I’ve been eating a lot of hot dogs lately. And when I talk about eating hot dogs, people e-mail and tell me about their favorites. Right now, Flo’s Hot Dogs in southern Maine, on Route 1 in Kittery, and Fred’s Franks in Wakefield, Massachusetts (exit 40 off Route 128 at the roundabout), are topping my list, but I’ve heard good things about Windy City Eats in Weymouth, Massachusetts , and Simone’s in Lewiston, Maine (207-782-8431).
Next week my friends Gus and Mimi are taking me to Scup’s Dogs in Boston, run by the folks who created the original Emma’s Pizza in Cambridge. I may as well just squirt mustard down my spine and call it a day — I’m turning into a dog myself.
My friend Katie, who’s from Chicago, says there’s nothing like a Chicago dog, which Windy City Eats sells, but I have yet to have a frank in the Windy City. (I’ve had Monty Python “Cheese Shop” experiences every time I’ve tried to get a hot dog in Chicago.) Then, of course, there’s Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, Maine (207-882-6128), which is known for lobster rolls, but I think their hot doggers are crazy good — “Sturdlies” with cheese. Sadly, Al Gagnon, Red’s owner, passed away this June — I hope he’s in hot-dog heaven.
I’d love to find out your favorite hot-dog spots in New England, or other favorite New England eating experiences. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org