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John Fox

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Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Tue, 03/30/10 8:13 PM (permalink)
An upcoming episode of the Travel Channel's Food Wars will feature the 2 most well known makers of the signature Newark style Italian Hot Dog, Jimmy Buff's and Dickie Dees. This popular sandwich was invented by James Raccioppi who later founded Jimmy Buff's in Newark, N.J. in 1932. It consists of one or two beef hot dogs (a single or double) topped with mustard, peppers, onions, and potatoes. The ingredients are fried in oil and put in pizza bread, which is Italian bread baked in a pizza oven that resembles a pita. The result is a delicious sandwich that is to North Jersey what the Cheesesteak is to South Philly.
 
The popularity of this sandwich grew and others began making it. Dickie Dees and Ting-A-Ling's became the most well known of Buff's competitors. Ting-A-Ling's is gone, but Dickie Dees is still going strong. Today there are around a dozen or so places that specialize in Italian Hot Dogs. Many pizzerias also make them.
 
I've sampled many Italian Hot Dogs. Jimmy Buff's makes the best. Not only the original, but the best as well. I am happy to have been picked as a "superfan". I will be on the program and will compare the 2 sandwiches blindfolded. Then I will pick the best one. I am most confident that it will be Jimmy Buff's. Dickie Dees will have their "superfan". There will also be 3 impartial judges. The five of us will pick the best Italian Hot Dog.
 
The episode will be aired sometime in June. Should be fun. See here for a little history of the Italian Hot Dog.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQHPM9JtIY
 
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    buffetbuster

    Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Tue, 03/30/10 8:33 PM (permalink)
    John, as soon as I saw the title, I knew you would be picked as the SuperFan.  Good luck to Jimmy Buff's and I am looking forward to watching the episode.
     
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      Buffalo Tarheel

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      Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Tue, 03/30/10 9:07 PM (permalink)
      John,
       
      I too am looking forward to watching that episode.  Thanks for letting us know about it.
       
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        Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Tue, 03/30/10 10:39 PM (permalink)
        Tonight's episode from Minneapolis was lamest one yet.  Thank goodness we have John Fox and Jimmy Buff to look forward to. 
         
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          Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 03/31/10 12:32 AM (permalink)
          Really looking forward to seeing you on the show. I immediately thought of you when I heard they were doing a NJ Italian Hot Dog war show.
           
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            Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 03/31/10 9:37 AM (permalink)
            That's great! I'm a big fan of that show. I did enjoy last nights episode with the jucy lucy's, they looked amazing.
             
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              Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 03/31/10 10:57 AM (permalink)
              I will be looking forward to the Jersey dog show with even more anticipation. Thanks for letting us know about it, sir.
               
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                MiamiDon

                Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 04/1/10 7:49 AM (permalink)
                Does anyone know when this episode will be on?
                 
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                  ConeyIslandLou

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                  Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 04/1/10 8:24 AM (permalink)
                  AWESOME John! Whens the taping?   When you are talking to the producers, you should mention the Tour.....a hundred times...or at least wear one of the shirts
                   
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                    Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 04/1/10 8:43 AM (permalink)
                    Great news John Fox!!!  Looking forward to the show.
                     
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                      John Fox

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                      Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 04/1/10 2:45 PM (permalink)
                      The show will be taped sometime at the end of April and will be shown in June.
                       
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                        Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Fri, 04/2/10 9:38 PM (permalink)
                        Hello all ,

                        Congrats John , Certainly a well deserved honor , keep us posted and throw a plug in there for the 7th annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour in Sept if you get a chance

                        Benzee
                         
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                          John Fox

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                          Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 04/15/10 8:01 PM (permalink)
                          Filming for the Italian Hot Dog episode of Food Wars will be Wednesday, April 28th. We need people to come out and support Jimmy Buffs. Come on down from 4 PM until 8 PM at Jimmy Buff's East Hanover location.  354 Route 10 West and River Rd.
                           
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                            John Fox

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                            Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Fri, 04/23/10 6:09 AM (permalink)
                            Taping for the Italian Hot Dog episode has been delayed indefinitely due to an illness to Camille Ford, the host of the show. I'll post when the new dates are announced.
                             
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                              Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 05/5/10 5:54 PM (permalink)
                              yeah, its hard to replace her
                               
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                                Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 05/5/10 7:05 PM (permalink)
                                sk bob


                                yeah, its hard to replace her
                                 


                                I guess she would rather a burger in Wisconsin


                                 
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                                  big g in joisey

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                                  Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 05/6/10 12:12 PM (permalink)
                                  Dickie Dee's & Jimmy Buffs two of the best, it would be great if they included Tommy's in Elizabeth and Charlie's Famous in Kenilworth for the best Italian hotdog.
                                   
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                                    Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 05/6/10 12:17 PM (permalink)
                                    John Fox


                                    Taping for the Italian Hot Dog episode has been delayed indefinitely due to an illness to Camille Ford, the host of the show. I'll post when the new dates are announced.


                                    Any update on the filming? I can't wait to see this episode.
                                     
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                                      Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 05/6/10 12:27 PM (permalink)
                                      John, the fact is, after seeing pictures and reading descriptions of the Italian hotdog I had not the slightest interest in even trying one. After watching that video, I really can't wait to get one. Thank you.
                                       
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                                        Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 05/6/10 12:53 PM (permalink)
                                        Michael Hoffman


                                        John, the fact is, after seeing pictures and reading descriptions of the Italian hotdog I had not the slightest interest in even trying one. After watching that video, I really can't wait to get one. Thank you.



                                        Jimmy Buff


                                        Oh man I grow up on push cart dog dogs and Jimmy buff Italian hotdog from West Orange, NJ.
                                         
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                                          Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 05/6/10 12:55 PM (permalink)
                                          John, the fact is, after seeing pictures and reading descriptions of the Italian hotdog I had not the slightest interest in even trying one. After watching that video, I really can't wait to get one. Thank you.


                                          Michael, You don't know what you're missing.  I was raised eating IHD's and can't imagine life without them.  I don't eat them so often these days - health concerns, of course.  But every so often, I will endulge myself in the guilty pleasure of those 2 perfect dogs nessled into a fresh pizza bread with a few sweet peppers, tasty onions and fried potatoes on top.  Oh and I can't forget the mustard on inside of the bread.  It makes the sandwich.
                                          Funny story, a co worker from Barbados had never had an IHD.  I talked hgim into trying one and he hated it.  He on the other hand talked me into eating a Roti.  I almost barfed.  I guess it is all in what you are used to.
                                           
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                                            John Fox

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                                            Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Thu, 05/6/10 8:31 PM (permalink)
                                            An Italian Hot Dog is my favorite thing in the world to eat. More of a meal than just a hot dog. And my idea of of a balanced meal. Bread, meat, vegetables, and potatoes; what more can you want?

                                            I spoke with a producer of the show today. Filming was delayed for a couple of reasons. There are still a few minor details to be ironed out, but they hope to film soon. Unfortunately there won't be any new episodes shown until August.

                                            I'm glad that the Travel Channel will have an episode on Italian Hot Dogs. A popular regional style that has been around for years, but isn't known outside of North Jersey. Even people who write about hot dogs aren't familiar with them, choosing instead to focus on the trendy new "haute dogs" which feature all kinds of toppings that should never see the light of day as far as I'm concerned. And as appetizing as an Italian Hot Dog looks, it tastes even better.

                                            I'll let you know when the filming will be as soon as I know.
                                            <message edited by John Fox on Thu, 05/6/10 9:03 PM>
                                             
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                                              John Fox

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                                              Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Fri, 05/7/10 8:25 AM (permalink)
                                              Michael Hoffman


                                              John, the fact is, after seeing pictures and reading descriptions of the Italian hotdog I had not the slightest interest in even trying one. After watching that video, I really can't wait to get one. Thank you.


                                              Here's another video:     http://vimeo.com/9039971
                                               
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                                                Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Fri, 05/7/10 9:25 AM (permalink)
                                                I have to concur with the esteemed Mr. Fox.  I had never heard of an Italian hot dog until I started reading Roadfood and I had never even come close to trying one until I went to Jimmy Buff's on the NJ Hot Dog Tour last fall.  Wow!!  The combination of textures and flavors was just wonderful.  The pizza bread was fresh and held up to all of the justly greasy filling.  Everything stuffed in there made perfect sense to me.  Looking forward to my next one!  Thanks, John.
                                                 
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                                                  John Fox

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                                                  Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Tue, 05/18/10 7:32 PM (permalink)
                                                  The Food Wars taping will be next Wednesday, May 26th from 5PM to 8PM at the Jimmy Buff's East Hanover Restaurant. Show up and be prepared to tell your favorite Jimmy Buff's story.

                                                  The actual tasting will be the next day at Miami Mike's on Rt 10 West, East Hanover. Thursday, May 26th starting at 6PM. Dickie Dees will not participate. It will be Jimmy Buff's vs. Charlies Famous.
                                                   
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                                                    Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 05/19/10 12:20 PM (permalink)
                                                    John Fox


                                                    The Food Wars taping will be next Wednesday, May 26th from 5PM to 8PM at the Jimmy Buff's East Hanover Restaurant. Show up and be prepared to tell your favorite Jimmy Buff's story.

                                                    The actual tasting will be the next day at Miami Mike's on Rt 10 West, East Hanover. Thursday, May 26th starting at 6PM. Dickie Dees will not participate. It will be Jimmy Buff's vs. Charlies Famous.


                                                    any idea why Dickie Dees will not be part of it?
                                                     
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                                                      John Fox

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                                                      Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 05/19/10 2:58 PM (permalink)
                                                      Yeah, but I'm not at liberty to say.
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Wed, 05/19/10 3:39 PM (permalink)
                                                        John Fox


                                                        Yeah, but I'm not at liberty to say.



                                                        Jimmy Buff's


                                                        Jimmy Buff's is my favorite anyway. Good luck to them.
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Sat, 05/29/10 12:55 AM (permalink)
                                                          The Jimmy Buff video has been deleted on the link!
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees Sat, 05/29/10 6:17 AM (permalink)
                                                             
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