RE: Boston area hot dogs
Spike's hot dog itself is really good, probably the best hot dog I've ever eaten. I can only imagine how fantastic it would taste grilled over charcoal.
I think they should toast the roll with butter and the entire thing would be perfect. Failing that, I advise you get extra topping, whatever you fancy. Their house mustard is very spicy, very nice. The honey mustard is very mild, very nice, too. Curly fries not that great. Pickle spears, sauerkraut, swiss cheese have all been tried and enjoyed. But those dogs themselves are great. Two for most people would be a lot.
Definitely a place to return to frequently. The open air bar restaurant a couple doors down looks good. The Asian bakery next door to Spike's looks amazing. Inbetween is a new age tea shoppe. That block hold something for everyone, but Spike's is my choice. Open til midnight, too, if I remember right, and LESS than 5 minutes from the Cambridge/Brighton exit on the Mass Pike. Not too many place to grab a quick satisfying meal after 10 p.m. around Boston or metro. Lots of pluses.