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Finally tried Bart's in Windsor, CT

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Bart's drive-in. You have eluded me for years while I've been on my quest for the best hotdog but Saturday, I finally tried you!

Bart's is located in Windsor, CT on route 159.
The highlights: For a lazy Saturday afternoon (just around 1pm) there wasn't a huge line in front of us. The food came out quickly and the best part, we saw a Bald Eagle flying over us as we ate on a picnic table looking over the river.

I got a chili cheese hot dog and a rootbeer. My SO got a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard and ketchup. We split a small order of fries (which was rather large but we were able to finish it no problem). The frie
I adored the hot dog (on a grilled NE style bun) but the chili wasn't my favorite (for a hot dog). It was more the kind of chili you'd eat out of a bowl than the kind you'd use on a hot dog. It was just a little too beany and veggie-ish for me. The cheese was orange and odd and was like what you'd get if you ordered nachos at a movie theater.
I didn't try the burger but my SO said it was like what you'd get at a backyard cookout.

Sadly, I will always be comparing every chili cheese dog against Saint's in Southington, as I think they have the whole thing down perfectly from the dog to the melty American cheese to the best chili (no beans) ever.

I will definitely hit Bart's again and would love to try that yummy dog with kraut and mustard next time. The menu is way bigger than dogs and burgers so I can't rule them out for a meh chili.

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  1. Seeing a bald eagle fly overhead was a nice bonus! I know you're a big Saint's fan. How do you compare Sain'ts to Guida's in Middlefield--that's my area chili dog of choice. I figure this is as good a time as any to ask, especially since Monday nights are 2-fer-1 dogs at Guida's. Maybe you wanna give it a shot while Bart's is fresh in your memory...or maybe you're all dogged out. ;) If memory serves, Guida's dogs are from Rosol's.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Good question Katty-
      I've yet to hit Guidas but now that you mention it, I've got to make that a priority and get out there.
      Thanks for the reminder!! I just looked it up and the pictures are making me drool at a mere 7:15am.
      I will be sure to post some thoughts comparing the dogs.
      thanks again!

      1. re: masha bousha

        I too prefer Guidas to Saints................They seem to have the perfect blending of ingredients.

        1. re: jonsull

          If you are looking for the BEST hot dog in the Windsor area you have to try Millsie's Hot Dogs. They are on RT 75, I think you can google up the address. Their meat sauce is the best I have ever had, my dad said it is like when he was a kid. The only drawback is they are a truck and only open weekdays but do make the effort to get there, it will bring ya' back.
          Lee

          1. re: peyton1

            I will DEFINITELY try that cart and fortunately, I work in Windsor so that should be an easy trip for me. Thanks so much for the tip!

    2. If there were ever hot dog commandments scribed into the side of a mountain, a couple of the commandments would have to be : Thou shalt not put beans in a hot dog chili...EVER. Always grill thine New England style bun. Serve quality hot dogs to others as you would want quality hot dogs served to you. Thou shalt not commit ketchuppery on a hot dog if your old enough to read these commandments.
      Ketchuppery (noun) 1.slathering a tomato based substance that willfully and maliciously interferes with the true flavor of a quality hot dog.