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Speeds to become Super Dog

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

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  1. Yeah, not a fan. Hope he rethinks this.

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    1. re: mats77

      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?

      1. re: jgg13

        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.

      2. re: mats77

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

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

            1. re: rknrll

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

            2. re: Jenny Ondioline

              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.

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                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.

                1. re: chickendhansak

                  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.

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    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.

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

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

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                      1. re: nsenada

                        Correction Pearl and Franklin streets, by The Langham.

                        1. re: nsenada

                          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.

                          1. re: Alcachofa

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: LStaff

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

                        2. 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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                          1. re: nsenada

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

                            1. re: devilham

                              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!

                            2. re: nsenada

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

                            3. $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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                              1. re: L2k

                                Thanks for the heads up. Got it!

                                1. re: catsmeow

                                  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

                                  1. re: L2k

                                    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.

                                2. re: L2k

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