Almost as soon as the list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts was announced at the State House on July 12, the second-guessing began. Even the Globe editorial pages weighed in on the choices. But we are here to say that Jack’s Hot Dog Stand -- one of 10 honorees in North Adams -- is the real deal. In business since 1917, Jack’s occupies a hole in the wall on Eagle Street practically around the corner from the North Adams Public Library (another honoree). A counter runs the length of the narrow space, with 12 stools for diners (though many more customers order take-out) and a hot dog bun warmer built into one end. The same company that manufactures the Fenway Frank also makes a hot dog exclusively for Jack’s from a recipe developed by an earlier generation of owners.
Jack’s dogs are best eaten topped with cheese and a mildly spicy all-meat chili. But it’s probably wise to stick with plain dogs if you want to try to beat the current record of 25 consumed in one hour. If you succeed, the hot dogs are on the house. Failure isn’t costly -- a plain dog is only 95 cents.
Jack’s Hot Dog Stand, 12 Eagle St., North Adams; 413-664-9006, www.jackshotdogstand.com. Closed Sunday.
Posted by Patricia Harris and David Lyon
Photos by David Lyon for the Boston Globe.