog and then go to the Hen House for some chicken and waffles...but yeah, there was no room for that after the dog.

                                                    Also...I hate Spike's. The dog is okay but FAR TOO MUCH BUN. Somerville to Newmarket is a quick jaunt and easily worth the time and $$ (even when Davis is within a mile of my house).

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                                                      jgg13 Apr 19, 2009 06:24 AM

                                                      It seems like Speeds, more than any other place, starts these "Hey, I was there when you were!" kind of posts. :)

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                                                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 19, 2009 09:59 AM

                                                        I have been known to get those $1 hot dogs at the Hess station across the street from the Spikes in Allston. They're gross, but they're still better than a Spike's dog, because you can taste something other than the giant flavorless wad of dough they call a hot dog bun.

                                                        I have seriously considered going into Spike's with a bag of Freihofer rolls and saying "Gimme two chili dogs, but put them in these." I wonder if they'd get the point.

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                                                          rknrll Apr 19, 2009 12:18 PM

                                                          I heard that you can order a hot dog with some keyword like "pup" or something similar...and they will cut off half the sides of the bun.

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                                                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 19, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                            50% less crap is still crap, unfortunately.

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                                                            lergnom Apr 19, 2009 01:13 PM

                                                            Gas station hot dogs are Americana.

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                                                          hotsun2 May 7, 2009 11:58 AM

                                                          Hi Penny:
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                                                  2. Angel Food Mar 31, 2009 11:12 AM

                                                    Made my annual pilgramage today, and it was just..........amazing. God that is a good hot dog (and it is huge). Got there at 12:45 today and my co-worker and I were the only customers. Business did pick up a little in the time it took us to eat. I asked for a little extra char on mine, was glad I did, it was perfect. I skipped the chili - everything but is enough for me. If you haven't tried one yet, it's a fun & delicious trip.

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                                                      Blumie Mar 20, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                      So I've been on this board as long as most people -- having discovered it when Calvin Trillin first wrote about it in The New Yorker -- and am ebarrassed to say that I never had been to Speed's. But reading this thread on a NYC-to-Boston train today, I realized I was getting in to Back Bay Station around noon and did not need to be in Belmont until 1:30, so it was the perfect opportunity to grab my first Speed's. I managed to get my car and get to Speed's a little after 12:20, and there were only two people in front of me in line. That gave me enough time to get the lay of the land and consider my topping options. I love hot dogs, and love chili, but don't like chili on my hot dogs, so I ordered one with everything except the chili.

                                                      Less than 10 minutes later, I had my first Speed's dog in my hands, and I was nearly quivering with excitement as I crossed the street back to my car. What a great piece of work! A delicious dog! As far as the toppings go, I could not taste the mustard or relish at all. The "special sauce" struck me more as a bbq sauce than a ketchup, which is a good thing, since I hate ketchup on a hot dog. And although I liked the special sauce, I think next time I'll go just with mustard, relish and onions, which is what I typically prefer on my dogs.

                                                      As good as it was, I won't be going to Speed's with any regularity. In addition to the inconvenience, that's one big dog! Some of us need to be careful about what we eat! (And to add to my guilt, I took a day off from running today, too!) But as a once-in-a-while treat, I definitely will be back. It's clearly the type of place that epitomizes what Chowhound is all about.

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                                                        BostonZest Mar 21, 2009 06:10 AM

                                                        My plan is to take someone else who can't afford to eat the whole thing and share one. This is my husband's job on weekends but I'm up for weekday volunteers.

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                                                          VivreManger Mar 21, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                          I am up for weekday sharing, Wednesday is the best for me.

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                                                          twentyoystahs Apr 21, 2009 05:18 PM

                                                          I agree, it's way too big for someone with a regular appetite (or someone who wants to *somewhat* eat with moderation.

                                                          I will say, however, that i believe the best way to enjoy a Speed's Dog is to get it "with the works.." " I'm also sort of a hot dog purist and only like mustard and relish on mine, but took the plunge the first time I went and got it the way it was "meant to be.." I thought it was amazing and wouldn't get it any other way now.

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                                                            Delhiwala Apr 27, 2009 11:29 AM

                                                            I agree that a Speed dog really needs to be eaten with "the works", even though I usually have far fewer topping on my hot dogs.

                                                        3. enhF94 Mar 19, 2009 04:27 PM

                                                          They're selling t-shirts now, also - which may not be new, but I didn't remember them. They're golden yellow with the logo on the front pocket and a design on the back.

                                                          Spring has sprung; first Speed's dog.

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                                                            steveA Mar 18, 2009 01:15 PM

                                                            Wow...that's good to know. I usually show up around 1-2, and there's just a steady flow of people, but never more then a half dozen like Barmy said. It also takes about five minutes once you order to get your dog. Almost forgot the sauce...yum! What have you all had on your dogs?

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                                                              BostonZest Mar 18, 2009 01:20 PM

                                                              I'll go for the Speed's classic-- just the way he likes to make it is fine with me.

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                                                                MC Slim JB Mar 18, 2009 02:54 PM

                                                                "One with everything": relish, mustard, Speed's sauce (ketchup-like, but not quite ketchup), onions, no-bean beef chili.

                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                  ScubaSteve Mar 18, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                  would that be a Buddha Dog?
                                                                  (make me One with Everything?)

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                                                                    MC Slim JB Mar 18, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                                    If it is possible to achieve satori through the medium of a hot dog, Speed's is the one.

                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                                      Bob Dobalina Mar 19, 2009 04:30 AM

                                                                      Then there's always the sound one makes while eating a Speed's dog...om om om om

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                                                                        Prav Mar 19, 2009 03:15 PM

                                                                        don't forget the noms, mister dobalina

                                                              2. sheila Mar 18, 2009 11:25 AM

                                                                I brought my friend visiting from HK to Speeds on the 12th this month and she loved it. We got there at 3:30 p.m. and the guy was closing up after he sold us the dog.

                                                                1. BostonZest Mar 18, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                                  I called to check. He's there. More info for the season here.

                                                                  http://www.bostonzest.com/2009/03/spe...

                                                                  Penny

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                                                                    LindaWhit Mar 18, 2009 10:01 AM

                                                                    Hey Penny - your link doesn't work where you say "Here's my report on my first Speed's Hot dog.
                                                                    http://www.bostonzest.com/2008/10/spe... Getting a 404 message.

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                                                                      BostonZest Mar 18, 2009 11:41 AM

                                                                      Thanks Linda, I fixed it. It was good of you to let me know.

                                                                      Just made a date with my husband for the first Saturday open. He hasn't had a Speed Dog yet.

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                                                                        LindaWhit Mar 18, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                                        Nor have I. I've read about them for years here on CH. Methinks a vacation day on a REALLY nice Spring day is in order to make the trip! Although I wonder if Saturday would be less crowded without the usual business folk?

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                                                                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 18, 2009 12:21 PM

                                                                          Honestly, I think the most people I've ever seen at the truck on a weekday is maybe half a dozen. Although now that I think of it, I've never been there at noon, so there may be a lunch rush. But go midafternoon if you can and you'll be fine.

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                                                                            LindaWhit Mar 18, 2009 12:30 PM

                                                                            Sounds good Barmy. I don't eat directly at noon anyway, so early mid-afternoon (1-1:30) works for me.

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                                                                      Bob Dobalina Mar 18, 2009 11:07 AM

                                                                      Do I take it from the photo that Speeds is bringing his own portable picnic tables?

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                                                                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 18, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                                        Yeah, those showed up last summer. I miss eating it over the hood of the car.

                                                                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                                                                          BostonZest Mar 18, 2009 01:30 PM

                                                                          Barmy, I'm giving you a "Over The Hood Eaters" pass the the entire 2009 season.

                                                                          I had a Zipcar so I did use the tables.

                                                                          1. re: BostonZest
                                                                            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Mar 18, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                                            Actually, we're always in a Zipcar when we're at Speed's too. Hey, they just say you can't eat IN the car, they never said anything about ON the car!

                                                                    3. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles Mar 18, 2009 08:32 AM

                                                                      Funny you should mention. I have Friday off and was thinking about taking a drive to Newmarket to get a dog. Nice to hear I'm not the only one craving!

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                                                                        Richard Hurts Mar 18, 2009 08:24 AM

                                                                        saw it on the highway last week heading to Boston. My guess is that they are open now.

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