Ease Into the Dog Days of Summer with These Hot Dog Events Around Boston

From free Fenway Franks, to a week-long sausage crawl around Camberville.


Photo provided by Roxy’s/A4cade

If you, like esteemed former governor Mitt Romney, love a good hot dog, you are in luck. Regular Wiener Wednesday specials continue at Haley.Henry Wine Bar and Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant, while the humble hot dog takes center stage at several events coming up soon around Greater Boston.

From free Fenway Franks courtesy of Kayem this week, to the second annual Camberville Hot Dog Crawl, check out these summertime sausage specials.

Burgers and Beers at the Butcher Shop

Every Monday and Tuesday this month, the Butcher Shop chef Michele Carter is dishing out different burgers and the Chicago-style, hot dog a la maison to pair with thirst-quenching beers. Try the signature dish—a hot dog nestled in a Parker House bun, topped with bread-and-butter pickled fennel and whole grain mustard—while checking off a summer passport visit to the Butcher Shop. The $18 special is on the menu every Monday and Tuesday through July 31.

552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com.

Bronwyn Hot Dog Week 2018

It’s always a good day to order a sausage at Bronwyn, with a house-made frankfurter, bratwurst, and more always available. But beginning Tuesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 22, chef Tim Wiechmann doubles down on ’dogs with a week of specials. From the Surf & Turfdog—a footlong frankfurter topped with fried scallops and lemon rèmoulade—to Sunday’s double kielbasadog, Hot Dog Week spans the globe with fun flavors.

255 Washington St., Somerville, 617-776-9900, bronwynrestaurant.com, Facebook.

Free Fenway Franks from Kayem

Do not be alarmed at the sight of life-sized hot dogs pedaling around the city this week: It’s just local meat-maker Kayem’s annual National Hot Dog Day promotion. Returning Wednesday, July 18 in downtown Boston and Thursday, July 19 in Kendall Square, the Chelsea-based company is handing out complimentary Fenway Franks and more prizes from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Take a break to track down free lunch, and the chance to win Red Sox tickets, a Kayem-branded grilling kit, a year’s supply of the best meat, and more.

Wednesday, July 18, 11:30-3 p.m.,11 Summer St., Boston; Thursday, July 19, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 555 Technology Square, Cambridge, kayem.com.

Hot Dog Fridays with Moody’s Back Bay

To kick off a new lunch series in Copley Square, the Moody’s Deli crew is teaming up with Rhode Island’s Gastro’s Craft Meats on Friday, July 20, on a pop-up hot dog stand outside in the 500 Boylston Street courtyard. The first collab menu features a heritage pork hot dog with ketchup, relish, mustard, sauerkraut, and onion; a Texas-style hot link with coleslaw and creole mustard; and a maple bierwurst with bacon jam and rosemary Dijon. Going forward, keep an eye on the evolving Hot Dog Fridays lineup on Instagram.

Friday, July 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and future Fridays, 500 Boylston St. courtyard, Boston, moodysboston.com.

Camberville Hot Dog Crawl

If Major League Eater Joey Chestnut can eat 74 hot dogs in one sitting, you can try to have four in one week. A group of Cambridge and Somerville businesses are challenging you to just that: The Camberville Hot Dog Crawl returns July 23-29, with stops at Roxy’s/A4cade, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, the Automatic, and new this year, Buenas Maxi Kiosko at Bow Market. All four spots will have vegetarian options, as well. To participate, pick up a hot dog crawl card from any of the hosts, then have it stamped after eating the special ’dog. Try to catch them all in one night, or spread out the fun. At the end of the week, turn in your completed passport for a chance to win raffle prizes. Hot dog specials will be on the menus all week long, but there will be sausage-filled parties, too, from a kickoff brunch at Trina’s to a week-ending wiener roast on the Automatic patio. Stay in the loop on Facebook.

July 23-July 29, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, 292 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, and other locations, Facebook.