Open 24h

Number plate

  • Deputy Dog
    Deputy Dog

    - BBQ Pulled Pork
    - Cheddar Cheese
    / Price: $5.00/

  • Dog Father
    Dog Father

    - Peppers
    - Mozzarella Cheese
    - Marinara Sauce
    / Price: $5.00 /

  • Under Dog
    Under Dog

    - Bacon
    - Cheese
    / Price: $5.00/

  • Chicago Dog
    Chicago Dog

    - Mustard, Relish,
    - Pickle, Tomato,
    - Sport Pepper (HOT)
    - Celery Salt
    / Price: $5.00 /


Business Hours

                                                                                     Winter Hours

MON: 11:30 - 2:30 PM
TUE: 11:30 - 3:00 PM
WED: 11:30  3:00 PM
THU: 11:30 -7:00 PM
FRI: 11:30 -7:00 PM
   SAT: 12:00 7:00  pm   

 SUN: open for dolphin games and special events

at the X L Center

12:00 - ?










Woody's is a Hartford icon who's humble beginnings started in 1977 as a hot dog and ice cream vending truck. Woody's was Established by Gary and Cindy Wood, an ambitious couple who left their successful jobs as a restaurant manager (Gary) and a counselor (Cindy).


We started by purchasing a vending truck, which we drove all over the city of Hartford. What's funny is the vending truck's bell didn't ring, so we would drive around Hartford banging on the bell with a crowbar.


We then upgraded to New York style pushcarts which were centered in downtown Hartford around the carousel in historical Bushnell Park. Gary designed this cart with a grill and fryer. We offered an array of fixings for our hotdogs. We were the first to offer cheese on our hotdogs, then we created our own special relish . You can view the array of hotdogs on our hotdog menu . Our business really took off when a newspaper ran a favorable article on Woody's delicious hotdog selection. We then expanded to eight carts.


We moved into our first restaurant called the Coffee Garden in the old Hartford Hilton on Ford Street. We then moved to Main Street and have been at this downtown location for eighteen years now.


We offer top quality footlong all beef hotdogs. When we travel, we always make a point of trying out the local hotdogs and other dishes to get ideas to bring back to Connecticut. An example is our delicious Philly Dog, which is a twist of Philadelphia's Philly Steak. Once we develop a delicious combination, we then brain-storm to form a catchy name to capture the character of the hotdog.


We are very active in the community. We have participated with projects sponsored by Hartford Proud and Beautiful, the Riverfront Recapture, the Boys and Girls Club, and the annual Taste of Hartford.


We are also excited about the recently opened Adrian's Landing and the Connecticut Convention Center, and invite the many tourists from around the world to dine at our establishment. We guarantee you a fun and delicious experience that will make your visit memorable.


Owning a hot dog restaurant is fun and a business where you can be yourself. Our customers enjoy eating here. We have an extensive Miami Dolphins display . We are diehard fans due to our winter stay in Miami back during our pushcart days. Also try your luck with free spins on our slot machine, or find the key to our treasure chest where you can win a free hotdog lunch or the lucky prize of the day.


Our Business
Woody's has been operating in downtown Hartford for 40 years since 1977

Thursday, March 31, 2014

Hartford Food Guy Reviews: Woody's

We've written about our fondness for Woody's before in our Sad City Lunch Guide, but with baseball Opening Day (and a snowstorm) upon us we thought it would be appropriate to have the Hartford Food Guy give us a real in depth review of Hartford's favorite hot dog spot.

On another Opening Day note, Mr. Trophy, a Hartford business for 50 years has agreed to sponsor with two trophies the Sad City Fantasy Baseball Championship which features Councilman Cotto, Chion Wolf, CT Law Blogger's Ryan, J.Mac from HPSU, Jumper, and Hakaan playing against Sad City readers for the title.

With games slated to start at 1, Woody's might be a great place to grab a dog and see the first pitch today.

Two things convinced me to start writing this blog. The first was Anthony Bourdain, or more accurately my talent (I think) for wrtiting in a style similar to the way he narrates No Reservations. While I don't pretend to know even 10% of what he knows about food, I do think I can weave background history and obscure information into a narrative at least as well as he can.

The second was Adam Richman and his show, Man vs Food, and more particularly the fact that he filmed part of an episode at Woody's in Downtown, Hartford. I do at least pretend to know about as much about food as Adam Richman and the fact that he chose to film at one of my favorite places convinced me that there was an audience for the type of writing I do on this blog.

Last weekend my wife was out of town so I spent a chunk of Saturday afternoon at Woody's. Unlike even Broastaurant (see below), Woody's isn't a restaurant. It is really an indoor hot dog truck with a small sports bar attached to the back. That is in no way an insult, as Woody's is one of the best hot dog establishments around and it is certainly my favorite by a very wide margin.

Several things make Woody's stand out. The first are the dogs. They are good quality, reasonably priced, and fast off the grill - a great combination. The second are the people. Woody, his wife Cindy, and their crew are hard workers who not only serve up dogs at a fast pace and keep up a lively banter with their customers, they are also excellant people. The third is the place. Woody's is crammed with whacky trinkets, Hartford nostelga, interesting Miami Dolphins memorabilia, and (now) pictures of Adam Richman and other Man vs Food paraphenelia. Put it all together and you have a great little spot at which to have a dog (or two) and a casual conversation with friends on both sides of the counter.

While you won't go wrong if you order a simple hot dog, the stars of Woody's menu are its 12 specialty dogs, known as Woody's Posse, led by the now world famous (thanks to Adam Richman) Deputy Dog, which is a hot dog with BBQ pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and Cheddar Cheese on top. I've had almost the whole posse and on my most recent trip I had a Deputy Dog and a Philly Dog (a regular hot dog slathered with cheese, mushrooms, and grilled onions & peppers). The Philly is very tasty and the condiments provide a nice contrast to the dog, but the Deputy Dog is really the king of the menu (or at least the sheriff of the posse). The pulled pork is locally made, fresh, and outstanding and the BBQ sauce and cheese do wonders for both the pulled pork and the dog (:> x 10). I also like Reuben Dog (hot dog with Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut, & Swiss cheese).

Woody's also has 2 kinds of delicious (and amazingly unhealthy) curly fries, "regular" and "Cajun." I like the Cajun fries as they have some sort of spice/seasoning which gives them a nice kick.

Woody's also serves up a number of soft drinks (including locally made root beers, cherry sodas, and other specialty sodas and colas) and a good selection of beer, so you can compliment your dog(s) with just the right beverage. They also have other menu options (burgers and the like) but why anyone would go to Woody's and not order one of their delicious hot dogs is a mystery.

Thanks to Gary's love of the Dolphins and the addition of the sports bar, Woody's is now also a premiere Sunday afternoon spot in Hartford during the Fall and you will always find all the NFL games (especially Miami's) and a good crowd. It's a nice addition for the city and a good money maker for Gary and Cindy.

The next time you are Downtown, head over to Woody's and have a Deputy Dog, or a Dogfather, or just a good old fashioned plain hot dog. You won't find a better dog for many, many miles and you'll instantly become part of the fast growing Woody's Posse (thanks in no small part to Adam Richman and Man vs Food); two pretty good things.


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