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Norwalk's Original Swanky Franks Vies For Win In DVlicious Hot Dog Contest

A Swanky Franks customer munches on a hot dog. Photo Credit: Provided
Grilled onions and ketchup top a fried dog at Swanky Franks in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Yelp
The decor is plain and simple like Swanky Franks menu of hot dogs, burgers, fries and milkshakes. Photo Credit: Yelp
A Swanky Franks customer enjoying lunch. Photo Credit: Provided
The Original Swanky Franks in Norwalk, Conn. Photo Credit: Yelp

NORWALK, Conn. -- The classic hot dog, in all its bronzed, charred perfection, holds a special place in the hearts – and stomachs -- of most Americans, especially come summer. July, in fact, is National Hot Dog Month, thanks to the designation by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Poll
Who Has Fairfield County's Best Hot Dog?
Final Results Voting Closed

Who Has Fairfield County's Best Hot Dog?

  • Danny's Drive-In, Stratford
    4%
  • Dog Daze Café, Wilton
    15%
  • Rawley's, Fairfield
    13%
  • Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield
    15%
  • The Original Swanky Franks, Norwalk
    48%
  • Tomlinson's Restaurant, Bridgeport
    5%

So where’s the best place to slather on the toppings and indulge in the perfect weiner? Daily Voice readers picked six nominees for our DVlicious “Best in Fairfield County,” contest, each of which is being profiled this week.

Read below for what makes each nominee a “top dog,” then let your fingers do the clicking. Keep in mind you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day. Voting ends 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

The Original Swanky Franks, 182 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, (203) 853-3647

Frank Talk: This unrepentant roadside dive serves its Americana-on-a-bun fried grilled or fried until crackly and dark. The Boar’s Head dogs are appropriately garlicky, but for an extra punch, try their “red hots,” which are spicy sausages. Around since 1947, Swanky Franks recently underwent a management change, but its plain and simple ambiance and service with a smile remains the same.

Top This: Swanky Franks makes its own chili for its famed chili-cheese dogs. And their mustard is high-quality – no crayon-yellow stuff here, say customers.

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