Casey’s Diner in downtown Natick, Massachusetts is largely responsible for my love of hot dogs. I’ve been dining at the iconic Worcester Lunch Car since 1969 and not a thing (other than the location of the diner) has changed. The dogs are hot, the atmosphere cozy, and the condiments are served “All Around.”
Casey’s Diner is ALWAYS the last stop on the National Hot Dog Month Tour. It’s status as the oldest continuously operated family diner in the USA aside, the biggest reason I like the place is the hot dogs. The kettle steamed Old Neighborhood Franks on steamed buns with mustard, onion, and relish is what I grew up with. For me, Casey dogs are the standard by which all other hot dogs are measured.
Casey’s Diner has a new website
4th generation hot dog man Pat Casey is trying to take the family business into the next 100 years. He has big plans. He also started a new Casey’s Diner website. Pat’s daughter just turned 16, so we may be seeing her working the counter soon as the 5th generation of the Casey family keeps Natick patrons stuffed on steamed dogs and their delicious burgers. I hope the place never closes, there just aren’t many joints like Casey’s Diner left. If you’re ever in Natick, stop in for two “All Around,” and tell Pat “the Hotdogman sent me.
Pat loves his work and loves goofing around. His antics in past Hot Dog Stories have been amusing. I’ve done my fair share of “historical looks” at Casey’s Diner, so when we dreamed up something fun for this year’s visit, Pat was all over it!
Enjoy the video!
I shoot Hot Dog Stories with a Kodak Zi8 camera with an Audio Technica ATR288W VHF Battery-Powered TwinMic Microphone System, a Flip Ultra HD camera, and a 60″tripod. I edit with Cyberlink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate. I will also take some stills with my new Canon EOS Rebel Camera.