Hot dogs are a New England food. Hot Dogs and Boston baked beans is a typical old time Saturday night dinner for New England folk. Hot dogs piled high with sauerkraut, onions, mustard, and relish is just one more way to enjoy this dish!
Since the art of making the perfect hot dog is not as easy as you might think, Connecticut Magazine recently offered a few places to enjoy your favorite dog in the Nutmeg State. Out of the many selections offered, there were a few that stood out above the rest for taste. So when in Connecticut where do you get the best New England hot dog?
1. Mr. Mac’s Canteen, 838 Main St., Monroe, (203) 459-9595
Mr. Mac’s Canteen is my first choice and when you read this you will know why!
Remember the old Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport Connecticut, where you could get the hotdog with the tiny pieces of greasy bacon on the bottom of the bun? Remember how the skin on the hotdog was fried to a crisp because it was on top of sizzling oil? Well these are the same hotdogs. The sons of the man who owned the Merritt Canteen opened up their own place and took their father’s recipe with them. Since there is no longer a Merritt Canteen, Mr. Mac’s is the only place to get these Connecticut favorites. The dogs are served with or without chili and come with any other topping you can think of ! This is hot dog heaven!
2. Super Duper Weenie, 306 Black Rock Tpke., Fairfield, (203) 334-DOGS
These hotdogs are locally made and the dogs are grilled to perfection and nestled inside a nice fresh bun, but it is the toppings that this New England Weenie offering has been a favorite of mine for some time now. Everything from the relish to the chili is homemade, and it tastes wonderful! Instead of all the emphasis being on the dog itself, this place is famous for the way they dress it up! Don’t get me wrong, even without the home made condiments, this hot dog would be a delight, but the condiments add another dimension to an already exquisite hot dog!
3. Danny’s Drive-In, 940 Ferry Blvd., Stratford, (203) 378-6728
Danny’s Drive-In is a real drive-in, or what one was meant to be. This small little place has no where to sit unless the weather is good, then there are a few picnic tables. People do not come here for the ambiance. They come here for Danny’s Dogs. This hotdog stand has been serving generations of Southern Connecticut hot dog lovers. The chili dog with fried onions is called the “Bull Dog” and it is a famous hotdog at Danny’s. His dogs are grilled to perfection and no matter what you put on top of them you they will be a delicious treat, but the chili , wow, the chili is what makes this stop so famous. At any given time of the day you can see cars lined up and the occupants are all doing the same thing. Eating Danny’s hotdogs.
These are without a doubt the best three places to have a New England style hot dog off the grill in Connecticut. I know, I am a hot dog connoisseur from way back and depending what area I am in when I have a hankering for a hotdog, I will go to one of these three places only!
Reference: Connecticut Magazine