On Monday July 14th, I made a return visit to Dickie Dee's in Newark, NJ. They claim to have invented the Italian Hot Dog here.
I was there once before a few years or so back.
I arrived about 6:30 pm, not even sure if they were still going to be open. I see their hours are VERY fair. They are open till 9 pm during the week, and 10 pm on weekends.
Located on Bloomfield Ave, off Garden State Parkway, exit 148, in the "good" part of Newark.
DICKIE DEE'S, Newark, NJ
(note the BBQ restaurant across the street, more on that later)
DICKIE DEE'S double dog ($5.60) (good deal compared to other places)
Not the best hot dog pic... I somehow thought it came out better
I asked if they used either Best's brand or Sabrett's hot dogs, and I was told they use Best's. There were 2 workers in there, (and judging from his confident mannerisms, one of them appeared to be the owner himself) Pleasant, accomodating service.
I did have to fight off a dirty old man drunk ahead of me in line, who kept asking if I wanted a Lexus. He was so drunk he asked the assumed owner for a Dewars and soda to go along with his hot dog. (no liquor in that joint, guy!)
This next pic I call "POTATO MOUNTAIN" !!
Ever see potatoes piled this high before, John Fox?!? Roadfooders?!?
Is this normal? They were a little too dry tasting for my own personal tastes. I prefer a little juicier/greasier. (the "wrong" way, I guess) I like to see those potatoes swimming in grease!
It was comforting to see an old Roadfood excerpt on Dickie Dee's from Jane and Michaels book!!
I noticed big crowds in the Bloomfield BBQ across the street.
Went inside and saw lots of chicken and ribs spinning around.
This hot dog served as my appetizer. I washed it down with Chicken Savoy from the Belmont Tavern, also on Bloomfield Ave, (with the nicer sounding Belleville town name)
On the way back to my AC area, I wanted to see what replaced our beloved SYD'S HOT DOGS in UNION/VAUXHALL.
SYD'S in NOW this:
and we can get these all over the place, but SYD'S was irreplacable!
And now instead of TABATCHNICK'S DELI, we have yet another STAPLES!!
Sorry to say, this kind of stuff does make my long for the good ol' days!!! (back when there were more mom & pop joints around!)
well at least that old time newpaper/magazine store is still there!
I always liked that place.
Well, before, this shopping center had CHARACTER!!
Now, it just looks like anywhere else.