It goes without saying that South Boston treasures its traditions. One of these traditions is affectionately called “Sully’s.” For more than half a century, Sullivan’s on Castle Island has welcomed residents and visitors alike, serving beachside food to the multitudes that go there – to sun, swim, visit the fort, and of course to dine at Sully’s. Sully’s signature offering is a grilled hot dog – the scent is bewitching, but no one has successfully bottled it yet. In this writer’s (humble) opinion, the double cheeseburger is the apex of Sully’s menu.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, Sullivan’s opened for the year. The line exceeded 200, the counter was jam-packed, and the wait approached a half hour. But no one minded – it’s Sully’s, after all.

-Rick Winterson