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Side Dishes: Wieners on display; Up to Scuff


With New York Rep. Anthony Weiner in the news, wiener photos are more, er, prominent than ever. Shawn Lipinski, a supervisor at Burlington’s Kiss the Cook kitchenware store, conceived a Facebook competition that couldn’t be more of-the-moment. With the “Post Your Wiener Pic!” contest, Kiss the Cook is hoping fans will help elevate the hot dog to gourmet status.

“People think of hot dogs as so pedestrian, it just seemed like the perfect thing to go with,” says Lipinski. He recommends snapping the wieners in ethnic garb, with Thai- or Korean-style toppings. The participant judged to have the hottest dog will be selected on June 17 to receive a barbecue gift package and gift certificate.


Two new owners have taken the helm of the Scuffer Steak & Ale House on Church Street, and they envision a place where everybody knows your name.

“We really wanted to bring the price down and get back to the old Rusty Scuffer ways,” says Sam Handy, who purchased the place last month with Pat Stewart. The pair is poised to roll out a new menu heavy on comfort-food classics, such as pulled-pork sliders, lobster rolls and a broader range of steaks in the evenings. “We’re trying to bring back that ‘Cheers’ feeling,” says Handy.