Sometimes, your mouth's in the mood for a good old-fashioned hot dog, but as I was doing my research to find some of the best hot dogs in Connecticut, it appears that Western Connecticut has been ignored once again.

As good as their hot dogs are, you don't need to drive to Rawley's in Fairfield, or Blackie's Hot Dog Stand in Chesire, or Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield to find a mouth watering hot dog. I LIVE IN THE DANBURY AREA, and I'm not driving 90 minutes for a damned hot dog!

We've got some superb hot dog vendors right here in our own backyard. With that said, here are ten hot diggity-dog places when that "I gotta have a hot dog" mood strikes:

  • JK'S - DANBURY

    JK's Original Texas Weiners spans 80 years and four generations of the same family still operating JK's at 126 South St. in Danbury

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  • SYCAMORE DRIVE-IN - BETHEL

    The Sycamore Drive-In is another legendary restaurant born in 1948 at 282 Greenwood Ave. in Bethel. When you stop by, order the Sycamore Frank served with mustard, relish, onion, sauerkraut, and a strip of bacon.

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  • BOTSFORD DRIVE-IN - NEWTOWN

    The Botsford Drive-In is a shack on the side of the road at 282 South Main St.(Rt. 25) in Newtown. Order Eddy's Famous dog with homemade onion sauce.

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  • WEENIE LYNN'S - WHEREVER THERE'S AN EVENT

    Weenie Lynn's is one of Connecticut's best food trucks that travels to where certain events are happening. They feature all-beef dogs, grilled kielbasa, and homemade mac and cheese.

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  • CHEZ LENARD - RIDGEFIELD

    Chez Lenard is a good old fashioned upscale hot dog stand on Main St. in Ridgefield and they've been around since 1978. My favorite is their hot dog with prime beef chili con sprinkled with chopped bermuda onion and imported cheese fondue. Ask for a handful of napkins.

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  • BETHEL HOT DOG PALACE - BETHEL

    You can find the Bethel Hot Dog Palace at 44 Stony Hill Road just a half mile from Target. My favorite is their Cheddar Dog sprinkled with onions and generous hit of Gulden's mustard.

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  • OLDE 37 PATIO & GRILL - NEW FAIRFIELD

    The Olde 37 Patio & Grill is located roadside at 25 Route 37 in my hometown of New Fairfield. Absolutely love their Pushcart Dog, which is an all beef dog with its natural casing on a toasted bun with onion sauce and mustard.

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  • LAKE ZOAR DRIVE-IN - STEVENSON

    The Lake Zoar Drive-In is conveniently located at 14 Roosevelt Drive, much better known as Route 34 in Stevenson. My favorite is Mike's Slaw Dog, which features Mike's own coleslaw and chili along with a horseradish spicy brown mustard.

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  • DOG DAZE CAFE - GEORGETOWN

    Located at 713 Danbury Road or Route 7, Dog Daze Cafe features farm to table ingredients and outrageous burgers and dogs. Try the Wilton Dog with onion, chili, bacon and cheeze whiz. You're welcome.

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  • FAST FRANK'S - DANBURY

    Fast Frank's is a hot dog stand at 112 Federal Road in Danbury. He only serves Sabrett hot dogs and makes his own homemade chili. Trust me, they are delicious!

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