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Speeds to become Super Dog

jgg13 May 1, 2012 07:02 AM

According to his Twitter feed, Boston Speeds is renaming to Boston Super Dog. Really not liking the name change.

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    mats77 RE: jgg13 May 1, 2012 07:53 AM

    Yeah, not a fan. Hope he rethinks this.

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      jgg13 RE: mats77 May 1, 2012 07:55 AM

      I vaguely remember the scuttlebutt being that his deal w/ Speed came with an agreement that he'd leave things alone. I wonder if this is a way to give him more freedom?

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        viperlush RE: jgg13 May 1, 2012 09:58 AM

        True. It would suck if he had to change the name for legal reasons. But I wish that he could of come up something better.

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        gourmaniac RE: mats77 May 1, 2012 08:57 AM

        Agree. It loses so much of the great buzz that Speed's has developed locally and nationally. Dumb business decision IMO but it's not my wiener wagon.

      3. hiddenboston RE: jgg13 May 1, 2012 08:18 AM

        I saw this on Facebook earlier today, and my first reaction was "huh?"

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          Jenny Ondioline RE: jgg13 May 1, 2012 08:22 AM

          All the old-timers are just gonna keep calling it Speed's anyway, so who cares what the "official" name is?

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            rknrll RE: Jenny Ondioline May 1, 2012 08:32 AM

            My first thought was possible Super Dawg confusion, since they are pretty famous.

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              LStaff RE: rknrll May 1, 2012 08:38 AM

              I'm going to start up a hot dog cart and call it Nathan Pink's Famous Super Duper Weenie Gold Coast Dawg.

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              viperlush RE: Jenny Ondioline May 1, 2012 08:35 AM

              Exactly. I'm more concerned about the expanded menu and the dogs not being the focus. I just hope that quality doesn't decline and that the wait doesn't increase too much. Deep fried pickles sound good though.

              I can see the name being an issue for us on Chowhound. Confusion for new posters and with searching.

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                chickendhansak RE: Jenny Ondioline May 1, 2012 12:08 PM

                One reason to avoid a name change is to make it less easy for people to hang a quality judgement off it, e.g. "it was better when it was Speed's". I know that the guy running it now is not the original guy, but the fact that no-one seems to say it used to be better before may just be because the name didn't change.

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                  Jenny Ondioline RE: chickendhansak May 1, 2012 12:17 PM

                  Oh, plenty of people say it hasn't been the same since Speed retired.

                  For all I know, it could be that the agreement with Speed was that the name *had* to change after a certain number of years: that's not an unheard-of restriction.

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                    chickendhansak RE: Jenny Ondioline May 1, 2012 12:22 PM

                    I'm sure you're right, though I hadn't noticed it. The enthusiasm for the hot dog seems high enough still, perhaps to drown it out a bit. I agree with you about the possibility of the restriction.

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                Gabatta RE: jgg13 May 1, 2012 08:48 AM

                terrible

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                  Bellachefa RE: jgg13 May 1, 2012 09:50 AM

                  That ain't right, and down right wrong. And I'm not even a huge fan of Speed's but I was a fan of the man.

                  I'm not a fan of the ads making it take 4 times to hit the reply button before I get a reply window rather then opening up and advertisement.

                  1. barleywino RE: jgg13 May 1, 2012 01:36 PM

                    he says he "hopes to be" open tomorrow in Newmarket, still trying to get permit for city hall location apparently

                    1. nsenada RE: jgg13 Aug 28, 2012 08:51 AM

                      I see that Super Dog will be at Liberty Square today - am gonna check it out.

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                        nsenada RE: nsenada Aug 28, 2012 09:28 AM

                        Correction Pearl and Franklin streets, by The Langham.

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                          Alcachofa RE: nsenada Aug 28, 2012 10:35 AM

                          Ugh! I ended up at Boston Kebob. :o(

                          EDIT: So I went from having a half-pound of processed meat, to a veggie lunch. Win?

                          EDIT2: Not very "hound"-like of me to not even look around the corner.

                          EDIT3: Boston Kebob is competent, but Sultan's Kitchen is still far superior for the area. I do like that you can pick exactly what and how much you want at Boston Kebob's salad bar.

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                            nsenada RE: Alcachofa Aug 28, 2012 10:54 AM

                            That could definitely be a win, if enough fritters and greek yoghurt are involved.

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                              Alcachofa RE: nsenada Aug 28, 2012 11:10 AM

                              Indeed.

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                        LStaff RE: jgg13 Aug 28, 2012 09:21 AM

                        Someone please give a shout out when the original Speeds, not affiliated with Speeds Original Dogs, Famous Speeds Dogs, World Famous Original Speeds Dogs, Speeds Traditional Dogs, Original Famous Speeds, or Boston Super Dog sets up shop somewhere so I can actually try the original dog and relish recipe that caused the Speeds following in the first place. Twitter accounts and websites are only confusing the matter even more.

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                          Bob Dobalina RE: LStaff Aug 28, 2012 09:34 AM

                          Actually, all the mystery is completely in line with the Speed's ethos.

                        2. nsenada RE: jgg13 Aug 28, 2012 10:18 AM

                          Here's a picture of the Super Dog (hopefully it attached). It definitely hit the spot, despite not having first made the traditional wade through beef carcass run-off, and the other assorted flora and fauna of charming Newmarket Square. Having had Speed Dogs on more than a few occasions stretching back into the distant past, I really don't remember there being a huge difference between this one and the others, though I do miss the smell of the buns getting charred over live coals.

                          They also had tempura-battered pickles, and grilled pastrami. Considering the convenience factor, I don't care whether it's called Speed, Super, or Ray's Famous dogs, they were close enough for me.

                           
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                            devilham RE: nsenada Aug 28, 2012 01:14 PM

                            I had one last week, and while delish, it was really REALLY hard to eat it in a shirt and tie....so messy!

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                              southie_chick RE: devilham Aug 28, 2012 01:33 PM

                              The truck has been there for the past 3 weeks at Franklin & Pearl - Greg said he plans to be there during the winter too. That's a new location for the food trucks - Mondays the Cookie Monster truck is there. Can't remember the rest of the trucks schedules, but I remember the other trucks I've seen so far are the crepe truck, MomoGoose, & The Cupcakery.
                              I've had both the dog & the pastrami (& noticed they do a pastrami dog too) - both were good but I think I like the dog a little better. Pastrami wasn't too salty, but a little greasy. It had a good, almost smokey flavor to it. Liked that the raw onion wasn't too harsh - it added a nice flavor & crunch to both the dog & the pastrami.
                              It's parked next to my building, so this could get very dangerous for me!

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                              FoodTruth RE: nsenada Sep 29, 2012 12:01 PM

                              I think the absence of charcoal for the bun and dog is a big difference. Still the best dog in town (IMHO).

                            3. L2k RE: jgg13 Sep 28, 2012 03:39 AM

                              $8 for $15 on "Google Offers" today (along with a $45 for $82 deal). Hope this doesn't mean money issues!

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                                catsmeow RE: L2k Sep 28, 2012 06:07 AM

                                Thanks for the heads up. Got it!

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                                  L2k RE: catsmeow Sep 28, 2012 07:02 AM

                                  Enjoy, hopefully it's just a deal and not a cry for help.

                                  Was nervous when my favorite bookstore (NEMBF) had an offer earlier this week

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                                    catsmeow RE: L2k Sep 29, 2012 09:36 AM

                                    Has Speed been over at Newmarket Sq? I thought he was taking his spot back over but have yet to see him there the few times I've driven through.

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                                  Jenny Ondioline RE: L2k Sep 29, 2012 10:46 AM

                                  Could just be to remind people he's still there after summer ends.

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