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eggsactley
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/14 15:11:06
It's nice to see the proprietors of hot dog places chiming in here. Shows that they care about the product they sell and consumer response to that product. Try getting that from a national chain. Support small business, in these times they need us to survive!
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/14 18:30:38
It's also nice to see the people who own these places in there working. I've seen Matt and Jimmy sweating near a hot fryer. It's hard work and these guys put in the hours. Of course they want to see it pay off with a good customer base and good reviews. We all have our tastes and favorite types of dogs, toppings, and ways of preparation. It's good in that you can have one place serving Italian Hot Dogs, one serving dirty water dogs, and another serving fried dogs all located close to each other and all doing well. It's a tough choice that a potential newcomer to the business has to make regarding what dog to use, how to prepare it, what to charge, and all of the other details involved in making and selling hot dogs. Once those decisions are made, then the focus is on providing a consistent product with good service. If you've done that, you can be proud that you are doing all you can do.

As has been mentioned, there are other factors that can influence the success of a place. Location, the economy, your market. Some places that serve what I consider an ordinary dog with indifferent service do well. They may be the only game in town. They may be living off a reputation that was earned in the past. They may be located in an area where people are used to ordinary dogs and someone serving something with a lot of flavor or a different flavor may not do well. Try selling a hot dog made of something other than beef in Chicago.

Many of you realize how hard it is to say anything remotely negative when asked your opinion. Especially when the person asking is friendly, cordial, or even a friend. But they are asking because they want honest feedback. And if you are honest when offering criticism, they will know you are honest and not just blowing smoke when you offer praise or positive feedback. It's also difficult to say something nice about a place whose owner might rub you the wrong way. Or be sarcastic. Or curse at you. But if they got a good product, I'll say it while mentioning what I think of their attitude. The Soup Nazi had great soup. I was there after spending a few hours at a brewpub. Being the only customer (with my wife) I ordered, then laughed my head off when Mr. Yeganeh had a disgusted look on his face and wildly waved his arms to get us to move to our left. The staff at Peter Luger's can be brusk. Maybe it's because these places know they have a good product.

Forgive me for rambling again, but I appreciate the risk and the hard work that people who own these restaurants (more specifically hot dog joints) put into them. I wish them all success and try to return time and again especially to those places who truly seem to relish my business.
Akavar
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/16 13:01:41
FWIW -

I stated in this forum that I did not like Italian hot dogs because I found the vegetables too soft.

Jimmy Buff replied with a post that told me how to order an Italian hot dog that might suit my preferences. I drove from Flemington to his shop in East Hanover just to try his recommendations.

The bottom line is that I found out that I liked Italian hot dogs when they are prepared to his recommendations. Before this I had pretty much written off this type of dog.

If Jimmy had gotten defensive or viewed my statement of preference as a criticism I never would have found that I liked Italian hot dogs. He made me a customer not an enemy.
foobuc
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/16 17:24:23
i was in Keyport and the old place(i forget its name but it was there for years)that closed about a year ago and became White Rose system(i think) is now about to reopen with the name of Rob's or Bob's Hot Dog's. I don't think it has opened yet but once it does, i will give it a shot as i am in Keyport on Wednesdays.
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/16 18:54:30
Hello all ,

The intinerary is set for the 5th Annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour on sept 20th .
John Fox set the intinerary with some help from all of us .
Check the Misc Foods forums under the Jersey Hot Dog Tours for more info

For your info

Benzee
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/22 21:51:48
Lee,
My wife and I went to Boardwalk Hot Dogs a few months back on your and some other peoples reccomendations. I believe I posted about it as well, but I'm not 100% sure. Anyway it was a very good dog considering what it was. I'm not a huge fan of the large griddle dogs so popular down the shore (i.e. Boardwalk, Max's, the Windmill, etc). I prefer an all beef smaller dirty water dog. but the Dog at Boardwalk was definitely better than other griddle dogs that I've had in the area. There are definitely a bunch of Sabrett vendors in the Brick area which is great. Are you going on the hot dog tour in Sept? Always nice to put a face to a screenname, especially a local one.

Dave
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/23 08:46:04
quote:
Originally posted by DPuro329

Lee,
My wife and I went to Boardwalk Hot Dogs a few months back on your and some other peoples reccomendations. I believe I posted about it as well, but I'm not 100% sure. Anyway it was a very good dog considering what it was. I'm not a huge fan of the large griddle dogs so popular down the shore (i.e. Boardwalk, Max's, the Windmill, etc). I prefer an all beef smaller dirty water dog. but the Dog at Boardwalk was definitely better than other griddle dogs that I've had in the area. There are definitely a bunch of Sabrett vendors in the Brick area which is great. Are you going on the hot dog tour in Sept? Always nice to put a face to a screenname, especially a local one.

Dave


Hi Dave,haven't cleared my work schedule,so I'm not sure I can make the tour....but I'm trying...I agree,if you're a Sabrett's fan,we have a lot of vendors here.I stopn occasion at the ladies truck on Mantoloking road, Nice lady!!
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/28 20:19:23
Fattybomatty,

I wasn't aware that Nanny's served hot dogs. Could you tell me what brand? Thanks.

The Bear
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/07/29 07:25:35
quote:
Originally posted by ScreenBear

Fattybomatty,

I wasn't aware that Nanny's served hot dogs. Could you tell me what brand? Thanks.

The Bear


Screenbear she serves the big thumann's. Also, I'm not sure if they are always on the menu (I think they are), but she definitely has hot dog specials. If they are not a staple on the menu you can ask her to make you one. She accommodates her customers whenever possible.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/03 09:41:36
Holly Moore recently added two more reviews to his site; Jersey Joe's in Port Monmouth, and Jimmy Buff's in East Hanover.

http://www.hollyeats.com/
big g in joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/11 14:37:04
The last Callahan's location in Little Ferry is no more. Drove past this weekend and the building has been knocked down. Another Jersey
classic gone, what a shame.
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/13 18:44:09
There is a new Hot Dog place in Ocean City NJ. It is called the Hot Dog Hut. The owner is a woman from Newark. She serves Best all beef dogs and you can order them steamed or grilled. She even has Italian Hot Dogs. In South Jersey!! I had a grilled dog with chili, mustard and raw onions. The dog was very tasty and the chili was great. Next time it will be the Italian. Right next door is an ice cream shop, Treats and Treasures so we had cones for desert.

John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/13 19:20:21
Are they natural casing? If not I would pass. Is grilled charbroiled or griddled? Finally, is the bread for the Italian Hot Dog pizza bread or a sub roll?
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/13 21:54:28
Today I ate at a brand new hot dog trailer in Brick called The Original Frankie's. The owner Tim has been open 4 days and hopefully will do well. I asked him about the name because there is another trailer down the street called Frankie's and apparantly it was previously in his family but had been sold. He's serving 11 to a pound Sabrett natural casing dogs and mine was cooked perfectly. The chili is homemade as well and the prices are reasonable, the chili dog was $1.65 I believe. The trailer is on Mantoloking Road in Brick and is on the right side of the road if you are heading east towards the shore.
Also a little bit further up the road is Biggie's Roadhouse also on the right side of the street and also serving Sabrett's.

Dave
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/14 06:47:59
Thanks for the info...we're sure getting a lot of trucks in Brick!!!
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/14 17:23:28
John;
Sadly there is no snap, no natural casing. The grill is a flat top. The bread for the Italian looks like a large, fat, brown pita. They offer a single and a double.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/14 19:19:38
Thanks for the info, Chris.
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/15 22:08:26
quote:
Originally posted by leethebard

Which is where??

It's on Route 46 in Butzville, NJ (near Hackettstown), good pit stop on the way to the Delaware Water Gap, etc..

Great atmosphere with the picnic tables, and the stream in the back.
Homemade root beer.....many folks love their hot dogs; I hate them..
I find them to taste like too "cheap and porky"

It's been around 4-ever... a true Roadside joint....
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/15 22:38:01
I agree that Hot Dog Johnnies is a true roadfood joint. I also think it's one of if not the most overrated hot dog joints in NJ. I don't like their dogs or the yellow mustard, raw onion and pickle toppings common in the area.

Dave
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/15 22:56:52
Hello all ,

Have not made it to Hot Dog Johnnys yet but it is within a short ditance to Charlies Pool Room and Tobys Cup .
I like both of those especially Charlies . We are planning another mini meet in Nov after the 5th annual Jersey Hot Dog Tour which is in sept 20th . Charlies is the location but perhaps we can get over to Johnnys for a try

Benzee
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/17 12:13:51
Count me among those who do not like Hot Dog Johnny's. I've stated my opinion before that they are the most overrated hot dog joint in Jersey. Bland skinless pork dog. West Jersey prefers milder dogs, but if you are in the area Charlies Pool Room and Toby's Cup are much better dogs. I don't doubt that many people love Hot Dog Johnny's. They are, along with Rutt's Hut, the 2 most well known hot dog restaurants in the state. Part of the reason for their popularity is the atmosphere. It's located in a picturesque setting near the Pequest River. Then there is the nostalgia factor. Many people grew up eating these dogs. While atmosphere, setting, nostalgia, service, and other factors add or detract from the overall experience, these things should totally be discounted when judging the taste and quality of a hot dog.

Johnny's is wildly succesful and popular. So they are doing something right. Unfortunately popularity isn't always an indication of quality. Think McDonalds and the Olive Garden.
ShellysDawgHouse
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/17 14:43:17
I have never been to H.D.J but i have been to Rutts and i must be one of the minority. I hated it. I mean HATED. and i didn't like the relish people just love. I guess i have a different tastebud.
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/17 15:10:02
Shelley ,
Thats whats great about having opinions . I happen to love Rutts and the relish , I could eat it like mac salad on the side as a meal . But when we included it on the Jersey Hot Dog Tour people were either for or against with no middle ground . Most were for but those against were very vocal about not liking it .

I'll definetly have to stop at HDJ's to try for myself .

Benzee
eggsactley
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/17 17:11:11
I remember stopping at HDJ as kid in the pre I-80 days. I've got to agree with the majority here, nostalga and location are its only strong points.
bt539
Junior Burger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/08/18 21:06:22
Had a chance to visit amazing hot dogs yesterday. Ordered a Classic with chili, mustard and onion. a very good but filling dog. Spoke to Matt the owner who was a very good host! Thanks and will visit again.
big g in joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/03 22:47:30
"ken8038 - I don't like the fact that they have no prices posted, but it's still one of my favorite places in all of NJ."

Hi Ken8038, I am always surprized by that myself, but, it's not a bad surprize, three hotdogs with mustard,onion's & pickle,an order of their great fries and a large soda for under $7.00. I've been to alot of places were the price is posted but the amount charged is different,after pointing it out ot the owner/cashier the difference is generally refunded. Even in NY, the carts are supposed to have their prices posted,but on a recent trip to the Javits center we stopped by a cart and asked for the price of a hotdog and a can of soda, $5.50, three fifty for the hotdog and $2.00 for a can of soda.
We passed, after seeing the dog was a greyish color, and for that price I can get a better hotdog in the center.
big g in joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/08 22:59:33
A few weeks ago I got a chance to try Father N Son in Linden,very good chili dogs. Right up there with Hirams in Fort Lee and Tony's Truck in Newark, thanks for the tip ScreenBear, whenever I'm in that
part of the state I will definitley stop in.
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/08 23:27:16
Big G,

Glad you enjoyed Father and Son's frankfurters in Linden, New Jersey. Father and Son is among my top ten favorite hot dog joints in N.J.

Indeed, it ranks with Tony's Truck and Hiram's. What all three have in common is the heat uniquely and sensationally generated by their respective, signature toppings: the onions at Tony's; the chili at Hiram's, and the chili at Father and Son.

The Bear
Cross22
Junior Burger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/09 13:45:07
I grew up in Lodi,N.J. a few blocks from my house was Hanks' Franks on Rte 46 East. Hank had a good thing going there grabbing people off the busy highway with truckers and all and hardly any parking. Hank had a great special Buy 8 get one free. My favorite was Hot Texas Weiner and the Hot Italian, can't remember the price, but if someone out there knows please reply. And they were all sabrett dogs. ciao for now Ray
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/09 19:04:25
<<Father and Son is among my top ten favorite hot dog joints in N.J. >>

I'll see your ten and raise you five. It's at least in my Top 5, maybe even #1. If I had to name a top 2 it would probably be Father & Son and Johnny & Hanges, even though Johnny & Hanges doesn't seem to rate as high with most other people.

http://www.johnnyandhanges.com/

big g in joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/09 22:53:15
ScreenBear: I like Tony's onions as well but really like his chili,
for hot onions with a lot of flavour I like Donny's Dogs on Central ave in Newark. Another unique chili is at Boulevard Drinks in Jersey City, heavy on the onion in their chili sauce.
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/15 21:20:49
Hi everyone,
I ate at 2 hot dog joints in the Monmouth/Ocean county area in the past few days and I thought I'd share.

I made a repeat visit to Ross's Original Steaks and Dogg's on Route 35 N in Ocean Twp. (Just north of the Asbury Park circle). They offer a foot long Schickhaus, a jumbo all beef (manufacturer unknown), and a Sabrett which is their dirty water dog. Last time I ordered the Sabrett and it was very good. This time I tried the jumbo all beef dog and I really enjoyed it. It was cooked by splitting it and cooking it on the griddle. The dog was cooked all the way through and was very tasty. I got it with homemade chili and cheese whiz which was a good combination. I would definitely go back.

The second dog was from Joe-Joe's Italian Hot Dogs on Route 37E in Toms River. This place looks like it's been around forever, but I'm not sure. I was short on cash so I got a dirty water dog with homemade bbq onions. They were good, but the guy making the dogs put the onions on the dog after putting it in the roll which is normal, but then he popped it into the microwave!! The result was a soggy mess I tried to eat in my work van and failed. I'll probably go back, but try an Italian Dog next time.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on the tour Saturday.

Dave
John Sagi
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/17 00:03:17
Dave

I was talking to the guy at Joe-Joe's Italian Hot Dogs on Route 37E
last week and he told me close to 90% of his hot dog business is the big Italian Hot Dogs. Less than 10% of the small dogs. He also said that there is little call for chili. When I order a small chili dog I have him grill it. He has a pretty good Italian Hot Dog.


John
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/17 05:57:14
I've been to JoJo's and the dog is ok; not one of the better Italian Hot Dogs. I've written a report on this place which you can find back in the archives when the S.W.A.T. Team reviewed hot dogs all summer, or you can go to the gourmetchilidog site and find it there. The sandwich is served on pizza bread, but it fell apart last time I went. The dogs are Best, but too small. They seem even smaller than the tiny 12 to a lb dogs. They're either 12 or 13. This is probably the farthest point south where you can find an authentic Italian Hot Dog. Like I said, it is ok, and I would go if I was in the area, but not one of the better ones because of the tiny dogs and inconsistent bread. From what I remember, the peppers and potatoes were decent.

John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/17 20:47:15
I forgot to mention that about 2 weeks ago I stopped at the Rahway Grill to grab a few dogs. It's hard for me to go here since they close at 3PM before I get off work. And I'm not in the area during working hours. If I go, it has to be when I have a weekday off.

As mentioned in previous posts, they served an 8 to a lb Hatfield Angus beef dog. 8 to a lb, natural casing, prepared on a griddle with a mildly spicy, tasty chili. A very good dog in an old fashioned luncheonette dating back to the 1920's. I had heard that Hatfield discontinued their Angus franks, so I was curious to see what they would be using as a substitute. Turns out that Hatfield still makes the same New York Style beef dog, but not with Angus Beef. The spicing is the same, as is the flavor. I thought Hatfield had done away with this dog. Frankly, I don't like their other offerings; neither their beef/pork or all beef. This one is their New York style beef dog and it is a good one. Beefy, spicy, and smoky. It was nice to make a return visit to a place I had enjoyed in the past.
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/19 10:29:26
Hello all ,

The 5th annual Jersey hot Dog Tour is tommorrow . Go to Misc Foods sect. for the thread .
We will depart from Galloping Hill Inn at Noon . We have two buses and about 10 seats left if any last minute attendees are interested

Weather for Sat in NJ is 75 and sunny .

Or email me or John Fox to get onboard

Benzee
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/20 16:13:49
I had my first Italian Hot Dog, at the Hot Dog Hut,right here in Ocean City.
I can't post a picture here, so I put it on Chowhound, Mid-Atlantic.

Chris

chowhound.chow.com/topics/559011
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/21 09:51:57
Just a heads up. Hot Dog Hut is seasonal. It will be open weekends until the 2nd weekend in October, after that she may close until spring.
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/22 12:44:35
quote:
Originally posted by ChrisOC

I had my first Italian Hot Dog, at the Hot Dog Hut,right here in Ocean City.
Chris

Hi Chris,
It's good to know that Italian Hot Dogs can now be found south of Toms River!! (which was previously the furthest place south we knew of to get an Italian hot dog)
Hey, Chris, where in Ocean City is that Hot Dog Hut?
If it's on the boardwalk, they'll probably be closing for the season soon. If that's the case, I better get down there quick!!

Since you love Italian hot dogs, please click over to my "NJ hot dog" report I'm working on ....
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/26 09:16:15
The Hot Dog Hut in OC is on 33rd street between Asbury and Central.
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/27 23:37:17
I know this is a little bit off topic, but did anyone order the Star Ledger's Munchmobile 10th anniversary book? I received mine yesterday and have been flipping through it, it's very well done.

Dave
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/28 08:03:18
No haven't looled at it yey...I enjoy reading the Munchmibile...my only compaint is while the market their paper in much of the state, as New jERSEYS PAPER...MOST OF THE mUNCHMOBILE SITES ARE STILL IN nORTHERN nj, NOT mONMOUTH OR oCEAN COUNTY...not even when they did the seafood!!!!!
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/28 10:25:33
Lee,
Yes a lot is in Northern NJ, but I noticed the monmouth and Ocean County sections were pretty good in the county by county breakdown. Lots of Ocean County seafood places.

Dave
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/09/28 11:41:04
I ordered the book, but did not receive mine yet. I'm sorry I even ordered one because they were being sold at last week's Munchmobile picnic. Had I known I would have gotten mine already, saved on shipping, and had it signed by the author. Oh well. I did get a chance to look at a copy that was being offered for sale and it looked good.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/10/28 20:25:04
A new Italian Hot Dog restaurant called Jersey Dogs opened recently in the Trenton area. The owner mentioned her place in a response to a post I made on another forum. She serves what I consider an authentic Italian Hot Dog. Fresh pizza bread from a bakery in Trenton and Best's hot dogs. I will get more info when I speak with her soon. Hopefully those in the area will like the traditional version of this sandwich. Casino Tony Goes (which served an altogether different type of sandwich) is gone although they have another restaurant in Pennsylvania.

http://jerseydogsonline.com/Home_Page.html
eggsactley
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/10/30 07:36:04
This board has been rather quiet the past month.I wouldn't exactly call Wrightstown the Trenton area but I do plan to check out Jersey Dogs next time I get a chance to go to the Colombus flea market. While I'm here anyone have any input on The Grille in Linden? Passed it last night and noticed a Texas Weiners sign.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/10/30 09:04:12
I haven't heard of The Grille in Linden. It might be a new place because I drive through Linden a lot and probably would have noticed the Texas Weiner sign. Where in Linden is it located?
eggsactley
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/10/31 13:46:21
The Grille is a diner type place at Stiles Street and Rte 514, not sure what it's street name is at that point.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/02 20:56:36
Yes, now I remember. I've passed that place many times. It's on Stiles Street and Elizabeth Ave. For years it was a typical Jersey Diner with a different name that I can't recall. Then it changed owners and became the Grille. That Texas Weiner sign sticks out and always made me want to stop in, but I never got around to it until about a year ago. I forget a lot, but am sure I wrote about it; probably on this thread in the archives somewhere. From what I remember they use the standard Grote & Weigel Griddle frank. I forget what the chili tasted like, but I don't think it left a big impression on me. I'll try to find where I posted about it.
foobuc
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/06 22:31:47
quote:
Originally posted by DPuro329

Hi everyone,
I ate at 2 hot dog joints in the Monmouth/Ocean county area in the past few days and I thought I'd share.

I made a repeat visit to Ross's Original Steaks and Dogg's on Route 35 N in Ocean Twp. (Just north of the Asbury Park circle). They offer a foot long Schickhaus, a jumbo all beef (manufacturer unknown), and a Sabrett which is their dirty water dog. Last time I ordered the Sabrett and it was very good. This time I tried the jumbo all beef dog and I really enjoyed it. It was cooked by splitting it and cooking it on the griddle. The dog was cooked all the way through and was very tasty. I got it with homemade chili and cheese whiz which was a good combination. I would definitely go back.

The second dog was from Joe-Joe's Italian Hot Dogs on Route 37E in Toms River. This place looks like it's been around forever, but I'm not sure. I was short on cash so I got a dirty water dog with homemade bbq onions. They were good, but the guy making the dogs put the onions on the dog after putting it in the roll which is normal, but then he popped it into the microwave!! The result was a soggy mess I tried to eat in my work van and failed. I'll probably go back, but try an Italian Dog next time.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on the tour Saturday.

Dave


I tried Ross's Dogs & steaks tonight before my promo up the road. I order the schickhaus foot long to go so i could key in orders in my car and when i got out to the car and opened the box it was a dog cut in 2 and in 2 rolls! i got a chili dog and was bummed as it was the typical Hormel chili. ugh. dogs were good but the chili ruined it. i would go back and try an "other than chili" dog!!!!
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/09 01:13:40
Foobuc,
I thought the chili was good, maybe they changed it?

Lee,
I believe Joe-Joe's is closed on Tues. and Wed.

Dave
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/09 08:05:12
Thanks DPuro...I'll see if I can get there another day...I want to try his Italian hotdog...compair it to Boardwalk Hotdog's creation!
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/11 07:46:52
Yesterday's Newark Star Ledger had an article on the front page about how restaurants are offering discounts and specials to lure back old customers and entice new ones due to lost business because of the current state of the economy. High end restaurants to hot dog joints and everything in between. The Galloping Hill Inn was mentioned in the article. There were 2 pictures as well. They will be offering a buy one, get one free special for 2 weeks later in the month.

My wife sent me to the GHI last night for a salad. I spoke with Jimmy Thomas who owns the Galloping Hill Inn along with his father. He isn't usually there in the evening, and it was the first time I got to speak with him since our Hot Dog Tour in Sept. I thanked him for the free food he provided for attendees and congratulated him on being in the Ledger. As a result of the article, the GHI was visited by Channel 9 News and Channel 11 News. They reran the piece on Channel 9 at 10 PM. I happenned to catch it. Didn't see the piece on Channel 11, but was notified that it was online. You can see it here: http://www.wpix.com/landing/?Dining-Out-On-The-Cheap=1&blockID=131220&feedID=1404

Too bad Jimmy isn't interviewed in this piece. One note: one of the customers stated that you save a dollar. This isn't true since a dog costs $2.50. Galloping Hill has specials occasionally regardless of the state of the economy. This is a good deal, so take advantage of it. This benefits the business as well as the customers.

Jimmy Buff's also has specials. My favorite is half price or buy one get one free Italian Hot Dogs and Sausage sandwiches every Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) at East Hanover and West Orange locations. On Mondays regular hot dogs are 99 cents including toppings. They have a fantastic homemade chili that goes great with the dog.

The Hot Grill in Clifton has a buy one get one free special Weekdays. I'm not sure if it is Mon-Thurs or Mon-Fri. Also not sure about the time. I think it may be 3-6, or 4-7. Check their website or contact them by phone. I call it Hot Dog Happy Hour.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/11 07:49:20
The article that accompanies the video segment incorrectly mentions a Jose Caldas as being the owner. Jose is an employee. The GHI is owned by Jimmy Thomas and his father George.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/15 06:52:47
Hot Dog Heaven on Kindermack Rd. in Emerson (Bergen County) has closed. I don't know when, but a friend went there 2 days ago to discover that a new place, The Railroad Grill is there. I was to Hot Dog Heaven once when I went with the S.W.A.T. Team 2 years ago. They served an average Sabrett (11/lb) dirty water dog with a nice tomatoey chili. They also made an Italian Hot Dog that I didn't try but was told that it was nothing special. It was their other offering that was a standout. They made a deep fried dog that was voted 3rd best in it's category. I actually voted it 2nd best. It was the same recipe dog (Thumann's deep fryer) that's used at Rutt's, Hirams, Libby's, and a slew of others. What made this dog a standout was it's preparation (fried long enough) and it's size. It was 6 to a lb. For this type of dog, it was an ideal size. Rutt's and most others serving this dog use an 8, Hirams a 7. The owner knew enough to leave the dogs in the oil rather than taking them out too soon. Those who don't fry them enough (New Corral in Clifton, Falls View are 2 examples that come to mind) end up serving a dog lacking in flavor.

My friend said that the Railroad Grill serves the same recipe Thumanns deep fryer (size unknown) but that he didn't like it. He was in at 3 PM and said that the dog was already fried and then reheated on a charcoal grill. He guessed that it had probably been dropped in the oil at noon. Deep fried pork based dogs should be consumed shortly after they are fried or they don't taste good. And shouldn't be reheated on a grill as these dogs aren't made for the grill.

Sounds like a place to avoid.
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/15 07:59:39
John - Wondered if you know if Hank's Franks on Route 46 in Hasbrouck Heights is still there? I am pretty sure that's the name...I still remember this sh-t after all these years of being out of Bergen County. Hey, can anyone give me a heads up on my favorite NJ hot dog..Hirum's! What a great hot dog!
eggsactley
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/15 11:49:37
Hiram's is still there, thankfully. The competing Callahan's across the street has been replaced by a bank.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/11/16 09:36:35
Hank's Franks is still there. I passed by it a few weeks ago on my way home from Attilio's Kitchen. I was there 2 summers ago and liked the dogs. Sabrett dirty water dogs that were tasty and hot although very small at 12 to a lb. I think I liked the chili. My review is on the gourmetchilidog.com or in the archives here from when I went with the S.W.A.T. Team. Very fast service as there was a line. They opened in 1959 and are still family owned.

Hirams is alive and well. They must be getting a lot of customers who frequented Callahan's. Baah Ben, you probably remember the old owner, Joe Barnao. He sold the place a few years ago to 2 of the guys who worked for him. Hirams opened in 1928 while Callahan's opened in the early 1940's. The 2 guys who bought it made a few small changes. One was to add a chili sauce to the menu. It's not a Texas Weiner type sauce like Libby's or the Hot Grill, but more of a spicy, hot chili similar to Father & Son in Linden. I've been back to Hiram's 2 or 3 times since we went there as a team 2 summers ago. Hirams took first place in the voting for best chili dog. It didn't place top 3 on my scorecard since it's a little spicy for my taste, but it does go well with the dogs. We judged dogs in 5 categories (grilled, boiled, fried, Italian style, and chili) and at the end were asked for our personal favorite dog overall of the entire summer. We went to 87 places and sampled over 100 different dogs since many places served more than one type of dog.

Out of 8 panelists, 5 chose Syd's, one chose Tony's truck, one chose Rutt's Hut, and one chose Hirams. Hiram's uses the Thumann's special dog for deep frying. It is made in varying sizes, but the same recipe dog is used by many places including Rutt's, Hiram's, Libby's, Goffle Grill, Pappy's, and others. Most use an 8 to a lb dog. Hiram's is 7 to a lb and a bit thicker than the dog at Rutt's. Since it is the same recipe, it tastes similar. I like this particular dog well done, so at Rutt's I ask for a weller. At Hiram's it doesn't come well done unless you request it. In Hiram's speak you ask for one "well". One other thing they do at Hiram's is to toast the bun. This isn't done at Rutt's or Libby's.

Hiram's has green relish and the usual assortment of condiments as well as burgers, fries, and beer. This dog compares favorably with Rutt's if you request it "well". I like the thicker size better than the Rutt's dog and the toasted bun is better as well. I love the relish at Rutt's better than any other relish. But if I was having just a plain dog with mustard, I would give Hiram's a slight edge ove Rutt's due to size and bun. I go to Rutt's more often simply because it is much, much closer to where I live.

Another interesting thing about Hiram's. They have one beer on tap (Michelob) and several brands of bottled beer. Last time I went was with the members of the S.W.A.T. Team. We enjoyed beers and dogs. A pint of Michelob was under $2.00; I think $1.50, which is a very good value. A friend had a bottle of Miller for around $4.00. She had less beer (12 oz to 16) and paid more for it. And Michelob is a much better beer than Miller.

Hiram's has a great atmosphere; one of the best for a hot dog joint. That in itself is not enough to entice me to go as Hot Dog Johnny's also is great for atmosphere, but the dogs are mediocre. And you can't taste atmosphere. But Hiram's has very good dogs if you like the milder, deep fried type, inexpensive beer on tap, and a great atmosphere. If it was closer to me, I'd go all the time.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/12/03 19:53:25
What's happenned here? A week ago there were 49 pages to this thread. Now there are 30? Why have posts been deleted?
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2008/12/03 23:09:39
Maybe they'll be found like all my lost e-mails from the last few days...server problems?????
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