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Nov 16, 2013 11:32 AM

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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: chuck s

      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.

      1. re: chuck s

        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. 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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        1. re: ipsedixit

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

          1. re: grant.cook

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

            1. re: NE_Wombat

              I think they are half price the last day.

              1. re: trufflehound

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

          2. re: ipsedixit

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

            1. re: trufflehound

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

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                1. re: catsmeow

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

              1. There's the Scotty Dog in Beverly.

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