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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/01/25 18:31:38 (permalink)
I assume the "Smash" is their burger making process. 

It's actually how I make fresh hamburgers, make a large meatball with minimal handling and just smash it out on the grill with my spatula.  All the random edges char and add flavor.

As John mentioned, a griddled dog must be charred to some degree, otherwise it is raw.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/01/26 22:17:40 (permalink)
I was passing through Bound Brook the other day and noticed a place called 25 Burgers. I don't know how long it has been there since I haven't been this way since Amazing Dog closed down. I did not have time to go in but I saw their menu and it looked good. I'm most interested in their Hotdogs...has anyone tried this place. I tried to search it but found nothing. I appreciate your thoughts.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/01/30 07:29:14 (permalink)
Jimmy Buff's and the Newark style Italian Hot Dog:

http://vimeo.com/9039971
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/01/31 22:00:20 (permalink)
Jakerdog,
I was at 25 burgers for lunch today.  Had the El Paso burger with bacon, guac, roasted poblanos and onions, lett, tom. and chipotle mayo.  They opened back in March.  I posted about it then and have been there at least 20 times since.  Always crowded.  They use Thumann's on a griddle with a number of diff toppings.  Definitely worth the trip.  Buy 5 of their gourmet burgeres, get one free.
 
www.25gourmetburgers.com
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/02/01 20:27:53 (permalink)
JakerDog

I was passing through Bound Brook the other day and noticed a place called 25 Burgers. I don't know how long it has been there since I haven't been this way since Amazing Dog closed down. I did not have time to go in but I saw their menu and it looked good. I'm most interested in their Hotdogs...has anyone tried this place. I tried to search it but found nothing. I appreciate your thoughts. 



 the owner of 25 burgers , was rebuilding and cleaning the place up as matt was in the process of closing up. did you notice that part if not all the seating, tables were from amazing hot dog's................... plenty of deals were made in amazing's last day's........... have not tried 25 burgers yet, but haven't heard anything bad as of yet.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/02/25 17:24:52 (permalink)
past weekend we did a stop at JIMMY BUFF'S  rt 22 west Scotch Plains/ Mountainside.

went about 1pm it was a saturday,  place was on the dark side from the outside, knew from the begging that mine was a wrap and go, two travelers with me wanted to dine in,  order was  2 doubles, a double combo 3 drinks and side of potatoes .

nothing wrong with the food, dog's were good, and, i'll say, it was everything that you would expect from italian hot dog !!!  taste as they should be !! very good................... i would return, but, i have to look the other way !!!! the place is greasy dirty !!!!! the serving tray's, salt and pepper shakers, tables. soda cup's had a hint also.............. one in the party used the bathroom, said was like a old gas station john.......... left the door open was afraid of getting locked in.

 the dog maker was the main man in the place........ and was very good all around....... can chat with that guy !!! he know's his dog'd he know's his food!!! the two other people working there, don't know what there job's were............. but need to get out of the way !!!! 

in the small talk, was told that they must of been on the travel channel again, cause they were getting a rush of NEW customers..... they may of been, i don't know. i said with that and the internet, that it should be a big plus for business. tongue and cheek the owner believes in old school way of business , WORD OF MOUTH, is the way to do it!!!! well heres my WORD OF MOUTH, USING THE INTERNET........  MR. JIMMY BUFF  whoever you may be, your place sell's a very good ITALIAN HOT DOG....... BUT YOUR PLACE IS IN NEED OF A CLEAN UP, AND A MAKE OVER !!!!! the internet will bring it to you, but it can chase it for you too!!!!  it's all WORD OF MOUTH and it's 2010 not the 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's it's 2010.............

just a lil' side note, i just turned 47, my grandparents were a very big fan of JIMMY BUFF'S , grandfather passed on in 67' and i remember jimmy buff's and boatcraft........................................... so????????????????
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/02/25 17:53:04 (permalink)
Benzee

Hello all ,

Great job John in saving everyone a trip to a few mediocre places .
I wish I would have been there when this guy at Red Tower started discussing dogs with you .  I would have paid admission to see him try to explain why his dogs were supposedly better

Benzee
 

i see this , and it hit's me.................. it's like some kid trying to tell carroll shelby............something about shelby mustang's !!!!! lol


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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/03/27 15:48:03 (permalink)
I see nobody has posted here in a while. Two weeks ago I went to the Belmont Grill in North Haledon. The Texas Weiners were great. Last week it was Rutts Hut. Two Rippers and a bowl of chili. Most excellent. This week it was Hot Dog Johnnys. We used to stop there all the time with my parents in the 60's and 70's. My last time there was in the mid 90's. At that time I was really disapointed with the food in general. But I was out that way and thought I would give it a try. This time I was happier. I've read the postings on the forum about HDJ's, And the dog is on the bland side. I had two with everything and thought the taste and flavor was above average. Not by much but pretty good. The birch beer in the frosted mug was excellent. They had signs that said the dogs are fried in peanut oil. Cheers
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/03/28 16:22:32 (permalink)
Vote here for New Jersey's best hot dog:

http://www.nj.com/bestofnj/

There are also other categories. The choices were Jimmy Buff's, Dickie Dees, Hiram's, Rutt's Hut, and Hot Dog Johnny's. I love Buff's and they got my vote. I also love Rutt's Hut and Hiram's. Dickie Dees is ok; there are better Italian Hot Dogs. Not a fan of Hot Dog Johnny's. Overrated in my opinion and shouldn't be in the conversation when considering "best of".

You can also write in your favorite.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/03/29 17:17:57 (permalink)
just want to ask.............. is there anyway, here on on roadfood.com , can it be created , brick and mortar vrs  mobile hot dog  ? one subject, two divisions  ?  something like other sites do !!!!! 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/03/29 19:01:11 (permalink)
Dog Boss,
Although we all go by the same name "Jimmy Buff's" , all Jimmy Buff's are not owned by the same person. I cannot comment on Scotch Plains I can only invite you to my two locations (West Orange and East Hanover) and hope that your experience will be better.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/03/31 05:31:40 (permalink)
The thread titled Food Wars: Jimmy Buff's vs. Dickie Dees has been moved to the Roadfood Restaurants in the Media section.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Food-Wars-Jimmy-Buffs-vs-Dickie-Dees-m577462.aspx
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/04/16 12:45:29 (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.

The thread can be seen here:

http://www.roadfood.com/F...462&mpage=1#580279

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/06 11:54:15 (permalink)
The Falls View location in Clifton (formerly the Red Chimney)  on route 3 west has been torn down. They still have locations on route 46 east in Totowa and another in Oakland on Ramapo road. Clifton still has Rutt's Hutt, the Hot Grill, the MidTown Grill and Papaya King.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/06 20:37:07 (permalink)
big g,

Ever try the Getty Grill across from Papaya King? I was there last time I visited Papaya King. The chili was almost identical to the Hot Grill's. But the dog was better. The Thumann's deep fryer instead of the Sabrett beef/pork and Grote & Weigel that is served at the Hot Grill.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/06 20:50:43 (permalink)
http://www.app.com/article/20100505/BUSINESS/5050352/Jersey-Joe-s-in-Middletown-serves-Newark-style-franks-for-50-years

An article that appeared yesterday about Jersey Joe's in Middletown. They serve a very good (and authentic) Italian Hot Dog. I rated it in the top 3 or 4 when the Munchmobile visited 87 places in 06. Joe's family is originally from Newark where this sandwich originated. They use the tilted steel pan like Jimmy Buff's.

Joe's, along with Frankly Burgers in Freehold, Jersey Dogs in Wrightstown, and Jo Jo's in Toms River, are the only places I know of where you can get an authentic Italian Hot Dog south of the Driscoll Bridge. Haven't been to Jersey Dogs; don't like Jo Jo's. Frankly Burgers are very good. Jersey Joe's probably comes closest to Jimmy Buff's out of these places in terms of taste and preparation, which is a good thing. Buff's is the standard.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/06 22:36:34 (permalink)
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Dog Boss,
Although we all go by the same name "Jimmy Buff's" , all Jimmy Buff's are not owned by the same person. I cannot comment on Scotch Plains I can only invite you to my two locations (West Orange and East Hanover) and hope that your experience will be better.
 



 i'll be more then happy to visit your locations !!!!!!! i'm going to take you up on that. ty


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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/08 17:59:55 (permalink)
ok, im going to put it here, its close enough to jersey, so..............

sands casino in Bethlehem ,pa........... cargney deli, serves a foot long , it was just ok, and, i mean "JUST' ok , i was told it was 100 all beef thumans ........ it was bland and felt  very light.............. the roll firm ,but , very floury ............... potato knish was very GOOD , they did serve with apple sauce and sour cream, thought potato pankakes  were served that way??????? knish always mustard........... no?
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/08 21:14:01 (permalink)
Hi John,
             Thanks for reminding me about The Getty Grill on Crooks ave in Clifton, they are celebrating 60 years in business with a 3 dog for $3.00 special, and that inlcudes 3 all the way with mustard,raw onions and chili, texas wiener style. I thinks there chili is similiar to the style they serve at Mid-Town Grill, not as sweet as the Hot Grill's.
There are more specials celebrating their 60th year, wishing them at least another  60 years of  success.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/09 07:50:08 (permalink)
Thanks, Big G. Have to get down there soon. When do they have this special?
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/09 08:14:15 (permalink)
Hi John, the special is going on right now, The Getty ave Grill's number is 973-278-7999, they are located on the corners of Getty & Crooks ave, Paterson,  for those interested in trying a Passaic county favorite.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/12 23:24:49 (permalink)
Food Fan,

I grew up on George's as well.  Just found your post.  My father introduced me to George's when I was about 8-9.  I used to live in Roselle Park and we used to get gallons to go.  I since moved to Texas and my brother, an over the road truck driver, used to stop in and talk to George.  He tried to get the recipe but his wife overheard him and got real mad and told him not to sell the recipe.

Anyway, I understand that they moved to Florida.  I have tried to duplicate the chili but never came close.  My father, about 30 years ago bought an authentic hot dog cart.  I ended up with it and am really considering getting it permitted LOL.

Anyway you are interested in sharing your recipe?

Jeff
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/14 22:32:19 (permalink)
In reply to Georges Hot dogs in Elizabeth, NJ. on elmora ave. I have been going there since the 1960's. The last 20 years or so it was owned by Lucas Rigas. I too used to buy his chili by the gallon. One day I arrived hoping to get my fix for a great dog with onions and chili only to find that Lucas sold out to Subway. I asked the manager where Lucas had gone to and he told me that he retired to the Virginia Beach, VA. area to be closer to his kids. I guess the only way to be sure would be to contact the Subway corporation and inquire. If anybody finds out what happened to Lucas please let me know so I can try and get the receipe for that great chili.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/18 19:43:20 (permalink)
The taping for the Food Wars episode featuring Jimmy Buff's has been rescheduled. Info has to be posted on another forum. See here:

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Food-Wars-Jimmy-Buffs-vs-Dickie-Dees-m577462.aspx
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/19 11:34:09 (permalink)
It would be great if Tommy's in Elizabeth was included for one of the best Italian hotdogs in NJ for the Food Wars episode. Charlie's in Kenilworth and Jimmy Buffs in East Hanover are two of the best, what happened with Dickie Dee's. 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/19 14:59:45 (permalink)
I'm not at liberty to say.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/24 21:59:08 (permalink)
we got a new place to report........................... DAVES HOT DOG'S  Sayrevlle (morgan) ..      i lost the finer details......... i'll fill in the blanks in a day or two, Sorry





doing dirty water sabrett's ..........he's been around for awhile........... brick and mortar  ........ had truck's in the past.......... simple menu, and doing well !!!
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/24 22:01:39 (permalink)
came across this............. maybe it's been posted before 


http://famousfatdave.com/...tegory/hot-dogs/       post went bad............. eeerrrrr

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RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/29 04:14:35 (permalink)
Food_Fan

WALT’S 42nd Street used to be on the south east side of St. Georges Ave in Linden.
 
O’Keefe’s Miniature Golf was down the street toward Rahway from it and a golf driving range was behind Walt’s. Walt’s had great hot dogs and the best french fries (crinkle cut) that I have ever tasted!!! 

This photo is from 1947 and shows Walt’s at the lower center, the intersection of St. George and Stiles St at the top and the trailer park at the lower left.




This is Walt’s and O’Keefe’s Miniature Golf at it’s original location in 1963:



This is Walt’s and O’Keefe’s Miniature Golf in 1966 after O’Keefe’s moved closer to Walt’s:



This is Walt's in 1957. You can tell by the building shadows that its mid morning:



I have a lot more photos that show the development in that area from 1931 to 2006. You can get these for yourselves by going to:

The miniature golf course became parking lot and the driving range turned industrial. O’Keefe’s Miniature Golf was located at the lower left of the parking lot.

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Oh, my gosh........  I can't believe I stumbled across this thread !!! " />
 
I used to visit my grandparents in the late 1950's - early 1960's in the trailer park  (mentioned above) just south of N. Stiles on St. Georges Avenue in Linden, New Jersey.
 
I was 6 or 7 years old, and plainly recall the minature golf course across the street !!
 
QUESTION:
If memory serves me correctly, on the East side of St. Georges Avenue (i.e. the same side as the golf course), and a couple of blocks North, there was an aluminum, silver Diner where my grandmother took me for breakfast and lunch several times.
 
Can anyone recall the name and location of this Diner?
 
Also, can anyone recall the "name" of the trailer park?  Would the local library have a phone book from 1957-1970 that would list the address and name of this trailer park?
 
Thanks so much for any information you can provide! 
 

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RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2010/05/29 09:15:10 (permalink)
Drove by Bubba's DogHouse in Lyndhurst, sorry to see the signs are gone, no one inside, I always enjoyed their fresh, made to order hotdogs & hamburgers.
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