The hot (dog) days of summer

Dog Daze Café (713 Danbury Road)

Dog Daze Café, owned by Jesse Cipollone, is entering its second year as one of Wilton’s special summer experiences. Operating out of a roadside stand across from the banks of the Norwalk River near the Little League fields, Mr. Cipollone’s business focuses on using fresh ingredients from his family’s farm in Barthel, N.Y.

Already, his hamburgers are topped with tomatoes grown at the farm, and jars of his family’s jams and pickles line the stand’s shelves.

More of his vegetables are coming in “little by little” as the season progresses, Mr. Cipollone said, and he has plans to add “lots of vegetable-only products for local vegans.”

New items for this year’s season include a BBQ pulled pork sandwich for $7, and a wide array of specialty hot dogs —from the BLT dog to a Bayou dog — run from $3 to $4.50.

Already this year’s favorite is the new Wilton dog, which is topped with chili, cheese, bacon, and onions, and costs $4.50.

Heibeck's Stand (951 Danbury Road)

Heibeck’s Stand, across the street from Caraluzzi’s Market in the Georgetown section of Wilton, was first opened by co-owner Bobbie Heibeck’s grandmother in 1931 who served coffee made from the fresh spring water that flowed behind the roadside eatery.

Though the coffee today isn’t quite as locally sourced, the stand still places emphasis on its wide selection of all-natural ice cream (more than two dozen flavors), homemade sauces, and high-quality entrees.

Ms. Heibeck and her son, Skylar Smith, have owned the stand since Mr. Smith began college three years ago. A longtime Georgetown resident, Ms. Heibeck owns the Studio B hair salon next door, and her father and brother own and operate Heibeck Motors.

Among this year’s new offerings at Heibeck’s are a quinoa burger for $5.95, and fish and chips for $10.95.

Heibeck’s backdoor patio is BYOB, and offers live music on Sunday afternoons.