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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/01/04 19:09:07 (permalink)
I agree, HiHat. I've been to numerous hot dog joints in Connecticut, Jersey, New York, and a few in other states and you won't find a better dog anywhere. I recently took part in hot dog excursions in N.J. and Conn. and I would rate Rosco's at the top. Best pork/beef dog I've sampled. Syd's in Union serves the best all beef dog. I would love to see these two places reviewed on Roadfood.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/01/06 11:59:25 (permalink)
Well I finally got to Blackies last week to find out what the hoopla was all about. They are indeed really good. Most of the people I saw ordered three of them and in the forty minutes I spent there, they easily sold over a hundred of them! They do have the spicy relish on sale for $6 a jar. I have also eaten at Rosco's in Hartford, they are good but nothing special in my humble opinion.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/01/17 23:13:34 (permalink)
blackies dogs are all right a little on the oily side. the relish is ok not worth traveling hours for imo. capital lunch i just dont get it used to eat there years ago and the meat sause was different than what it is today. was just there a couple of weeks ago just the appearance of the sauce was enough to turn me off. roscos a decent little joint in the heart of hartfords little italy.decent dog a little pricey, the sauce sticks with you all day.the ranch house up on north main in hartford.2 sauces mild and holy crap is it hot. both very good serves dogs burgers ,chicken fries etc.quick easy and very affordable.eddies delicous dogs on the pike in berlin still one of my all time favorites.in a building now but spent the first 20 or so in a little truck. just dogs mmmm good. when i think of others ill post
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/01/18 11:55:22 (permalink)
I agree with you Mouthman2000. Eddie's delicious dogs are tremendous. Good snap, steamed buns and the sauce - simple and "delicious."
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/01/18 20:08:34 (permalink)
What brand of dog is used at Eddie's?
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/01/19 10:08:09 (permalink)
Where is Eddie's on the Berlin Turnpike?

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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/01/19 12:29:40 (permalink)
They use Martin Rosol hot dogs which are made in New Britain. They are located in the Ridgeway plaza on the Berlin Turnpike in Berlin. They have a small sign in front of the building and they are situated along the side of the building facing North. It can be a little hard to find but you will be rewarded. I believe they are closed on Sundays and open from 11 to 2 or 3, Monday to Saturday. Have one with mustard, sauce and onions - - Hmmmmmmm!
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/09 13:52:13 (permalink)
How do Frankies and Blackies cook their dogs? Don't they deep fry first and then put on the grill (how long for each?)
Also, what brand do they use. I think Frankies uses Roesslers, not sure about Blackies and does anyone have either of those damn hot relish recipes?

I am from Connecticut originally and now live in Texas (thank you for your condolences) and no one knows what I'm talking about when trying to explain the New England style bread rolls that Frankies uses, which they toast to a golden brown (Mmmm..). Anyone know where I can get these either in Texas or someone up north that will ship large quantities?

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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/10 00:02:50 (permalink)
Blackie's dogs are from Hummel's, and they don't deep-fry their dogs.

The correct term for their method of cooking is "boiled...in oil".

I had heard in January from a retailer that Roessler's was no longer in business, but might be back under a different label.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/10 16:49:07 (permalink)

You guys
are call wet. The best in the state by far is DUCHESS. They also happen to have 16 locations and fab burgers.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/10 21:24:15 (permalink)
Duke -

What sets Duchess apart from half of the other places in Fairfield or New Haven counties ?

It's a Hummel's dog on a French Bakery bun - just like at least a half-dozen other places between within a 20 mile radius.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/11 14:27:09 (permalink)
I've had the Hummels dog at some of these places. This dog has a unique tangy taste and more flavor than most dogs consisting of a beef and pork mix. Many of the places (Swanky Franks, Danny's, Mr. Mac's Canteen, Blackies, and others) either cook the dogs in oil or cook them in oil and then grill them. The result is a tasty dog with a nice taut casing and good snap. There is a similarity in all of these places simply because they use the same dog and cook it the same way. I second long dog in asking what sets Duchess apart.

I will say that while I consider the places that serve the Hummels dog similar, 2 of them stand out for different reasons. I don't like the dogs at Blackies as much as the others. This is because for whatever reason it lacks the snap and tautness I find in the hot dogs elsewhere. This may be because the dogs are sliced or cut down the side. I like the Hummels dog served at the Glenwood better than the others because of the different taste that charcoal broiling imparts. The Glenwood serves one fine dog. I think it is my favorite Connecticut dog after Rosco's. I think most of the time I prefer a dog either charbroiled or slow cooked on a greasy griddle rather than deep fried. Are there any places that cook the Hummels dog on a griddle without deep frying it?
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/11 15:03:47 (permalink)
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I had heard in January from a retailer that Roessler's was no longer in business, but might be back under a different label.


Was that January 2005? Because I posted a roesslers question last summer(2004) and someone from roesslers responded. All last summer I was able to get Roesslers Hot Dogs (I went through 2 cases) by calling 1-800-hotdog9. You call and make an appointment to pick them up at the old plant on Asylum Street in Norwich, CT (I do not know if they ship). I typically eat hot dogs in the summer and haven't bought any recently.
I sure hope your retailer was wrong because Roeslers Hot Dogs are the best IMHO and the summer grilling season has just started so I'm gonna need some soon.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/11 18:30:40 (permalink)
efuery -

It was January, 2005, and came directly from the retailer in West Haven that Andy at Roessler's hooked me up with.

I haven't checked back with him, but will post on this topic when I do.


The difference with Blackie's is that they put 3 or 4 deep cuts into their dog before they start the "boiling in oil" process - so the dog usually comes out oily.


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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/11 19:29:12 (permalink)
John if you are in Milford, Ct trys Pauls on the Post Road They slow grill their dogs.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/11 19:43:08 (permalink)
Are they Hummels or some other brand?
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/11 21:20:17 (permalink)
Hummel's
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/24 11:53:37 (permalink)
as far as know roesslers no longer in busness in new haven board of health closed them, rat dropings in plant. good bye ole YELLOW TAG
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/24 19:38:59 (permalink)
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as far as know roesslers no longer in busness in new haven board of health closed them, rat dropings in plant. good bye ole YELLOW TAG


Considering the fact that Roesslers Yellow Tag hotdogs have been made in Norwich by Champion Foods for several years one can't help wondering how any entity of the city of New Haven might have shut the place down.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/26 18:06:09 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Seriousfoody

I have heard alot about Blackies but have never eaten there, I plan to do so next week. If you are in the area, Eddie's Delicious Dogs on the Berlin Turnpike are addictive. Martin Rosol's that snap when you bite into them. They serve sauce with them,its a meat based sauce that is not spicy but perfectly goes with the hotdog. Steamed buns are a nice touch too. Stanley Golf course make a mean dog too. Go to the snack shop around back, a grilled foot long on a buttered grilled bun. Try the spicy relish.

Seriousfoody--Couldn't agree more about the dogs at Stanley. My brother and I play at many of the public courses between New Haven and Boston, and "a dog at the turn" is our usual sustenance after the front nine. We have agreed for years that the Stanley dog is superior to any we've had at any other golf course in either state. Any idea what brand they use?
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/26 18:16:10 (permalink)
I can't find a link to Frankie's anywhere. Does anyone know of one?
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/26 23:15:43 (permalink)
Rick -

ask and you shall receive

http://www.frankieshotdogs.com/
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/04/27 00:50:40 (permalink)
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Originally posted by long dog

Rick -

ask and you shall receive
Bless you, my child.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/05/15 10:16:50 (permalink)
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Originally posted by UncleVic

Geed... So share the recipe (relish)with us!



Here - this is from Cooks.com
HOT PEPPER RELISH

1 peck sweet green peppers or 4-5lbs
1/2 lb. hot cherry peppers or 2 lbs of fresh hot cherry peppers
1 1/2 lbs. long hot peppers (not needed)use hot cherry instead
2 tsp. red hot pepper seeds (hot pepper seeds)give or take
1 tbsp. cloves
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. salt (sea salt works best)
10 lg. onions- 5 onions are enough but valida onions or Texas sweet only
1 lb. dark brown sugar
1 qt. white vinegar

Using a grinder, coarsely(or finely) grind all ingredients and simmer in own juice until thick. About 30min. Pack in jars and seal. Makes approximately 8-12 jars.

Great on hamburgers too, ham sandwich, and of course Dogs
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/05/20 12:22:11 (permalink)
Clambo, They use Martin Rosol foot longs. They are made in New Britain.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/05/22 09:41:08 (permalink)
Man, you want to try a Fantastic hot dog, go to Millsie's in Windsor Locks. It's a trailer, weekdays I think till 3pm but you won't find a better dog, amazing meat sauce, sauerkraut I could make a meal of alone and an onion relish that is addictive. They park near the airport on rt 75 next stop north of Bradley Bowl. Go at lunch time and there will be a line. I fly out of Bradley a lot and ALWAYS stop there first. Nice couple run it and they will pack my dogs for the plane.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/05/22 09:59:22 (permalink)
What brand dog do they use, and how do they prepare it?
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/05/22 10:12:58 (permalink)
I am pretty sure it is a Mucke dog (spelling?), they steam and then grill the dogs. The dogs are bigger than the bun and have a natural case. I think it's $2.50 for a dog, naked or fully loaded, same price.
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/11/27 15:00:47 (permalink)
Roadfoodwarriors story about Blackies buying the relish back from the auction is true. I am the great grandson of the women that bought it back and ran and owned the restaurant at the time. I really have a hard time believing everyone that says they have the relish recipe it was kept pretty secretive
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RE: Frankies vs. Blackies 2005/11/28 00:54:26 (permalink)
anyone hear about Swank franks going to Monroe and or some other towns all the sudden? I thought they were shut down in Norwalk for health stuff?
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