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Five-O

1539 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT - (203) 330-8452
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/15/2013 3:45:00 PM
Cuisine, ambience, service: all are Roadfood-perfect at Five-0, a convenience store and deli with a short menu of subs and sandwiches as well as eggs for breakfast. Foremost among Five-O's assets is its footlong chili dog. The dog itself is all gnarled and garlicky; its split-top bun is buttered and grilled to luxurious perfection; and the chili – ahh, the chili! – is Kuhn's. A southern Connecticut legend, Kuhn's brew is not the sort of chili you eat from a bowl. It is more a relish, thin and red-hot, eminently suitable as an exclamatory topping for hot dogs, also quite right as an iconoclastic garnish for a cheese steak sandwich, of which Five-0 makes a beaut.

It's a friendly sort of place. The lone gent who was reading newspapers at the dining room's one and only table graciously extended a hand in welcome when I and my friend Adele (who clued me in to this little gem) came away from the counter toting dog, sandwich, chips and drinks, looking for a place to eat. Nearly all business is take-out, and most of the people standing around waiting for their hot sandwiches to grill and footlongs to be dressed carried on the sort of happy conversation you hear among people who all respect each other because they recognize that they are in the company of fellow connoisseurs.

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Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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Connecticut cuisine: a long dog in a grilled, split-top roll topped with ferociously hot Kuhn's chili
"Connecticut cuisine: a long dog in a grilled, split-top roll topped with ferociously hot Kuhn's chili"
Michael Stern





Not Philly, but not bad, Five-0's cheese steak contains plenty of tender, juicy beef and comes in a nicely toasted sub roll (a smaller, hard-roll version also is available). It's a mellow sandwich unless you ask for an application of chili, which changes its character altogether.
"Not Philly, but not bad, Five-0's cheese steak contains plenty of tender, juicy beef and comes in a nicely toasted sub roll (a smaller, hard-roll version also is available). It's a mellow sandwich unless you ask for an application of chili, which changes its character altogether."
Michael Stern


Here is Five-0's entire dining room, the table occupied by my friend Adele.
"Here is Five-0's entire dining room, the table occupied by my friend Adele."
Michael Stern


Noting the signs in the window pane at the far left of the photo, I bought a Powerball ticket along with my chili dog.
"Noting the signs in the window pane at the far left of the photo, I bought a Powerball ticket along with my chili dog."
Michael Stern


Five-0 will put Kuhn's chili on just about anything they make. They also will sell it to you by the pint.
"Five-0 will put Kuhn's chili on just about anything they make. They also will sell it to you by the pint."
Michael Stern



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