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Guida's

484 Meriden Rd., Middlefield, CT - (860) 349-9039
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/25/2008 1:23:00 PM
Other than an exterior face lift and some fresh neon signage, we’re not sure what exactly is new about the restaurant that calls itself New Guida’s. The hot dogs taste like the same excellent ten-inchers we’ve been enjoying at this happy-go-lucky drive-in for a few decades now. They are slim, taut franks in a natural casing tied with a rough (but oh-so-charming knot) at one end. Cooked on Guida’s grill until they develop a mottled, crackling skin, the hot dogs are bedded in beautiful split-buns that have been brushed with butter and toasted crisp right next to the dogs. The package is a beautiful thing.

This is a hot dog so tasty that we actually sometimes get it plain, just to savor the simple, perfect combination of high-flavored frank and butter-mellow bun. But of course there is a full roster of available condiments: ketchup, three kinds of mustard plus mustard relish, sweet relish, hot relish, fried onions, fried peppers, and cheese.

Guida’s is a nice stop for a quick breakfast at the counter (with a view of the grill); and there is a lunch menu beyond hot dogs that includes fried clam strips, hamburgers, and assorted sandwiches. We are fond of the ice cream Guida’s serves, too, especially the post-modern flavor combo of peanut butter cups and chocolate in vanilla, known as moose tracks. But it’s those fine ten-inch hot dogs that will always keep us coming back.

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What is missing from this picture of two ten-inch chili dogs? The answer, of course, is mustard. A line of the right yellow stuff finishes off the sweet, meaty chili with authority.
"What is missing from this picture of two ten-inch chili dogs? The answer, of course, is mustard. A line of the right yellow stuff finishes off the sweet, meaty chili with authority."
Michael Stern





Guida's menu boasts of serving Angus burgers. The meat does taste good, but I felt the patty a bit stingy on size. The
"Guida's menu boasts of serving Angus burgers. The meat does taste good, but I felt the patty a bit stingy on size. The "Rancher" configuration adds a delicious tangle of fried-soft onions on top, plus cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce. The bun is soft and absorbent and, while by no means a sophisticated breadstuff, the perfect mitt for this drive-in sandwich."
Michael Stern


Moose tracks ice cream: vanilla loaded with mini peanut butter cups and crisp chocolate chunks
"Moose tracks ice cream: vanilla loaded with mini peanut butter cups and crisp chocolate chunks"
Michael Stern


Split buns such as this are a New England custom; their design makes them easy to butter and cook on the grill right next to the lovely hot dogs they envelop.
"Split buns such as this are a New England custom; their design makes them easy to butter and cook on the grill right next to the lovely hot dogs they envelop."
Michael Stern


The $6.25 Rancher includes not only the deluxe hamburger but a serving of pretty good French fries.
"The $6.25 Rancher includes not only the deluxe hamburger but a serving of pretty good French fries."
Michael Stern


At the junction of Route 66 and 147, Guida's has been a hot-dog haven for more than half a century. Not visible left of the photo: picnic tables for al fresco dining.
"At the junction of Route 66 and 147, Guida's has been a hot-dog haven for more than half a century. Not visible left of the photo: picnic tables for al fresco dining."
Michael Stern


The two-for-one special is a great bargain. A pair of these hot dogs is twenty-inches of tube steak. With a side of fries or onion rings and a milk shake, that's a mighty meal.
"The two-for-one special is a great bargain. A pair of these hot dogs is twenty-inches of tube steak. With a side of fries or onion rings and a milk shake, that's a mighty meal."
Michael Stern



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