Guida’s hot dogs are excellent ten-inchers — slim, taut franks in a natural casing tied with a rough (but oh-so-charming) knot at one end. Cooked on Guida’s grill until they develop a mottled, crackling skin, the hot dogs are bedded in split-buns that have been brushed with butter and toasted crisp right next to the dogs. The package is a beautiful thing.
This is a hot dog so tasty that we actually sometimes get it plain, just to savor the simple, perfect combination of high-flavored frank and butter-mellow bun. But of course there is a full roster of available condiments: ketchup, three kinds of mustard plus mustard relish, sweet relish, hot relish, fried onions, fried peppers, and cheese.
Guida’s is a nice stop for a quick breakfast at the counter (with a view of the grill); and there is a lunch menu beyond hot dogs that includes fried clam strips, hamburgers, and assorted sandwiches. We are fond of the ice cream Guida’s serves, too, especially the post-modern flavor combo of peanut butter cups and chocolate in vanilla, known as moose tracks. But it’s those fine ten-inch hot dogs that will keep us coming back.