The Well Seasoned Gourmand talks about our favorite cased meat, the humble Hot dogs on this weeks Show.
We travel all over to the Best hot dogs to share our experiences with you.
Fred’s Franks, Wakefield
Located on a patch of grass just south of the Route 128/129 intersection and just north of beautiful Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield is Fred’s Franks. Carl Galasso is actually the owner, not Fred.Fred’s Franks specializes in grilled hot dogs and sausages that are grilled on The Big Green Egg with old fashion wood coal and applewood. This hot dog trailer is home of the “shnurble,” an all-beef Pearl quarter-pound hot dog with chorizo, cabbage, mayo, and house “Sirachababa” sauce. The shnurble also comes in jumbo and super sizes.The sizes for the hot dogs are 1/6 pound, 1/4 pound, and 1/2 pound, with the 1/4-pound hot dog option probably being plenty for most people. Because the frankfurters have a natural casing, they do have a snap.Fred’s Franks has an array of special mustards, sweet cabbage, sauerkraut, fresh diced onions, and of course… fresh baked rolls every day! Exit 40 off Rt. 128Wakefield, MA 01880
Check out the Hidden Boston review of Fred’s Franks here.
FLO’S HOTDOGS, Cape Neddick, Maine
The famous hot dog stand, unchanged since 1959, stands, or rather squats, along Route 1 between York and Ogunquit, Maine. Flo’s is a tiny rustic hot dog shack/diner, only seats 6 at the counter but has picnic tables outside.
Be prepared to wait. The tiny low-ceiling customer area is like no restaurant you know. Loyal visitors line up along the bar stools after calling out their order upon entering. The hotdogs go in the steamer, and the cook goes to work. Steamed hot dogs with real casings that snap back at you when you bite into them! Mild-flavored, the steaming gives them a special taste. Gotta have them with Flo’s relish either “all the way” or “special”. Follow the ordering rules and there’ll be no problem with the proprietor or the locals. The house special has their special relish, celery salt and mayo. The loaded had mustard, relish, and onions. The relish is also available in jars for purchase. Cash only. For more information or to order their special relish
11-2 six days a week (closed Wednesdays) Route 1, York (Cape Neddick), Maine www.floshotdogs.com
Simco’s in Mattapan
Simco’s on the Bridge, nothing scenic about it, has been in Mattapan since 1935. It’s your quintessential hot dog shack, a bit shabby like the neighborhood.Their dog is extra long, slender, and all beef. It has texture and a crisp casing without being too toothy. Griddle-fried New England style bun.Cash Only. Take out only. No place to sit. Chili dogs with onion and mustard and one with mustard, relish and onions is the way to go. Chili is tasty and does not overpower hot dog flavor. Also known for their fried whole belly clams and onion rings Simco’s 1509 Blue Hill Ave Mattapan, MA 02126 617-296-3800
Sullivan’s Castle Island, Boston
There’s nothing wild or fancy about the dogs ($1.80) served at this seasonal seaside shack, which opened back in 1951. The natural-casing dogs, made especially for Sully’s by Kayem, are perfectly grilled and tossed into a toasty bun. Order it “all around” to get it topped with mustard, relish and onion. Order it “All-Included” to get it with mustard, relish, onion including ketchup. Available condiments: ketchup, mustard, relish, onion, pickle, tomato, lettuce, mayo. Big menu, also known for seafood. Do the Sullivan’s Shuffle: Step to the right to place your order, move back and to the left to grab your ketchup and when your order # is called-move to the center counter! Group Ordering is available for parties of 15+, call ahead. They accept cash or credit/debit Open 7 Days a Week, Breakfast Menu: 8:30- 10:30 a.m. Full Menu: 10:00 a.m.- Close. Closing: Sunset during Spring & Fall, 9:00 p.m. in Summer Sullivan’, Castle Island 2080 William J Day Blvd., South Boston 617-268-5685 www.sullivanscastleisland.com
Boston Hot Dog Company
Boston Hot Dog has several choices of dog. Choice of Natural casing or skinless Kosher Beef. Dogs come steamed or grilled, served on a grilled, buttered roll, with a wide variety of toppings. Most selections are under $4. There are also several varieties of veggie dogs available. The menu is pretty large for such a small place. You can customize your hot dog to your liking, or choose one of the hot dogs off the menu. Toppings include the usual and some unusual: Beans, peanut sauce, peppers, chili, homemade coleslaw, pastrami, different relishes. Many are homemade. If you are lucky, Joe, the owner will be there. Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Closed Sundays. 60 Washington St
Salem, MA 01970. (978) 744-2320 www.bostonhotdog.com
Spike’s Junkyard Dogs
Spike’s Junkyard Dogs are made with 100% real beef. They’re served on soft French rolls that are freshly baked all day long. Free condiments include: several mustards, ketchup, relish, raw onions, BBQ sauce, Buffalo sauce, mayo. Premium toppings at $.55 include: baked beans, chili, several cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickles, sautéed onions, sauerkraut. They also offers veggie dog. Prices 3.50 for standard-4.60 specialty dogs. Spikes junkyard dog is: spike’s mustard, tomato, pickle, hot pepper rings, and chopped scallions. They also have4 other locations in Rhode Island. Spike’s Junkyard Dogs 108 Brighton Ave Allston MA (617) 254-7700 spikesjunkyarddogs.com
In the News
Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant in Boston has rolled out a new weekly special – a Thursday night crawfish boil. Since the cold weather has turned warm Lincoln Tavern has traded in their Ramen night for a “mudbug” Boil instead. The crawfish are steamed with Maine beer and Old Bay then served with potatoes, sweet corn on the cob and smoked Andouille sausage – all for $20. In addition to the crawfish, other southern surprises (like po boys) will be offered each week. You can book a table or get additional information by calling (617)765-8636. Or you can just stop by between 5:00-11:00pm on an upcoming Thursday for a little taste of Louisiana Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant is located at: 425 W Broadway, South Boston https://lincolnsouthboston.com
America’s 10 Best 24 hour Diners by the Daily Meal
The Daily Meal calls the Red Arrow in, Manchester, NH. This New Hampshire diner is a certified institution, and not just for the food: It’s a must-visit for every Presidential candidate on the campaign trail, making it a political institution as well. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are on offer 24-7, with perfect versions of old-school diner favorites including pancakes, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, chicken-fried steak, Monte Cristo sandwiches, turkey dinner, meatloaf, liver and onions, and homemade beans being served to the hungry masses since 1922. Don’t forget to wash it all down with an Arrow root beer or cream soda, made just for the diner. Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell Street, Manchester NH, 603-626-1118 www.redarrowdiner.com
Cider Hill Farm Donut Day, Amesbury
Saturday, June 3 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Join Cider Hill Farm to celebrate National DONUT Day. Live music, hay rides, donut craft, lawn games and more! To honor the history of Donut Day we will also be gathering letters to send along with dozens of donuts that will be heading oversees to our troops. The day was created by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Admission: $2 Children $4 Adults. Cider Hill Farm 45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913 www.facebook.com/ciderhillfarm01913 www.ciderhill.com
Taste of Somerville
Wednesday, June 14th 5pm-8pm………….. Nathan Tufts Park
The Taste of Somerville is a unique way to experience Somerville’s dining and nightlife scene. Feast on a bountiful sampling of dishes from Somerville’s eclectic dining scene. More than 60 local restaurants and food trucks will be serving their tastiest offerings.
Including Highland Kitchen, Gracie’s Ice Cream, Five horses Tavern, Foundry on Elm, Kirkland Tap and Trotter, Bronwyn, River Bar, Machu Pichu, Bon Me, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and many, many more.
Entertainment for children and adults will include a pop-up playground jungle from Parkour and a firetruck from the Somerville Fire Department. Adults can pass the time playing cornhole, fooseball and bocce. For the first time, the city granted the fest a liquor license, so craft cocktails will be on the table in the VIP area. Aeronaut and other craft beers, plus wines, Tower Beverages sodas, and other drinks will supply the masses in general admission.Drink artisinal cocktails on inviting carpets, enjoy oyster and wine pairings, relax in garden furniture, and try exclusive tastes only available in the VIP section. Proceeds from the Taste of Somerville will benefit Somerville Home and the Walnut Street Center. Enter to win a bounty of prizes in the raffle. General Admission $50.00,Children (under 12) $15.00, VIP Pass* $75.00
*VIP tickets include exclusive food tastings from select restaurants, oyster and wine pairings, unique hand-crafted cocktails by United Liquors
16th ANNUAL BEST OF NH PARTY, Manchester NH
THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017 | 6:30pm-9pm Northeast Delta Dental Stadium Manchester, NH
The 16th annual event will showcase New Hampshire Magazine Best of NH-award winners in an evening of food, fun, live music and festivities that benefits Stay Work Play New Hampshire. Food and drink samples from more than 65 booths while enjoying a night outside at the ballpark listening to music, live entertainment and ending the night with an amazing fireworks display. Plus, you never know who might show up to the party. In the past, Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler and other celebs have popped in to toast NH’s best businesses. Participating food vendors include: Puritan Backroom, The Common Man, 900 Degrees, Fratello’s Italian Grill, Tuscan Kitchen, Tuckaway Tavern, KC’s Rib Shack, Holy Grail and many, many more.Cocktails, beer and wine sampling by: Bacardi, Ketel One, Cotton, Throwback Brewery, LaBelle Winery, Hornitos, Able Ebenezer Brewing and many more. One lucky attendee will win a 1-week, all-inclusive vacation for four to Rockywold-Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, NH. This amazing prize includes meals, daily housekeeping, ice and wood delivery and all recreational programs including swimming, boating, fishing, tennis and yoga. The estimated value of this prize is $4,500-$5,500.
Tickets: $65 per person, $55 for 6+ people, $19 for kids 4-10