Stop #5 – Bethel Hot Dog Palace, Bethel, CT
You know, I had some other stops planned before I got here. Franks & Frites.. I decided to just skip because we were getting full. Swanky Franks sounds awesome.. sounds like someone my Grandfather knew back in the 40’s. It was closed. Actually looked out of business. The lot next door or in front was being dug up and surrounded by a fence. Super Duper Weenie.. I think I skipped this one because they didn’t have a chili dog on the menu.
There’s plenty of parking outside, but it’s totally empty. However, the German Restaurant across the street was packed. That should have been a sign to go there, but we had already eaten several times in the day and we were on a hot dog only tour.
The sign outside has an evil looking thug hot dog on it that is kind of neat, but probably scares little kids.
The interior is bland. Cheap tables and mixed dollar store table cloth. Some were Christmas looking, others were plain red. The bathroom is super tiny. If you open the door you bump into the toilet and sink. There’s also a window right there, so it makes going uncomfortable.
We ordered hot dogs with chili. The hot dog was a foot long of unknown brand. When I asked the guy behind the counter what kind they use he said it changes every week based on what the distributor has for a good price. That means there’s no sign of quality control here. Every time you go back you’ll get something different tasting? The chili was super dry. I couldn’t finish it, not because of it’s size, because it wasn’t very good. Had it had some kind of liquid or oil to moisten it I might have liked it a little more.
I would definitely not come back here again.