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20 sizzling canine stands round Connecticut to take a look at


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July 1, 2022

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1of24NEW YORK, NY – JULY 4: Sizzling canine are seen earlier than the annual Sizzling Canine Consuming Contest at Coney Island July 4, 2016 in New York Metropolis. Joey Chestnut re-took the crown, consuming 70 sizzling canine and beating final 12 months’s winner Matt Stonie’s 53 sizzling canine consumed.Eric Thayer/Getty Pictures

Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield, Conn., on Wednesday May 13, 2020. The restaurant is planning to move some picnic tables from an inner courtyard into its parking lot to provide outdoor seating for the resumption of dine-in eating on May 20.2of24

Tremendous Duper Weenie in Fairfield, Conn., on Wednesday Might 13, 2020. The restaurant is planning to maneuver some picnic tables from an interior courtyard into its parking zone to offer out of doors seating for the resumption of dine-in consuming on Might 20.

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Above, a hamburger, hot dog and outstanding onion rings at Dog Daze Cafe, where diners eat al fresco. Below, fresh fruits and an array of jams and jellies are available to buy at Dog Daze.4of24Above, a hamburger, sizzling canine and excellent onion rings at Canine Daze Cafe, the place diners eat al fresco. Under, recent fruits and an array of jams and jellies are available for purchase at Canine Daze.Jane Stern / For Hearst Media Group5of24

Bob Manere adds chili to a Devil Dog at Dogtown on New Haven Ave. in Milford on February 15, 2018.6of24Bob Manere provides chili to a Satan Canine at Dogtown on New Haven Ave. in Milford on February 15, 2018.Arnold Gold

Dogtown on New Haven Ave. in Milford photographed on February 15, 2018.7of24Dogtown on New Haven Ave. in Milford photographed on February 15, 2018.Arnold Gold

A specialty hot dog is made at Bridge Street Wienery, in Stamford on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.8of24A specialty sizzling canine is made at Bridge Road Wienery, in Stamford on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.Lindsay Niegelberg

Co-owners Steve Sabia, left, and Mike Palmer, right, pose for a photo at their restaurant, Bridge Street Wienery, in Stamford on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.9of24Co-owners Steve Sabia, left, and Mike Palmer, proper, pose for a photograph at their restaurant, Bridge Road Wienery, in Stamford on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.Lindsay Niegelberg10of24

Miguel Cardoza, of Bridgeport, sinks his teeth into a fresh lobster roll at Danny's Drive-In, on Ferry Boulevard in Stratford, Tuesday June 29, 2010. 11of24

Miguel Cardoza, of Bridgeport, sinks his tooth right into a recent lobster roll at Danny’s Drive-In, on Ferry Boulevard in Stratford, Tuesday June 29, 2010. 

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After being closed for 13 years, Cricket Car Hop has reopened in Stratford. The original opened in the mid-1950s and closed in 2004. Today, Stacy DiCostanzo, who worked as a cook at Cricket from 1980 until it closed, co-runs the show with her husband, Rob.12of24After being closed for 13 years, Cricket Automotive Hop has reopened in Stratford. The unique opened within the mid-Nineteen Fifties and closed in 2004. Right this moment, Stacy DiCostanzo, who labored as a cook dinner at Cricket from 1980 till it closed, co-runs the present together with her husband, Rob.ctbites

Pat Fogg, who worked at the original Cricket Car Hop, dresses a hotdog with sauerkraut at the new Cricket Car Hop, in Stratford, Conn. June 28, 2017.13of24Pat Fogg, who labored on the authentic Cricket Automotive Hop, attire a hotdog with sauerkraut on the new Cricket Automotive Hop, in Stratford, Conn. June 28, 2017.Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

Jared Epstein, of Trumbull, serves up an order of fries Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the concession stand at Robert G. Beach Memorial Park in Trumbull, Conn. Mike Basso, owner of Lake Zoar Drive-In in Monroe, has taken over the food stands at both outdoor Trumbull pools.14of24Jared Epstein, of Trumbull, serves up an order of fries Tuesday, July 1, 2014, on the concession stand at Robert G. Seashore Memorial Park in Trumbull, Conn. Mike Basso, proprietor of Lake Zoar Drive-In in Monroe, has taken over the meals stands at each out of doors Trumbull swimming pools.Autumn Driscoll15of24

Merritt Canteen16of24Merritt CanteenGreg Moody/Connecticut Journal

Exterior of the Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport. The vintage eatery began as a roadside “shack” in 1942 near the Merritt Parkway, hence its name.17of24Exterior of the Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport. The classic eatery started as a roadside “shack” in 1942 close to the Merritt Parkway, therefore its identify.Jane Stern / For Hearst Connecticut Media

Rawley’s Drive-In on the Post Road in Fairfield has its fair share of loyalists.18of24Rawley’s Drive-In on the Put up Street in Fairfield has its fair proportion of loyalists.Genevieve Reilly / Hearst Connecticut Media file photograph

Rawley’s Drive-In in Fairfield is famously carved up on its walls and furniture.19of24Rawley’s Drive-In in Fairfield is famously carved up on its partitions and furnishings.File photograph20of24

The Two-foot Works Dog, Doogies, Newington21of24

The Two-foot Works Canine, Doogies, Newington

 

Chris Murphy has chili dogs at Capitol Lunch on Main St. in New Britain the day after he won the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Joseph Lieberman in 2012.22of24

Chris Murphy has chili canine at Capitol Lunch on Predominant St. in New Britain the day after he received the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Joseph Lieberman in 2012.

Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

Jeff 'Jake' Russell prepares one of his classic hot dogs at Jake's Diggity Dogs in downtown Milford, Conn.23of24

Jeff ‘Jake’ Russell prepares considered one of his basic sizzling canine at Jake’s Diggity Canines in downtown Milford, Conn.

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If you end up craving a sizzling canine this 4th of July weekend, you are in a great spot. Connecticut loves its sizzling canine, with a number of famend locations for frankfurters. Here is a sampling of informal sizzling canine joints across the state. (And remember, Nationwide Sizzling Canine Day is simply a few weeks away, on July 20.)

 

 

Tremendous Duper Weenie

Fairfield

An employee at Super Duper Weenie cooks hot dogs at the restaurant in Fairfield, Conn., on Wednesday May 13, 2020. The restaurant is planning to move some picnic tables from an inner courtyard into its parking lot to provide outdoor seating for the resumption of dine-in eating on May 20.

An worker at Tremendous Duper Weenie cooks sizzling canine on the restaurant in Fairfield, Conn., on Wednesday Might 13, 2020. The restaurant is planning to maneuver some picnic tables from an interior courtyard into its parking zone to offer out of doors seating for the resumption of dine-in consuming on Might 20.

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

The Fairfield establishment, which as soon as welcomed Man Fieri for  “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” serves “what we expect are the world’s greatest sizzling canine, break up and grilled, laid right into a fresh-baked roll, and slathered with our personal home-made relishes and high-quality toppings,” in accordance with its web site. The recent and candy relishes are fastidiously protected secret recipes, and the house owners additionally notice the burgers are “so good you may go away your spouse or husband for it” and their soups “may lead you into a lifetime of crime.”

Heibeck’s Stand

Wilton

Heibeck’s Stand in Wilton is a wonderful seasonal place that has been serving ice cream, burgers, hot dogs and other delights since 1931.
Heibeck’s Stand in Wilton is a superb seasonal place that has been serving ice cream, burgers, sizzling canine and different delights since 1931.

Jane Stern / For Hearst Connecticut Media

Heibeck’s, a beloved roadside stand in Wilton, provides all the things from plain sizzling canine to lobster rolls and seafood po’boys. Its all beef kosher canine are topped with basic chili, cheese, onion, relish and mustard, together with fancier preparations like its Colorado canine with balsamic glazed bacon, bleu cheese sauce and frizzled onions. 

Canine Daze

Wilton

Above, a hamburger, hot dog and outstanding onion rings at Dog Daze Cafe, where diners eat al fresco. Below, fresh fruits and an array of jams and jellies are available to buy at Dog Daze.
Above, a hamburger, sizzling canine and excellent onion rings at Canine Daze Cafe, the place diners eat al fresco. Under, recent fruits and an array of jams and jellies are available for purchase at Canine Daze.

Jane Stern / For Hearst Media Group

Canine Daze, one other Wilton roadside stand, provides a number of specialty canine: a Bayou canine with pickled okra, a Reuben canine with bacon, sauerkraut and 1000 Island dressing; a BLT canine with parmesan peppercorn sauce.

“The Brooklyn canine has cream cheese, scallions and “all the things” bagel seasoning. It tastes much better than it sounds,” reviewer Jane Stern wrote in 2017. Stern additionally raved about Canine Daze’s freshly made corn canine. 

The Wienery

Stamford

Hour Photo/Alex von Kleydorff Bridge Street Wienery in Stamford owner Mike Palmer prepares two of his signature hot dogs The Squeeler, BBQ Pulled Pork and Coleslaw and the Lil-Lo Dog with Home made Chili, Chopped Onions and jalapenos and Cheese Sauce. The unique and inovative menu has something for everyone.

Hour Picture/Alex von Kleydorff Bridge Road Wienery in Stamford proprietor Mike Palmer prepares two of his signature sizzling canine The Squeeler, BBQ Pulled Pork and Coleslaw and the Lil-Lo Canine with Handmade Chili, Chopped Onions and jalapenos and Cheese Sauce. The distinctive and inovative menu has one thing for everybody.

The Wienery’s menu provides basic all-beef Sabrett canine with loads of specialty toppings: chili, crispy bacon, tater tots, pulled pork, avocado and peppers. Their tackle a Chicago canine options key substances like tomato, pickles and celery salt, and any canine will be made as a spicy red-hot model. 

Blackie’s

Cheshire

Blackie’s, considered one of Connecticut’s most venerable sizzling canine spots, has been round since 1928. Right here, the Martin Rosol’s canine can be found with simply three easy toppings: ketchup, brown mustard and Blackie’s signature relish. 

“Our well-known selfmade Sizzling Pepper Relish has delighted vacationers and households, and plenty of have tried to repeat the key household recipe – however there’s nothing prefer it wherever,” Blackie’s notes on its web site, the place the condiment is available for purchase on-line.

Danny’s Drive-In

Stratford

Miguel Cardoza, of Bridgeport, sinks his teeth into a fresh lobster roll at Danny's Drive-In, on Ferry Boulevard in Stratford, Tuesday June 29, 2010. 

Miguel Cardoza, of Bridgeport, sinks his tooth right into a recent lobster roll at Danny’s Drive-In, on Ferry Boulevard in Stratford, Tuesday June 29, 2010. 

Autumn Driscoll / ST

Established in 1935, Danny’s Drive-In was named considered one of America’s 75 greatest “gap within the wall” eating places by The Each day Meal in 2019, the place editors praised its crisp deep-fried canine. “The buns are properly toasted, and the home specialty is the Bull Canine, topped with fried onions and a regionally famend super-spicy sauce referred to as Kuhn’s Chili,” they wrote.

Cricket Automotive Hop

Stratford

Pat Fogg, who worked at the original Cricket Car Hop, dresses a hotdog with sauerkraut at the new Cricket Car Hop, in Stratford, Conn. June 28, 2017.
Pat Fogg, who labored on the authentic Cricket Automotive Hop, attire a hotdog with sauerkraut on the new Cricket Automotive Hop, in Stratford, Conn. June 28, 2017.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

The Cricket Automotive Hop, which reopened in 2017 after 13 years, is thought for its Cricket Lengthy Canine, with mustard, sizzling sauce, purple relish and sauerkraut on a toasted roll. Chili canine function Cricket’s housemade chili, made recent each day with a brisket mix of meat (no beans.)

Doogie’s

Newington

Doogie’s large two-foot-long sizzling canine put it on the map, touchdown mentions in nationwide magazines and even a 2009 look on Journey Channel’s “Man v. Meals.” The 24-inch canine will be loaded with any mixture of toppings (chili, cheese, peppers, bacon, pulled pork, baked beans, sauerkraut and extra.) For these with extra average appetites, Doogie’s additionally provides 10- and 16-inch canine. 

Capitol Lunch

New Britain

Chris Murphy has chili dogs at Capitol Lunch on Main St. in New Britain the day after he won the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Joseph Lieberman in 2012.

Chris Murphy has chili canine at Capitol Lunch on Predominant St. in New Britain the day after he received the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Joseph Lieberman in 2012.

Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

The no-frills New Britain establishment, open since 1929, is thought for its “well-known sauce” — a meaty combination with secret spices that is ladled over its sizzling canine with mustard and onions. Need the sauce on a burger or French fries? Capitol Lunch will do this too, and you’ll even take residence a pint of it for later. Wash it down with an area Avery’s soda. 

Lake Zoar Drive-In

Monroe

Jared Epstein, of Trumbull, serves up an order of fries Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the concession stand at Robert G. Beach Memorial Park in Trumbull, Conn. Mike Basso, owner of Lake Zoar Drive-In in Monroe, has taken over the food stands at both outdoor Trumbull pools.
Jared Epstein, of Trumbull, serves up an order of fries Tuesday, July 1, 2014, on the concession stand at Robert G. Seashore Memorial Park in Trumbull, Conn. Mike Basso, proprietor of Lake Zoar Drive-In in Monroe, has taken over the meals stands at each out of doors Trumbull swimming pools.

Autumn Driscoll

The house of the “Zoar Burger” on Route 34 can be recognized for its sizzling canine, together with a signature Mike’s Slaw Canine with coleslaw, housemade chili and horseradish spicy brown mustard. Different toppings embody a spicy Texas chili.

Merritt Canteen

Bridgeport

Exterior of the Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport. The vintage eatery began as a roadside “shack” in 1942 near the Merritt Parkway, hence its name.
Exterior of the Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport. The classic eatery started as a roadside “shack” in 1942 close to the Merritt Parkway, therefore its identify.

Jane Stern / For Hearst Connecticut Media

Merritt Canteen, a staple for fast-casual meals as soon as featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” options burgers, sizzling canine, fried seafood, milkshakes and all-day breakfast sandwiches. Spice lovers in search of warmth can courageous the chili canine or its “brutal” model, however be forewarned — there are not any refunds.

Dogtown

Milford

Bob Manere adds chili to a Devil Dog at Dogtown on New Haven Ave. in Milford on February 15, 2018.
Bob Manere provides chili to a Satan Canine at Dogtown on New Haven Ave. in Milford on February 15, 2018.

Arnold Gold

Dogtown opened in December 2017, with eight totally different specialty canine that includes basic and premium toppings: two forms of relish, purple onion sauce, bacon, chili, cheese, sauerkraut and even pico de gallo. Select a predesigned canine, or “freestyle” it with your individual choice of 14 totally different toppings. 

Frankie’s

A number of places

You may discover Frankie’s sizzling canine in a number of places (together with three in Waterbury), the place a “Well-known Frankie” canine options mustard, sauerkraut and relish. Different variations embody the “Italian” with peppers and onions, the “Portuguese” with sauteed mushrooms and onions and “Wisconsin,” with American cheese.

Augie & Ray’s

East Hartford

The timeless East Hartford drive-in, first opened by cops Ray Hutt and Augie Bria in 1946, began out as a sizzling canine stand and dairy bar. Right this moment, Hutt’s great-grandsons Mike and Chris run the informal restaurant, the place visitors come for its footlong canine and “The Sauce,” its secret recipe chili. “Oh, and do not hassle asking for the recipe,” the web site warns.

Rawley’s Drive-In

Fairfield

Rawley’s Drive-In in Fairfield is famously carved up on its walls and furniture.
Rawley’s Drive-In in Fairfield is famously carved up on its partitions and furnishings.

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Rawley’s retains bragging rights as Martha Stewart’s favourite Connecticut sizzling canine. It has been featured on not solely her TV present, but additionally on Meals Community’s “Finest Factor I Ever Ate,” the place chef Alex Guarnaschelli raved about “The Works,” Rawley’s deep-fried sizzling canine loaded with fried bacon, mustard, relish and sauerkraut.

Bethel Sizzling Canine Palace

Bethel

The recent canine joint and informal eatery simply celebrated 15 years in Bethel, the place diners prove for canine with the works (mustard, relish, ketchup, onions, and sauerkraut) and its signature housemade “Palace Chili.” Notably hungry guests will just like the Double Sizzling Canine Deluxe: sizzling canine on a wedge with melted cheddar cheese, bacon, chili and a aspect of fries topped with chili and cheese.

Jake’s Diggity Canines

Milford

Jeff 'Jake' Russell prepares one of his classic hot dogs at Jake's Diggity Dogs in downtown Milford, Conn.

Jeff ‘Jake’ Russell prepares considered one of his basic sizzling canine at Jake’s Diggity Canines in downtown Milford, Conn.

Jill Dion/Hearst Connecticut Media

Jake’s moved to Milford in 2019, providing all the things from “Da Plain” footlong with alternative of chilly toppings to wackier canine with steak, guacamole, teriyaki sauce and eggs. A “Hawaiian canine” goes tropical with chopped pineapple and coconut shavings. 

Jordan’s Sizzling Canines & Mac

New Haven

True to its identify, Jordan’s signature canine options baked mac and cheese atop an all-beef Hummel Bros. canine with bacon and jalapeño. The Elm Metropolis spot can be recognized for different connoisseur preparations, just like the Kansas Metropolis canine with BBQ glaze, cheddar and bacon; a Philly canine with shaved steak, cheese sauce and grilled onions and a “Tijuana double canine” wrapped in a tortilla with avocado, jalapeño, chili, cheese and chopped tomato.

Saint’s Restaurant & Catering

Southington

At Saint’s, the recent canine have been a specialty since 1967, “grilled till they pop and the buns are toasted to perfection,” the web site notes. The Martin Rosol’s canine are served with Saint’s personal meat sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish or chopped onions, and extras embody cheese, bacon and sauerkraut.

Leeanne is the meals and client reporter for Hearst Connecticut, dealing with protection of restaurant openings and closings, developments, occasions and normal information about CT meals and beverage companies.

She’s been working in Connecticut information for greater than 15 years, most lately because the meals and eating reporter for the Hartford Courant. A local of Worcester, Mass., she holds a grasp’s diploma in journalism from Quinnipiac College.





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