Last year about 15 of us got together on Veterans Day to meet at Charlies Pool Room in Alpha, N.J. There are pictures and reviews in the archives of this thread. Veterans Day was on a Monday, a day that Charlies is closed but Joe and John Fencz opened just for our group. This year, Veterans Day is on a Tuesday. I spoke with Joe last week about a possible return visit to Charlies. For them it's a regular day that they will be open, but we are welcome to stop by. As you might know, they have a small kitchen with one frying pan, so if there are other customers, there might be a wait.
Many of us are off of work, so I wanted to get an idea of how many people might be interested in a return to Charlies Pool Room for their excellent hot dogs topped with Grandma Fencz's Hungarian sauce.
I've also been thinking about a trip to Amazing Hot Dog. Their Verona location closed down, but their newer Bound Brook location is open and going strong. It's run by Matt Applebaum (one of the original owners) and is one of the finer dog houses in N.J. It proved to be a popular stop on our Tour a couple of years ago. I was thinking about including it this past year, but it would have been difficult because it is located away from the other stops. Amazing serves a hefty quarter pound natural casing Sabrett dog that is fried. I've had it, and alone with just mustard on a Martins Potato Roll (perfect for this dog) it is delicious. Juicy, with a great texture and flavor. But you are not limited to just mustard. Amazing Hot Dog is known for the widest varieties of toppings and combinations that you will find at a hot dog restaurant. Check the choices at http://www.amazinghotdog.com.
Although I haven't tried most of them (I prefer my dog with just mustard most of the time) I know that they are all homemade and of the highest quality. I've enjoyed their Reuben Dog as well as their Caped Crusader (chili and slaw). Their chili is one of the finest I've sampled. Rich with a touch of chocalate. A popular choice is their New Jersey Breakfast dog which comes with a fried egg and cheese.
I was thinking that we could visit Amazing Hot Dog and perhaps the nearby Middlesex Texas Weiner on a Sunday in November or December. I'll be away the weekend of the 9th and Matt won't be around the following Sunday (the 16th). The 23rd looks like a good day. The following weekend is Thanksgiving Weekend.
Is anyone interested in a small trip to Amazing Hot Dog (and perhaps Middlesex Texas Weiner) Suday, Nov. 23rd? Or a Sunday in early December? We would meet at the Galloping Hill Inn and carpool. Or else just meet at the restaurant.
I've posted this on the Misc and Food Related forum under Tours, but thought it should be posted here as well so that it can be seen by those who don't usually peruse that forum.