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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


About three or four times a year, we get to hankering for a really good hot dog.  When the urge hits us, we know just where to go!  Bolley's  Famous Franks, 38 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine, cooks up the best hot dogs around.  It's another of those "hole-in-the-wall" type places.  It's not very big, has maybe 8 or 10 tables, and you order your food at the counter and pay for it.  They do bring it to your table, however, which is kind of nice for such a small place.


When you stand at the counter giving your order,  you look up to see the selections.  You can choose from hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, fresh cut fries, and a few other choices.

There are homemade donuts and pastries in the glass showcase that are truly tempting, as well.

It's not fancy.  There are a few tables and chairs that have seen lots of use, and they also do a large takeout business.
There are some interesting copper artworks on the pineboard walls, and there's bound to be some interesting "people watching" to do while you wait for your food.

We love to get our hot dogs "loaded" which means with mustard, relish, and fried onions.  I sometimes ask for "everything"  which has all of the above plus ketchup.
The fresh cut fries deserve their own photo.  They are crisp and delicious.   They also have excellent chicken fingers, which poses a dilemma for me....I'm usually torn between the chicken and the dogs.  On this visit, the dogs won.  And they were terrificly tasty in their steamed buns.  It's hard to leave without having one of their delicious donuts or whoopie pies.


Bolley's has a second location at 96 College Avenue in Waterville, Maine, as well.   I haven't visited there in a couple of years, so I can't say if their food is as good as in Hallowell.  You're on your own, there.  Both stores have been around since I was a teenager; there has to be a reason for that kind of longevity!

Stop in if you're in the neighborhood.  Your tummy and your wallet) will thank you!

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  We paid for our meals and the opionions expressed are mine alone.


EVA

20 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice. i love a good dog...and whoopie pies too...we have a great place...called the weinie stand...best dogs ever and beer battered onion rings...

River said...

Those hotdogs and fries do look delicious. And I love that copper art on the wall.

Jewel said...

I love your design especially the pic at the top right. Liked your review of the cafe, you've made me hungry(!)Unfortunately am in the UK so can't actually visit, oh well...
Visiting from the no rules blog hop

M said...

Oh my goodness I LVOE places like these! I also am loving myself a good grilled cheese!

The Broad said...

You got my attention with 'hot dogs' which I love -- with mustard -- but the piece de resistance: "homemade donuts" -- those really are irresistable!

Homemaker said...

Those fries look great. Hallowell is possibly my favorite place to visit in MAine. Just love the feel of the place. There is a restaurant/folk music venue there that serves crazy good blueberry pie. I mean, challenge your grandma good. The name escapes me, but you can tell when you're in the right place by the all-hippy wait staff.

Bossy Betty said...

Oh,.... I need a good hot dog. I want SOMEONE out there to make a really good veggie dog. Is that asking too much?

Looks like a really fun place to go!

rosaria said...

They know their stuff! A hot dog takes you back to childhood, the ballpark, the sticky fries, the rush of baseball and summer fun.

Jen said...

Sometimes these "hole-in-the- wall" places are surprisingly great!Who doesn't like a hot dog once in a while??

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Looks like my kinda place Eva!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Great hot dogs AND whoopie pies! That is so my kind of place.

We have a great hot dog joint here called Pinks. And like you, I hit it about 4 times a year.... but no pies.

Have a great week, Eva.

Happy SMIC, jj

Clipped Wings said...

Sounds delicious and actually a bit southern with the whoopie pies.

Pat said...

I love a good hot dog! I've never heard of fried onions on a hot dog before but I guess why not? A Chicago hot dog throws on lettuce, cucumber or pickle AND celery salt. Yum!

tsonodablog said...

Nothing like a good hot dog! As usual, I'm jealous. I'm gonna go cook now....

Keetha Broyles said...

I just LOVE these kinds of hometown eateries. SOOOOO glad you shared yours with us today.

Al Penwasser said...

Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valle, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Langella, Frank Oz, Frank Zappa, Frank N. Stein....
All those famous franks and a good meal. What's not to love?

Reeni said...

I love hole in the wall places like this! We have a similar hot dog place but they don't serve up yummy desserts like this one!

EmptyNester said...

OMG Eva, y'all have the best places to eat! Down here, the places that look like a hole in the wall? Are the absolute BEST places to eat- much better than the fancy smancy places that over charge you for snooty service.

Eva Gallant said...

HomemakerMan: You need to stop at Bolley's sometime when you're in Maine.

Rosaria: Exactly!

Jen: Gotta' love a good hot dog!

kt: Whoopie pies are the official Maine dessert!

Terri: I'm glad my Sunday posts get you cooking. lol

Unknown Mami said...

My BIL would love that place. He loves him some wieners.