FAIRFIELD, 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.
Rawley's Drive-In, 1886 Post Rd., Fairfield, (203) 259-9023
Frank Talk: "Everything is cooked to order," said Owner Nick Frattaroli. And he means everything -- from the deep-fried Hummel Brothers hot dogs to the hand-cut fries and milkshakes freshly scooped and whirred in the blender. Rawley's hot relish and hot pickles are house made and the most popular dog is The Works with mustard, relish and sauerkraut topped with bacon that's freshly cooked each day. It's no wonder Examiner.com named Rawley's the Best Hot Dog In America.
Top This: Opened around 1946 in a former home built in 1872, Rawley's has been featured on "The View" and TV shows by domestic doyenne Martha Stewart, who was a frequent customer when she lived in Connecticut. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli once raved about the dogs on Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." Other celebrity sightings include actors Justin Long and Drew Barrymore and John Malkovich, who asked specifically to stop for a bite at Rawley's when he was performing in Fairfield.
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