Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, hot dogs are safely protected from environmental hazards such as open manholes and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy snugly shielded franks with today's Groupon: for $3, you get $6 worth of hot dogs and more at Doogie's in Newington. This Groupon must be used after 4 p.m., and if you provide an email with your purchase, you'll get a free small fry. This Groupon is valid at the Newington Doogie's location only.
Deemed the home of the best hot dogs by the Hartford Advocate, Doogie's offers a menu full of dogs, char-grilled burgers, Philly cheese steaks, and more. Austere, undecorated dogs come in three sizes (reg. $2.83, 16'' $5.83, 24'' $7.83), and from there, toppings take the lead. Try the sautéed kraut dog (reg. $3.19, 16" $6.19, 24" $8.19) for a universally adored representation of German culinary culture, or a jalapeño dog (reg. $3.69, 16" $6.69, 24" $8.69) dressed with spicy nacho cheeze, which lost its 's' during a 1997 customs check in Frankfurt. Doogie's serves similarly serious burgers ($4.69 for a regular cheezeburger; add $2.50 to make it a double), such as the caramelized onion-topped shroom burger or the jalapeño-laden hot attack. Fresh breaded seafood rounds out the menu, with fish and chips (lunch $5.65, regular $8.49) available during lunch hours, or a bucket of fish ($15.99) that's big enough for three aquanauts.
Doogie's values its customers' collective taste-making capacity, and its staff can usually combine any ingredients upon request. Additionally, any menu item can be combo-ized by simply uttering "do it to it," which is coincidentally the first draft of Regan's famous imperative to Gorbachev, later amended to "tear down this wall." Grab today's Groupon and your nearest frankfurter-sparring partner for a uniquely democratized spin through variations on an Americana theme.
Readers of the Hartford Advocate picked Doogie's for Best Hot Dogs. Roadfood.com gives it a four out of five, TripAdvisors give it a four-owl eye average, and 10 Yelpers give it an average of three stars:
- People are kind of fanatical about hot dogs. They'll come from hours away in search of the perfect hot dog. Doogie's is the kind of place they go to. – Hartford Advocate
- Doogie's 16-inch hot dog is nothing short of astounding. – Michael Stern, Roadfood.com
- Fast, friendly service… – judylWelthersfield_Ct, TripAdvisor