STRATFORD, 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: This frozen-in-time fast food joint, located under the I-95 overpass, dishes out dogs that are made by Hummel Bros. of New Haven and are only distributed locally. Fans swear they are as good, if not better than, more nationally known brands as Sabrett. Their chili sauce -- which is thin and red-hot as opposed to meaty and thick -- is based on an old family recipe developed by Gasper Kuhn Jr. in the 1940s when he and his dad had a hot dog stand in Fairfield. The incendiary, but addictive, sauce is still made by the Kuhn family. Danny's, named for the original owner Danny Smith, was opened in 1935.
Top This: The dogs, which are deep fried, have a natural casing and a nice snap that is not overwhelmed by their generous toppings. Customer favs include the spicy Devil Dog, the Bull Dog (named after the U.S. Marine Corp’s mascot) with fried onions and chili, and the Southern Dog, with barbecued pulled pork and jalapeño peppers.