|Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield, CT||December 29th, 2007|
|Filed under: General — paul @ 1:14 pm|
1 x Californian, $3.25
Iâ€™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, weâ€™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 Iâ€™d much rather hit up one of our countryâ€™s finer hot dog places if I had the choice. But this time, Iâ€™m the one driving, and Iâ€™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, Iâ€™ve been to California and never seen them serve any dogs that sounded like this, so Iâ€™m immediately skeptical. Second, I donâ€™t put American cheese on anything. Yeah, I know, Iâ€™m a snob. Deal with it. Seriously though, itâ€™s not that good! Itâ€™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 nationâ€™s name.
Well, Iâ€™m happy to report that Iâ€™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 couldnâ€™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 SDWâ€™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 donâ€™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. Theyâ€™ve treated all aspects of the hot dog with meticulous care, and I feel fortunate to occasionally be the beneficiary of their hard work. Iâ€™m already looking forward to my next visit.