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Buster’s or bust: haunting a hot dog heaven

Monique Davis, 15, and Kimberly Gaity, 15, both sophomores at Bristol Central High School, enjoyed ice cream at Buster’s this summer. (Jen Plonski/YJI)

BRISTOL, Connecticut, U.S.A. — With a menu that delivers everything from Chihuahua Dogs to clam strips to maple walnut milkshakes, Buster’s Drive-In attracts many teenagers in and around Bristol.

Not only do people go for the great food, but also for the convenience of its Terryville Avenue location.
“I come here as often as I can,” said 11-year-old Jennifer Schoelwer of West Hartford’s King Philip Middle School. “I like the milkshakes and onion rings the best.”
Schoelwer said she started going to Buster’s two years ago because it’s on the way to her horseback riding lessons.
During a recent visit to Buster’s, two 15-year-olds from Bristol Central High School – Kim Gaity and Monique Davis — were eating chocolate-dipped ice cream cones.
Gaity said she started coming when she was six because she lives really close – and she still loves it.
As for the chocolate dipping on her twist cone, she said, ”I picked mine off. I don’t like it.”
The most popular thing sold at Buster’s, which opened years ago as a catering business intially, is its hotdogs with the secret recipe Michigan sauce.
But some prefer other food sold there.
Samantha Fraczek, an 11-year-old from Chippens Hill Middle School, said she favors the cheeseburgers and clam strips, which is what she was eating during a recent trip to the restaurant.
Some go to Buster’s because it’s nearby but some go because a fan endorses it.
Davis said she came for the first time when she was about five “’cause my dad liked it.”
“My mom just brought me here one day,” said Fraczek.

Jen Plonski is a Reporter for Youth Journalism International.

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