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Kamp Dog

15 Broad Street, New London, CT - (860) 443-3000
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 5/17/2011 10:11:00 PM
Of the menu selections we’ve tried at Kamp Dog, all of them are tremendously delicious. Dynamite sauce, akin to traditional sloppy joe meat sauce, is rarely seen outside of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, but owner Ken Hochstetler has created his own spicy/sweet dynamite sauce for topping his Hummel hot dogs. The signature Kamp Dog is a long dog fried in oil on the griddle and tucked inside a New England-style buttered and grilled bun. It’s then topped with dynamite sauce, nacho cheese, and chopped onions. The snap of the weiner’s crispy skin, the crunch of the grilled bun, and the marriage of dynamite, cheese, and onion result in a wickedly tasty experience. This ranks at the top of Connecticut’s great dogs, if you are of the Rawley’s, Blackie’s, or Swanky Franks persuasion.

The chili, however, should not be ignored. Whether slathered atop a dog or spooned into a Fritos bag with a sprinkle of grated cheese for Chili Fritos (known as a walking taco west of the Mississippi), Ken’s meaty, full-flavored brew has very few rivals. The mere thought of this plus cheese covering his regal, hand-cut fries makes us salivate in anticipation of our next visit! Also on the menu are Georgia red hots, hand-dipped corn dogs, brats, and kielbasa, along with stacked Reubens and Philly cheese steaks. Cold deli sandwiches include the creatively named Mother Clucker (roasted chicken breast with dill aioli and pepper jack cheese) and the Salami Mommy (imported Genoa salami with provolone and spicy mustard). A full roster of burgers, thin-fried and fall-apart tender, can be stacked for doubles, triples, and quads, and Ken even makes a slider-like mini burger for only one dollar that looks just as scrumptious as its larger relatives.

Breakfast is served all day, and we find it difficult to pass this up, even at lunchtime. Ken’s oversized omelettes and breakfast burritos may be fabulous, but we’re admittedly stuck on his amazing breakfast sandwiches. Your choice of meat, cheese, eggs fried perfectly on the well-seasoned griddle, and a grilled bakery bun is close to heaven for us. For those with bigger appetites, the sprawling Porker sports ham, bacon, sausage, two eggs, and cheese on the same glorious bun. But the Dippers are undoubtedly one of the most outrageous breakfast items ever: sausage patties sliced into strips, wrapped in ham and then bacon, deep-fried until cooked through, then battered and deep-fried a second time! Served with maple syrup, these porky fritters fire on all cylinders as the ultimate breakfast treat.

Don’t see what you want? At the bottom of the menu is Ken’s bold declaration: “Or You Make It Up and I Make Up the Price!” Apparently, a few regulars take him up on this with some frequency, and Ken revels in the challenge of creating something uniquely tasty for each customer. Located in downtown New London and less than a mile from I-95, Kamp Dog is open Monday-Tuesday 6am-3pm, Wednesday-Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 6am-2pm, and closed Sunday.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Dippers
Chili Fritos
Breakfast Sandwich
The Porker
Kamp Dog
Mini Burger
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A long Hummel dog topped with spicy & sweet dynamite sauce, cheese, and onions, the eponymous Kamp Dog is one of Connecticut’s best hot dogs.
"A long Hummel dog topped with spicy & sweet dynamite sauce, cheese, and onions, the eponymous Kamp Dog is one of Connecticut’s best hot dogs."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Rolls of sausage, bacon, and ham are battered, deep-fried, and served with maple syrup, hence the name Dippers. They are unbelievably good!
"Rolls of sausage, bacon, and ham are battered, deep-fried, and served with maple syrup, hence the name Dippers. They are unbelievably good!"
Chris & Amy Ayers


For bigger appetites, the Porker boasts three meats, two eggs, and cheese, stuffed into a high-quality bakery bun.
"For bigger appetites, the Porker boasts three meats, two eggs, and cheese, stuffed into a high-quality bakery bun."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Simple and gratifying, this one-egg breakfast sandwich is one of our absolute favorites.
"Simple and gratifying, this one-egg breakfast sandwich is one of our absolute favorites."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This biscuit-sized cheeseburger is three or four bites of utter deliciousness.
"This biscuit-sized cheeseburger is three or four bites of utter deliciousness."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Known elsewhere as a walking taco or Frito pie, these Chili Fritos spotlight Kamp Dog’s savory, meaty chili.
"Known elsewhere as a walking taco or Frito pie, these Chili Fritos spotlight Kamp Dog’s savory, meaty chili."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Hand-cut fries are fried until dark brown and may be augmented with chili, cheese, or both toppings.
"Hand-cut fries are fried until dark brown and may be augmented with chili, cheese, or both toppings."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The brightly painted Kamp Dog welcomes customers in downtown New London.
"The brightly painted Kamp Dog welcomes customers in downtown New London."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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