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Blackie's

2200 Waterbury Rd., Cheshire, CT - (203) 699-1819
Posted By John Spratta on 3/3/2006 7:45:00 PM
I love roadside stands, and my favorites are those that specialize in hot dogs. I've eaten at many of the well known, highly praised stands across the country, as my profession allows me to travel extensively. I think Blackie's of Cheshire, CT is among the top three nationwide.

They fry their dogs until they split, thus providing more surface area for the dog to support the condiments. The hot dogs are premium and taste great on their own, but don't miss their legendary relish (which no one person makes in order to protect the family secret). Nothing in this country can compare. The relish is generally green pepper based, but in the summer red peppers are used, resulting in a more reddish color, and a somewhat sweeter taste.

Food presentation is typical of a roadside stand - you get your dogs on a firm paper plate. Order a white birch beer to go with it, or a chocolate milk - that's the classic Blackie's way. Blackie's is known for legendary hot dogs with relish, so if you want to try their cheeseburgers, or anything else, you're on your own.

I would recommend Blackie's as a great family outing for anyone that lives within a hundred mile radius - and for anyone traveling to Connecticut who enjoys local establishments. Go to Blackies. I trust that you too will love it!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Culinary equanimity: toasty bun, snappy dog, spicy mustard, hot relish.
"Culinary equanimity: toasty bun, snappy dog, spicy mustard, hot relish."
Michael Stern





This is a cup of 'Blackie's Turtle' flavor ice cream, a concoction of vanilla, chocolate chunks, caramel streaks, and nuts.
"This is a cup of 'Blackie's Turtle' flavor ice cream, a concoction of vanilla, chocolate chunks, caramel streaks, and nuts."
Michael Stern


We ordered six hot dogs for two people and they came on double-layered, heavy-duty plates. This photo is, of course, pre-mustard-and-relish.
"We ordered six hot dogs for two people and they came on double-layered, heavy-duty plates. This photo is, of course, pre-mustard-and-relish."
Michael Stern


Like the 'rippers' of New Jersey's premier hot dog sources, Blackie's well-done franks quite literally erupt from their hot oil bath. Extra time gives them extra snap that, in my opinion, makes the regular dogs seem a bit flabby.
"Like the 'rippers' of New Jersey's premier hot dog sources, Blackie's well-done franks quite literally erupt from their hot oil bath. Extra time gives them extra snap that, in my opinion, makes the regular dogs seem a bit flabby."
Michael Stern


The peppery relish Blackie's offers for its hot dogs is legendary. We find that a good line of mustard underneath helps more relish cling.
"The peppery relish Blackie's offers for its hot dogs is legendary. We find that a good line of mustard underneath helps more relish cling."
Michael Stern


There is a dining room at either end of Blackie's. In the center is a short counter with stools. The whole front wall swings up and out of the way so dining at the counter is practically an al fresco experience.
"There is a dining room at either end of Blackie's. In the center is a short counter with stools. The whole front wall swings up and out of the way so dining at the counter is practically an al fresco experience."
Michael Stern


Blackie’s fried dog with their famous pepper relish and a fountain white birch beer: extraordinarily good.
"Blackie’s fried dog with their famous pepper relish and a fountain white birch beer: extraordinarily good."
Chris & Amy Ayers


A fellow patron kindly snapped this photo of the group, now including Michael Stern (on far right).
"A fellow patron kindly snapped this photo of the group, now including Michael Stern (on far right)."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This close-up shows the onion and pepper chunks of this spicy relish. The jar’s ingredients are vinegar, peppers, onions, salt, and spices—that’s it.
"This close-up shows the onion and pepper chunks of this spicy relish. The jar’s ingredients are vinegar, peppers, onions, salt, and spices—that’s it."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Foreground: a well-done dog with mustard and relish. Background: a medium-size cup of Big Dipper ice cream.
"Foreground: a well-done dog with mustard and relish. Background: a medium-size cup of Big Dipper ice cream."
Michael Stern



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