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Tomlinson's In Bridgeport Jockeys For First Place In DVlicious Contest

One of Tomlinson's dogs smothered in chili and topped with fresh onions.
One of Tomlinson's dogs smothered in chili and topped with fresh onions. Photo Credit: Yelp
The modern Tomlinson's is still offering a taste of childhood to Bridgeport residents.
The modern Tomlinson's is still offering a taste of childhood to Bridgeport residents. Photo Credit: Facebook
The Tomlinson's of old was so small that customers had to walk in one end, order and get their food, and walk out the other end.
The Tomlinson's of old was so small that customers had to walk in one end, order and get their food, and walk out the other end. Photo Credit: Facebook
Tomlinson's "long dogs" can scarcely be contained by their buns.
Tomlinson's "long dogs" can scarcely be contained by their buns. Photo Credit: Facebook

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.

Poll
Who Has Fairfield County's Best Hot Dog?
Final Results Voting Closed

Who Has Fairfield County's Best Hot Dog?

  • Danny's Drive-In, Stratford
    4%
  • Dog Daze Café, Wilton
    15%
  • Rawley's, Fairfield
    13%
  • Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield
    15%
  • The Original Swanky Franks, Norwalk
    48%
  • Tomlinson's Restaurant, Bridgeport
    5%

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.

Tomlinson's, 1400 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, (203) 335-5296

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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