The story

Nearly four months behind schedule, Major League Baseball finally started its season in late July. And since baseball and hot dogs go hand in hand, it seemed only natural to head to Milford to check out Dogtown. An unpretentious hot dog stand that opened in December 2017, Dogtown also has shakes, floats, burgers and sandwiches.

But when you call yourself Dogtown, let’s be frank, we’re here for one reason.

Our visit

There are eight specialty dogs ($4.25-$5.25) on the menu — Dogtown serves New Britain-based Martin Rosol’s — in addition to the Freestyle Dog ($3.75), which allows you to create your own from a selection of 14 toppings. I defer to the chef and order a home run of a foursome — Danger Dog (bacon, grilled onions and peppers, pico de gallo, mayo, mustard, ketchup), Zephyr Dog (chili, American cheese, grilled onions, hot pepper relish), Yuppie Dog (bacon, sauerkraut, raw onion, sweet cucumber relish, mustard) and the Notorious D.O.G. (red onion sauce, sauerkraut, hot pepper relish, mustard). The dogs are split and grilled, the buns are buttered and toasted yet still soft, and the toppings are on point in both flavor and ratio. If pressed for a recommendation I would pick the Zephyr due to the beautiful marriage of the chili and hot pepper relish.

Eat in or take out?

There are five picnic tables with umbrellas at the stand, but it’s a quick drive to the ocean if you want to take your dogs for a walk on the beach. Dogtown also operates a food truck for special events. Finally, a dog that comes when you call.


Dogtown

664 New Haven Ave., Milford

203-767-2895, dogtownct.com

Open daily for lunch

Wheelchair accessible

This article appears in the September 2020 issue of Connecticut MagazineYou can subscribe to Connecticut Magazine here, or find the current issue on sale hereSign up for our newsletter to get our latest and greatest content delivered right to your inbox. Have a question or comment? Email editor@connecticutmag.com. And follow us on Facebook and Instagram @connecticutmagazine and Twitter @connecticutmag.

Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.