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Merritt Canteen

4355 Main St., Bridgeport, CT - (203) 372-1416
Posted By Aran Campbell on 3/26/2011 6:52:00 PM
Just your ordinary "fry shop." Nothing special here. If McDonald's and BK breakfast hours are over you can get a half-decent bacon, egg, and cheese all day.

The chili is HOT, without much flavor at all; it will take your tongue off. I personally like equal amounts of flavor and heat, go figure.

They don't really have a "known for" specialty other than being the only game in town for after-midnight food. But then again, if you're buying food after midnight you're probably too buzzed to care about taste.

The one thing that turns me and a lot of my friends off is that the cashier is the person serving the hot dogs. She/he will ring someone up (touch filthy bacteria-laden money) and then lay the wax paper for the hot dogs, not caring that she just contaminated it. For some reason they seem to think the wax paper is there to protect their hands from the food. Someone needs to tell them it is to protect the food from their hands.

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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
"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


These cradles are arrayed at the condiment bar so the servers can dress your chosen dog the way you specify.
"These 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. Tables are easy to wipe. When finished eating, customers generally tote their own trash to garbage cans set out around the room.
"Booths are lined up along windows opposite the order counter. Tables are easy to wipe. When finished eating, customers generally 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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