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Doogie's

2525 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT - (860) 666-6200
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/6/2012 1:33:00 PM
Doogie's two food hot dog has returned! Gone a while when supplier Grote & Wiegel went under, it is now back, better than ever, made by Martin Rosol meatpackers in neighboring New Britain. It is an astounding dog just to look at, resembling a hero sandwich fit for four, especially if it is loaded with sauerkraut, chili, onions, bacon, cheese, etc. Nestled in a fine bun made by Chavez bakery, it is a hot dog lover's image of paradise.

If only for its size, Doogie’s hot dog would be worth noting in the annals of amazing Roadfood; but the fact is this extra-long sausage is really delicious. Firm-fleshed and with a chewy skin that gets slightly charred on the grill, it has a well-balanced spicy flavor that holds up well not only under any and all extra-cost toppings, but does well when spread with Doogie’s superb homemade hot relish or just ordinary mustard. For those of meek appetites, it is available in mere 16-inch and 12-inch configurations, too.

Beyond hot dogs, Doogie’s sells all sorts of other sandwiches, including a wide variety of terrific Philly cheese steak variations, a real hot lobster roll, and excellent hamburgers. The top of the line hamburger is called the Boomburger. It comes topped with house dressing, lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, and onion rings. If that's not enough, you can have a double boomburger.

The fries menu is itself a delight; fries, cheese fries, chili cheese fries, curyly fries, onion rings, and sweet potato fries.

(Special thanks to Johanna Greenfield for originally directing us to Doogie’s.)

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
16-inch Hot Dog
French Fries
2 Foot Hot Dog
Philly Cheese Steak
Butter Burger
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Ahh, wiener forever! All kinds of toppings are available, including beans, chili, and pulled pork, but being a man of simple taste, I like mine with only mustard and Doogie's excellent hot relish
"Ahh, wiener forever! All kinds of toppings are available, including beans, chili, and pulled pork, but being a man of simple taste, I like mine with only mustard and Doogie's excellent hot relish"
Michael Stern





Doogie's boasts that it serves the 'Best Philly Outside Philly.' It is mighty good, especially the chunky, moist, full-flavored beef and caramel-sweet onions. The cheese here is a little wan, but I managed to polish it off with ease!

Options include: BBQ sauce, hot peppers, lettuce & tomato.
"Doogie's boasts that it serves the 'Best Philly Outside Philly.' It is mighty good, especially the chunky, moist, full-flavored beef and caramel-sweet onions. The cheese here is a little wan, but I managed to polish it off with ease! Options include: BBQ sauce, hot peppers, lettuce & tomato."
Michael Stern


Doogie's is an inconspicuous drive-in on the Berlin Turnpike. It is easy to miss, unless you look for the Ruth's Chris Steak House next door. The two eateries are about as different as restaurants can be, except for the simple fact that both define their own form of excellence.
"Doogie's is an inconspicuous drive-in on the Berlin Turnpike. It is easy to miss, unless you look for the Ruth's Chris Steak House next door. The two eateries are about as different as restaurants can be, except for the simple fact that both define their own form of excellence. "
Michael Stern


The two-footer was off the menu for a while, but returned in full glory in March, 2012.
"The two-footer was off the menu for a while, but returned in full glory in March, 2012."
Michael Stern


ChiTownDiner cradles a two foot Boston dog (bacon and baked beans) during the 2012 Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour.
"ChiTownDiner cradles a two foot Boston dog (bacon and baked beans) during the 2012 Connecticut Roadfood Bus Tour."
Cliff Strutz


Here are the rules by which Doogie's operates.
"Here are the rules by which Doogie's operates."
Michael Stern


Not everything at Doogie's is huge.  Last time we visited, one of the day's specials was a basket of mini corn dogs.  Our friend Jim Rains, a native Texan, believed that these little dogs were nearly as good-tasting as those served at the Texas State Fair:  high compliment indeed!
"Not everything at Doogie's is huge. Last time we visited, one of the day's specials was a basket of mini corn dogs. Our friend Jim Rains, a native Texan, believed that these little dogs were nearly as good-tasting as those served at the Texas State Fair: high compliment indeed!"
Michael Stern


Just for the record, I photographed this two-foot hot dog before putting on any condiments. The picture does show how nicely the taut skin of the wiener gets charred on the grill.
"Just for the record, I photographed this two-foot hot dog before putting on any condiments. The picture does show how nicely the taut skin of the wiener gets charred on the grill."
Michael Stern


On a turnpike crowded with come-hither signs and billboards, Doogie's is a relatively modest place.  But its cuisine is a cut above.
"On a turnpike crowded with come-hither signs and billboards, Doogie's is a relatively modest place. But its cuisine is a cut above."
Michael Stern


Rock Aronheim (Doogie): Connecticut's Hot Dog King.
"Rock Aronheim (Doogie): Connecticut's Hot Dog King."
Michael Stern


A sign above the condiment bar advises, 'Life's a dream when you have our Sassy Relish.'
"A sign above the condiment bar advises, 'Life's a dream when you have our Sassy Relish.'"
Michael Stern


Doogie's dogs are cooked on the grill, then charred over coals if desired. Two-footers, waiting to be cooked, are in the background.
"Doogie's dogs are cooked on the grill, then charred over coals if desired. Two-footers, waiting to be cooked, are in the background. "
Michael Stern


A Doogie's dog (topped with sauerkraut) is shown next to a normal-size lobster roll for comparison.
"A Doogie's dog (topped with sauerkraut) is shown next to a normal-size lobster roll for comparison. "
Michael Stern



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