BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The classic hot dog, in all its bronzed, charred perfection, holds a special place in the hearts – and stomachs -- of most Americans, especially come summer. July, in fact, is National Hot Dog Month, thanks to the designation by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
Who Has Fairfield County's Best Hot Dog?
Danny's Drive-In, Stratford
Dog Daze Café, Wilton
Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield
The Original Swanky Franks, Norwalk
Tomlinson's Restaurant, Bridgeport
So where’s the best place to slather on the toppings and indulge in the perfect weiner? Daily Voice readers picked six nominees for our DVlicious “Best in Fairfield County,” contest, each of which is being profiled this week.
Read below for what makes each nominee a “top dog,” then let your fingers do the clicking. Keep in mind you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day. Voting ends 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.
Frank Talk: It’s been nearly 70 years since Harry Tomlinson, the 1930’s oceanside eatery’s original owner, died and his business was sold to Platon Vlamis, a Greek immigrant. The accents possessed by most of the then-non-English-speaking staff caused Tomlinson’s to be dubbed “The Greek’s,” a name which has stuck among some local folks to this day. But Tomlinson’s is a far cry from the food shack that required customers to stand in long lines in all sorts of weather, or the later version that was so tiny that they had to walk in one end, get their food, and walk out the other. It expanded to a modern building in the late-1990s with a big parking lot and now has drive-through service.
Top This: The Bridgeport institution serves Hummel dogs with the standard toppings. Perhaps in a nod to more health-conscious times, it has a turkey dog on the menu as well. But one piled heart-stoppingly high with chili, cheese, bacon and fried onions is such a customer fav that it’s been named “Top Dog.”
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