After passing the sign for years, I finally got off Route 95 at exit 24 (Fairfield) to try Super Duper Weenie. Folks, it is well worth the stop. Apparently, this is an old Stern/Roadfood favorite, so forgive me if Im going on about a place everyone already knows about.
The star is the hot dog, which is apparently made by a local butcher. They have a bunch of variations the New Englander (Sauerkraut, Bacon, Mustard, Sweet Relish & Raw Onion) the Chicagoan (Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard, Celery Salt, Hot Relish & Pickle) you get the picture. I actually had a plain dog, because I wanted to focus on the wiener itself. It was seasoned beautifully, and had a vague fragrance of I think mace. The hot dogs are split and grilled on a flat grill, giving them a nice caramelized, but not charred, exterior. They are served on locally baked buns which have a good crumb (though, as my non-Chowhound wife perceptively pointed out, the dough could have used more salt).
The fries are superb as well. Theyre irregular, hand-cut fries, done to a perfect crisp. Theyre seasoned with a salt/pepper mixture something I wouldnt have thought I would much like, but works really, really well. Whatever you do, dont miss the fries. Also nice touch they have self-serve iced tea (sweetened or plain), all you can drink for 75 cents.
His passions excited, your correspondent was forced to stop again on his way back to the City in order to report on other menu items. They do a great cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and grilled onions. No faux charcoal grill here; the burgers too are cooked on the flat grill, in their own fat, as they ought to be. (The cheesesteak, oddly, came with mayonnaise. Is this some sort of Connecticut thing?). I can report too that the north-bound hot dog was no fluke; still a caramelized exterior yielding to a juicy and delicious dog.
Its not entirely clear how to get to SDW from the exit; the sign sort of points you to nowhere. The place is actually on the Black Rock Turnpike. Head to the Syms Warehouse sign, and youll see it.
Swanky Franks at exit 14 looks cooler, but this place is the real deal. Wow.
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