I, personally, like Duchess for dogs.
But, like almost every other place in the Bpt/New Haven greater area; they serve Hummel’s.
The purpose of the tour was to sample different brands of dogs.
If the brand was the same, then the preparation was different.
And now we can add Super Duper Weenie to the list of dog places that serve Hummel’s. They’re still prepared the same way as when Gary served Miller’s dogs – split and griddled.
duke the dog
Again you all is missing the best in Ct. since 1955. Maybe because they have multiple locations you feel they cant be real good.But they serve more than all your spots combined. A lot more. Do you know who it is? D U C H E S S
from the "starting points" on the home page, click on submit a review.
Do "Connecticut" for the state, and "R" for the Restaurant name.
Click the "edit" on the Rosco’s line.
Click "Submit a New Photo".
Like I said, these are the original photos that I sent in June.
I have several more to post (I’ve taken pictures of every specialty dog), but I’m waiting for the review to be published.
Right. I had forgotten that you reviewed Rosco’s. I remember the pictures and the review. But I forget how you get to the pictures. How do you?
Other hot dog places that have been reviewed by the staff of Roadfood also have reviews by members. I don’t know why they won’t publish yours. Or go there themselves. If ever there is a place that deserves a review, it is Rosco’s. Everyone that has been there loves the food. Oh well, maybe soon.
In reference to having someone review Rosco’s, I sent all of the necessary information, including pictures and a written review to the site towards the end of June.
Some time in early September I noticed that the written review that I had submitted disappeared, so I wrote a new one and submitted it on September 12th.
Nothing has been done about it, and when I try to edit the review, I keep getting an error message, although the pictures are still there. I have more pictures to submit, but why bother when the pics from June still haven’t been published.
I don’t know what else can be done from my end to have this review published on this site.
Sounds like you guys did some fine Conneticut hot dog eating.
Sorry I missed out.
Long Dog & John:
Sorry we could not catch up with you. As I had posted earlier, we were going to make the first leg of the trip (Danny’s & Rosco’s), as we had a weekend in Boston planned. We got out late Saturday morning, so we skipped Danny’s and headed straight to Rosco’s, it being on the way to Boston. Unsurprisingly, the maps.yahoo directions were inaccurate, to say the least, so we were delayed even further. When we finally got there, Ron told us we had just missed you "by two minutes." Oh well…..Rosco’s was really great (to echo the above sentiments), and it was a lot of fun talking with Ron — he is really dedicated to his craft.
I was glad to bring John to the places that I had selected for the CT hot dog tour.
I felt like a personal tour guide, since my carload was the only vehicle for 5 of the 7 stops. If my girlfriend and her mother hadn’t met us at the Glenwood, that number would have been 6 out of 7.
To me, the biggest and only disappointment of the day was the lack of participation, even though the date of the tour was first posted on this site in early September (right after the Jersey tour) before I started this thread.
I feel bad for the three establishments that knew about the tour by reading this site and were expecting a bunch of people to sample their food. As John said in an earlier post, I didn’t contact any of the places to let them know what was happening.
John – I know you had a good time. Let me know when you want to come back. You pick the places that you want to go to, and I’ll drive.
BTW – the price of a Blackie’s dog is $1.75, and Capitol Lunch is $1.45.
I’d say that prices overall were pretty reasonable as they relate to quality. Some places in Jersey; Syd’s, the Windmill, and Max’s in particular, serve high quality dogs, but are in my opinion too expensive. A plain 5 to a lb dog (very similar in size to the Glenwood) goes for $3.29 at Syd’s. Max’s and the Windmill serve 1/4 pounders like Rosco’s, but charge close to $4.00 for them. And they aren’t as good as Rosco’s. What I like to do is to buy the same dogs and prepare them at home. I love the all beef dogs at Syd’s. I buy them from the factory at close to wholesale. Factor in the price of a roll, and I get the same dog at home (prepared the same way) for about $70 cents rather than $3.29.
I didn’t pay too much attention to the prices, but I grabbed a few menus, so I can give some of the prices. Maybe Long Dog can provide the rest. I had the basic dog at each place; some places I had chili on half. Of course the more toppings, the higher the price. Danny’s was $1.90 for a regular size dog w/mustard, relish, and sauerkraut. A chili dog was $2.45. The long dog w/works was $2.50. Specialty dogs ranged from $2.75 to $3.50.
Rosco’s was $2.50 for the regular (6 to a lb) dog and $3.50 for a quarter pounder. Some toppings are free, others are 30 cents extra.
At Capitol Lunch, I think the dogs were $1.45 for a very small dog. I don’t have a menu.
Blackies, I have no idea.
The Glenwood’s long dog was $2.50 plain.
Mac’s dog w/works was $1.90. Free toppings include mustard, relish, raw onions, kraut & bacon bits. Cheese dog $2.15, chili dog $2.15, and chili-cheese dog $2.40.
The Super Duper Weenie in Stratford charged $2.25 for a plain dog. I’m pretty sure that this dog is smaller than at the Fairfield location. Specialty dogs were $3.00, with the Georgia Red Hot (spicy Southern sausage with sauerkraut, mustard & homemade sweet relish) going for $3.75.
What about Prices. John? How does the ‘quality’ relate to the ‘cost?[V]
Thanks for the report. My favorite ones are this kind that give full detail and really break down to the ingredients and how they work.
Made my mouth water, because they just don’t ‘do’ hot dogs in Colorado! I just don’t get it.
I’ll second Chezkatie.. What a great way to spend a nasty weather day! And thanks again to John Fox for his detailed reports! Nice job Long Dog… I just wish all these famous and tasty dog joints where closer to my neck of the woods…
What a terrific way to spend a rather "bad weather" day. I LOVE good hot dogs……………none to be found in this area![:(]
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
A special thanks to Long Dog for letting me ride with him on the Connecticut hot dog tour as well as doing an excellent job picking the places and organizing the tour. Directions were printed up for each stop. It was a damp, drizzly day, but we had a great time. Too bad more of you didn’t join us. I was expecting a bigger turnout from the Jersey people who haven’t tried Connecticut hot dogs.
I had been looking forward to this day for a long time. Previously I’ve gone to Swanky Franks, Super Duper Weenie (Fairfield), Rawley’s, and Capitol Lunch (Storrs). Everywhere on the tour was a new place for me. We did go to Capitol Lunch, but it was the original in New Britain. And we hit Super Duper Weenie, but it was the Stratford location. It was great to be able to visit the places that I had been hearing and reading about on these forums for so long. And finally getting to taste the Hummel’s dog that is so popular in Conn. I have sampled a Hummel’s at Swanky Franks, but I think it might be a different dog than what is used at the Glenwood, Blackies, Mac’s, and Danny’s. Or maybe not, but it’s been a few years since I’ve been there.
It was cool to be greeted by a big sign on the side of Danny’s welcoming Roadfood.com’s Hot Dog Tour. They hadn’t been told by us that we were coming, so they must have read about it here. A nice little roadside restaurant that’s much smaller than what I expected from seeing the pictures on this forum. In fact, all of the places look much bigger in the pictures. Nice staff, good service, pretty owner. The dogs are grilled, than deep fried. I had every dog half plain, and half with a topping. The Hummel’s dog was a beef and pork blend (as were the Hummels served at Mac’s, Glenwood, and Blackies). It is spicier than the typical beef and pork dog. It also has a certain tartness/tanginess that seems to be typical of many Conn. hot dog brands. A good tight casing with a nice snap. Unique and very good. If you like hot, spicy chili, this is the place for you. The spiciest chili that I’ve tasted up to this point.
Next was Rosco’s. I’ve had their dog (it is available in Jersey) but have never been there until today. They cook a regular sized dog and a quarter pounder on a griddle. This dog is mild tasting, but delicious and in no way bland like a lot of dogs in this style. In fact, it is the dog I buy most often to make at home. It’s so good that I usually eat it plain. I had the smaller dog and sampled the homemade chili, coleslaw and relish on the side. All are top quality. The chili is thick, tasty and fairly spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. The coleslaw is one of the best that I’ve tasted anywhere, certainly better than at any hot dog joint. The relish is peppery and spicy. A little too spicy for my taste. Next time back I’ll try the long dog with chili and coleslaw. I would strongly urge the Sterns or someone from Roadfood.com to visit and post a review as they have done with the other places that we visited. I have been to dozens of hot dog restaurants and none serves up a better dog than this place.
Capitol Lunch was the third stop. They serve a small (10 or 11 to a lb) Rosol’s dog that was grilled. It and the chili and relish are the same and tasted the same as they did at Storrs. The Storrs location also had a chili with peppers that the New Britain location didn’t. The Cappy Sauce and relish were ok, as was the dog. Really rather average in my opinion. I’ve been told by a few people that those who are not from the area usually have the same opinion. Those that have grown up on the Capitol are usually the ones that give it the best reviews.
Blackie’s was next up. They are known for their relish and deep fried dogs. It was fairly dark inside, but the relish appeared to be very dark, almost brown in color. At first, I thought it was chili. Very peppery. I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. The dogs were Hummel’s, but they were either cut along the side or ripped open from the oil. They la,3,102307.026,1,7406,126.96.36.199
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