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Relish Flo’s Steamed Hot Dogs in Cape Neddick, Maine

Flo's Steamed Hot Dogs in Cape Neddick, Maine (photo by Ernie Paciorkowski)

Flo’s Steamed Hot Dogs in Cape Neddick, Maine (photo by Ernie Paciorkowski)

Flo’s Steamed Hot Dogs in Cape Neddick, Maine, might sound like a strange dining choice in an area known for its seafood. We’d certainly opt for lobster over a hot dog, but sometimes the budget and taste preference of the moment calls for a good, old-fashioned steamed hot dog.

America’s long-time love for the hot dog can certainly be fully realized at this southern coastal Maine dive on Route 1 where the lines in the summer often result in a 15 to 30 minute wait. Plus, how can you go wrong with a meal that comes in at around $3? That’s true cheap eats!

The limited dining space inside and picnics tables outside don’t impede business at all and the service is famous for being pleasantly brusque. That’s all part of the Flo’s tradition since 1959 — no upgrades, extensive employee management trainee programs or modernization needed here!

The last time I had a Flo’s Hot Dog was at its former Kittery, Maine, location, and the steamed hot dog within a tasty soft bun really satisfied.  For many, the legendary “famous secret hot dog relish” makes the hot dog even that much better. Let’s be realistic, however: many New England restaurants and road stands turn out an excellent hot dog, equal to or not too far behind the quality of Flo’s. So, don’t travel two hours to make a special trip just to Flo’s — just go here as part of your southern coastal Maine vacation.

Part of the Flo’s tradition is ordering a Moxie soft drink to complement the steamed hot dog. Moxie is a locally-made drink, slightly bitter tasting but eternally popular in Maine. There’s even a Moxie Museum in Union, Maine, dedicated to this slightly weird-tasting concoction!

In summary, Flo’s certainly cuts the mustard when looking for a satisfying cheap eats experience — or for those always in search of the best hot dogs.

Flo’s is located at 1359 Route 1 in Cape Neddick, ME. Flo’s is open year round, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., but closed on Wednesdays  

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