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Merritt Canteen

4355 Main St., Bridgeport, CT - (203) 372-1416
Posted By chris kaiser on 5/22/2005 7:37:00 AM
If you like spicy and you like hot dogs, the Merritt Canteen is a spot for you. The Merritt Canteen's hot dog is something to behold. Always cooked to perfection while you wait. The best way to eat these hot dogs, if you enjoy reallly spicy food, is to get it with chili, bacon, cheese and mustard. This medly of tastes will not let you down. I would suggest ordering two beverages if enjoying this dog, the chili has a wonderful flavor but is extremely hot. The same can be said for the spoonful of mustard they will add at no additional cost.

For all hot dog lovers the Merritt Canteen is a great place to check out. For Bacon, chili, cheese dog lovers it is an absolute must.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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To me, the twist at the end of a natural-casing hot dog is one of the beautiful sights in the food world.
"To me, the twist at the end of a natural-casing hot dog is one of the beautiful sights in the food world."
Michael Stern





Left: a chili dog. Right: a bacon dog with sauerkraut
"Left: a chili dog. Right: a bacon dog with sauerkraut"
Michael Stern


The Hummel-brand 'red hot' is a quarter-pound hot dog that dwarfs its bun ... and is plenty hot, even without chili. This one is dressed with mustard and relish.
"The Hummel-brand 'red hot' is a quarter-pound hot dog that dwarfs its bun ... and is plenty hot, even without chili. This one is dressed with mustard and relish."
Michael Stern


Cradles are arrayed at the condiment bar so the servers can dress your chosen dog the way you specify.
"Cradles are arrayed at the condiment bar so the servers can dress your chosen dog the way you specify."
Michael Stern


I suspect these primal signs on the wall of the Canteen date back to its early days.
"I suspect these primal signs on the wall of the Canteen date back to its early days."
Michael Stern


Booths are lined up along windows opposite the order counter. When finished eating, customers tote their own trash to garbage cans set out around the room.
"Booths are lined up along windows opposite the order counter. When finished eating, customers tote their own trash to garbage cans set out around the room."
Michael Stern


Customers are requested not to leave the order window as their dogs are being made. Although each one is outfitted and dressed to order, the line moves very fast.
"Customers are requested not to leave the order window as their dogs are being made. Although each one is outfitted and dressed to order, the line moves very fast."
Michael Stern


The Merritt Canteen has attracted a loyal clientele for more than sixty years.
"The Merritt Canteen has attracted a loyal clientele for more than sixty years."
Michael Stern


These crinkle-cuts start frozen, but they are fried long enough in clean oil to develop a very agreeable crunch.
"These crinkle-cuts start frozen, but they are fried long enough in clean oil to develop a very agreeable crunch."
Michael Stern


The walls of the Merritt Canteen are decorated with old menus and their very old prices as well as clippings dating back to opening day in the 1940s.
"The walls of the Merritt Canteen are decorated with old menus and their very old prices as well as clippings dating back to opening day in the 1940s."
Michael Stern



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