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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 07/21/10 11:09 AM
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Has anyone tried the dogs at Sonic?

'A juicy, plump footlong hot dog topped with warm chili and melty cheese. Just $2.99* for a limited time."

I'd like to try them, because I do like Sonic. My first Sonic experience was in Texas I believe. We were on tour and they had 99 cent grilled cheeses and those colorful drinks.

While I'm talking, I like to talk about Stewart's Rootbeer. Don't visit their locations in Spotswood, NJ or Hamilton, NJ. They're HORRIBLE! First off, I used to visit Spotswood when I lived near there. I went a bunch of times with no problems. The last time my Girlfriend and I were there the place had SWARMS of fruit fly little gnat like bugs. The girl said she just sprayed too. Some dude was eating in there and they were swarming around him and he could care less. I never went back there again. The was the WORST I've seen any restaurant. I'm not exaggerating either.. I literally could see hundreds or thousands of the little bugs.

Next up the Hamilton location. The food was horrible. The Italian hot dog was over priced and very tiny. I think it only had one dog, maybe one piece of potato, I kind of forget, and hardly any peppers or onions if any at all. My Girlfriend and I both got one. She ate hers because she was hungry, but I threw mine away.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 07/21/10 12:30 PM
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Has anyone tried the dogs at Sonic?

'A juicy, plump footlong hot dog topped with warm chili and melty cheese. Just $2.99* for a limited time."

I'd like to try them, because I do like Sonic. My first Sonic experience was in Texas I believe. We were on tour and they had 99 cent grilled cheeses and those colorful drinks.



There's another thread on here that discusses the Sonic Foot Long Dog

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 07/21/10 11:49 PM
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Just one piece of potato? It seems there should be at least two pieces per hundred thousand fruit fly gnats.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/22/10 5:20 PM
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I'd like to try them, because I do like Sonic. My first Sonic experience was in Texas I believe. We were on tour and they had 99 cent grilled cheeses and those colorful drinks.

 
There are now Sonics in Green Brook, Hasbrouck Heights, Franklin, Park, and Totowa. Call to make sure the NJ stores have them. Greenbrook: 732-968-5000.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/22/10 5:34 PM
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I'd like to try them, because I do like Sonic. My first Sonic experience was in Texas I believe. We were on tour and they had 99 cent grilled cheeses and those colorful drinks.

 
There are now Sonics in Green Brook, Hasbrouck Heights, Franklin, Park, and Totowa. Call to make sure the NJ stores have them. Greenbrook: 732-968-5000.
http://www.myspace.com/njsonicdrivein





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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/22/10 5:36 PM
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Has anyone tried the dogs at Sonic?

'A juicy, plump footlong hot dog topped with warm chili and melty cheese. Just $2.99* for a limited time."

I'd like to try them, because I do like Sonic. My first Sonic experience was in Texas I believe. We were on tour and they had 99 cent grilled cheeses and those colorful drinks.

While I'm talking, I like to talk about Stewart's Rootbeer. Don't visit their locations in Spotswood, NJ or Hamilton, NJ. They're HORRIBLE! First off, I used to visit Spotswood when I lived near there. I went a bunch of times with no problems. The last time my Girlfriend and I were there the place had SWARMS of fruit fly little gnat like bugs. The girl said she just sprayed too. Some dude was eating in there and they were swarming around him and he could care less. I never went back there again. The was the WORST I've seen any restaurant. I'm not exaggerating either.. I literally could see hundreds or thousands of the little bugs.

Next up the Hamilton location. The food was horrible. The Italian hot dog was over priced and very tiny. I think it only had one dog, maybe one piece of potato, I kind of forget, and hardly any peppers or onions if any at all. My Girlfriend and I both got one. She ate hers because she was hungry, but I threw mine away.
 




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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/22/10 7:11 PM
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I've tried the Sonic foot-long. Not bad at all.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/22/10 9:14 PM
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Does anyone know the brand, content, weight, and whether the Sonic-purveyed dog is skinless or natural casing?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/22/10 9:47 PM
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Does anyone know the brand, content, weight, and whether the Sonic-purveyed dog is skinless or natural casing?

The Bear


Here's the info. It's a 1/4 # Beef & Pork Skinless. Click on Nutritional Calculator for details. Can't find the Manufacturer.
http://www.sonicdrivein.com/menu/viewRecipe.do?recipeId=1417062515&sectionId=314164

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/23/10 10:57 AM
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Russo's has a great pork and brocolli rabe sandwich. Also great hoagies. I love the bread also. One of the top 2 places in Wildwood. Unfortunately, they are only open in summer and fall. I haven't tried the new Tony Lukes in Wildwood. Have you?
 
I am not a fan of Maui dogs . Have you found one decent dog place in the area?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/23/10 7:44 PM
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Any good Italian Hot Dogs near Trenton, NJ? I heard of Casino Tony's, but looking at their website they close at 5:30pm? Their menu doesn't list an Italian Hot Dog, but their lunch menu does.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/23/10 7:45 PM
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I drove past the Sonic in Green Brook.. freakin packed like I said. My Aunt said it's been like that since they opened.. always packed. New Jersey was really needing Sonic. I only wish I was the the franchisee to bring it.

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yuppicide

I'd like to try them, because I do like Sonic. My first Sonic experience was in Texas I believe. We were on tour and they had 99 cent grilled cheeses and those colorful drinks.

 
There are now Sonics in Green Brook, Hasbrouck Heights, Franklin, Park, and Totowa. Call to make sure the NJ stores have them. Greenbrook: 732-968-5000.
http://www.myspace.com/njsonicdrivein




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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 07/24/10 6:28 AM
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Russo's has a great pork and brocolli rabe sandwich. Also great hoagies. I love the bread also. One of the top 2 places in Wildwood. Unfortunately, they are only open in summer and fall. I haven't tried the new Tony Lukes in Wildwood. Have you?
 
I am not a fan of Maui dogs . Have you found one decent dog place in the area?
 
In my opinion Maui's is the only decent hot dog joint in the area. But if you're not crazy about a somewhat mild Hofmann's German style dog, you won't like it. Another place known for hot dogs is Hot Dog Tommy's in Cape May. Recently won best hot dog in South Jersey by NJ Monthly. That's not saying much; Maui's should have won. Tommy is a great guy and a comedian, but his dogs are overrated. Berk's skinless (a decent, but unspectactular dog) beef and beef/pork dogs. Prepared on a roller grill. Strike one, strike two, and strike three. His place does have a line because he's the only game in town and he does have a great presonality. I was in Cape May a few weeks ago and stopped by to talk with him and have a drink. But no dog. People like Hot Dog Tommy's for reasons other than the dogs. Much like how people like to go to Hot Dog Johnny's for every reason under the sun except for good dogs.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 07/24/10 6:31 AM
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Any good Italian Hot Dogs near Trenton, NJ? I heard of Casino Tony's, but looking at their website they close at 5:30pm? Their menu doesn't list an Italian Hot Dog, but their lunch menu does.


Casino Tony Goes closed a few years ago. Their Italian Hot Dog was horrible. The closest place to Trenton serving a good Italian Hot Dog is Jersey Dogs.
 
http://www.hollyeats.com/JerseyDogsWrights.htm
 
I think Sonic uses a generic dog from Hormel.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 07/24/10 6:57 PM
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Hot Diggities, which I posted about on 6/29, has already closed. Not even open 2 months.

http://www.baristanet.com/2010/07/hot_diggities_closes.php#comment-472314

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/25/10 2:05 AM
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                                       A Footlong Coney of the Mind 
 
 It was the kind of hot summer day you figure you should go to the ballpark and cheer on the Dodgers, dem Bums. But considering it wasn’t the 1950s and the Dodgers were no longer in Brooklyn, you could say they were out of town. Besides, I had a date with a dog. And never one to put off until tomorrow a hot dog I can eat today, I wasted no time. It was obvious the Sonic footlong, ¼ lb. hot dog needed assaying. Know what I’m saying?
 
  So I tooled into Sonic’s parking lot feeling sort of like a gunslinger in the Old West, summoned to take care of some business. It was between lunch and dinner…the hubbub of the newness and the novelty that Sonic has meant to Green Brook, N.J., in recent weeks had died down.
 
  A few random cars bleated out their orders as roller-blading car hops gently wove in and out between the lanes, delivering their sundry comestibles.
 
 On a mission, I figured I don’t need no stinkin’ delivery to my car, if you get my meaning. No harm meant, Ma’m. I want to sit in a chair, at a table, where a man can imbibe like a man. So what if I occasionally like an umbrella in my drink?  Who told you about that, anyway?
 
 I prefer my own nostalgic conventions. Been there, done that. Yeah, I knew a car hop back in the day, in the ‘60’s at Don’s in Livingston, N.J. We used to go for a ride after closing. She had quite a laugh, and threw her hair back as if she were throwing everyone’s troubles away. What’s it to you? Velma was her name. You haven’t seen her, have you?
 
 In any case, where was I? Oh, yeah, the footlong Coney at Sonic, with chili and cheese, advertised for a limited time only, $2.99. Add a small drink and a little order of fries and the combo comes to $5.59. What the heck. I just got paid and my landlady’s gone to visit a sick sister in Mobile. I’d do the combo and call it late lunch.
 
  But first, to order. If you’re not in your machine (my diesel was cooling its cylinders about 150 yards away, beyond the car stalls, under a nice shady tree), you don’t order from a carhop, but walk up to an electronic scoreboard, our brave new world’s plastic version of the monolith in “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968). Though there was no emergency, it said to push the red button. I follow directions well.
 
 The voice issued a “brop” and a “squeak” and then politely asked my order as I imagined a well-bred young Southern gentleman encapsulated somewhere in a stainless steel container wrapped in wire-and-silicon chips inside the little concrete block building. I wondered if I could adjust my order, or if the sounds of artificial intelligence would discourage such thinking outside the box. So I asked, “What say I skip the cheese, Mac, and just have chopped onions and mustard on my chili dog, Paterson style?” 
 
 Surprise! “Yes sir, we can do that,” said the young Southern gentleman, who then repeated my order for safekeeping. Seeing as I have always been dependent on the kindness of strangers, even those seemingly locked away in another dimension, I was feeling good. 
 
 Shortly thereafter, 2010’s version of Mercury on wheels delivered my meal as I sat under an umbrella at a plastic-coated, metal-wire table. The dog was estimable…doubtless a full 12 inches, cradled in equal length bun and supported by a proper cardboard holder. I dispensed with officially measuring the wiener. Sometimes you just have to trust a guy. It looked to be what it claimed. The reckoning approached.
 
 I bit in. Light pink inside the skinless faux shell, most likely pork/ beef, though I wouldn’t discount some turkey. Not bad tasting. I figured whoever did the spice profile didn’t want to wake up any palates. But then he wouldn’t win that many, either. This was non-distinct, but filling and inoffensive…a dog that spoke no region or affiliation but nonetheless filled the volume requirement of one’s innards.
 
 Most distinctive, however, was the texture, the consistency of the meat, specifically the specific density of the frankfurter. It was quite solid…doubtless packed tightly before its factory-only skin was removed. The only other skinless dog I’ve tasted with that firm a texture was a Glatt Kosher Buffalo dog I once had out of town, and a Sugardale pork/ beef. You didn’t have to be a Rabbi to know this wasn’t a kosher dog.
 
 Of course it could’ve been any of a number of brands. But I doubted it was made by Sonic, as someone in the concrete building had informed Mercury after I asked him to find that out for me. Good kid. But he wasn’t buying it either. 
 
 I figured one of the Big Boys got a nice contract and, as too often is the case in the hot dog racket, nobody was talking. The chili, meaty and OK, tasted like Hormel…though I’m not puttin’ my money on that, either. Heck. My landlady, old Mrs. Shaughnessy, is bound to get back some day, and I doubt she’d believe I gambled the rent money on a chili brand.
 
 The fries, too, were OK. Bottom line---for non-aficionados who simply don’t give it as much thought as us guys who venture over mountains, persevere down desert highways and ford rivers to assure the legitimacy of hot dogs while others sleep comfortably in their non-hot dog-obsessed beds---this is an OK tube steak for the shekels. When it jumps off its sale price of $2.99, we’ll have to revisit that evaluation. 
 
 I walked the 150 or so yards to my bad ride, pulling my brim down and dodging between gliding food couriers, just to prove I could. I knew something. Not everything, but something. The diesel started up, got the gist, and didn’t ask any questions. Just another mission for the little engine that could. Someone’s gotta do it, and he was the car I used to do it.
 
 We pulled out on the highway like every other Dick and Harry. Fuel’s good; oil pressure’s good, and I’m pretty full.
 
 That night, looking out my tear-drop office window as I heard the faint tinkling of a lonely tavern piano and a last patron swearing to the bartender escorting him out that he’d never ever return, I decided I’d close this case for now and leave Myrna, my secretary, something to transcribe. Anyway, I promised her I’d have something for her to do in the morning besides fend off bill collectors and jealous wives who wanted their sappy husbands investigated.
 
 I wrote my summation, and said everything I had was about a 6…the Coney and the fries, as well as the roll holding the frank. And in this life, that’s not so bad, especially if that’s your number and you get it on the second roll. Now, if Velma ever came back or Mrs. Shaughnessy was in the mood for a dog, would I take ‘em for a Sonic Footlong Coney Dog?  Hey, what kinda guy do you think I am?
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/25/10 9:15 AM
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The sad part about Sonic is that they do well enough to offer a better grade hot dog and chili sauce.  Both are low end with obvious artificial flavor.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/25/10 10:15 AM
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 ScreenBear,Nice write-up.  You are master of the written word.  Next time I break bread with you, I think I'll wear a tie!






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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/25/10 9:38 PM
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Joerogo,

  Thanks. You are too kind. No need to go formal, but if you do wear a tie, how about one of those painted hunting scenes? Big blue sky, a clearing by a pond, a  guy with a shotgun, Irish setter by his side, geese flying every which way? My Dad had one like that. Wish I woulda hung on to it.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 07/26/10 3:05 AM
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Joerogo,

  Thanks. You are too kind. No need to go formal, but if you do wear a tie, how about one of those painted hunting scenes? Big blue sky, a clearing by a pond, a  guy with a shotgun, Irish setter by his side, geese flying every which way? My Dad had one like that. Wish I woulda hung on to it.

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May be able to find them at:
Orvis www.orvis.com or
Bass Pro Shops www.basspro.com or
Cabelas www.cabelas.com or
Goodwill Stores! or
Garage Sales!


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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 07/26/10 8:09 AM
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Hey John, It Seems the best way to get a line out your door is to Just put the word(hot-dog) in front of your name.. Johnny,, Tommy,.. hahaha people will beat the doors down even if your dogs are kinda lousy...Eh??

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 07/26/10 3:52 PM
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ScreenBear,

Hilarious writeup.

As far as who made the hot dog, it may not even have been one of the Big Boys. I traced back who makes the hot dog for COSTCO in stores not selling Hebrew National but I can't even remember the name anymore because they are not known in this market.

I would guess the foot long is custom made for Sonic.
 
ADDENDUM: When I wrote this, I was unaware that two days earlier, John Fox posted that he thought Sonic uses a Hormel frank.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 07/26/10 7:57 PM
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Screenbear,

Loved the screenplay review.  Didn’t know they had Sonic in San Francisco in the 30’s.

 
 
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 07/26/10 8:49 PM
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Thanks David NYC.

  "Meanwhile, it was apparent Bossa Nova was wise to me. The weather had my number, too. So I wrapped my toothbrush in the Racing News and figured I'd follow the ponies to Santa Anita."

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 07/27/10 12:31 AM
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Matt Gleason


The sad part about Sonic is that they do well enough to offer a better grade hot dog and chili sauce.  Both are low end with obvious artificial flavor.

Never got the courage to order a hot dog at Sonic, and NOW , I  definitely WON'T !
The burgers are nothing to write home about as it is , IMO...
I only really like their ONION RINGS ...
 

 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 7:45 AM
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The itinerary is set for the 7th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=168027&mpage=33#603462

Scroll down to post 984.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 8:20 AM
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Great write-up, Dashiell Hammett!!  

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 9:07 AM
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Who?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 9:36 AM
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In my message of July 26th, I missed the last paragraph of John Fox's July 24th post, where he wrote he thinks Sonic uses a Hormel dog. Sorry about that.
John Fox


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Any good Italian Hot Dogs near Trenton, NJ? I heard of Casino Tony's, but looking at their website they close at 5:30pm? Their menu doesn't list an Italian Hot Dog, but their lunch menu does.


Casino Tony Goes closed a few years ago. Their Italian Hot Dog was horrible. The closest place to Trenton serving a good Italian Hot Dog is Jersey Dogs.
 
http://www.hollyeats.com/JerseyDogsWrights.htm
 
I think Sonic uses a generic dog from Hormel.


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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 10:01 AM
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David,

I think Sonic uses a Hormel dog, but I'm not certain. I was told by an employee that it was a generic dog that comes unlabelled. The actual size may or may not be custom made but I doubt that the recipe is a special one. Haven't had the dog yet, but I heard it isn't anything to write home about. I will stop and have one if I'm near Sonic. The one time I ate there I had a hamburger. Wide in diameter and very thin. Not that good and certainly didn't live up to the hype. It took months until I was actually able to eat there without the wait being more than an hour. This is the one on Rt 46 in Wayne. I hear the drinks are good, but the burgers are on the same level as McDonald's as far as I'm concerned.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 12:13 PM
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I tried a sonic footlong coney, and I was not impressed. I guess they are going for quantity, not quality. While the chili sauce and bun are fine, the hot dog was bland, and the texture was a bit rubbery.

I would be happy with a $2.99 6" 8/1 Chili Dog with a Sabretts/Thumann's/Bests/D&W natural casing frank. That would be a fair price and good value for quality food.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 12:31 PM
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You can get that at Jerry's in Elizabeth. A natural casing Best's 8/1 boiled, then griddled for $1.75. Includes any and all toppings. And until recently this was only $1.50. One of my favorite dogs.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 1:40 PM
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David,

I think Sonic uses a Hormel dog, but I'm not certain. I was told by an employee that it was a generic dog that comes unlabelled. The actual size may or may not be custom made but I doubt that the recipe is a special one. Haven't had the dog yet, but I heard it isn't anything to write home about. I will stop and have one if I'm near Sonic. The one time I ate there I had a hamburger. Wide in diameter and very thin. Not that good and certainly didn't live up to the hype. It took months until I was actually able to eat there without the wait being more than an hour. This is the one on Rt 46 in Wayne. I hear the drinks are good, but the burgers are on the same level as McDonald's as far as I'm concerned.


I think some of you are expecting way too much from a Sonic experience. After all, it's only a low cost fast food joint on roller skates. Their Signature items are their drinks- the food is an afterthought. As they go, Jack in the Box an Whataburger has them all beat but I guess youze don't have those "Back East"! 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/1/10 6:52 PM
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John Fox


You can get that at Jerry's in Elizabeth. A natural casing Best's 8/1 boiled, then griddled for $1.75. Includes any and all toppings. And until recently this was only $1.50. One of my favorite dogs.


Wow, a buck seventy five is cheap! I'll need to stop in next time I'm up north.
 
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 08/2/10 5:22 PM
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Foodbme


John Fox


David,

I think Sonic uses a Hormel dog, but I'm not certain. I was told by an employee that it was a generic dog that comes unlabelled. The actual size may or may not be custom made but I doubt that the recipe is a special one. Haven't had the dog yet, but I heard it isn't anything to write home about. I will stop and have one if I'm near Sonic. The one time I ate there I had a hamburger. Wide in diameter and very thin. Not that good and certainly didn't live up to the hype. It took months until I was actually able to eat there without the wait being more than an hour. This is the one on Rt 46 in Wayne. I hear the drinks are good, but the burgers are on the same level as McDonald's as far as I'm concerned.


I think some of you are expecting way too much from a Sonic experience. After all, it's only a low cost fast food joint on roller skates. Their Signature items are their drinks- the food is an afterthought. As they go, Jack in the Box an Whataburger has them all beat but I guess youze don't have those "Back East"! 
 


 yes, sonic is in the field with McDee's and BK .............bottom part , and yes the thing that keep's them in is there lime-ade drinks ......... cant beat them !!!



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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 08/5/10 11:00 AM
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One time I was in the Route 18 Flea Market in East Brunswick (it's now closed). There was a guy with a food place there. He was from Brooklyn, NY. Had a big accent. Without him telling you, you could tell he was from New York. He made pretzels and also sold hot dogs.

I was getting a pretzel and this black guy comes up and orders two chili dogs.

The guy behind the counter cooks the dogs, puts them on the bun, is adding the chili and just as he's finishing up the black guy comes over and says, "Is that Hormel chili?" and the guy said it was. The black guy says something like, "No No I'm not eating those" and walks away!

Was hilarious because of the way it all went down and the guy behind the counter was yelling what the f--- am I gonna do with these now and he started to eat one. He really looked like he wanted to jump over the counter and kill the guy.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 08/6/10 7:47 PM
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I went to the Galloping Hill Inn last night, after a few days of fine dining with my g/f who was visiting from out of town.  Had my usual double dog with fried onions and mustard, and a Yuengling draft.  They've been around long enough to afford plates and glasses rather than paper plates and plastic cups for the inside dining room, and no mustard on the table-had to ask for extra on the side.  Very good quality dogs, but they had Italian hot dogs on the specials board-at least they disclosed that it was served on a hoagie roll-guess it's not really an Italian hot dog after all.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 08/6/10 8:12 PM
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Interesting. I never noticed an Italian Hot Dog on the menu before. Aside from the hoagie roll, I'm sure they use their regular beef/pork dog which is all wrong. Have to use a spicy beef dog.

I too get a double when I go. I agree, very good quality dogs.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 08/6/10 9:11 PM
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Maybe you missed it, but it was on the specials board, not the menu.  When I read it I thought of you, because I know how parochial you are about Italian hot dogs.  I also honked the horn as I passed the Union Pork Store on the way to Five Points.  My g/f mentioned her kids remember their dad buying them bologna at the Union Pork Store.  I love their weisswurst.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 08/7/10 5:52 AM
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Next time try the bratwurst. Best I've had.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 08/7/10 7:56 AM
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<<Next time try the bratwurst. Best I've had. >>

John, I 100% agree with you on the Union Pork store bratwurst. My wife gets a kick out of the fact that I used to drive all over NJ and PA bringing home bratwurst until we tried Union Pork store, all of 5 miles away. I still drive all over the place....but not for bratwurst.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 8:36 AM
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I found these bad boys in Tunkhannock, PA of all places.(Thank you Foodtown for putting the price label on front)


Never knew such an animal existed.  They hit the grill today!

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 12:43 PM
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joerogo,
All I can make out is that they're some kind of "Win" from Sabretts. What are they?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 1:17 PM
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Looks like the famous WindMill franks made by Sabrett / Marathon, quite a few locations in NJ, they use to serve the same at Callahan's before they closed.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 1:35 PM
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big g in joisey


Looks like the famous WindMill franks made by Sabrett / Marathon, quite a few locations in NJ, they use to serve the same at Callahan's before they closed.


What makes them different?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 2:20 PM
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joerogo


I found these bad boys in Tunkhannock, PA of all places.(Thank you Foodtown for putting the price label on front)


Never knew such an animal existed.  They hit the grill today!







 i believe there 50% pork 50% beef................... and if i'm wrong , john fox will correct or  verified  them ..............  there very pale pinkish to be 100% beef like the dog's in the dirty water street version !!
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 2:22 PM
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wow...Windmill franks available for home use...didn't know???Are they exactly the same, I wonder?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 2:52 PM
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Pork n' beef natural casing franks - how can you go wrong? I think a pork and beef dog goes better with chili than a spicier all beef dog which competes too much with the chili. Windmill does them up on a griddle.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 4:15 PM
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leethebard


wow...Windmill franks available for home use...didn't know???Are they exactly the same, I wonder?

Yes, they are the same as at Windmill restaurants. No doubt Windmill is obtaining a royalty on supermrket sales. Foodtown supermarkets have been selling them, at least during the summer months, for several years now. They have also turned up intermittantly in Pathmarks.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 5:54 PM
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Sabrett makes 2 recipes; this one and their all beef. The one pictured is 50% beef and 50% pork. Although you can't see it in the picture, there are actually 8 franks in the package.

These are indeed the franks served at the Windmill and have been sold in stores for at least 5 years. Schickhaus (same size and similar recipe) are served at Max's.

If you like the Windmill franks, you can get them for a lot less money at a Sabrett distributor.

The Windmill franks are fairly expensive, but you can get

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 6:11 PM
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Hey Gang, Thanks for helping me out with the info.  I tried to peel off the Foodtown label, but the label below came off with it.
 
They are a pork and beek mix, made special just for Windmill and they are fantastic.
 
Because they are sooo huge, I started them off in a pot of simmering water for about 5-7 minutes, then put then on a hot gas grill.  Once they split open, I let them grill on the split until they were blazing hot with a nice crisp skin.  I used a larger soft steak roll and topped them with mustard, onion and a little Sabrett's red onion sauce.
 
Big G, One guy took a bite and said, "this is the dog I usually get at Callahan's, but they closed down".  He said he liked their Italian Dog also.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 6:17 PM
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Hey John Fox, yes they are 8 to a package.  Just a little over 1/4 pound each.  At $4.99 per pound, it's about the same as any premium dog in my area.

So this would be one of the few times that a business can claim an exclusive recipe?
 
I thought the dog had great flavor.  But then again it could have been the excellent preperation
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 6:18 PM
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Joerogo,

These dogs, while served at the Windmill, are not made special for them. Callahan's used the exact same dog, and a place in Carlstadt (I forget the name) on Rt 17 uses it as well. There are others. The Hot Grill in Clifton also uses this frank, but in a much smaller size. The Windmill grills them, The Hot Grill deep fries them as did Callahan's.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 6:21 PM
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The Galloping Hill Inn in Union is one place that can claim an exclusive recipe.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 6:32 PM
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sabrett used to have a distributor on rt 37 in toms river. Is it still there, does anybody know? I'd like to get those windmill hot dogs

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 10:05 PM
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leethebard


sabrett used to have a distributor on rt 37 in toms river. Is it still there, does anybody know? I'd like to get those windmill hot dogs

An old web directory lists it at 2024 Route 37 East. But, its phone number (732) 929 - 1412 does not show upon current directories. The Google street view for "2062 New Jersey 37" still shows the Sabrett sign, but a For Sale sign in front of the building.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 10:44 PM
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I was just checking the web for a possible listing of Sabrett retail distributors (like the one on Rt 37, which I do think is closed) and came across this:

 http://www.sabrett.com/menufranks.cfm#ncfranksretail

What on earth is a "gas flushed" natural casing hot dog? Doesn't sound very appealing.


 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 11:01 PM
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Gas Flushing refers to filling a food package with a mixture of gases to displace the air in it. This technique increases shelf life.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/8/10 11:15 PM
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Thanks David. So, if I buy a package at retail (see code 410 on the link) are they also gas flushed? The list seems to say that "retail" is different from "gas flushed". Maybe I'm just too analytical. I've been accused of that.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 08/9/10 1:00 PM
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I think the retail packages are vacuum packed.

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