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Clam Digger in Bristol

Area Man Apr 15, 2011 07:44 AM

I am taking the family for a trip from Boston to visit my brother in NYC, and am trying to find a good spot for a hot dog in CT along the way. We're traveling on 84 and will have two kids, 6 and 4. Would the Clam Digger in Bristol be a good spot? Ideally we want something that doesn't have a long wait and where we can sit comfortably / stretch the legs a little bit. We'd be getting to that area between 7 and 8pm.


  1. MacshashRIP Dec 12, 2012 03:00 AM

    Capitol Lunch = undercooked dogs on mediocre buns with a really good, interesting chili/sauce

    Blackies are good as mentioned above. My favorite is Saint's in Plainville with chili and cheese. All components come together.

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      Waquoit Dec 17, 2012 05:26 AM

      Augie and Rays on Main St. in E. Hartford has an excellent dog.

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        njmarshall55 Dec 17, 2012 01:58 PM

        I'll have to checkthem out. They're just down the road from where I work at P&W.

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      AlRad Dec 9, 2012 09:09 AM

      Capitol Lunch on Main St. in New Britain. 30 seconds off of Rt. 72 extension. easy on and off of Rt 84. Great chilly dogs. Been in the same family since 1929. Check their website for details.

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        njmarshall55 Dec 10, 2012 01:48 PM

        Cold hot dogs??? Hmmmmm...I wonder...


      2. njmarshall55 Nov 26, 2012 05:20 AM

        FYI....Clam Digger now becoming "Yogurt City." Just thought you'd like to know.

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          shaun11 May 20, 2012 11:41 AM

          Blackie's in Cheshire CT. Awesome hot/sweet pepper relish!

          1. njmarshall55 May 18, 2012 08:02 AM

            Just a followup to an old thread...Clam Digger in Bristol has closed its doors. Franchisee decided to give it up, according to the Newington Doogies. Was there yesterday and all locked up, no sign, etc. Just when I find a DECENT fish sandwich, they pull it back out.

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              Meesch70 May 19, 2012 04:30 AM

              Darn..I have been wanting to try Clam Digger! *foiled again*

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                njmarshall55 May 21, 2012 07:53 AM

                There are others...Manchester, for instance. It's a franchise, apparently.

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              riffjamer Apr 12, 2012 06:38 PM

              I know its a year old post BUT tell us the whole route you're traveling.
              84 doesn't go from Boston to NYC.
              Mass. pike to 84 to 91 to 95?
              84 to rt.8 to 95?
              84 t0 684 to 287to 87 to 95?
              84 t0 rt. 7 to 95?

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              1. re: riffjamer
                Clams047 Apr 13, 2012 05:44 PM

                Boston - NYC via 84/684 is about 10 miles / 10 minutes longer vs. 84/91/95, but I've found it to be a preferable drive. If you want to add some challenge to the drive, consider using the Saw Mill Pkwy.

                The OP did mention Bristol, so I suspect they were intending to use I-84 across most of CT.

              2. njmarshall55 Apr 11, 2012 01:40 PM

                Late post, I know, but still, any information even late is better than none.

                Clam Digger is SMALL. Really small. Plus it's location in Bristol is NOT really close to an I-84 exit. On the other hand, good dogs (run by the same guy who owns Doogies). VERY good seafood. I'll put his seafood up against anyones fried selections. Bisque and chowder are excellent as well. If mmalmad's reference to Frankie's off I-84 is anything like the one also in Bristol, I'd try that one, too. Additionall, in East Hartford there's a combination Nathan's/Kenny Rogers/Arthur Treacher's within stopping distance off Rt 2.

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                  Clams047 Apr 12, 2012 05:10 AM

                  It's nearly a year late, but if the weather is favorable, Denmo's at 346 Main St. S., Southbury, CT could be an ideal place to stop with kids. It has outdoor picnic table seating where hot dogs plus some very good fried seafood is available plus it's located quite close to I-84 (exit 15) about halfway between Boston & NYC.

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                  foodwallguy Apr 15, 2011 11:04 AM

                  George's Coney Island, Worcester ---The works
                  City Joes, Manchester ---Mustard chopped onion or Chili Dog
                  Woody's, Hartford ---Chicago or Chili Dog
                  Goldburger, Newington ---Chili Dog
                  Merritt Canteen, Bridgeport ---Mustard chopped onions
                  Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield ---Chicago Dog or New England Dog
                  Rawleys, Fairfield ---Hot Chiwawa Dog
                  Swanky Franks, Norwalk ---Chili Dog

                  I always tend to end up at Super Duper Weenie for a Chicago Dog. Its right off 95. The weird part might be the time you're traveling through. It may be a little late for certain "hot dog" places. With this information, please assure me that no one in your family under the age of 7 will mix one of these wonderful hot dogs with ketchup. There's no place for ketchup on a hot dog!

                  Super Duper Weenie
                  306 Black Rock Tpke, Fairfield, CT 06825

                  Swanky Frank's
                  1050 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880

                  Merritt Canteen
                  4355 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06606

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                    mmalmad Apr 15, 2011 10:31 AM

                    Several choices based on your route and timing. There is The Glenwood in Hamden off exit 61 on 15. If you are going 95 there is Super Duper Weenie off exit 25 (I think) or Frankies off exit 14.
                    Super Duper has the most options and has been featured on the Diners Drive in and Dives.
                    For a dog w/mustard, I like The Glenwood.

                    Super Duper Weenie
                    306 Black Rock Tpke, Fairfield, CT 06825

                    Glenwood Cafe
                    420 Springfield St, Springfield, MA 01107

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