Jfood was on his way for a good burger but the Merritt southbound was too crowded so jfood went to plan B. A left onto the Merritt and over over to Fairfield for jfood's first try at Rawley's. In fairness jfood really likes SDW in fairfield as well as cooking HNs at home.
He found a parking spot, wandered in and sat at the counter overlooking the grill. He ordered a plain hot dog, a dog with "the works" and a small fries. He watched as the cooker threw dogs in the oil, onto the grill and over to the finisher. She did the rest and the dogs and fries were delivered. Jfood first took a fry. They were hand cut and cooked to a nice creamy finish inside with no oil flavor, so far so good. But that was it. Some hand cut potatoes in oil, no salt at all. So jfood grabbed a salt shaker and added the salt. It made them better.
Now onto the hot dog. First jfood tried the plain after adding some mustard. First bite. Not bad. A basic Hummel pork-beef frank, nothing special. He finished the dog and moved to "the works." This included green relish, sauerkraut, mustard and bacon bits. Maybe the added flavors would work. Jfood tried a few bites. The bottom of the roll was now soggy, the relish tasted like store bought in a jar, there was no flavor in the kraut and the bacon bits added a nice crunch. Jfood now needed to decide to finish or leave with half the dog left. He ate the rest, finished a few more fries and called it a day.
So jfood's feedback on Rawley's. A basic hummel dog with a nice crunch, toppings can be found in Stop and Shop, fries were a great idea but did not score from the red zone. So jfood is not a big fan after one trip. And given SDW is a stone's throw away and is so, so, so much better, it is unlikely jfood will choose Rawley's over SDW any time soon.