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RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/13 01:50:34 (permalink)
Hot Grill’s flagship frank is deep-fried and smothered in a warm, coarse-textured brown sauce erroneously called chili.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/15 21:06:58 (permalink)
To John Fox or anyone else that might know:  

Is Marci's Dog House ever open and if so where are they? I've driven to the Clark location 4 or 5 times and have never found them. i read somethong about a new location in Colonia. Anyone have an update? 

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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/15 22:57:27 (permalink)
Marci's is gone. Rob had a hard time being open on a consistent basis. He is now doing marketing full time. Too bad as no one made a better Italian Hot Dog. His regular dogs were excellent and he offered variety and great homemade toppings.
 
On another sad note, Betty Cifrodella, a/k/a Down Neck Betty passed away. A friend who attended many hot dog tours and smaller get togethers with me including the Munchmobile hot dog trip in 2012. A nicer woman you will not meet. R.I.P. Betty. Check out Hot Dog Nation for more info.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/16 12:12:15 (permalink)
Sad and sadder news John, thanks for filling us in.
 
I will miss Betty, always fun and interesting to talk to the few times I met her. She had great knowledge of many local NJ spots.
 
PS: I hope at some point you can finish up your reviews of the Hot Dog spots you and Pete went to. I'm interested in your take on Jersey Johnny's (either one, there are two now). I might be heading up that way in a couple of weeks.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/16 23:46:32 (permalink)
Does anyone know what's up with marci's Dog House. I've tried to go there 3 times in the last year (Oak Ridge road in Clark). they're not there anymore apparently. I read something about them eventually opening in Colonia.  I really want to try their version of an Italian Hot Dog.  I grew up on Joes IHD's (in Vauxhall...greta thin crust pizza too).
 
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/20 19:09:31 (permalink)
I do not have Facebook anymore, but I believed I talked to Betty on HDN before. Sorry to hear about her and Marci's.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/21 09:29:01 (permalink)
Alembic 54: look a few posts up regarding Marci's.
Ken, I'll start with the reviews again soon. Jersey Johnny's makes an excellent Passaic/Bergen County style Texas Weiner. As good as there is and one of my favorites along with Pappy's and the Hot Grill.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/09/21 22:39:39 (permalink)
Thanks John. Jersey Johnny's sounds like a good stop.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/10/14 22:16:15 (permalink)
In post number 52 to this thread, a DECADE ago, I wrote, "Now, I'm interested in finding out about the Marathon roll plant that used to be in East Rutherford, NJ and about the facility in Fair Lawn, NJ (Marathon Baking Corp) that is listed on bags of Sabrett hot dog buns right now."
 
I am again interested in Sabrett buns, probably the first foodservice item I wanted to be able to procure because they were so much better than the buns in the supermarket. When we last left off, production of the buns shifted from 66 E. Union Avenue in East Rutherford to 20-21 Wagaraw Road (a flood-prone area) in Fair Lawn, NJ (Marathon Baking). I just learned that in 2010, Rockland Baking bought Sabrett Baking. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene flooded the plant:
http://northjersey.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=37495075&event=1296130&CategoryID=29677
 
Food manufacturers hate floods. Rockland shut down the plant in Fair Lawn just like Baumer Foods left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and moved to Reserve, LA. But, I don't know what happened to the Sabrett buns. Rockland has a link to Sabrett Buns on their web site:
http://www.sabrettbuns.com
I tried a few stores on the locations list, but no joy. Anyone know if Rockland is baking them in-house some place, or buying them from H&S/Northeast Foods, et. al.?
 
NOTE: I think this thread contains the only history of Sabrett on the planet.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/10/15 22:03:35 (permalink)
Joe Fencz, owner of the iconic Charlies Pool Room has passed away. See the article and comments on http://www.lehighvalleylive.com.
 
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/10/15 22:05:48 (permalink)
I cannot cut and paste. I would appreciate it if someone would link to the article before it is archived off the front page. Thanks.
 
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/10/15 22:50:14 (permalink)
From Lehigh Valley Live.....
 
"Joe Fencz, who with his brother made Charlie's Pool Room in Alpha one of the most popular hot dog joints in New Jersey, died early Wednesday after a battle with bladder cancer.
 
Fencz, 68, lived virtually all his life on East Boulevard in Alpha -- above the shop where his grandmother Elizabeth Fencz in 1925 developed the sweet onion sauce that became a raving point for countless hot dog aficionados.
 
Fencz and his brother John Fencz ran Charlie's Pool Room since the mid-1970s.
 
'Joey would do the talking and I would do the cooking,' John, 63, said Wednesday. 'He's with the Lord now.'
 
Joe Fencz was diagnosed with cancer in the spring and spent the last several weeks at a rehabilitation center in Andover, N.J., his brother said.
 
He remained upbeat and fought up until his last days, John Fencz said.
 
'Near the end, he had lost the ability to speak,' he said.
 
Undoubtedly, it was Joe Fencz's machine-gun style ribbing that brought many of the old-style penny candy store's customers back to Charlie's Pool Room. John Fencz made the hot dogs in a single skillet in the back of the shop and dished out thousands over the years.
 
The shop's signature frankfurter was 'the mealie' -- pan-fried and topped with Grandma Fencz's secret Hungarian onion sauce, and fresh-cut onions and peppers. A customer coined the name because it wasn't just a hot dog; it was a meal, Joe Fencz used to say.
 
'Every time you went in there, you always came out with a lot more than a full stomach,' said Lynn Ehrhardt, a frequent customer and friend. 'They were very positive-thinking people. They told good stories. They were unique in the area as far as brothers go.'
 
'Running Charlie's Pool Room all those years, they were the talk of the area,' Ehrhardt said. 'They're just real good people and the community's definitely going to miss Joe.'
 
Charlie's Pool Room hadn't served a hot dog since May 2013, when the Warren County Health Department required upgrades in equipment and ventilation in the cramped kitchen.
 
The business remained open selling candy in front of the shop, and disciples launched a campaign that summer to help raise money and bring the place up to code.
 
Last year's harsh winter, followed by Joe's illness, derailed plans to get back up and running, John Fencz said. As a result, a Warren County institution has likely come to an end.
 
'For one person, I couldn't do it,' John Fencz said. 'It's not a one-person job.'
 
John Fencz said he'll remember his brother not so much as a pillar of the business but more as someone who helped save his life.
 
Joe Fencz became a devout Christian in the 1970s and eventually persuaded his brother to do the same. They're longtime members of Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in the Finesville section of Pohatcong Township.
 
Entering the nondescript storefront was like walking back in time. While it didn't have its own website, Charlie's Pool Room enjoyed a resurgence thanks to online reviews and accounts of specialty hot dogs.
 
Joe Fencz never forgot how it all started.
 
'Without the sauce, we would close the doors tomorrow,' he said in a 2012 interview. 'We're waiting for a buyout -- someone to make us an offer we can't refuse.'
 
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Wednesday but will be handled by Finegan Funeral Homes Inc. in Phillipsburg, John Fencz said."
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/10/17 08:49:05 (permalink)
I was only at Charlie's Pool Room twice, but Joe remembered my name on the second visit.  A kind man that will be missed.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/10/20 14:56:40 (permalink)
Inside Jersey trip continued:
 
35) Middlesex Texas Weiners, Middlesex: Standard Plainfield area Texas Weiner. Used to like this place a little better than others in this style (which again are more or less the same), but on this visit I found the chili too spicy; not like in the past. New owners could be the reason.36) J&G Texas Weiner, Dunellen: OK; indistinguishable from the rest.37) Texas Weiner l, Plainfield: Ditto. The oldest. Opened in 1924. Historic, old school joint.38) Route 66, Long Branch: Another Plainfield area Texas Weiner joint. Unusual to see one this far south. Those who attended the last Tour were here. I liked the dogs here better than the others in the style. Cooked enough, served hotter, and I liked the chili better than the others.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/10/21 11:23:54 (permalink)
John, thanks for picking up with the Hot Dog reviews, always good information. Actually, I find the sauce at Middlesex Texas Weiner to be a little different, it's much drier than the others. Just my take on it.
 
PS: So sad to hear about Joe Fencz. There are few people in this world who were so dedicated to their craft (no matter what the craft is) as Joe & John. It's a great loss for all of us here.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/11/01 15:27:32 (permalink)
Sorry to hear about John. Glad I went there and got to try the sauce.

Has anyone ever been to Munce's in Rahway? It's next to a park. I saw it and had to turn around. Dirty water Sabretts. I figured they might have a good chili.

I'm sorry I stopped. To call that chili is an outage. It was really sweet bbq sauce. Pretty nasty and upset both my stomach and my friends.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/11/16 10:25:18 (permalink)
This is the first I have heard about John Fencz's passing.  What a shame.  An incredibly nice man, who along with his brother, put out spectacular hot dogs.  Every time I would visit, I would say beforehand, "Okay, I am only going to stay a hour this time."  Next thing you know, three hours had passed and we were still having a great time. 
 
He will be dearly missed.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/04/06 23:12:03 (permalink)
Is Max's in Long Branch closed? I was going down to Eatontown to brew some beer and looked them up. Two phone numbers did not work. Their website is gone. Google doesn't say closed. Yelp! doesn't say closed either.
 
Is there any other places relatively close to Eatondown? I have to go back and bottle my beer in a few weeks.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/04/08 12:51:42 (permalink)
Max's is closed for the season, but should be opening later this month or early May. There are several Windmills; 2 in Long Branch.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/04/08 12:56:20 (permalink)
Also Red Bank, Ocean Grove, Belmar, Freehold, and Brick.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/04/08 13:02:27 (permalink)
John Fox.. Did you ever post your thoughts on Riverview Hot dogs in Elmwood park ? I am eager to know what you thought.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/04/08 13:53:21 (permalink)
I liked the Riverview. Classic old school Texas Weiner joint. Chili similar to the Hot Grill and others like that. Thumann's deep fryer. Nice old building with a big sign saying "Home of the hot dog".
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/04/25 16:33:55 (permalink)
I am looking for a place to go to dinner and I was viewing Google Maps for every restaurant in the area I am going.. This wasn't even shown on the map.. I just happened to click on another place and went to Google Street View and spun around and said "What's this colorful building down here?". Turns out it's a hot dog place near me I've never heard of:

http://www.route66junkyarddogs.com/
 
I added it to the New Jersey Hot Dog Map as well.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/04/25 17:53:38 (permalink)
Wow....in my neighborhood.too....and this one got by me. Interesting. Anyone know what dogs they serve. Website doesn't say.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/05/11 22:48:18 (permalink)
Well I was brewing beer in Eatontown, not far from Long Branch (10 minutes), so even though the two phone numbers I found last time were disconnected (and Max's website is not working) I decided to go anyway. It was Mother's Day. Oops. The parking lot was packed. We had to park a long block away. The line inside for a table was long, but we got seated almost instantly. We just happened to answer the question right.. the guy asked if we mind being seated at the counter and we walked right in.
 
I was going to hold off posting my review on Yelp! because I plan to go back this weekend or next, but I'm gonna post it anyway. Reason being is because my opinion of them won't change. I enjoyed the place and little annoyances were due to it being Mother's Day and well everyone mixes their iced tea wrong once in awhile. I should have said something. If it's water next time I will.
 
Atmosphere:
Wait for a hot dog was long. They seemed really understaffed. I guess they didn't estimate that many people for Mother's Day.  The guy who waited on us was really nice and got our order correct. Plenty of seating. Maybe 10 or 15 tables, and a huge counter with about 20 chairs around it. I didn't really mind the wait because I think it's just the day I went. Not their fault.
 
They're super close to the boardwalk and beach which was very nice.
 
Hot Dogs:
I'm not sure what brand they use, but they're huge. Thick. It was like something I've seen in an adult movie before. It hung off about 2 inches on both sides of the bun. Look deep fried. Nicely charred, partially split open. Good snap.
 
Buns:
Too small if you ask me. Because the toppings get messy and fall off on your hand and plate. On the other hand if you like to taste the hot dog it's nice.. because you get a few bites with no topping, then a few bites with topping, then a few bites without again.
 
Price:
$4.65 for a plain dog which you can add mustard or relish. I think a dog with chili was over $6 bucks. Again, keep in mind they are very big. I'm not complaining about price.
 
Toppings:
I tried the chili first. It had beans in it. Beans have no place in chili that goes on a hot dog, unless it was exceptional chili. The chili was alright, but nothing special. I also ordered one plain so I could try the relish. They have sweet and also spicy. Nothing special. Tasted like the normal stuff you get in the supermarket.  Sweet one was super sweet and the spicy one had that classic vinegar taste that makes your mouth pucker. Alright by me, but nothing special. The fried onions looked very good. I also saw a cheese dog that looked awesome and it's what I am ordering next time. Split down the middle and filled with cheese. Lots of it too!

Drinks:
Soda was okay I was told, but I ordered Iced Tea and it was horrible. Said Lipton Brisk on the fountain. It was more like a mildly flavored water. Mostly tasted like water even after adding a lot of sugar. Three drinks were close to $9 in price.. $8 and some change.. do they offer free refills? I thought that was expensive. They serve alcohol too.
 
Other:
Grilled cheese was $6.95 I think. Seems expensive. Corn on the cob looks really good.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/05/16 20:09:53 (permalink)
Jersey Joes Italian Hot Dogs in Port Monmouth has re-opened on Friday May 15th, 2015. CLOSED on Mondays ONLY but open on Memorial Day.
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/05/24 01:32:22 (permalink)
Has anyone been to the new Callahan's that supposedly opened a few weeks ago?
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Re: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2015/05/24 13:45:23 (permalink)
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Has anyone been to the new Callahan's that supposedly opened a few weeks ago?

Not me, but on the local discussion groups, they claim that they are overpriced and not really better than the small places one can find in the towns.
 
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