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Apr 15, 2011 07:44 AM

Clam Digger in Bristol

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.


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  1. 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

    1. 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

      1. 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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        1. re: njmarshall55

          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.

        2. 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

            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. 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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            1. re: njmarshall55

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

              1. re: Meesch70

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