Joe and Nemo US Map & Phone & Address

45 Bowdoin St. Boston; (617) 742-5242

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Joe and Nemo, the Hot Dog Kings is the full title and they do seem to hold the hot dog title in this town. Founders Joe Merlino and Anthony Nemo Colligero no longer run the show, but then, the original 50 red hots ain’t around anymore either. Today, behind the State House, sits the sole remaining outpost of a chain that once stretched from Scollay Square to Revere Beach.

What also remains are the steamed Pearl all-beef franks, in the crunchy natural-casing, for $1.40. For a quarter more, you can top your dog with chili or cheese. J & N also grills allbeef, quarter-pound hamburgers ($1.60), to which you can again add various condiments. In fact, a burger with chili and cheese at a whopping $2 is the king of the menu.

There’s something to be said for specialization; the franks are still terrific. For that true old-time experience, enjoy one while standing at a counter along the wall; there are no seats here. This is fast-food from before the phrase was invented. Open weekdays only, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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