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Hot Dogs in FFD County

An nteresting old thread got bumped on the NE Board and jfood decided to copy/paste onto this board. The last few weeks have been very slow on inputs for FFD county so jfood decided to try a jump start with some good old fashioned dogs..

In FFD county Jfood's favorites are

-Super Duper. He lovess the NY Dog but saves his Chicago fix for when he is in Chicago
- Chez Leonard - Now that the son has taken over he still keeps the quality great
- Swanky Franks - It may sound silly but he likes the Norwalk location better than the Westport. Maybe jfood likes the "tradition" versus the slick
- Hamburger Patty's - Jfood was driving up route 7 in Ridgefield/Danbury (keeps changing all the time on this stretch) and he was hungry. Pulled over to a little shack on the west side (near Calico Corners) and ordered two dogs. He was extremely pleasantly surprised. And jfood loves the name.

And he has yet to try the dog at Burgers Shakes and Fries. He understands from many these are good but when he gets in the presence of the burger, the idea of ordering a dog slips jfood's mind. He has to remember to try one next time.

Likewise jfood has on his calendar trying the dog from the truck just off route 8 in Oxford (exit 20). He keeps driving by on Sundays when she is closed.

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  1. Add Costco off Exit 13 to the list. Jumbo Hebe Nat, steamed bun, fixings, and a refillable soda for a 1.50. Great value and taste.

    I don't get Super Duper at all. Never tried Rawleys in Fairfied but it is accalimed for their deep fried dog with bacon!!! Coronary in a bun. Good as it sounds?

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    1. re: louuuuu


      Jfood forgot the Costco dog and for buck-and-half it is a great deal and the fountain has ice tea for the non-soda drinkers.

      Have you noticed they seem to be changingthe water less frequently in recent months? The dog seems to have more of that dirty water taste recently. And let's not forget they have both yellow and brown mustard. But that twirly relish dispenser turns jfood's stomach and the straw dispenser is for hunger.

      But for $1.50...it's a no-brainer.

      Now the big question...Do you buy it on the in-bound or the out-bound?

      1. re: jfood

        Out, mostly. A reward.

        Tho, I once got off the New England, and drove there just for the dog and split. Haven't been there recently so I'll have to retaste. They are Hebrew Nationals and so wonder the source of the dirty water taste ???

        1. re: louuuuu

          jfood does half inny, half outy.

          Inny to calm him and give him strength with the people who are clueless on queuing theory and the outy for, as you put it, a reward for survival.

          1. re: jfood

            my plan of action is getting my dog and soda as soon as I get there, eating it while I write out my shopping list and then getting my refill on the way out...

        2. re: jfood

          so I get Costco for the value - a 1/4 pound Hebrew National for $1.50... but other than that... there's nothing special about it, right? It's just a plain old Hebrew National, soaked like an NYC dirty water dog, in an awkward hoagie bun. Maybe that's the charm? But nothing that isn't replicated at home, right?

          Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my costco hot dog... and I like Hebrew National just fine... but I don't feel I'm eating anything particularly special when I do. But maybe I'm missing something? Or maybe that's just a statement that most hotdogs are created almost equal?

          1. re: adamclyde

            Actually an HN at home is better. Jfood is looking forward to a couple of "dinner" sized when he gets home tonight around 11. Nothing like a couple of dogs right before bed. And his new method takes the cue from SDW. He slices them down the middle and uses a brick on top to keep them attached to the grates on the grill.

            Maybe it is the whole thing of getting a dog and soda for 1975 prices that makes you feel all giddy. Who knows. Jfood will only buy if the line is less than 4 people.

            And jfood can only imagine what you would say if jfood were to say ah heck all Mexican or Peruvian "are created almost equal?" :-))

            There is an enormous difference between a Ballpark Dog and a HN Dog. Like night and day.

            1. re: jfood

              hah! Good call on the Mexican/Peruvian. (btw, 95% of peruvian IS far too indistinguishable...)

              But my comment was less about the differences between crappy hot dogs and good ones (ball park v. hebrew national). Just more about how all the good dogs served at respectable pleaces to me seemed so similar (i.e., the ones you get at places like SDW, Top Dog or all the other ones you mention). Clearly, as hotdoglover has explained, there are big differences... to which I admit that I clearly don't have a refined palate when it comes to hot dogs!

              1. re: adamclyde

                everyone has a function in life. you turned jfood onto the big yellow truck and for that he is eternally grateful.

              2. re: jfood

                Agree home HN the best.. Griled Jumbo cradled in a steamed bun, brown mustard, chopped sweet onion and Bubbie's kosher pickle relish.

                Now here's what I sometimes do (dating from my teenaged love of stuffed hotdogs with cheese.) What follows will sound revolting, but suspend your disbelief..

                Cut down the center of the done dog, creating a little trough... into which you spread in a thin layer of .....ready...peanut butter.

                Waste of a good dog? Surprisingly the peanut compliments the beef, not unlike a peanut sauce works with the spicy meat in Indonesian cuisine. It mimicks the combo of beef Satay.

                It's an occasional change of pace.

                1. re: louuuuu

                  wow. I'm not sure whether to be intrigued or disgusted. :-)

                  Either way, I give you major kudos for publicly admitting to it and even likening it to satay.

                  1. re: louuuuu

                    Even though you are a Yankee fan, jfood will try it. Mythe force be with him

                      1. re: louuuuu

                        Here you go Lou and congrats on A-Roid and C+C+ last night

                        Jfood split two dogs and put on the grill. Toasted the buns as normal and brought into the house. He took his creamy Skippy from the pantry. Took a little PB on a butter knife and held it over one of the dogs. At this point his brain was cramping significantly, his hand started to shake but he forced the knife onto the dog. He spread about 2" of PB on one of the dogs. As he slow ly brought the dog to his mouth he keptthinking of the Little Red Caboose story he told little jfoods growing up, "C'mon you can do it." And finally the dog passed through the lips, the teeth did their job and a bit of PBHD landed onthe tongue. Jfood started chewing and at this point he opened his eyes. First impression was OK it is not disgusting. So now let's move on and see if he likes it. Jfood ate through the first bite. His first impression was it added a smoothing taste and texture to the dog (A Nathans). He went for bite number 2. A full inhale of dog and PB. He slowly chewed it and sorta enjoyed it but was not in dog-heaven. Bite number 3 and he had the same though, good not great. To perform the correect test he grabbed Dog #2 and placed his Gulden's on it and took a bite. Now he had a smile. So he decided to put mustard on the rest and finish. He really likes the extra flavor the mustard gives.

                        When he finisihed he came up with an idea. Now on his next grilled dog he will try a combo plan. Some PB to add some smooth and subtle flavor and the mustard to kick it up.

                        Thanks for the idea and jfood will report back on Round 2.

                        Go Mets!!

                        1. re: jfood


                          Mustard! will try the combo.

                          Glad you didn't gor for jelly. But then you would created a pb& j-dog.

                          btw..I always root for the Mets to win expect when they play the Yanks.

                          1. re: louuuuu


                            the pband jdog is about as funny as it gets. Nice touch.

              3. re: jfood

                I dunno..my guilty Costco tube meat on a bun pleasure is the Italian sausage & pepper. Now, mind you, when I buy Italian sausage to cook at home, I usually go Ciriellos in GCT heading home (cheese 7 parsely, and fennel), or Calabria pork store on Aurthur Ave. I wouldn't say Costco's version is anywhere near that league, but it does have an appeal of its own, IMHO.

                1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                  Try A&S for sausage in either Stamford or Norwalk. Then there is Zeytinia on route 7 in norwalk/wilton, just north of walmart. Those are the sausage places jfood goes to.

                  1. re: jfood

                    I tried A&S in Stamford, hoping for greatness. Thought is was quite fine, but not spectacular. Would definitely stop there and grab some if I was in the neighborhood. And they do make a really nice Italian hero...prosciutto, cappicola or soppresatta, and ham, with provolone or mozzarella, roasted peppers, O&V, etc.

                    Believe it or not, some of the most flavorful Italian sausage I've found in the area is right up the street from me, in that bastion or overpriced WASP-y, "gourmet" food....Palmers. They have a nice store made sausage with fennel seed...It's one of the few reasons I ever go there, despite the fact it is the closest market to me. The other reason is the local corn in season, which is the best local option outside of the farmers markets, and it is there every day, not just once a week (though it doesn't completely measure up to Halsey Farm, by Scuttlehole Rd between Southampton and Sag Harbor (which is where I spent my summers, and my sister still lives full time.)


                    1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                      jfood is sorry if you thought it would be greatness, gotta wait for san generro or arthur ave for that. at least it was quite fine, which is better than most. and jfood would never have guessed Palmer's. Gotta get jfood's lock-jaw in place to go there and do a fly-by on the sausage stand.

                      1. re: jfood

                        make sure to get the store made version, under their own label, and not one of the commercial brands (like DeJuilos), which is often sold side by side with it!!!

                        1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

                          Thanks buddy. Do they freeze well. Jfood noticed that the Dejulios (sic) and others around here get extremely salty after freezing.

            2. i like super duper weenie a lot. large natural casing dog from hummel split on an excellent bun. toppings, including a unique very spicy relsih, are house made and the fresh hand cut fries are out of this world. I especially like their all meat chili dog with cheese and raw shopped onions. i just don't get their chicago dog that includes lettuce of all things and NO sport peppers.

              1. so... forgive this extremely ignorant post. I love food of all types. And love hot dogs, but I can hardly tell the difference between the good dogs. Don't get me wrong, I can tell the difference between a dirty water dog from an NYC street cart and, say Grays Papaya... but once you get to that Grays Papaya level, they all are really similar. Good snap, all beef... they all seem exactly the same. Do I have an insensitive palate when it comes to dogs?

                I used to like Top Dog in Stamford before it closed. How different was it from, say, Super Duper in Norwalk? Are the dogs totally different? Or is it the accompaniments?

                I feel ashamed even asking this question. :)

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                1. re: adamclyde


                  The dogs at Super Duper Weenie and Top Dog are different. There are two main types of dogs. Spicy all beef and milder German style beef and pork. Two different flavor profiles; one spicy, garlicky and well seasoned, the other milder, little or no garlic, with a wider range of subtle flavors.

                  SDW uses a Hummels beef and pork dog, which is less well seasoned than the kosher style Sabrett dog that was served at Top Dog. But Hummels is more of a hybrid. It is a beef and pork dog, but more well seasoned than your normal beef and pork dog. Grote & Weigel, Mucke's, Martin Rosol are brands that are more indicative of the style. SDW used to serve a dog from Miller's Provisions in Stamford that, in my opinion, was superior to Hummel's. But they closed and SDW was forced to use another brand.

                  1. re: hotdoglover


                    You are the best. And have solved yet another mystery to jfood. He thought the dog he had at SDW was a little different in flavor a few weeks ago. As he took his first bite he thought the recipe was different because it had a more pork-ey taste to it. When did the change-over occur?

                    Have you ever been to Hamburger Patty's up route 7 in Ridgefield/Danbury?

                    1. re: jfood

                      The change occurred a few years ago. Never been to Hamburger Patty's.

                2. Costco also gets my vote!!! Runner up for me is Botsford up here in Newtown (yes, this is still FFD county!!) extra kuddo's that it has a drive thru so I don't have to get out of the car with the kids...

                  1. Hands down (my opinion anyway) is JK's Texas Hot Weiners in Danbury. 2 regular, 2 with slaw.
                    Didn't care for Swanky Franks (Newtown) when we went. Loved Super Duper (Monroe) until they closed it.
                    Costco best QPR hands down.

                    1. I was going to start a new thread but I think maybe this is the place for my question...

                      I grew up in NJ and was introduced to (and learned to love) Texas Weiners (chili dogs) at a little place in Passaic across from Nash Park (too many years ago to remember the name). Their classic version - "all the way" - included raw onions and chili on the dog....

                      I haven't found a comparable version in Ffld Cty...

                      Any suggestions?

                      (on a separate note: been to Hamburger Patty's. live practically next door. not so impressed.)

                      And no one mentioned the Sycamore in Bethel!!! Good hot dogs (although I generally get a Dagwood when we're there)....just don't think the chili dogs there match up to my (increasingly faulty) memory of the NJ special!

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                      1. re: hungrykids

                        Best dogs that no one talks about in FF County...

                        Dexter's Dog House on Rte. 7 in Wilton.


                        1. re: CTburgerlover

                          So it took a few weeks but we finally made it to Dexter's, and I have to say we were seriously underwhelmed.

                          Still in search of the perfect chili dog in Connecticut, I ordered one mild and one hot so that I could test them both. The hot was hot enough (although not hot enough for my other half) but I didn't love the chili (which, according to the sign, was Kuhns chili sauce). It was a little too tomato-ey for my taste and the chili dogs weren't served with minced onion (which is standard in my favorite NJ spots). Chopped onions were available, but they were chopped too big for what I'm used to. I admit, that's a pretty specific taste...but isn't that what CH reviews are all about? What each of us likes/dislikes?

                          One hungry kid ordered chicken fingers and we won't bother to review them (a) because he's too young to be a reliable reporter and (b) because they're just standard frozen ckn fingers in the fry basket.

                          The other hungry kid - older, wiser, and slightly more discriminating - didn't finish his cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato. He hasn't been feeling well today, so maybe that was the real problem, but he said it just wasn't that good. It was a little too charred for his taste (again....personal likes/dislikes so for those of you who love that charbroiled flavor, this might be a winner for you).

                          My other half had a hot dog too, with the aforementioned chopped onions, and in response to my query about its taste, replied, "Eh."

                          Onion rings and fries were yummy....

                          Will we go back? Probably. With four small drinks the total bill was only $32 - too cheap to ignore - and despite not loving the food, both kids were delighted with the "view." They watched the cars zooming past on Route 7 and yelped with delight when they counted three antique cars and two porsches. (Can you tell that they're boys?)

                          Personally, I think the Sycamore is better.

                          [note to jvaum: thanks to a lucky break in traffic, we had no problem making the left onto 7 north, but were prepared to go right if necessary and turn around further down!]

                          1. re: hungrykids

                            After reading your review "seriously underwhelmed " seems a bit harsh. I mean, we're talking hot dogs here.

                            Nevertheless, give Rawley's a shot in Fairfield. Try their special hot sauce. Good stuff.

                            1. re: CTburgerlover

                              Okay - from your name I deduce that you're more of a burger guy than one for the dogs. But "we're talking hot dogs here"....you bet we are!

                              See this: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623676 and you'll see what all the fuss is about!!!!

                              (And why I can be underwhelmed over "just a dog"

                              1. re: hungrykids

                                Excellent deduction. But I do appreciate a good dog, my first and last stop on Maine family vacations is always Flo's.

                                I'll have to try the dog at Sycamore... if I can just tear myself away from the Dagwood Burger.

                                1. re: CTburgerlover

                                  No argument there - I'm a Dagwood lover, too!

                        2. re: hungrykids

                          I agree about Hamburger Patty's...Dexter's much better. By the way, I also practically live next door to HP. Maybe we know each other??? You have replied to my posts so I think we frequent a lot of the same places. Just curious...

                          1. re: jvaum

                            hmmmm...maybe we do know each other...

                            amazingly, we've never tried dexter's, despite the fact that at least one of us drives past it almost every single day...

                            I guess if the weather's nice this weekend we'll make a point to go!

                            as for the coincidence of us responding to each other's posts, i suspect it has more to do with proximity. if we live in the same general area (around here we can't really use the word "neighborhood," can we?), then it's not surprising we would frequent a lot of the same restaurants. after all, there aren't that many choices!

                            1. re: hungrykids

                              You are right about the finite amount of places in this area. So far, Dexter's has not opened for the season as far as I can tell. It is still boarded up and being used as a turn around for the cars to get back on RT. 7. I have to say taking a left out of Dexter's to get back to G'town is a nightmare. Have seen a few crashes there! Be careful if you go! Have you ever had the hot dogs at T's Deli? Anyone?

                              1. re: jvaum

                                Drove past this morning and Dexter's was open....so I guess we'll have to try it this week or next. And, yes, we will be careful turning left out of the pkg lot! Have that problem turning out of Town & Country, too!

                                1. re: hungrykids

                                  is the dexter's dog natural casing?

                        3. BSF dog is good...but honestly, it's no match for the burgers. Stick to SDW or Costco (yeah it's pretty good) or SF.

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                          1. re: BAFU

                            I agree, the BSF dog is no match for the burger... but it's still outstanding.

                            While I give the BSF dog a rating of outstanding, I give the burger a PERFECTION.

                          2. I've driven past a hot dog stand in Westport a few times, near the train station. I think it's called JT's Hot Dog Stand or something. Ring a bell to anyone? Has anyone ever tried it?