Our No. 6 stop brought us to Papaya King
in Clifton, NJ just a short walk from The Getty Ave. Grill.
Chris is ready for his hot dog close-up, Mr. DeMille!
We ordered the all-beef Sabrett with sauerkraut and onion sauce just like they have in NYC. I know Chris really liked this but I was not a fan at all. The onion sauce tasted somewhat acrid to me and after two bites I was done and threw the rest out.
I wasn't crazy about the papaya drink either, partly because it wasn't ice cold which I really feel is how there drinks should be served. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a huge fan of Gray's Papaya in NYC and not of Papaya King. They do essentially the same thing but it's just personal preference I guess.
And finally, stop No. 7 at Rutt's Hut
in Clifton, NJ for their very well renowned deep fried hot dog and relish!
We skipped the sit down dining area to chow down in true Hot Dog Tour/Roadfood fashion standing up at the counters.
Chris and I had discussed this ahead of time and decided to split a "ripper" and a "cremator". He offered to pay as he said he had been here before and thought I might not like it being my first visit and all. I was totally up for trying anything new! We first split the ripper in half and I tried it first without the relish to get a sense of what the unadorned dog was like. Loved the deep fried greasiness and gnarly texture of it, however I did not love the flavor that the oil had imparted to the dog. It had an old, oily flavor for a lack of better terms and it just didn't sit right with me. I slathered on some relish and it was a marked improvement. That relish really was awesome and I could see it going on just about anything! Sweet, with a nice mustard tang. As much as I loved it, to me, a condiment shouldn't be used to "cover up" flavors I don't like but rather to work in partnership with them and bring out the flavors I do like.
Ohhh, cremator! Chris was right on when he mentioned over-cooked bacon and Chic-O-Sticks in terms of the texture. No puny plastic knife was going to pierce this baby! By itself I did enjoy the crunch (sort of reminded me of cracklins sans the smoky flavor) and with relish on top was god too but the oily flavor still got in the way.
Foodosaurus and Dave shared their plate of onion rings with us and as you might guess from the picture below this one I really loved them.. I only wish I had thought to try them with some of that fabulous relish! I totally get why this place has such appeal and why people love the dogs but the definitely weren't for me but I am sure glad that I tried them.
Our group shot at the end of the day. A gaggle of very happy, well-fed hot dog heads!
From left to right: Chris (ayersian
, John Fox
, Coney Island Lou
I can't thank John Fox and Benzee enough for putting this together for the past 7 years! You guys are amazing! Ellen, it was so good to meet up with you again! Chris, it it always a pleasure to break bread with you and the donuts were lip-smackingly good, as always! Please give my best to Amy and I'll be working on that NYC Tour ASAP. Foodosaurus and Dave, A real pleasure and well be chowing together soon enough, I'm sure. Natalie, you are a stitch! Keep that great vibe! Lou, thanks so much for putting all of the effort into the t-shirts. Our drivers did a great job of getting us all around for some tasty dogs and I also really wanted to thank all of the restaurant owners for welcoming us into your establishments and filling our bellies with some most tasty tube steaks!
"Eating is an adventure, enjoy the ride!"-billyboy, 2010