Merritt Canteen

Diner | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Sandwich Shop
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A beloved Bridgeport dive since 1942, the Merritt Canteen serves a chili dog that will make your mouth glow for hours after you eat it. The dog is a snappy natural-casing tube steak deep fried until crunch-crusted, nestled in a lightly-toasted bun. The chili isn’t meaty; it is a thin sauce very much like the notorious Kuhn’s chili: ferociously hot, and an ideal complement for the wiener below. If you are pyromaniacally inclined, the Canteen offers not only a chili dog (which the menu on the wall calls “extremely hot”) but also “brutal dog,” which is a quarter-pound, super-spiced red hot topped with chili (“Extremely HOT!. No Refunds,” warns the menu).

Other than the chili dogs, there are fried onion dogs, bacon dogs, cole slaw dogs and cheese dogs as well as all sorts of hamburgers including a bacon-and-egg-burger, a veggie burger and a bison burger. Condiments are applied by the staff. While hot dogs and hamburgers are ordered from a quick-service window, a slightly slower-service window offers hero sandwiches (here known as grinders), and a whole fried seafood menu, including whole-belly clams, shrimp, and calamari. Breakfast is served all day.

Accommodations are spare, as you’d expect in a quick-eats joint on Main Street: laminate booths, a “claw machine” that offers chances to pick up plush toys, and an ATM for those in need of cash.

What to Eat
Merritt Canteen, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
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HOT chili on the left, kraut & bacon on the right
Merritt Canteen, Chili Slaw Dog
Chili Slaw Dog
Must-Try
Chili + slaw = hot + sweet
Merritt Canteen, French Fries
French Fries
Crinkle-cuts are fried long enough in clean oil to develop agreeable crunch.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 2am
Monday8am - 1am
Tuesday8am - 2am
Wednesday8am - 1am
Thursday8am - 2am
Friday8am - 4am
Saturday7am - 4am
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
11 stops | 70 MILES | 1 hr 46 min

Close to the Road

America's Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Merritt Parkway of Connecticut is a rolling, limited-access four-lane with bridges that display beautiful Art Deco styling of the 1930s. Opportunities to eat well just off the road are plentiful,…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
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