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Aug 19, 2010 08:40 AM

Update on Speed's

Just checked in on his website and he's got new hours posted:

Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 to 5. Closed Sundays and Mondays. However, starting on Sunday August 29 and running through October 31st he'll be at the SoWa market at 500 Harrison Ave.

Good news for me-that's more my neck of the woods than Newmarket Sq.

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  1. That's great news. Thanks for the update.

    21 Replies
    1. re: Pegmeister

      besides the dog what else should you buy? In particular, are the fries in the same ball park? (ie as those at Doug's Dogs in Chi-town.)

      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        Does anyone get anything else besides the dog???

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          No fries. Just the Dog and wood grilled pastrami

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            To paraphrase John Belushi, "No fries, cheeps."

            There's dogs. There's little bags of Cape Cod chips. There's a cooler full of cans of soft drinks. That's it.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              No cheezborger cheezborger cheezborger either.... :-)

              1. re: hiddenboston

                ok, just a dog, but what to put on it? i have never been there before and was unaware of its reputation until i read these boards

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  For the full experience, you want it loaded, which is the house sauce, chili, onions, relish and mustard.

                  Also, be aware that the dog is enormous. As in some people have trouble finishing one by themselves.

                  1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                    Definitely loaded. Has anyone bought his sauce? He's selling it in jars.

                    1. re: Pegmeister

                      Yup, definitely loaded. Also, if you're not a fan of "snappy" dogs, you may be better off at a place like Simco's in Mattapan.

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        what is a snappy dog?

                        i am from chicago and want to show my friends who visit what is special about boston.

                        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                          Snappy dog is when you bite into the dog, the casing has a "snap" to it - you have to bite thru it. It's not like the usual "supermarket dogs" where your teeth just cut right thru it. Start off with just one dog each - they're big & they're sloppy so be careful when you're eating it. I'm not sure if there's anyplace to sit there either - I've only had someone drop one off to me.
                          If you're not into "snappy" dogs, I'd say go to Sullivan's in Southie at Castle Island. Your friends would probably enjoy the view of Boston Harbor (better than the view from Simco's) - you can watch the planes from Logan Airport there too. Plus there's Fort Independance, where Edgar Allen Poe was stationed - he got the inspiration for his story "The Cask of Amontiado (sp?)" from his stint there (& his great dislike of Boston - he wasn't too fond of his Army stint!).

                          679 Canterbury St, Roslindale, MA 02131

                          1. re: southie_chick

                            they do have 2 picnic tables (each seats 4)

                    2. re: cambridgedoctpr

                      you get it with everything, or you get beaten with a stick (one exception is made - you are allowed to not get the onions on it if you dislike raw onions)

                      1. re: jgg13

                        I only get mustard and chili and have never been beaten by a stick.

                        My first Speed's dog was with the works, however. I do agree one should start with that, and then modify as desired.

                        1. re: Alcachofa

                          I always dress my dogs ala NYC hot dog cart style - mustard, relish, onions, kraut (dry if possible). But Speed's is a different animal and also recommend Speed's version of the works for the first go-round.

                          1. re: Alcachofa

                            You must have gotten off easy! :)

                            I kid, I kid. I do think it's important to get the whole enchilada first and somewhat scientifically remove ingredients over time (e.g. one might assume it's the sauce they don't like, when it's the chili - leading to them removing both of them if they're not careful)

                    3. re: Jenny Ondioline

                      I believe it's Utz chips not Cape Cod.

                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        And as for not being able to finish it, stop being a wimp. I'm a skinny guy and took the whole thing down and was ready for another one.

                        1. re: dejaflint

                          I agree. I love it with everything and I am small but had no problem eating the whole dog and finishing my soda. YUM!

                          1. re: dejaflint

                            "Stop being a wimp"? No need for insults, please. Appetites differ.

                            1. re: dejaflint

                              Yeah, about that "wimp" thing: eating more than you feel comfortable with to impress others with bigger appetites is a terrible idea for many reasons. I'm not exactly known as a dainty eater, and I don't always finish a Speed's dog. When I start to feel full, I stop eating. (Like most eaters, I will often have room for something sweet after I've attained savory satiety. "There's always room for Jell-O" actually has a basis in science.)

                              I tend to go light on the relish, which I suspect has changed somewhat since the original Ezra "Speed" Anderson days: the normal dose is too sweet for me. But I go the works on toppings otherwise.


                      2. Had a morning meeting downtown, so I planned ahead and printed out a map to Newmarket Square (yeah, I don't have GPS). Found the neighborhood easily, had to go around twice to find the truck, but did so.

                        I had only had Speed's at festivals, when the truck was at City Hall or elsewhere, so this was all new to me. Got out of my car, walked around the truck, no one was in it at 11:30. Oh no! Drove all the way there, I can SEE the Dogs, but someone kidnapped Gregg!

                        I started to read all the articles posted on the truck, and Gregg showed up, carrying a fresh case of dogs. Had my Speed Dog at one of the picnic tables (my plan to take it into the car were immediately canceled by the amount of sauce he put on the thing), and I'm still in gustatory heaven 3 hours later.

                        First visit won't be my last!

                        City Hall Cafe
                        695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

                        1. Had Speeds today too. Dog was great as usual and tried the pastrami for the first time. Great grilled flavor to the pastrami. It is going to be hard deciding which to get from now on. Might have to start asking for a pastrami dog.

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                          1. re: joth68

                            My husband and I had a Zipcar yesterday to do some errands so we zipped to Speeds and shared a dog and a pastrami.

                            When he handed them over, we knew we had hit "regulars" status. Gregg had cut each in half and put half a dog and half a pastrami in each wrapper.

                            We also saw the youngest speedster yet down a dog. Last time this chowpup was here he lost part of his meal to an opportunistic seagull. We watched the gulls land on the roof of the speed wagon and Gregg would scare them away with a whack to the roof. What fun!