Louis' Lunch and Pepe's Pizza, two of the stops on any serious eater's road trip from New York up I-95 to Cape Cod.

I am currently wrapping up a week of vacation on Cape Cod—Martha's Vineyard, to be exact. We drove up earlier this week. This post is about all the good food I have discovered en route from New York City to Cape Cod. From burgers to pizza, hot dogs to fried clams, there are plenty of serious eats to be had on the road from New York to Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Consider the following:

Walter's Hot Dogs (Mamaroneck, New York)

A Westchester institution, Walter's is the only hot dog stand in America that looks like a pagoda. There's nothing Asian about Walter's hot dogs, which are a tasty blend of pork, beef, and get this, veal. 937 Palmer Avenue, Mamaroneck NY 10543; waltershotdogs.com

Johnny's (Mount Vernon, New York)

It may be hard to find, but Johnny's fine thin-crusted pizza is worth the effort. Good heroes here as well. Whole pies only. 30 West Lincoln Avenue, Mt. Vernon NY 10550

Pepe's Pizza (Fairfield, Connecticut)

The lines at the Fairfield Pepe's may be just as long as those at the original branch in New Haven, but the pizza is every bit as good. 238 Commerce Drive, Fairfield CT 06825

Super Duper Weenie (Fairfield, Connecticut)

Connecticut is fertile territory for hot dog lovers, and Super Duper Weenie makes a mighty fine grilled hot dog. 306 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield CT; superduperweenie.com

Louis' Lunch (New Haven, Connecticut)

Who cares if Louis' Lunch really served the first hamburger in America? The burgers are unique, served on toast smeared with a Cheese Whiz–like spread and cooked on what can only be described as a vertical antique version of the George Foreman grill. 261-263 Crown Street, New Haven CT 06510

Pepe's Pizza and Modern (New Haven, Connecticut)

If you're a serious eater you know all about Pepe's in New Haven (157 Wooster Street, New Haven CT 06511). You might not know Modern, which serves a fine pie baked in an oven fueled by oil. (874 State Street, New Haven CT 06511)

Al Forno (Old Saybrook, Connecticut)

Not the grilled pizza emporium in Providence, Rhode Island, but the New Haven-style pizza place in a nondescript shopping center right off Exit 66 on Route 95. 1654 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook CT 06475

Sea Swirl (Mystic, Connecticut)

If you're looking for a fine clam roll, Sea Swirl is your kind of place. And the fish sandwich is pretty darn good as well. 30 Williams Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut 06355; seaswirlofmystic.com


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