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Carolyn's Weenie Wagon

114 S. Main Street, Seymour, CT -
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/10/2014 4:23:00 AM
A small cookwagon located in the parking lot of the Whittemore Ice Cream Shop, Carolyn's is a hoot. It is open year around Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and as you might guess from the name, tube steaks are its specialty. They are tender-cooked Hummel-brand franks nestled in fresh soft buns and available steamed or grilled, short or long, from plain (with condiments of choice) for $2.00 to cheese and bacon long dogs for $3.50.

They're tasty wieners; I am especially fond of the chili cheese dog, topped with moderately hot chili and bright orange molten cheese. An interesting variation is Carolyn's "sweet and spicy" chili dog, blanketed with meat sauce that is mostly sweet with a peppery undercurrent. And the onion-sauced dog is a classic.

This place is especially fun to visit because of the joie de vivre of Carolyn her comrade Mary, who transform their little patch of real estate into a literal welcome wagon for passers-by, as well as for the regular customers who come from businesses all up and down Route 67. On a pleasant day, it's great to sit at the picnic table and ingest two or three dogs in the sun. Carolyn told us that she's been in the weenie business for eleven years now, but moved to Seymour from West Haven Beach because the year-around traffic here is steadier. I know I look forward to stopping by again whenever I'm in the neighborhood.

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Here's the weenier that put Carolyn's on the map: a plump pink Hummel's hot dog spread with spicy chili, then muffled under a thick blanket of goopy orange cheese. Summertime bliss!
"Here's the weenier that put Carolyn's on the map: a plump pink Hummel's hot dog spread with spicy chili, then muffled under a thick blanket of goopy orange cheese. Summertime bliss!"
Michael Stern





Your hosts at Carolyn's: Mary Signore and Carolyn Schumacher. They're relaxing between customers on plastic chairs in the space provided them by Seymour Auto Wrecking Co. in back.
"Your hosts at Carolyn's: Mary Signore and Carolyn Schumacher. They're relaxing between customers on plastic chairs in the space provided them by Seymour Auto Wrecking Co. in back."
Michael Stern


Carolyn is inside the weenie wagon dressing an order of a dozen dogs for a trio of guys with big appetites.
"Carolyn is inside the weenie wagon dressing an order of a dozen dogs for a trio of guys with big appetites."
Michael Stern


Two of Carolyn's specialties: a sweet-and-spicy chili dog and the traditional onion-sauce dog.
"Two of Carolyn's specialties: a sweet-and-spicy chili dog and the traditional onion-sauce dog."
Michael Stern


No pate de foie gras here! We love a restaurant like this, bursting with personality and perfumed by hot dogs.
"No pate de foie gras here! We love a restaurant like this, bursting with personality and perfumed by hot dogs."
Michael Stern


Carolyn told us that she posted this sign because so many people beeped with happiness as they drove past and spotted her weenie wagon.
"Carolyn told us that she posted this sign because so many people beeped with happiness as they drove past and spotted her weenie wagon."
Michael Stern



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