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Simones Hot Dog Stand

99 Chestnut St., Lewiston, ME - (207) 782-8431
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/6/2014 3:42:00 PM
Wednesday is hot dog day at Simones, which means the price of a weenie drops from the usual $1.75 to $1.50.

In truth, every day is hot dog day at Simones, a small corner eatery that has been known to local frankfurter aficionados as the place to go for almost a hundred years. There are other things to eat at this happy lunch counter, including submarine sandwiches, bowls of mild meat-and-bean chili, and burgers; but the menu is headed by the category DOGS DOGS DOGS, and it is dogs that put Simones on the Roadfood map.

They’re not fancy dogs, they are fun dogs. Nor is there anything about the way they taste that would cause a sausage epicure to swear allegiance. They are small, shockingly red weenies of the type typically served over in Rhode Island at “New York System” restaurants – steamed plump and nestled in tender split buns. “The usual” in this dog house means relish, onion, and ketchup; for thirty cents extra, you can get cheese, kraut, or chili, or have your hot dog grilled. We’re traditionalists, and therefore prefer the usual – maybe four or five of them, dressed by one of the young distaff chefs, then sprinkled with a dash of celery salt, which is here marshaled on the bright yellow counter along with salt and pepper.

If you think that four or five hot dogs is a lot, remember that they are small. Remember also that the record at Simones for the most number of hot dogs consumed in a single setting is thirty six.

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Here are two 'loaded'.  My waitress informed that these are served the traditional way, with relish and onion underneath the wiener and mustard on top.  Even though I knew Simones' serves bright red wieners, it is still a bit shocking when they set them down in front of you.
"Here are two 'loaded'. My waitress informed that these are served the traditional way, with relish and onion underneath the wiener and mustard on top. Even though I knew Simones' serves bright red wieners, it is still a bit shocking when they set them down in front of you."
Cliff Strutz





While the steamed hot dogs are indeed small, the chili dog, covered with savory chili and onions is a plateful.
"While the steamed hot dogs are indeed small, the chili dog, covered with savory chili and onions is a plateful."
Cliff Strutz


Just about everyone who walked in ordered one of the homemade soups. like this thick, hearty corn chowder.  What they consider a cup here is bigger than most restaurant's bowls.
"Just about everyone who walked in ordered one of the homemade soups. like this thick, hearty corn chowder. What they consider a cup here is bigger than most restaurant's bowls."
Cliff Strutz


Help yourself to a Moxie out of the cooler.
"Help yourself to a Moxie out of the cooler."
Cliff Strutz


The menu is two sided laminated.
"The menu is two sided laminated."
Cliff Strutz


There are tables to the side, but the counter seats allow easier interaction with the staff, which is a big part of the fun of eating at Simones'.
"There are tables to the side, but the counter seats allow easier interaction with the staff, which is a big part of the fun of eating at Simones'."
Cliff Strutz


Since 1908!
"Since 1908!"
Cliff Strutz


Hot dogs are discounted on Wednesdays.
"Hot dogs are discounted on Wednesdays."
Cliff Strutz


Simones' is the place to get hot dogs in downtown Lewiston.
"Simones' is the place to get hot dogs in downtown Lewiston."
Cliff Strutz


This pink drawing, from the front of the menu, only hints at how bright red Simones' little weenies are.
"This pink drawing, from the front of the menu, only hints at how bright red Simones' little weenies are."
Michael Stern



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