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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar

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340 Main St South
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 264-4626

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.

2. Al's Hot Dogs

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248 S Main St
Naugatuck, CT 06770
(203) 729-6229

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.

3. Blackie's Hotdog Stand

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2200 Waterbury Rd
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 699-1819
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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.

4. Capitol Lunch

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510 Main St
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 229-8237
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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.

5. Doogie's

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2525 Berlin Tpke
Newington, CT 06111
(860) 666-3647
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This nutty hot dog place of modern vintage makes a two-footer that is almost impossible to hold and eat.

6. Shady Glen

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360 Middle Tpke W
Manchester, CT 06040
(860) 643-0511

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.

7. Ted's Restaurant

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1046 Broad St
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 237-6660
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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.

8. Sea View Snack Bar

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145 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-0096
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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.

9. Kamp Dog

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15 Broad St, New London
CT, 06320
(860) 443-3000
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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.

10. Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

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80 Hamilton Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 439-1741
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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.

11. Clam Castle

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1324 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-4911
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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.

12. Louis' Lunch

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263 Crown St
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 562-5507
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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.

1. Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar

340 Main St South, Southbury, CT 06488

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.

340 Main St South
Southbury, CT 06488

2. Al's Hot Dogs

248 S Main St, Naugatuck, CT 06770

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.

248 S Main St
Naugatuck, CT 06770

3. Blackie's Hotdog Stand

2200 Waterbury Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410

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.

2200 Waterbury Rd
Cheshire, CT 06410

4. Capitol Lunch

510 Main St, New Britain, CT 06051

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.

510 Main St
New Britain, CT 06051

5. Doogie's

2525 Berlin Tpke, Newington, CT 06111

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

2525 Berlin Tpke
Newington, CT 06111

6. Shady Glen

360 Middle Tpke W, Manchester, CT 06040

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.

360 Middle Tpke W
Manchester, CT 06040

7. Ted's Restaurant

1046 Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450

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.

1046 Broad St
Meriden, CT 06450

8. Sea View Snack Bar

145 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355

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

145 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355

9. Kamp Dog

15 Broad St, New London, CT, 06320

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.

15 Broad St, New London
CT, 06320

10. Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

80 Hamilton Street, New London, CT 06320

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.

80 Hamilton Street
New London, CT 06320

11. Clam Castle

1324 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

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.

1324 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443

12. Louis' Lunch

263 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511

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.

263 Crown St
New Haven, CT 06511

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