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Louis' Lunch
Louis' Lunch
Nick Solares

Where to Eat Franks, Burgers, and Fried Clams in Connecticut

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Louis' Lunch
| Nick Solares

Critic Robert Sietsema and Eater NY senior editor Nick Solares took a road trip over to Connecticut in search of the state's best hot dogs, burgers, and fried clams. Here's what they found.

[All photos by Nick Solares]

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Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar

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Hot dogs here are eight inches in length, split and grilled to a faint char, and there’s a choice of nine toppings. The hot dogs were bested by a magnificent order of fried clams on buttered toast.

Al's Hot Dogs

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The foot-longs made by Hummel Brothers are indeed great, and lightly deep fried. Hippo dog is the dog of choice, and get it with an order of Texas fries.

Blackie's Hotdog Stand

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Founded in 1928, this is the Nutmeg State’s greatest hot dog stand, with a product manufactured by Rosol's, deep fried until it rips. The cheeseburger is damn good, too.

Capitol Lunch

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This plebian lunchroom dates to the 50s and concentrates on hot dogs topped with “Famous Sauce” – a meat sauce the Greeks are probably ultimately responsible for. Breakfasts and burgers also available, and don’t miss the birch beer.

Doogie's

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This nutty hot dog place of modern vintage makes a two-footer that is almost impossible to hold and eat.

Shady Glen

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Homemade ice cream shares the spotlight with a strange hamburger with four pieces of cheese sticking out the sides, served by waitresses in starched green uniforms in a building that looks like a bank.

Ted's Restaurant

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Giving itself airs, Ted’s claims to be World Famous, and the big steamed burgers and home fries inundated with burger grease make it worth the trip.

Sea View Snack Bar

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This garishly painted shack right on an ocean inlet has some fine fried seafood, of which the clam belly roll is a local favorite.

Kamp Dog

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An actual chef is in charge of this place and he sure does know how to make chili con carne! The corn dogs are the best in the land.

Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

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A tad more upscale than the other places we visited, this seaside place turns out a bangin’ hot lobster roll sopping with drawn butter. Also try the blueberry soda.

Clam Castle

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This modest spot isn’t even on the ocean, but the Rhode Island clam chowder blew us away, and the other fried seafood selections were similarly notable.

Louis' Lunch

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This being one of the places in the country that claims to have invented the modern hamburger, it’s well worth the pilgrimage, even just to view the broiler contraption they’re cooked in.

Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar

Hot dogs here are eight inches in length, split and grilled to a faint char, and there’s a choice of nine toppings. The hot dogs were bested by a magnificent order of fried clams on buttered toast.

Al's Hot Dogs

The foot-longs made by Hummel Brothers are indeed great, and lightly deep fried. Hippo dog is the dog of choice, and get it with an order of Texas fries.

Blackie's Hotdog Stand

Founded in 1928, this is the Nutmeg State’s greatest hot dog stand, with a product manufactured by Rosol's, deep fried until it rips. The cheeseburger is damn good, too.

Capitol Lunch

This plebian lunchroom dates to the 50s and concentrates on hot dogs topped with “Famous Sauce” – a meat sauce the Greeks are probably ultimately responsible for. Breakfasts and burgers also available, and don’t miss the birch beer.

Doogie's

This nutty hot dog place of modern vintage makes a two-footer that is almost impossible to hold and eat.

Shady Glen

Homemade ice cream shares the spotlight with a strange hamburger with four pieces of cheese sticking out the sides, served by waitresses in starched green uniforms in a building that looks like a bank.

Ted's Restaurant

Giving itself airs, Ted’s claims to be World Famous, and the big steamed burgers and home fries inundated with burger grease make it worth the trip.

Sea View Snack Bar

This garishly painted shack right on an ocean inlet has some fine fried seafood, of which the clam belly roll is a local favorite.

Kamp Dog

An actual chef is in charge of this place and he sure does know how to make chili con carne! The corn dogs are the best in the land.

Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

A tad more upscale than the other places we visited, this seaside place turns out a bangin’ hot lobster roll sopping with drawn butter. Also try the blueberry soda.

Clam Castle

This modest spot isn’t even on the ocean, but the Rhode Island clam chowder blew us away, and the other fried seafood selections were similarly notable.

Louis' Lunch

This being one of the places in the country that claims to have invented the modern hamburger, it’s well worth the pilgrimage, even just to view the broiler contraption they’re cooked in.

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