It's a low slung, ramshackle stick in the mud that has been a legendary mecca with bikers, intellectuals, surfers, families, truckers, gourmets, travel writers and virtually everyone making a road trip through New England for half a century. It is the incomparable Flo's Steamed Hot Dogs stand in Cape Neddick, Maine. Bring your cash and appetite and don't expect a free wifi connection!
Pull in alongside the stand, right off US Route 1 North
A family owned and operated business, the famous stand turns fifty this year. If you decide to visit plan on ducking through the doorway if you are over six feet tall and be prepared to wait in line no matter when you arrive. This famous roadside stand has been written about, photographed and featured in virtually every major magazine in America.
Florence Stacy, well-known for her laconic style, quick wit and sharp tongue, bought the business in 1959 and operated it for 14 years. She eventually sold the business to her son and daughter-in-law, John and Gail Stacy, who have operated it ever since. The famous "hot sauce" relish is the claim to fame here, a secret family recipe since its inception.
Gail at work serving the dogs.
As you near the counter, Gail will ask a simple: "How many?" If you want to get a snicker from the crowd and be recognized as a neophyte then order just one. The standard order is three or four. As the steamed dogs are pulled out and plated you'll be asked: "What's on them?" If you want to be recognized as a true aficionado order yours "Flo's Way", that is smeared with mayonnaise and hot sauce.
Flo's hot dogs done "Flo's way,"
Just one visit and you will be hooked for life.
Flo's Hot Dogs
Wells, Maine (Cape Neddick)
Flo's is still proud that they have no telephone number.
Hours: 11:00am - 3:00 pm daily. Closed all day Wednesdays.