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Hot Dog hole-in-the-wall's in Boston Metro?

grant.cook Nov 16, 2013 11:32 AM

I was in North Adams this past weekend, and had lunch at a place called Jack's Hot Dog Stand.. small place, a few people behind the counter grilling dogs, burgers and steaming the buns. Had a regular dog with mustard and a chili cheese dog. Tasty, inexpensive lunch.

Anything like that in Boston, where you can just get a nice couple of dogs at a counter? I'd like to avoid chains like Spike's as well..

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    chuck s Nov 16, 2013 07:14 PM

    Yes. Casey's Diner in Natick. The hot dogs are steamed but they are mighty tasty. Casey's is a classic diner and is featured in most books about diners.

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      MichaelB Nov 17, 2013 08:50 AM

      Ditto on Casey's. I've never been inside but I love stopping at the side window when I'm nearby. Not a super-snappy dog but great flavor. I love the big copper cauldron just inside the window where they cook the dogs and steam the buns.

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        NE_Wombat Nov 17, 2013 09:15 AM

        Casey's is good, but if you're in Natick and want a Chicago dog try Spalla's. Head just north of Rt 9 on Main Street (Rt 27). It's on the corner of Rutledge and Rt 27 - on the Rutledge Road facing side.

        Excellent dogs and Chicago beef.

      2. ipsedixit Nov 16, 2013 08:22 PM

        Sullivan's in South Boston.

        And if Natick (per "chuck s" above) counts as "Boston Metro" then Simco's in Mattapan should count as well.

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          grant.cook Nov 17, 2013 09:22 AM

          That's right.. forgot about Sullivan's, although I think they are closed now through the winter..

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            NE_Wombat Nov 17, 2013 09:28 AM

            I read in the December Closings thread that Sullivan's last day this year is December 1st - and 80 cents dogs until then.

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              trufflehound Nov 18, 2013 08:32 AM

              I think they are half price the last day.

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                Fort Point Nov 18, 2013 01:40 PM

                They are half price everyday in Nov. Have been there twice this month.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            trufflehound Nov 18, 2013 08:33 AM

            Simco's is way more Boston metro than Natick, but Casey's is worth the trip.

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              ipsedixit Nov 18, 2013 02:29 PM

              Good to know.

              Wasn't really trying to pick a fight. Not a Boston-native and was just unsure of the lay of the land with respect to "Boston Metro".

              (And, yes, I did consult Wiki re: Boston Metro before posting, but still it's not like Wiki is the end-all-be-all ... )

          3. C. Hamster Nov 17, 2013 03:51 AM

            There's a hole in the wall hot dog place in Adams Village now .

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              catsmeow Nov 17, 2013 06:48 AM

              Where in Adams Village?

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                wandergirl Nov 17, 2013 08:17 AM

                Hardy & Person Catering
                787 Adams St., Dorchester


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                  C. Hamster Nov 17, 2013 09:37 AM

                  Right next door to The Beach House. Across the street from Greenhills.

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                    catsmeow Nov 17, 2013 02:36 PM

                    Got it. Thanks

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                phatchris Nov 17, 2013 04:50 AM

                There's the Scotty Dog in Beverly.

                1. Kat Nov 17, 2013 06:27 AM

                  If you're up for a road trip, there is Elvis' Hot Dog Place in Lunenberg.

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                    addiez Nov 17, 2013 08:10 AM

                    It's definitely not Boston metro, but Hot Dog Annie's in Leicester is pretty darn amazing.

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                      trufflehound Nov 18, 2013 08:36 AM

                      Since we're out this way I'll throw in George's Coney Island in Worcester . Bar on one side and really old school booths on the other with lots of names carved in.

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                        CocoDan Nov 20, 2013 07:59 AM

                        Count me in on "Hot Dog Annie's"! Been working in the area lately, and can't resist a dog or 4 and a root beer. Have to have a bag of chips with it also. Been there a long time. First tried them maybe 40 years ago.

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                        total13 Nov 18, 2013 07:46 AM

                        Simco's on the Bridge in Mattapan, Blue Hill Ave. There's another one in Roslindale by American Legion Highway but I've never been to that one.

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                          C. Hamster Nov 18, 2013 07:55 AM

                          I love Simco's signage!!

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                          lergnom Nov 18, 2013 01:53 PM

                          There's always Costco. $1.50 for a ¼ lb hotdog and a 20 oz. soda. They have switched to Pepsi though.

                          1. trufflehound Nov 18, 2013 02:36 PM

                            My favorite was the lower level of Filene's Basement, followed by a soft serve cone.

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                              LStaff Nov 19, 2013 01:10 PM

                              I noticed my local Hess station store in Waltham has Nathan's dogs 2 for $3. Haven't tried yet. I so miss Nathan's that used to be in local malls.

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                                L2k Nov 19, 2013 01:17 PM

                                If it's the Hess on Prospect, I actually looked at those things yesterday, and it appeared they had been rolling for a week or more.

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                                  Science Chick Nov 19, 2013 01:41 PM

                                  That's a perfectly sane food to eat! Interesting texture......

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                                    hargau Nov 20, 2013 09:10 AM

                                    LOL In case you missed Science Chick's reference.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISikGt...

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                                      Science Chick Nov 20, 2013 09:23 AM

                                      Thanks, Hargau.....glad that *someone* got my joke!

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                                    hyde Nov 19, 2013 08:55 PM

                                    Yeah, Im not a huge fan of Carl's sandwiches but I think I would go across the street for food before those.

                                    That said, the Thumanns on the top shelf of the meat section of Russo's are excellent .

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                                      Jenny Ondioline Nov 19, 2013 11:26 PM

                                      I will occasionally eat a hot dog from the Hess station in my neighborhood, which is next to a Spike's Junkyard Dogs. At least a Hess station dog tastes sort of like a hot dog, unlike a dog from Spike's, which tastes like giant flavorless bread.

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                                        devilham Nov 20, 2013 06:54 AM

                                        Seriously, the bun to dog ratio at Spike's is way off

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                                          LStaff Nov 20, 2013 07:00 AM

                                          Not just the flavorless bread, but the hot dog itself is so farmy/horseblankety/funky (trying to be polite here) tasting.

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                                            Boston_Otter Nov 20, 2013 09:19 AM

                                            I miss the dogs at my neighborhood Spike's, which closed last year. True, the bun was always sort of chunky and overbearing, but the dogs tasted like beef. No whiff of funk or horseblanket.

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