Connecticut: Hot Dog Heaven

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Connecticut Hot Dogs

Along with New Jersey, New York, and Chicago, Connecticut is one of the nation’s most elite hot dog hunting grounds — home of dozens of joints that make the cooking and dressing of wieners into a fine culinary art. There is no one style unique to the state — although deep-frying, as at Blackie’s and Rawley’s, is a hallmark of several of the great frank emporia; and ferocious relish, as at Super Duper Weenie and Al’s Hot Dog Stand, is to be expected. Needless to say, none of these cheap-eats shrines likely will be winning awards from the nutrition police (not even Kamp Dog, which shares a building with a natural/organic food co-op!). The list below highlights our five favorite hot dog vendors across The Constitution State.

1

Blackie’s

Hot dogs at Blackie's of Cheshire, Connecticut, are plumpies oil-boiled to the point that they literally erupt with flavor. Mustard & hot relish are musts!

2

Rawley’s

Rawley’s is a Gold Coast snack shack with blue ribbon red hots cooked in a deep fryer then finished on a griddle so their skins turn crusty. A Connecticut best!

3

Super Duper Weenie

A firm-fleshed, local hot dog, split & grilled, is served with homemade condiments. Whatever you eat at Super Duper Weenie, get French Fries. They're the best.

4

Al’s Hot Dog Stand

Naugatuck's vintage roadside drive-in restaurant serves foot-long hot dogs in grilled buns with Al's magnificent hot relish to top them.

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Kamp Dog

Making the best hot dogs in southeastern Connecticut, Kamp Dog also serves wicked-good breakfasts. Hand-cut French fries round out a wonderful menu.