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Super Duper Weenie

306 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT - (203) 334-DOGS
Posted By Everett Logan on 11/1/2007 4:49:00 PM
Ever know a place that's popular and you can't for the life of you figure out why? That's Super Duper Weenie. I have been there three times to give it the benefit of the doubt, just in case my first time was an off-day. Nope. Still bad every time.

The dogs are so-so. They're not bad, but nothing to write home about. The quality of the dogs is average for a place that specializes in franks. They're a small step above the typical pushcart dog, but nowhere near the level of someplace like Papaya King. I don't even think they're as good as Gray's Papaya. Worst of all, they commit the frank-cooking sacrilege of splitting the dog down the middle before grilling it. Franks have a skin for a reason: to keep all the juicy flavor inside. Every great hot dog place knows this. To hot dog purists, this is worse than cutting a filet mignon in half. You want it whole and intact, the way it was made. Grilling the inside of the frank ruins the texture and dries it out.

As for the toppings, the kraut is tasteless, mushy and with no sourness to it at all; the mustard is bland, no bite; the chili tastes like it's Hormel out of the can.

I really don't see what the fuss is about. The service is awful. Every time I've been in there is worse than the last. It's so full of attitude that it's like something out of a Seinfeld episode. New Yorkers on the street are friendlier to strangers than these cats are. I once paid with a credit card (which they accept, even have the logo stickers on the door) and got an audible sigh and eye roll from the person working the till.

Maybe this place was once special back when it was a truck and now they're just coasting off an old reputation. For the quality of the dogs alone I would have said, just stop if you're driving by, don't go out of your way. But when you combine the horrible attitude of the people working there, I would say avoid it at all costs.

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What a Pair! Two New Englanders, topped with sauerkraut, bacon, mustard, sweet relish, and raw onion. The bacon is buried underneath the dogs, and the mustard is eclipsed by the sauerkraut and sweet relish.
"What a Pair! Two New Englanders, topped with sauerkraut, bacon, mustard, sweet relish, and raw onion. The bacon is buried underneath the dogs, and the mustard is eclipsed by the sauerkraut and sweet relish."
Michael Stern





There is nothing fancy or outrageous about it, but this just might be the Platonic hamburger, i.e. ground beef perfection. It is a 6.5 ounce mound of ground chuck and sirloin that is wildly juicy and, with Chef Gary's wicked-good salt-n-peppered crust, insanely flavorful.
"There is nothing fancy or outrageous about it, but this just might be the Platonic hamburger, i.e. ground beef perfection. It is a 6.5 ounce mound of ground chuck and sirloin that is wildly juicy and, with Chef Gary's wicked-good salt-n-peppered crust, insanely flavorful."
Michael Stern


Three sizes of French fries are available. This is a 'small' boat. Fries are an essential part of the Super Duper Weenie dining experience.
"Three sizes of French fries are available. This is a 'small' boat. Fries are an essential part of the Super Duper Weenie dining experience."
Michael Stern


This is a single order of onion rings ($2.50). It's not a huge quantity, but each one is a multi-bite item to savor.
"This is a single order of onion rings ($2.50). It's not a huge quantity, but each one is a multi-bite item to savor."
Michael Stern


Locally-made Miller's-brand franks are split and grilled, ready to be bunned.
"Locally-made Miller's-brand franks are split and grilled, ready to be bunned."
Michael Stern


Super Duper Weenie recently added the capabability to make milk shakes. This chocolate shake is thick enough to support a straw. Strawberry shakes are made directly from pureed strawberries.
"Super Duper Weenie recently added the capabability to make milk shakes. This chocolate shake is thick enough to support a straw. Strawberry shakes are made directly from pureed strawberries."
Michael Stern


Traditionalists miss the mobile truck that was Super Duper Weenie (and is now SDW's catering operation, but this firmly-planted restaurant has all the charm and sass of the eatery-on-wheels ... and the same fantastic food.
"Traditionalists miss the mobile truck that was Super Duper Weenie (and is now SDW's catering operation, but this firmly-planted restaurant has all the charm and sass of the eatery-on-wheels ... and the same fantastic food. "
Michael Stern


A close view of the Chicagoan shows how the split dog is laid upon tomato slices and is, in turn, topped with condiments.
"A close view of the Chicagoan shows how the split dog is laid upon tomato slices and is, in turn, topped with condiments."
Michael Stern


One of the great things to eat other than a hot dog: the Mighty-Ity. Short for 'Mighty Italian,' it is sweet or hot sausage with grilled peppers and onions and cheese on a Portuguese roll.
"One of the great things to eat other than a hot dog: the Mighty-Ity. Short for 'Mighty Italian,' it is sweet or hot sausage with grilled peppers and onions and cheese on a Portuguese roll."
Michael Stern


Chef Gary was lamenting to us that local ordinances have virtually eliminated neon signs from the Fairfield landscape. His sign is legal because it is behind the window rather than in front of it.
"Chef Gary was lamenting to us that local ordinances have virtually eliminated neon signs from the Fairfield landscape. His sign is legal because it is behind the window rather than in front of it."
Michael Stern



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