Hot dogs, if slathered with your favorite toppings, can be one of summer's favorite treats.

I'm a "dirty dog" kinda guy. My hot dog of choice is either a Nathan's Beef Hot Dog or a Hebrew National dog. My topping of choice is simply a liberal spread of Gulden's spicy brown mustard, but that's just me. Many hot dog lovers enjoy all sorts of stuff on their dog. With that said, here are my recommendations for the Top 10 Hot Dog Joints in Connecticut for the summer of '17 in alphabetical order.

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    Al's Hot Dog Stand - Naugatuck

    • Long delicious dogs with outstanding fries and self serve toppings.
    • Try the Hippo Dog and the Sweet Potato Fries
    • Outdoor picnic tables
    • 248 South Main St. in Naugatuck
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    Frankie's Hot Dogs - Waterbury

    • Great prices and fast service
    • Succulent foot long dogs
    • Toppings like you read about
    • There are 7 Frankie's Hot Dogs -- 3 in Waterbury, 1 in Naugatuck, 1 in Meriden, 1 in Bristol, and 1 in West Haven
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    Heibeck's Stand - Wilton

    • Yelp reviews are outstanding
    • Nice garden with tables and chairs
    • Like hot? Order a Firehouse Hot Dog with Jalapeno, banana peppers, and chipotle mayo
    • Located at 951 Danbury Road, Wilton
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    JK's Family Restaurant - Danbury

    • Legendary family restaurant. lots of history here
    • Thick Texas weiners with large buns
    • Chili Dogs to die for
    • Homemade salads
    • 126 South St. - Danbury
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    Lake Zoar Drive-In - Newtown/Monroe Line

    • Right on Lake Zoar with outdoor picnic tables
    • Yelp reviewers rave about the burgers and dogs
    • You must try the Mike's Slaw Foot Long
    • Located at 14 Rooselvelt Dr.(Rt.34) in Monroe
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    Olde 37 Patio and Grill - New Fairfield

    • Outdoor table service
    • Wholesome delicious grass fed beef
    • Recommended - the Chili Cheese Hot Dog
    • Yelp reviewers absolutely love this place
    • Located at 25 Route 37 in New Fairfield
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    Rawly's Drive-In - Fairfield

    • One of the most popular hot dog eateries in Connecticut
    • Famous for their fried hot dogs
    • Must try 'The Works Dog' which includes sauerkraut, bacon, mustard and fried onions
    • Located at 1886 Post Road in Fairfield
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    Sycamore Drive-In - Bethel

    • Bethel landmark in business since 1948
    • Best known for their French style steak burgers and homemade root beer
    • Car Hop service available, a throwback to the 50's and 60's
    • Classic car show during the summer
    • Located at 282 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
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    Tony's Dog House - Danbury

    • Good old fashioned downtown hot dog truck
    • Tony, the proprietor is a gentleman and loves his customers
    • Chili dogs are out-a-site
    • Located at 330 Main St. near Kennedy Flats Apartments
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    Photo Used by Permission of Weenie Lynn's

    Weenie Lynn's Hotdog Truck - Danbury

    • Available at public and private events and goes where the action is.
    • You must order the pork fries(made with shredded pork & coleslaw) outrageous!
    • Usually at many of the Ives Concert Park events
    • Find out exactly where you can find Weenie Lynn's by calling 203-730-2996

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