"We deep fry our hotdogs and then roll them on the grill, crisp, and put them on a fresh toasted, grilled roll," says Jeffrey McFadden, co-owner of Mr. Mac's Canteen. Mr. Mac's dogs have a pork-beef mix and a natural casing that makes for a satisfying snap that's generally sought out by hot dog enthusiasts. If you order "the works," you're going to get mustard, relish, onions, kraut and bacon. But they'll put anything you desire on their dogs. "We're known for our hot chili topping, if you like it a little spicy," says McFadden. "You can put the chili on anything. Local cops like chili cheese with spicy chili and homemade coleslaw. To each their own. Whatever you want, we do it." The restaurant is a family business, and McFadden's father Ray sold hot dogs for 53 years at a popular Bridgeport spot (with a similar name to Mr. Mac's Canteen). Everyone in Bridgeport knows who Ray is, still, even though he's now retired from the hot dog business. Mr. Mac's also serves up burgers, seafood, fresh fish and chips, and breakfast sandwiches composed of eggs on Portuguese rolls. For a great hangover cure, try one of those with hot chili and a topper: A hash brown patty that's deep fried and goes right on top of the sandwich.
Winner of Best Hot Dog in the New Haven Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.