I am an American and I Eat Hot Dogs

Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield, CT
Filed under: General — paul @ 1:14 pm

1 x Californian, $3.25

I’ve been riding the Chinatown bus between Boston and New York way too much recently. Every time we pass through Fairfield, CT on 95N, I see that Super Duper Weenie sign and feel a slight pang of regret that, instead of stopping off there, we’ll have to stop off at that Chinese Buffet on 84. I mean, Chinese food at $6/lb does make for pretty great bus food, but I’d much rather hit up one of our country’s finer hot dog places if I had the choice. But this time, I’m the one driving, and I’m the one who decides to take that exit and grab a dog

I decided to go way out on a limb and try the Californian, which comes topped with chili, onions, American cheese, hot relish and a pickle. This totally looked like a disaster waiting to happen. First off, I’ve been to California and never seen them serve any dogs that sounded like this, so I’m immediately skeptical. Second, I don’t put American cheese on anything. Yeah, I know, I’m a snob. Deal with it. Seriously though, it’s not that good! It’s real flavorless and kind of plastic-y. Sliced cheese comes in many other reasonably priced varieties, each of which has far more character than the over-processed block that bears our nation’s name.

Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve been totally schooled by Super Duper Weenie. I tried to order the worst thing on the menu, and it blew me away. This dog was incredible. The chili here is top-notch, and I just couldn’t believe how great that slice of American cheese tasted after it had gotten a little melty underneath the hot dog. The hot relish is SDW’s secret weapon in the condiment arena – they can put this on anything and it will taste great. This is one of those times when it feels so good to be proven wrong. I left feeling inspired. If Super Duper Weenie can put American cheese on a hot dog and make it work, then anything must be possible.

I don’t normally make over-enthusiastic endorsements like this, but Super Duper Weenie is truly a place where the hot dog is treated as an art form. They’ve treated all aspects of the hot dog with meticulous care, and I feel fortunate to occasionally be the beneficiary of their hard work. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.


  1. Loved your reviews of hot dog places. Some sound very interesting. I too, enjoy a good dog ( or 2 or 3! ). Another place or 2 for you to try…. Flo’s in Ogunquit, Me.Great steamed dogs & rolls. That’s all they serve. Be prepared to wait in line, & order 3 or more. Located on Route 1.
    Also, Doogie’s, on the Berlin turnpike in Newington, Ct. Had been home of the famous 2 foot long dog. They have reduced it to an 18 inch dog but still very good.
    Guido’s, on Broad St. In Manchester, CT. is also very good with quite a few varieties. They also serve you in your car from girls on rollerskates in warmer weather.
    Hope you have time to try out some of these places.

    Comment by Duane — 1/26/2008 @ 10:45 am

  2. Hi,i’m a chinese girl and i come to your blog by chance.I’m sorry my English is poor.
    You look very happy when you have hot dogs.I love them too but i can’t have too much.Because I need to lose weight.
    Best wishes for you!

    Comment by Dora — 2/20/2008 @ 11:16 am

  3. hey man, this is my town! super duper weenie is marvelous.

    Comment by Haley — 2/21/2008 @ 10:07 pm

  4. I’ve heard of Super Duper Weenies from their appearances on television, but of course haven’t had the good fortune to try them out because I’m over here in California. You’re right about not being able to get a dog dressed like you’ve described out here. I’ve never seen a chilidog served with pickles or a “hot relish”, but there is a chain that serves their chilidogs with onions and a slice of American cheese. Unfortunately this dog is more like the “flavorless, plastic-y” abomination you were expecting from SDW.
    One question, could you describe this “hot relish” that Super Duper uses?

    Comment by Captain ChiliDog — 3/27/2008 @ 1:20 am

  5. If you are a lover of hot dogs as you say, then you have to try Capitol Lunch in New Britain, get it “with the works”.. that is with the secret meat sauce, (not chili), mustard and onions, 3 or 4 will do you. Also try Blackies in Cheshire, they have a hot relish and a hot mustard that you have to try and the dogs are DEEP FRIED, they are closed on Fridays. And one more place that is a favorite of mine, Bart’s in Windsor. All 3 places are favorites of mine because it depends on what I feel like having on my dog as to which direction I turn the wheel to visit!

    Comment by Janet — 5/7/2008 @ 11:32 am

  6. I’ve been to super duper weenie… decent hot dog with all the fixins. I’ve also tried Mr. Mac’s Canteen in Milford. Prepare youself for spicy chili. We have friends in Fairfield and have enjoyed the dogs.

    I live in Vermont however and we are lacking in hot dog joints for sure. But there is one place that is to die for. Brigante’s on Severance Road Colchester, VT which is only open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only in the summer. The best cheese michigans!!!

    Comment by Becky — 5/24/2008 @ 6:55 pm

  7. I love hot dogs

    Comment by Joel Keeler Chesterton — 6/3/2008 @ 10:30 am

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