You’ve seen the sign off of I-95 in Fairfield but if you haven’t pulled off on Black Rock Turnpike for a dog at Super Duper Weenie, you don’t know what you are missing. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a hot dog guy; at restaurants and even back yard barbecues – you all know – I’m going for a cheeseburger, but Super Duper is the one extraordinary exception.
Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diners Drive-ins and Dives, which recently featured Norwalk’s Valencia Luncheria [watch here], will air a segment about Super Duper Weenie tonight at 10 p.m.
The ingredients are first rate; the dogs are a locally made beef/pork mix with a super-crisp natural casing, the toppings are all fresh and while I normally can’t handle relish, their homemade version is fantastic. [The first time I ordered at Super Duper I was chided for asking for no relish, but I'm I was talked into it.]
Super Duper is no stranger to television – they are featured in PBS’ perennial summer favorite, “A Hot Dog Program – and if anyone is considering doing a show on French fries they should head straight to here. The fries, thin, perfectly fried to a little past golden brown and expertly seasoned, are excellent. Some of the best fries that I have had in Connecticut. Really. [I'm kicking myself that I don't have a photo of a basket of these, but check them out on Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood]
Locally, there is a rivalry going between Super Duper and Rawley’s, in downtown Fairfield. Rawley’s is decidedly more old-school and they deep fry their hot dogs. While it certainly has its charm, I’m not really a fan.
A WORD OF WARNING: It really is a lunch place and they close at 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, weekend hours are longer. I tend to forget this and am often dissappointed to find the establishment shuttered leaving me with an unsated hankering for a Chicago dog.