Originally posted by alesrus
Originally posted by aleswench
I'd enjoy going back to any of the places from last year as well as some new ones - maybe a combination of both be good.
With Mr Fox as our guide here are the spots (old and new) I would like to visit.
not in any order
Galloping Hill Inn ( the roll and the dog )
Syds ( the Dog )
Tabatchniks (never been here)
Manny's (Must compare Plainfield style to Paterson style)
Karl Ehmer's ( never been here and would like to take home some brats and dogs)
seafarer john, I think we could do a whole day of Paterson style dogs.
This sounds like what I had in mind. A good mixture of old and new. I've only been to Karl Ehmer's once, but I was really impressed. Their hot dogs (in both styles) are as good as anyone's. I know that they would be liked by the group. After hitting the Union places, we could either go directly to Karl Ehmer's and maybe hit Rutt's on the way back, or go to Rutt's first as it is 3 to 5 minutes off the Parkway, if we decide to go there. Incidentally, on the way back to the Parkway from Rutt's, about 2 minutes away, is a Falls View location. They serve a Texas Weiner , and you have the choice of getting it deep fried or char grilled. The dog is a Thumann's griller, which is really not what other Texas Weiner places use. But it is on the way back to the Parkway whether you are going north to Ehmer's or south back to Union.
German style dogs are available at GHI and Karl Ehmers. Kosher dogs are available at Tabatchnik's, kosher style at Syd's and Ehmer's, Texas Weiners at Manny's, Frank & Fries, Falls View, and Hot Grill. Italian Hot Dogs are available at Charlies Famous about 2 miles down the road from GHI or Tommy's about 3 miles away in Elizabeth. All of the places serve natural casing dogs with the exception of the Italian Hot Dog places which do serve skinless dogs. At Charlies, you can get a plain boiled (in beer) skinless all beef hot dog.
At Tabatchnik's you can buy their dogs to take home. They are Empire Kosher with a collagen casing; the finest kosher dog I've tasted. They are big, 1/3 of a lb, so I suggest sharing if we go here. We went here and to Syd's recently with a few people from another website, and they wound up buying sandwiches and other food to take home. It is a kosher style deli a few doors down from Syd's. And you can buy as little as one dog to take home.
At Karl Ehmer's, you can buy any of their dogs or other sausages to take home. Last weekend I attended a beer festival in Pennsylvania. They served sausages from Karl Ehmers. They weren't all labelled, so I asked about one in particular that was very tasty. It turned out to be Andouille with cheese. Delicious. I'll be going back soon to buy some of this.
At Rutt's you can buy their relish and they will sell their hot dogs at $5.00 per lb. Syd's also sells their dogs for about the same price, although I haven't bought them there. I'm sure that I can convince the owner to sell you as little as one to bring home if you wish. I live close enough to where they're made, so I get them from the source, but if you enjoy them, you may want to bring a cooler with ice and buy some at Syd's. Most of the Texas Weiner places sell their chili sauce. Falls View sells their dogs by the pack, which are THumann's Grillers with a Falls View label. They are also made specially for them. Same recipe as Thumann's grillers, but without the smoke. Good, but I prefer the regular Thumann's.
The good thing about hitting a lot of places is that they are fairly close to each other and I can call ahead and have them prepare the dogs when we get close. Also, we have the option at the first place (Galloping Hill Inn) of running 2 miles down the road to try an Italian Hot Dog at Charlies before we actually get on the bus if some people are desiring to try an Italian Hot Dog. Maybe we can meet a little early and run down in someone's car. We did an Italian Hot Dog last time and not everyone might want to do it again.