Capitol Lunch

Review by: Michael Stern

It may seem extreme to eat six hot dogs at a sitting, but at Capitol Lunch, it’s not uncommon. They’re little enough that two are hardly more than an appetizer. Four are a right-sized meal; and at under $2 apiece, a reasonably-priced splurge. Buff weenies so taut that they audibly snap when bitten, they are gently garlicked, porky enough to make taste buds dance for joy. Sauce is essential. It is a fine-grind, no-bean chili that is smoky and sweet, with just the right beefy character to make the hot dog’s personality sing. (Of course, mustard also is de rigueur.)

Ambience is as it should be in an urban dog house: harsh florescent lights and bare Formica tables. Service is minimal, but it is polite and efficient. Frankfurters are bunned and dressed so fast that you scarcely have time to reach for your wallet before the order is plated and ready to go.

Directions & Hours

10am - 6pm
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Hot Dog

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French Fries

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Capitol Lunch Recipes

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What do you think of Capitol Lunch?

2 Responses to “Capitol Lunch”

Scott Morris

March 6th, 2011

I grew up on Capitol Lunch hot dogs. My family owned a business in the area and, at age 10, my cousin and I would walk down to buy a box full of dogs for the shop. I have often told people that Capitol Lunch dogs are somewhat of an acquired taste. They don’t serve your typical meat sauce by any means, but it’s well worth a try.

I will say that, in recent years, the sauce seems to have changed somewhat, ever since the split in the family who was running it, and after the attempt to open a Storrs branch. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not what I grew up with. I have spoken with many other people who have gone to Cappy’s for many a year and they all have the same opinion: something is just different about the sauce. Still, I would encourage people to give it a try, even if it’s not as good as it was 20 years ago.

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Roger Wilks

December 26th, 2007

I’ve been eating at Cappy’s since I was five years old (I’m 54 now). The original place was across the street from where it is now. It was maybe 25 feet deep from door to back wall with one row of stools. There’d be a line waiting down the block.

In my younger days, I’d knock back a dozen by myself. Now I keep it to six. It’s strange: one either loves the sauce (as I do) or hates it (like my wife and daughter). That’s OK, more for me.

The only other places that I would recommend are Blackie’s in Wolcott and Saint’s in Plainville, on Route 10. There used to be a place in Bristol, on Route 6, called Michigan Hots. The owner retired and nobody wanted to take the place over.

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