If you’re craving hot dogs this summer, consider a few locations in central Connecticut well-known for quality and creativity.
1.Blackie’s Hot Dog Stand, Cheshire
Blackie’s has been around and family-owned since 1928. The hot dogs literally can’t be found anywhere else because for the last 10 years they’ve been made specially for the stand by Martin Rosol's Meats in New Britain. Blackie’s also offers a homemade hot pepper relish.
Owner Rick Flavin said the most popular order is two hot dogs with mustard and hot pepper relish, a birch beer, and a bag of chips. Chocolate milk is also a favorite. The stand doesn’t serve fries.
Outdoor seating and a takeout window. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
2200 Waterbury Rd., 203-699-1819.
2.Saints Restaurant & Catering, Southington
At Saints, you can get a hot dog with any combination of ketchup, mustard, relish, chopped onions, or their special meat sauce.
The hot dogs, which are made by Martin Rosol’s, can also be served with bacon or cheese. To make it “extreme” ask for fries and coleslaw.
Open with indoor and outdoor seating, plus takeout and curbside pickup. Hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with breakfast served until 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., with breakfast served until noon.
1248 Queen St. 860-747-0566.
3.2 Guys, 1 Grill, Wallingford
Situated off Route 150, 2 Guys 1 Grill serves a variety of Hummel hot dogs, from classic condiments to specialty. The menu includes a chili cheese dog and specials like the “loaded dog” with mustard, onion, chili, bacon and nacho cheese. “The fire ball” has pepper jack cheese, light mayo and hot pepper relish.
“The pickle dog” comes with barbeque sauce, light mayo, pickles and American cheese. “The works” comes piled with relish, mustard, ketchup, onion, sauerkraut, and American cheese.
The grill is open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. but closed Sundays.
32 North Turnpike Rd./Route 150. 203-284-5998.
4.Guida’s Restaurant, Middlefield
Guida’s, open since 1946, is known for it’s 10 inch Martin Rosol’s hot dogs served on a toasted bun. The hot dog with all meat chili, cheese, mustard, relish and onion, is one of the most popular combos.
Currently open for takeout only, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cash only.
484 Meriden Rd. 860-349-9039.
The taproom and restaurant has a long list of specialty hot dogs all served on a Brioche bun, unless a pretzel roll or gluten-free option is requested.
The “plain Jane” comes with a choice of raw onions, grilled onions, relish and sauerkraut, or chili and cheese. It can also come bacon wrapped.
More than a dozen specialty hot dogs are all bacon-wrapped, including the “red eye” with a fried egg and cheese, “the moose dog” with bacon, cream cheese and Thai chili sauce, and “the mean picholine” with bacon, grilled onions and peppers and provolone.
Some of the hot dogs may not be available because the restaurant is operating with a limited menu due to the pandemic.
Open for takeout, and online ordering with outdoor dining coming soon. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 4 to 9 p.m.
80 Center St. 203-793-7623.