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Simones Hot Dog Stand
99 Chestnut St.
August 19, 2008 6:27 PM
Wednesday is hot dog day at Simones, which means the price of a weenie drops from the usual ninety-five cents to seventy-five cents.
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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