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Capitol Lunch

510 Main St., New Britain, CT - (860) 229-8237
Cappy's is an urban dog house that serves little weenies that are so taut that they audibly snap when you bite into them. They are gently garlicked, porky enough make taste buds dance for joy. They come topped with a spicy chili sauce -- fine-grind beef that is smoky, sweet, and powerfully addictive. A magical package.
94% Approval Rating (38 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We salute Jonathan Zujko for tipping us of to yet another of Connecticut's dog-house treasures, Capitol Lunch. Jonathan wrote, "Every time I go I get six hot dogs with everything. The service is great and the dogs, especially the chili sauce, is the best I've ..."   [Read More]
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Scott Morris
March 06, 2011
"I grew up on Capitol Lunch hot dogs. My family owned a business in the area and, at age 10, my cousin and I would walk down to buy a box full of dogs for the shop. I have often told people that Capitol Lunch dogs are somewhat of an acquired taste. They don't serve ..."   [Read More]
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Roger Wilks
December 26, 2007
"I've been eating at Cappy's since I was five years old (I'm 54 now). The original place was across the street from where it is now. It was maybe 25 feet deep from door to back wall with one row of stools. There'd be a line waiting down the block. In my younger ..."   [Read More]

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510 Main St., New Britain, CT
(860) 229-8237

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
This is the only way to get a Cappy dog: with everything. That includes mustard, raw onions, and a spill of delectable chili sauce. In the background is a naked dog, which we got only to study. After looking it over, we returned to the counter for a helping of chili.
"This is the only way to get a Cappy dog: with everything. That includes mustard, raw onions, and a spill of delectable chili sauce. In the background is a naked dog, which we got only to study. After looking it over, we returned to the counter for a helping of chili."
Michael Stern





The hambugers look pretty good, but we've never tried one. For us -- and for hoards of fans -- Capitol Lunch is a hot dog place. We actually bought some of their fabulous sauce to take home (see sign at lower left), but then didn't quite know what to do with it. Without Cappy's taut dogs, and without its flourescent-light ambience, the sauce just doesn't have the je ne sais quois that makes this place a landmark.
"The hambugers look pretty good, but we've never tried one. For us -- and for hoards of fans -- Capitol Lunch is a hot dog place. We actually bought some of their fabulous sauce to take home (see sign at lower left), but then didn't quite know what to do with it. Without Cappy's taut dogs, and without its flourescent-light ambience, the sauce just doesn't have the je ne sais quois that makes this place a landmark."
Michael Stern


Place your order at the right, then pay and pick it up on the left. It's up to you to carry the tray back to a table in the dining room.
"Place your order at the right, then pay and pick it up on the left. It's up to you to carry the tray back to a table in the dining room."
Michael Stern


Decor on the walls includes large photos of Capitol Lunch going back to 1975. Note the prices in the background.
"Decor on the walls includes large photos of Capitol Lunch going back to 1975. Note the prices in the background."
Michael Stern


Hot dogs are kept warm on the grill until ordered.
"Hot dogs are kept warm on the grill until ordered."
Michael Stern


While I never would suggest getting sauerkraut instead of Cappy's meaty sauce, this pair -- one with sauce, the other with kraut -- provided delightful back-and-forth diversity.
"While I never would suggest getting sauerkraut instead of Cappy's meaty sauce, this pair -- one with sauce, the other with kraut -- provided delightful back-and-forth diversity."
Michael Stern


I was struck by how full-flavored these fries are, bursting with potato flavor and the savory goodness of clean frying oil. Impossible to stop eating!
"I was struck by how full-flavored these fries are, bursting with potato flavor and the savory goodness of clean frying oil. Impossible to stop eating!"
Michael Stern


Every city needs to have a place like this: quick, cheap, friendly, and flavorful.
"Every city needs to have a place like this: quick, cheap, friendly, and flavorful."
Michael Stern


Sign taped to the Capitol Lunch counter
"Sign taped to the Capitol Lunch counter"
Michael Stern



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