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Blackie's

2200 Waterbury Rd., Cheshire, CT - (203) 699-1819
Hot dogs are big, pink Hummel-brand plumpies that are oil-boiled to the point that they literally blossom with flavor as their outside surface bursts apart from heat. The mustard is excellent, and we recommend a modest bed of it applied to the top of each wiener, all the better for the relish to cling to. This relish is thick, luxurious, and pepper-hot enough that your lips will glow after lunch.
83% Approval Rating (55 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Big Dipper Ice Cream
Chips
hot dog with relish

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We are embarrassed to admit that we lived in Connecticut half our lives, but never went to Blackie’s until only about ten years ago. It has been a thriving drive-in since 1928, and for hot dog lovers in greater Waterbury and beyond, it is a culinary landmark. Its ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Baily
May 12, 2009
"Today I discovered Blackie's, and tried a couple of their famous hot dogs. Bottom line: the dogs were okay. Ordinary at best. Blackie's hot dogs are Hummel's brand, which is the beginning of the problem for me. I do not like Hummel's dogs. To me, Hummel's dogs ..."   [Read More]
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Thomas Grieco
March 05, 2007
"Growing up in Connecticut, I always considered Blackie's a special treat. 20 years later, while visiting my home during a business trip, I had the opportunity to introduce my co-workers to Blackie's hot dogs and relish. You can imagine the pride I felt when they ..."   [Read More]
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John Spratta
March 03, 2006
"I love roadside stands, and my favorites are those that specialize in hot dogs. I've eaten at many of the well known, highly praised stands across the country, as my profession allows me to travel extensively. I think Blackie's of Cheshire, CT is among the top three ..."   [Read More]
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Karen Waggoner
July 11, 2012
"I feel like the little boy watching the emperor show off his new clothes. We stopped at Blackie's recently, having passed it many times, and after reading rave reviews. We ordered a cheeseburger, a hamburger, and two hot dogs. The best I can say is they were edible. ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

2200 Waterbury Rd., Cheshire, CT
(203) 699-1819

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Culinary equanimity: toasty bun, snappy dog, spicy mustard, hot relish.
"Culinary equanimity: toasty bun, snappy dog, spicy mustard, hot relish."
Michael Stern





This is a cup of 'Blackie's Turtle' flavor ice cream, a concoction of vanilla, chocolate chunks, caramel streaks, and nuts.
"This is a cup of 'Blackie's Turtle' flavor ice cream, a concoction of vanilla, chocolate chunks, caramel streaks, and nuts."
Michael Stern


We ordered six hot dogs for two people and they came on double-layered, heavy-duty plates. This photo is, of course, pre-mustard-and-relish.
"We ordered six hot dogs for two people and they came on double-layered, heavy-duty plates. This photo is, of course, pre-mustard-and-relish."
Michael Stern


Like the 'rippers' of New Jersey's premier hot dog sources, Blackie's well-done franks quite literally erupt from their hot oil bath. Extra time gives them extra snap that, in my opinion, makes the regular dogs seem a bit flabby.
"Like the 'rippers' of New Jersey's premier hot dog sources, Blackie's well-done franks quite literally erupt from their hot oil bath. Extra time gives them extra snap that, in my opinion, makes the regular dogs seem a bit flabby."
Michael Stern


The peppery relish Blackie's offers for its hot dogs is legendary. We find that a good line of mustard underneath helps more relish cling.
"The peppery relish Blackie's offers for its hot dogs is legendary. We find that a good line of mustard underneath helps more relish cling."
Michael Stern


There is a dining room at either end of Blackie's. In the center is a short counter with stools. The whole front wall swings up and out of the way so dining at the counter is practically an al fresco experience.
"There is a dining room at either end of Blackie's. In the center is a short counter with stools. The whole front wall swings up and out of the way so dining at the counter is practically an al fresco experience."
Michael Stern


Blackie’s fried dog with their famous pepper relish and a fountain white birch beer: extraordinarily good.
"Blackie’s fried dog with their famous pepper relish and a fountain white birch beer: extraordinarily good."
Chris & Amy Ayers


A fellow patron kindly snapped this photo of the group, now including Michael Stern (on far right).
"A fellow patron kindly snapped this photo of the group, now including Michael Stern (on far right)."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This close-up shows the onion and pepper chunks of this spicy relish. The jar’s ingredients are vinegar, peppers, onions, salt, and spices—that’s it.
"This close-up shows the onion and pepper chunks of this spicy relish. The jar’s ingredients are vinegar, peppers, onions, salt, and spices—that’s it."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Foreground: a well-done dog with mustard and relish. Background: a medium-size cup of Big Dipper ice cream.
"Foreground: a well-done dog with mustard and relish. Background: a medium-size cup of Big Dipper ice cream."
Michael Stern



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