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Bethel Hot Dog Palace

44 Stony Hill Rd., Bethel, CT - (203) 790-5064
The star of the show is the foot-long, natural-casing Hummel brand hot dog. You can get it plain, with chili or cheddar or both. The chili is fine-grind beef with a nice little tongue tingle.
73% Approval Rating (15 votes)

Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Chili Dog
Milk Shake
Texas Dog
Texas Burger
chili cheese fries
beer-battered fries

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The Bethel Hot Dog Palace, which has dubbed itself "A Great American Diner," used to be the Roadside Chili House, and although the name has changed, the cuisine's the same. The star of the show is not chili (it never was), but a foot-long, natural-casing Hummel brand ..."   [Read More]
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Pete Maxfield
April 05, 2008
"Having visited a few of the local hot dog restaurants, the Bethel Hot Dog Palace still remains my favorite. The reason it does so is for one important reason: the hotdogs aren't grilled or boiled, they're fried. They have a great crunch when you bite them. The ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

44 Stony Hill Rd., Bethel, CT
(203) 790-5064

http://thebethelhotdogpalace.yolasite.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
This handsome chili dog only comes in the footlong length, and we should've ordered chili fries for extra spiciness.
"This handsome chili dog only comes in the footlong length, and we should've ordered chili fries for extra spiciness."
Chris & Amy Ayers





The Texas Burger is named because it includes a layer of all-beef chili below the meat. Atop that are sauteed onions and strips of bacon. It is a slithery mess that leaves the bun in tatters. I would put it on the honor roll of kill-or-cure gastronomy -- the kind of thing that sounds like a great idea -- and tastes terrific -- at 3am when the bars close. Cold sober in broad daylight, well, that's another story.
"The Texas Burger is named because it includes a layer of all-beef chili below the meat. Atop that are sauteed onions and strips of bacon. It is a slithery mess that leaves the bun in tatters. I would put it on the honor roll of kill-or-cure gastronomy -- the kind of thing that sounds like a great idea -- and tastes terrific -- at 3am when the bars close. Cold sober in broad daylight, well, that's another story."
Michael Stern


Texas Dog: a voluptuous foot-long wiener topped with a mantle of melted cheese, a spill of peppery chili, lots of bacon, and raw onions. The bun is toasted and in comparison to its ingredients tastes almost sweet. This is not a sophisticated frank, but when the Tube Steak Siren calls, it fills the bill.
"Texas Dog: a voluptuous foot-long wiener topped with a mantle of melted cheese, a spill of peppery chili, lots of bacon, and raw onions. The bun is toasted and in comparison to its ingredients tastes almost sweet. This is not a sophisticated frank, but when the Tube Steak Siren calls, it fills the bill."
Michael Stern


The dining area is an enclosed porch up front. To the left in back is an open patio for nice-weather meals.
"The dining area is an enclosed porch up front. To the left in back is an open patio for nice-weather meals."
Michael Stern


While the Bethel Hot Dog Palace won't likely be winning epicurean awards for haute cuisine, it does get the bargain-hunter's prize for cheap eats.
"While the Bethel Hot Dog Palace won't likely be winning epicurean awards for haute cuisine, it does get the bargain-hunter's prize for cheap eats."
Michael Stern



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