Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Sandwich Shop
Worth a detour

Cuisine, ambiance, service: all are Roadfood-right 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 foot-long chili dog. The dog itself is gnarled and garlicky; its split-top bun is buttered and grilled to short-order luxuriance; 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 neighborly 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 many of the people standing around waiting for their hot sandwiches to grill and footlongs to be dressed carry 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.

What to Eat
Five-O, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
Connecticut cuisine: long dog in a grilled, split-top roll topped with ferociously hot Kuhn's chili
Five-O, Cheese Steak Sub
Cheese Steak Sub
Cheese steak is a mellow fellow unless you add chili, which changes its character altogether.
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Dayton Street Apizza

    New Haven, Connecticut

    Rich sauce, quality toppings, and thin, crisp crust: Dayton Street Apizza is a New Haven best bet. A full selection of Foxon Park sodas is available.

  • Carbone’s Market

    Torrington, Connecticut

    Carbone’s is a vintage Italian-American neighborhood grocery store known for huge, beautiful grinders (sub sandwiches). Roast beef is a specialty.

  • The Place

    Guilford, Connecticut

    The Place is a virtual picnic by Route 1 in Guilford, Connecticut. Chairs are tree stumps. Clams, lobsters & roast corn are delicious. BYOB.

  • Colony Grill

    Stamford, Connecticut

    Pizza at Connecticut’s Colony Grill is so thin it’s brittle. There is real oomph to the crust, and luscious crunch unlike any other pizza. Try hot oil topping!

  • Pommes Frites

    New York, New York

    Pommes Frites is a New York City Belgian-style frites shop with a long history of serving one of the best versions of this late-night street food.

  • Denmo’s Snack & Dairy Bar

    Southbury, Connecticut

    Denmo’s is a happy Connecticut drive-in restaurant serving excellent fried seafood & hot lobster rolls as well as beautiful foot long hot dogs with hot relish.