Now that I have got most of the nitrates out of my system, heres my report with pics!
I got down to Coney Island
early, figuring I would be there to greet everyone - lo and behold, ScreenBear and John Fox had beaten me there! I know John loves the CI sauce, but this is ridiculous!
After chatting a bit, Ken8038 showed up - its easy to spot someone youve never met - you see someone walking up, checking their watch, looking around, it sure to be someone looking for a Dog tour! Kudos to Melissa from Coney Island - she actually moved a single diner from their back section so she could put together the tables for our little group! Finally Benzee shows up ,and after waiting for Brooklyn Bill for a bit, we order our dogs. Just about as we are finishing, here comes Brooklyn Bill...with his daughter and two grandchildren (names Bill?). It turns out Bill supposed to drop them off at the Poughkeepsie train station to send them back to Buffalo...an decided to bring them along! Turns out the kids are real troopers, and have already been indoctrinated in the ways of Ted's of Tonawanda...here's the happy group after indulging ina hot dog classic:
notice not a crumb left on any of the plates!
After scmoozing a while, we ran up North St in Middletown to Rich's Hot Dog House
, which is a storefront. It is situated next to Maddy's Diner a local institution which I kept saying I would do a review of someday. It suffered a disastrous fire last summer, and is only now just about ready to reopen..Anyways, Rich's is owned by the brother of Maddy's Owner, Marc Drury, and Marc happened be in there, as he has been using Rich's to serve breakfast. I had a bacon/cheese dog - not bad..standard Sabrett's, with a decent shredded bacon/cheez topping. After talking with Marc for a while (he wants to do the next NJ Tour....) we had off on the rest of the tour - Brooklyn Bill and family headed off to the train! Heres the whole group outside Rich's:
L to R: ScreenBear, Ken8038, John Fox, Benzee, Brooklyn Bill, BB's daughter Lynn, Celia & Brayton (in front), me, BB's wife Ginny
Winding our way through Orange Countym we stopped at the M&K Truck
, which is situated in the Town Of Montgomery, a few miles from the road leading to Stewart Airport. Much to my surprise, they advertise, in big letters, WHITE HOTS..so naturally I go up to the window, and ask what brand, and the girl holds a package of ZWEIGLES!! What a find! As my sister has lived in Rochester for almost 30 years now,Zweigles is manna from heaven! It could have been cooked a bit more, but otherwise it soothed a soul that has been white hot-less for many a moon! Heres the truck:
and here is an almost finished white hot:
Our next stop was Tony's
in Newburgh, and me and John F decided to sit this one out, me because I was still rapturing over the Zweigles.
One thing in Tony's fabvor is that is
an old fashioned, grill in the window place, right out of 1925...
Next stop was Pete's, which has been discussed before - a noisy little place with fairy sullen Mickey D's-type help..just dogd...kinda shabby...the dog was ok...a Sabrett with a more spicy tye coney/texas sauce:
Next was World's Best, which has been discussed many many times in this thread: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17284
- Ihad even been there a week or so before!
But here are some pics to tease you:
here is the Holy Grill - notice they went to the trouble of a two-tiered grill: lower for searing, and a higher grill for cooking -shows how serious Wolf & company are about their stuff :
that BIG flat thing is one of their burgers!
this is a foot long w/mustard and some of their incredible fries:
Here is Seafarer John, who, along with the lovely Gail,met us at the two Newburgh locales..here is John, eating one of those delish dogs:
and here is Benzee enjoying the 'discussion' between John Fox and the owner Wolf:
After WB. we stopped in the hamlet of Wallkill at Texas Lunch:
as i was STUFFED, I sat, took a bite or two out of one of their dogs, and listened as the owner talked about how all the Greeks set up places like this...
all in all, a GREAT experience..and it was fun to find out the area has more than a couple of good dog places!