EDITOR'S TOP PICK! Serving the best hot dogs in southeastern Connecticut, Kamp Dog uses Hummel franks and grilled, New England-style buns for a textural treat. Homemade dynamite sauce (a Rhode Island variation on sloppy joe meat sauce) tops the dogs, burgers, and chicken sandwiches. Breakfast cannot be beat, as their stacked egg sandwiches attest, and the Dippers (battered and deep-fried rolls of bacon, ham & sausage) are crazily delicious. Hand-cut fries round out a truly wonderful menu.
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Of the menu selections we’ve tried at Kamp Dog, all of them are tremendously delicious. Dynamite sauce, akin to traditional sloppy joe meat sauce, is rarely seen outside of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, but owner Ken Hochstetler has created his own spicy/sweet dynamite sauce for topping his Hummel hot dogs. The signature Kamp Dog is a long dog fried in oil on the griddle and tucked inside a New England-style buttered and grilled bun. It’s then topped with dynamite sauce, nacho cheese, and chopped onions. The snap of the weiner’s crispy skin, the crunch of the grilled bun, and the marriage of dynamite, cheese, and onion result in a wickedly tasty experience. This ranks at the top of Connecticut’s great dogs, if you are of the Rawley’s, Blackie’s, or Swanky Franks persuasion.
The chili, however, should not be ignored. Whether slathered atop a dog or spooned into a Fritos bag with a sprinkle of grated cheese for Chili Fritos (known as a walking taco west of the Mississippi), Ken’s meaty, full-flavored brew has very few rivals. The mere thought of this plus cheese covering his regal, hand-cut fries makes us salivate in anticipation of our next visit! Also on the menu are Georgia red hots, hand-dipped corn dogs, brats, and kielbasa, along with stacked Reubens and Philly cheese steaks. Cold deli sandwiches include the creatively named Mother Clucker (roasted chicken breast with dill aioli and pepper jack cheese) and the Salami Mommy (imported Genoa salami with provolone and spicy mustard). A full roster of burgers, thin-fried and fall-apart tender, can be stacked for doubles, triples, and quads, and Ken even makes a slider-like mini burger for only one dollar that looks just as scrumptious as its larger relatives.
Breakfast is served all day, and we find it difficult to pass this up, even at lunchtime. Ken’s oversized omelettes and breakfast burritos may be fabulous, but we’re admittedly stuck on his amazing breakfast sandwiches. Your choice of meat, cheese, eggs fried perfectly on the well- seasoned griddle, and a grilled bakery bun is close to heaven for us. For those with bigger appetites, the sprawling Porker sports ham, bacon, sausage, two eggs, and cheese on the same glorious bun. But the Dippers are undoubtedly one of the most outrageous breakfast items ever: sausage patties sliced into strips, wrapped in ham and then bacon, deep-fried until cooked through, then battered and deep-fried a second time! Served with maple syrup, these porky fritters fire on all cylinders as the ultimate breakfast treat.
Don’t see what you want? At the bottom of the menu is Ken’s bold declaration: “Or You Make It Up and I Make Up the Price!” Apparently, a few regulars take him up on this with some frequency, and Ken revels in the challenge of creating something uniquely tasty for each customer. Located in downtown New London and less than a mile from I-95, Kamp Dog is open Monday-Tuesday 6am- 3pm, Wednesday-Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 6am-2pm, and closed Sunday.
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New London, CT, is the home of the Coast Guard Academy. It's an old city, relatively quiet, where we recently spent some time at the annual meeting of the American Theatre Critics Association. New London was the home of Eugene O'Neill, and the O'Neill Theatre Center was the host. The city, while not a major tourist center, is near some interesting places, and holds its own set of targets for chowhounds.
All over New England, breakfast and lunch are considered important meals with real focus by restaurants. The result is some interesting little spots, some of which are well-known in the community while others perking along very quietly, just turning out good food that's not mass- produced.
And that's Kamp Dog, whose slogan explains that it's “A Fine New England Weinery”. Open only for breakfast and lunch, with breakfast served all day, it's deeply casual with one big sunny table in the window and a long counter in the middle of the room. Four husky policemen from the adjoining town of Waterford were eating happily, and provided all the protection we needed.
Breakfast is protein on a roll, in a wrap, or on an English muffin, or monster omelets with as many fillings as you like. But we were there for lunch, aiming at the weinery.
Hot dogs are split and grilled, adding some extra texture. The house specialty is, natch, the Kamp Dog, which utilizes something called dynamite sauce, along with cheese and onions. Dynamite sauce turned out to be a red meat sauce, sweet and spicy-hot, an absolute winner. It's available on other dishes, as well, like a chicken sandwich. But the dog is the perfect vehicle for the sauce, turning it into a don't-miss item. And so are the french fries, hand cut and worthy of a much fancier restaurant, crisp and cooked to order by owner Ken Hochstetler. We also tried a fine chili dog, and were wistful that we couldn't come back for breakfast.
The bun, which is also sometimes used for clam rolls. The cut sides allow it to be grilled, a nice toasty touch.
About a mile off I-95, and far better than any drive-through.
A Recession-friendly, Tasty Menu at Kamp Dog
By Rick Koster
Published 3/12/2009 in The Day, New London, CT Home »Entertainment »Food & Dining »Food & Dining Review
You don't need me to tell you about hard times. You've got your own problems. Sigh … it wasn't that long ago that we'd jump in a helicopter and head into Manhattan for a bite. Maybe meet up with Frank Bruni and talk shop while we ate. You been to Daniel's? Or Jean George's? Very nice. Ah, those days are long gone. Now we eat at home - typically one raisin each for dinner and maybe we split one of those little paper squares of packaged salt appropriated from a fast food accoutrements counter. But you have to treat yourself every once in a while - and the perfect place to do this on a recession budget might well be Kamp Dog, a store-front grill right next to the Fiddleheads Food Cooperative on Broad Street in New London. There's nothing particularly fancy about Kamp Dog or its limited menu, but it's damned cheap and damned good. The room is long, with a grill on the right, counters bisecting the room and along the opposite wall with bar stools and, up front in the window, a garden-style table and chairs. It's mostly a take-out clientele, but the Dog is cheery in blue and yellow and paintings by local artists hang on the wall. And the array of dogs, sandwiches and breakfast items score big in that all-important Comfort Food category. Kamp Dog is open for lunch and breakfast, every day except Sunday, and the most expensive item on the menu is a Philly cheese steak at $6.25. Hot dogs comprise the main focus of the lunch menu, with several toppings choices, and there are also red hots, brats, corn dogs, and kielbasa. Along with such possibilities as kraut, cheese, chili, jalapenos, grilled onions and peppers is the house-crafted Dynamite sauce. The Dynamite is a beautiful thing: a spicy ground beef topping genetically reminiscent of Coney Island sauce. It two-steps around your tongue like a delighted Saturday night drunk. I'm particularly fond of topping a Kamp Dog with Dynamite and nacho-style cheese. The dogs are sizeable and come sizzling off the grill. Housed in a toasted hotdog roll and thusly slathered, this is absolutely a fork-required exercise of greatness. A red hot ($3) is split, cooked just long enough to allow juices to surface and also to provide a crispy exterior. There is a deep, abiding spice to the red hot - the sort of glowing torque that provides therapy for all your pains and tensions. A generous basket of fries ($1.50), hand-cut before your eyes, are quick-cooked in sun- temperature oil and stand as testaments to joy. Cheese fries ($2) or chili/cheese fries ($3) are also available. Any combination is good but it's hard to go wrong with the stand-alone original. A grilled corned beef and Swiss on rye ($5.25) was almost great. Plenty of cheese and the rye absorbed all the flavors of the grill. A nice heap of corned beef, too, but while it was lean, it was also pretty tough. So much so that I had to rip it with my teeth in shake-head, shark-like fashion. You can get pastrami for the same price and throw in kraut on either if you wish to move in the Rueben direction. The Philly Cheese Steak, with peppers (and, in my case, without onions), was a wondrous, gooey heap of lean shaved meat with just the proper grease to lubricate the grinder roll. Breakfast options are plentiful, including a variety of wraps, muffins and rolls intertwining the usual options of sausage, bacon, ham, egg and/or cheese. There is also a French Toastwich ($4), but what really grabbed my heart - romantically and in a hardening-of-the- arteries way - is a device called Sausage Gravy in a Biscuit Boat ($4). This involves a long, square biscuit hollowed out and ladled with a rising tide of cream gravy generously lumped with hunks of sausage. Yes. - New London
R E A D E R'S C O M M E N T S
Posted - 3/16/2009 7:14:31 AM
After that review, how can one not give Kamp Dog a try? I drive by every day and now feel the need to stop in. Rick, your comment on the required strength for ripping the corned beef gave me such a chuckle I almost choked on my coffee. Thanks for the entertainment. P.S.- I love your videos too...look forward to them each week!
L.E., New London, CT - 3/16/2009 7:28:45 AM
Posted - 3/12/2009 10:54:06 PM
I've been for breakfast and lunch. Both were DElicious.
Abby Stokes, Niantic, CT - 3/13/2009 2:32:41 AM
Posted - 3/12/2009 1:59:14 PM
As usual Rick, your reviews are right on. Stopped by today for a Red-Hot and Fries, they really hit the spot. Prices can't be beat either.
Jacjk Jacobs, Mystic, CT - 3/12/2009 2:08:41 PM
Posted - 3/12/2009 12:50:14 PM
I would recommend KAMP Dog to anyone, the food is great. I have worked in the restaurant industry for many years and find the food very satisfying especially at the price. One item that was not mentioned was the mini burgers. These little gems come on a toasted roll and are perfectly seasoned. The other item I enjoy for breakfast food is the sausage wrap. It gets made fast and has hash browns, sausage, eggs and cheese. Delicious. Give KAMP Dog a try.
Pete Giffin, Groton, CT - 3/12/2009 1:11:45 PM
Posted - 3/12/2009 7:50:15 AM
I would like to recommend their potato salad. It is made with a mix of mashed potatoes and cubed potatoes which makes the mixture very creamy. Also, for dessert try the graham-nut cookies. Their onion and pea soup is delicious. Very reasonable for good food.