New England is full of great hot dog stands. Places such as Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield, CT, and Flo's Hot Dogs in Cape Neddick, ME, are known around New England (as well as the rest of the country) for their incredible hot dogs. But there are also some little-known hot dog stands across New England that rival, if not beat, the more famous spots. A prime example is Al's Hot Dog Stand in Naugatuck, CT, which is one place that this writer actually gives the nod to over Super Duper Weenie, which speaks volumes for Al's amazing hot dogs.
Perhaps you are asking, Where the heck is Naugatuck, CT? Well, Naugatuck--and Al's--is actually very easy to get to if you are traveling between Boston and New York City. Located about 5 minutes south of Waterbury (and Route 84) along Route 8, Naugatuck is a sleepy old mill town that is situated in a valley a half hour north of Long Island Sound (and Super Duper Weenie). Al's Hot Dog Stand, which is tucked into a hillside next to the highway, is every bit as unassuming as Naugatuck itself, so it seems the perfect place for an old hot dog joint like this.
Al's is a pretty straightforward place; people park under a huge billboard that faces the highway, walk up to the window to order, then grab a picnic table and wait for their order. And what they wait for is indeed something special; foot-long Hummel hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, birch beer, and so much else (if you're not into hot dogs, that is). The hot dogs are nearly perfect, with a thin casing, a delicious toasted roll, and cheese or chili added to the dog if you want it.
Al's might just be the best hot dog stand in New England, depending on whom you ask. If you ask this writer, the answer is probably either Al's or George's Coney Island in Worcester, MA. One of the best parts about Al's Hot Dog Stand is that it has plenty of parking and doesn't seem to get the often insane crowds of other hot dog joints in the area. Whether you are traveling between Boston and New York or you just happen to be in the area between Waterbury and Long Island Sound, check out Al's. Chances are, their hot dogs will stick in your memory for a long time.
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