On the search for the best hot dog in Connecticut brings us to Cricket Car Hop in Stratford.
First, let’s talk about Crinkle Fries.
Historically, crinkle fries are crap.
They require either seasoning (like the ones at Birdcode) or something else to not get an undercooked soggy mess.
But here, they’ve made a statement.
These fries come with a satisfying crunch that could make you a crinkle convert (almost).
The downside is they are under-seasoned.
The texture is there, but they just end up being on the blander side of fries.
The Rating: Fries
Next up, Onion Rings.
Forget the thick, doughy batter you might be used to.
At Cricket Car Hop, they come in a delightful thin crispy batter.
There’s an underlying flavor, something like Fronions, which adds an intriguing touch to the overall experience.
The Rating: Onion Rings
Now on to the Hot Dog.
The CBRS Dog stands for Chili, Bacon, Red-relish, at hot Sauce.
The dog itslef is meaty and robust and flavorful.
The top-split bun, is griddled to perfection.
The chili brings warmth, the bacon a smoky depth, and the hot relish and sauce introduce a spicy zing.
The only downside is this particular combination tends to lean a bit on the tomato-heavy side, but it’s not overwhelming and genuinely adds to the overall flavor.
Maybe next time, I’d skip the red relish or hot sauce.
The Rating: CBRS Hot Dog
All in all, Cricket Car Hop has managed to encapsulate the charm of a vintage drive-in while serving up dishes that could rival many modern-day eateries. Sadly, there is no one roller skating to your car window anymore (for that, you would have to go to Sycamore Drive In). Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy, flavor-packed hotdog or some simple fries and onion rings, this spot has you covered. Consider this your invitation to hop on over and indulge!
Address: 900 Access Rd, Stratford, CT 06615
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 10:30am to 7pm
Friday & Saturday 10:30am to 8pm