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!. Continue reading

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.

Dishes to try
Merritt Canteen, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
Must-Try
Left: a chili dog. Right: a bacon dog with sauerkraut
Merritt Canteen, Chili Slaw Dog
Chili Slaw Dog
Must-Try
Spice + heat + sweet in a toasted bun = chili slaw dog
Bacon & Egg on Portuguese roll
Merritt Canteen, French Fries
French Fries
These crinkle-cuts start frozen, but they are fried long enough in clean oil to develop a very agreeable crunch.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 1am
Monday8am - 1am
Tuesday8am - 1am
Wednesday8am - 1am
Thursday8am - 2am
Friday8am - 3am
Saturday7am - 3am
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
11 stops | 1 hr 46 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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