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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 05/19/13 5:24 PM
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Dam, that's awful about John and Joe, hopefully thay can find a way to get up to code. As the saying goes, my check is in the mail. Truth be told, the last time I was there I spent some time talking to John just outside the kitchen, and looking around in there my first reaction was, "How can this possibly be passing inspection?". Obviously whatever Grandfathering or just looking the other way that was in effect no longer applies (new ambitious Health Department Official, perhaps, or acting on a tip from an inferior competitor?).  
 
On to other things. Bear, thanks for the directions to the back way to Charlies Hot dogs.
 
And, John Fox, the only time I was ever in Petridis was several years ago, and my experience was same as yours. Very young girls poorly trained or just indifferent. What I remember most was it was obvious they did not bother to drain the sauerkraut before putting it on the dogs, making the buns one soggy mess.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 05/20/13 8:51 AM
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Ken, I spoke to Joe on Sunday. It's good to know that many people have donated their services as well as money. The guys are grateful for this. There is someone new in the Health Dept. and either laws have changed or this person is being strict. There is a local church near Charlies that had a fundraiser recently. It was advertised and the health dept showed up and wound up closing the kitchen!

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 06/2/13 7:33 AM
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Although I can't enjoy my favorite indulgences (beer and hot dogs) as much as I would like, I do enjoy them occasionally. I had a little extra time at work yesterday so I snuck over to Marci's Dog House since it's close to my route. I wanted to try the new Hatfield dog. It's between 5 and 6 to a lb. There are variations with natural casing franks.

As many of you know, or have heard me state ad nauseum, the biggest lie in the hot dog business is claiming to have a dog made special for an establishment. It does happen, but it's rare. Companies are especially reluctant to make a special dog for a relatively small operation. When Rob, the owner of Marci's claimed to have a special recipe from Hatfield, I thought he was pulling my leg as he likes to joke around and knows that this false claim is a pet peeve of mine. Turns out he wasn't. He carries the special Hatfield dog that was voted the favorite on the 2 consecutive New Jersey Hot Dog Tours where a stop was included that served them. I no longer include this place because they do a lousy job preparing these dogs the other 364 days when they are not hosting a Tour. People who have gone back, including me have been disappointed.

Rob serves these dogs and they are now selling better than the Sabretts. He called the company and requested a bigger dog with a slightly different spicing. They agreed to make this dog for Marci's provided Rob would order a certain minimum and purchase the whole production run. He did, and now the new, bigger, specially made for Marci's Hatfield griller is available. I had 2 yesterday; one with just mustard, the other with chili. This is an excellent, high quality beef frank. It has a little more spice and kick than the smaller 8/1 Hatfield. The size is right as even the 10/1 Sabretts look tiny in comparision. The quality Hatfield franks have a unique and delicious flavor. The regular Hatfield franks sold in retail outlets in PA and at Citizens Bank Park are mediocre. Hatfield makes the better dogs for the New Jersey market mostly. The ones I had yesterday are only available at Marci's. If you like the Hatfield grillers (8/1) that he serves and that were so popular on the Tour, you'll love this one. One thing I didn't like about the premium Hatfield dogs was the too tight casing. Both versions served at Marci's don't have the tight casing. One reason is that the 5 or 6/1 dog is a different recipe; the other is that heating in water first seems to help. The texture and flavor of this dog is top of the line.

Both Hatfield's are among my top 5 beef dogs. I like Usinger's which is only available via mail order, and the Syd's dog. Rob will be offering the Syd's dog as soon as he gets the proper grill. I am impressed that a small operation such as Marci's was able to get a specially made high quality dog. Based on the almost unanimous voting for the Hatfield griller as favorite dog on the 2 Tours they were served (and getting more votes than the Syd's dog did in the past before they closed), I believe that the new dog will be well like by those who are members of Hot Dog Nation as well as hot dog lovers in the area.

I look forward to enjoying the Syd's dog the way it was meant to be served as well as returning and having the new Hatfield griller again. Marci's is the premier hot dog truck in my opinion for their quality, service, and variety. I am happy to announce that Marci's will again be included on the upcoming 10th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour in September. This time they will have 2 versions of the excellent premium Hatfield frank that was so popular and wasn't on the Tour the last couple of years.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 06/3/13 11:10 AM
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John...is some part left out?

Marci's is the only place mentioned & this part seems like you might be talking about some other place...

"I no longer include this place because they do a lousy job preparing these dogs the other 364 days when they are not hosting a Tour."

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 06/3/13 9:49 PM
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Sorry for the confusion. In the previous sentence I mentioned "a stop was included that served them." That stop was The Rahway Grill, not Marci's.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 06/7/13 2:46 PM
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i'm not a big fan of beef dogs they all are pretty much the same cure with beef and garlic...pork and beef dogs on the other hand are more complex cures...i enjoy dogs from a small company in jersey SCHMALZ'S

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 06/7/13 6:13 PM
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If you like Schmalz's dogs, frankfurter paradise awaits you in Buttzville, New Jersey. Though they don't divulge their dog, I have it on renowned authority that Hot Dog Johnny's purveys Schmalz's dogs. No sauerkraut , though. Nope, the tube steaks there, cooked in peanut oil, are routinely served with chopped onion, mustard and a pickle....west Jersey style, essentially. Sweet relish is available if you wish.
 
  And y'know, though I  make at least one trip a summer to Johnny's, it was always because the atmosphere is tops...perhaps the nicest landscape of any hot dog place.
 
  However, with time, I've actually become fond of the pork/beef pups....about 10 to a lb, I surmise. I think next time up I'll have 4, and a Birch beer. Can't do the buttermilk, no siree, Bob.
 
  Oh...anyone know where I can get a great slice of French apple pie in N.J.?
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 06/7/13 8:43 PM
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While Schmalz makes a quality dog, the dog they make for Hot Dog Johnny's  is not the same as what you get at their store in Springfield. The owner of HDJ has a cheaper, lower quality dog made specially for them. That's one reason the price is so low. Hot Dog Johnny's, in my opinion, is the most overrated hot dog joint in the state. Bland and mediocre.  Compare a Schmalz dog you buy at their retail store or the few places (The Wine Library in Millburn is one) that carry them to a Hot Dog Johnny's dog and you will taste a big difference.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 06/9/13 8:07 AM
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Just a small point, the Wine Library is in Springfield, NJ, although it has a Millburn Avenue address-the frontage is on Morris Avenue.  (It first started in a small converted house on Millburn Avenue years ago, and is now sited on property that used to be home to a White Diamond slider joint-later, a Burger King was on part of the property as well).

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 06/11/13 9:18 AM
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although i prefer pork/beef franks the hatfield black angus nat casing was my favorite i have not seen them for a while,only the nat casing hatfields but not the black angus i have not tried the reg ones and maybe they are the same, they have them here a RD

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 06/15/13 11:11 PM
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Two things:
 
1 - I need some help with the Hot Dog Map.. someone added Soupy's Hot Dogs in Dunellen, NJ since I have last visited the map. Can someone confirm when was the last time you went there, if he's still there, and does he still do the car dealership on Saturday?
 
My Mom was friends with him (she worked at the Deli and saw him in the bar sometimes) and at one point I lived in the apartment next to where his cart was.
 
I'd like to see him and get some dogs, but it's a far drive for me. Over an hour. The other problem is I work Mon - Fri.
 
His sauce on top of the dogs was AWESOME!
 
2 - I added Cool Dog Cafe on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ. I mentioned it earlier, but they have a Homewrecker challenge. We should get a bunch of people for it. Eat two dogs, small fries, in 20 minutes. You get a shirt and the meal is free. Thing is, the dogs are half pound each and loaded. One is hot.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 06/24/13 3:18 PM
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Besides Carmen's in Union (thanks John for the tip), are there any other bakeries that make their own hot dog rolls?  I've been twice to Carmen's (and as a kid we'd buy our hot dog rolls for picnics at another bakery, long gone, on Stuyvesent Ave in Union) but I'm open to other suggestions/recommendations-going to try Pechter's in Harrison this week.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Mon, 06/24/13 5:47 PM
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I think DiPaola's in Union does, but I' m not positive. Pechters are good. Vaccaro:s in Clark makes them, but I never tried them.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 06/26/13 9:53 PM
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Natale's in Summit, NJ, also bakes their own hot dog rolls.  We're bringing shrimp rolls (think lobster rolls) to a picnic down the shore so we may do a Natale's/Carmen's/DiPaola's roll taste off this weekend.
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 06/26/13 11:35 PM
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Just a quick post to note that I was in the Bridgewater Wegman's today, and in addition to thier usual wide variety of quality hot dogs (Thumann's, Sahlens, Zweigles, Hoffman, etc) they are now carrying Wardynski's Hot Dogs from Buffalo NY. They will be a welcome addition to our 4th of July cookout. I don't think I've ever had them before.
 
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 06/27/13 1:25 PM
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Did you notice if they had both the red and white zweigle's? If so, I'll be making a trip soon.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 06/27/13 6:09 PM
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Yes, they had both, in fact I bought one pack of each. Just a heads up, the Zweigles are in the back of the store in the regular hot dog section. The Wardynskis are in the "gourmet" area near the deli counter, along with the Hartmanns.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 06/28/13 5:32 PM
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John Fox


I think DiPaola's in Union does, but I' m not positive. Pechters are good. Vaccaro:s in Clark makes them, but I never tried them.


We went to Pechter's today-they don't sell loose hot dog rolls (although they sell many other types of rolls), just the prepackaged normal grocery store type rolls, which isn't what I'm after.  I, too, enjoy their rolls at Galloping Hill Inn, but they don't sell them at their Harrison bakery.  For the prepackaged types, they are just 12/$1.45 for the regulars and 6/$2.20 for the foot longs.  Overall, the prices are great-as in $1.80 for a loaf of marble rye!  8 inch hero rolls-$.30.  Kaiser rolls, poppy or not-$3.50 a dozen.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 06/28/13 7:25 PM
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Johnlockedema, 
 
 A roll I particularly like to put my franks on is baked by Calandra's, and available at King's and  near the deli at Shoprite. They're called Long Rolls, and are like small Italian breads, but not as bulky as a sub roll...maybe just a tad less hefty than the Galloping Hill rolls. To be sure I get 'em, I get to Shoprite (in Westfield) early. I've never gone to the Calandra's in Newark to get them. They're anywhere from 3.39 to 3.99 for a pack of six, which would make them far too pricey for a hot dog purveyor. But for home use, I like no other better. Toast 'em a tad. That's good eatin'.
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 06/29/13 7:19 AM
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Johnlockedema, 

 A roll I particularly like to put my franks on is baked by Calandra's, and available at King's and  near the deli at Shoprite. They're called Long Rolls, and are like small Italian breads, but not as bulky as a sub roll...maybe just a tad less hefty than the Galloping Hill rolls. To be sure I get 'em, I get to Shoprite (in Westfield) early. I've never gone to the Calandra's in Newark to get them. They're anywhere from 3.39 to 3.99 for a pack of six, which would make them far too pricey for a hot dog purveyor. But for home use, I like no other better. Toast 'em a tad. That's good eatin'.

  The Bear
Yes,Calandra's makes some great Italian bread products, and this roll works great on hotdogs. We have our shop rite and several Italian dellies in the area carry them. Great with our Thumann's or Shickhaus natural casings!
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 06/29/13 7:54 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, I actually worked with one of the Calandra kids years ago.  I'm really looking for a bun with a softer crumb than a typical Italian rolll (they had several sizes of those at Pechter's yesterday) but not cotton soft like a supermarket hot dog roll-so far Carmen's is the uber roll to me.  I'm off to Natale's in Summit later today to get a few of theirs.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 06/29/13 10:37 AM
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I'm going to make a batch of hot dog sauce this weekend. I was wondering if there's any places to get some other brands of dogs in my area.. near Toms River, NJ. I hear about all these places up near Union, NJ, but what about down here? I'm talking about raw hot dogs, either custom made or just a different brand.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 06/29/13 11:57 AM
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I'm going to make a batch of hot dog sauce this weekend. I was wondering if there's any places to get some other brands of dogs in my area.. near Toms River, NJ. I hear about all these places up near Union, NJ, but what about down here? I'm talking about raw hot dogs, either custom made or just a different brand.

What do you mean by 'raw' hot dogs?  All hot dogs are already cooked, no?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 06/29/13 12:52 PM
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The shop rite in brick carries a whole bunch of hot dog brands...Shickause,Thumanns and many other quality names.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 07/3/13 2:39 PM
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I agree with ScreenBear that Hot Dog Johnny's is an iconic Nj  hotdog paradise. I have been going to HDJ for more than 45 years and have always enjoyed the Western NJ style hotdogs topped with mustard,chopped onion & a slice of dill pickle,their french fries are also a favorite, always crisp and never soggy. Another great Nj hotdog paradise about 15-20 minutes away is Charlies Pool Room, it's a shame what happened, hopefully John & Joe will reopen soon.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/4/13 9:50 AM
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Just a quick post to note that I was in the Bridgewater Wegman's today, and in addition to thier usual wide variety of quality hot dogs (Thumann's, Sahlens, Zweigles, Hoffman, etc) they are now carrying Wardynski's Hot Dogs from Buffalo NY. They will be a welcome addition to our 4th of July cookout. I don't think I've ever had them before.



I'm curious to hear how you like the Wardynski's hot dogs today.  We tend to rotate Sahlens, Watdynski's, and Zweigles.  Today we have Zweigles on the agenda.  I hope the hot dogs turn out good for you today and am glad you have such a good selection to choose from.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/5/13 10:44 AM
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"...Natale's in Summit, NJ, also bakes their own hot dog rolls"
 
johnlockedema: Thanks so much for that tip. My wife and visiting sister-in-law went shopping in Summit on Wednesday, and I came along for the ride. On the way we passed the Summit Bakery so we stopped in. I can't say for sure I'd ever been in there, although I know I've passed the building before.
 
Bottom line, everybody at our 4th of July cookout was raving about the Hot Dogs rolls. I think they gained a few new customers. Great rolls, Thanks again!
 
PS: The Zweigles from Wegman's went over well too, although I could do without the "split open" feature, which makes them harder to grill and not attractive to look at.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/5/13 10:49 AM
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Buffalo Wild Wings has a selection on the "Sharables" section of its menu, Mini Beef Dog Slammers™, which come with chili and cheese for a buck or so more. I haven't tried them yet, and am wondering if anyone here has, and if you might elucidate as to the brand of frank the three dog serving is comprised of. 
 
  Thanks, 
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/5/13 10:56 AM
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P.S.---Does anyone have an update on the progress of Hot Dog place rejuvenation. rectification, revival, renaissance and, ultimately, resurrection and Grand Reopening, at Charlie's Pool Room, Alpha, N.J.? 
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 07/6/13 1:15 PM
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<<I'm curious to hear how you like the Wardynski's hot dogs today.
 
Actually, the Wardinski's wound up in the freezer. After taking stock of the packs of Zweigles White and Red, along with burgers and some grilled italian sausage & peppers, it would have been overkill.
 
I'll try to remember to report back when we wind up cooking them.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 07/6/13 10:39 PM
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Our Publix here in Florida are now carrying the
Hofmann Brand ....never had them before, but
we all thought they were very good. They are
a natural casing, they are also carrying the
white Snappers.
 
I know they are a NY Dog but thought this was a good
place to get an opinion.
 
mike 
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/7/13 9:50 AM
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They are available here in Jersey at Wegmans supermarkets. Also served at Mauis in Wildwood. A quality mild tasting frank made from pork, veal, and beef.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/7/13 8:34 PM
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Regarding the Hoffman brand hot dogs, I have had them at Heid's of Liverpool and found them to be good.  As John points out, they are mild, so the chili at Heid's is a good choice as a topper.  They are not inferior dogs that need a topping, of course.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/7/13 8:44 PM
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They are fine with just a lttle mustard, but go great with chili. My local Wegmans sells them loose as well as packaged. My favorite dog in this style is Thumann's from Jersey, but the manager of the deli department told me that Hofmann's outsells Thumann's 3 to 1.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 07/7/13 8:51 PM
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I charred the Hofmanns up real good on the grill, then
served them on Martin's potato buns. 
They took the char real well. Topped with mustard,
relish, onion and kraut for those that like kraut.
They were very good!
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 07/9/13 10:55 AM
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"...Natale's in Summit, NJ, also bakes their own hot dog rolls"

johnlockedema: Thanks so much for that tip. My wife and visiting sister-in-law went shopping in Summit on Wednesday, and I came along for the ride. On the way we passed the Summit Bakery so we stopped in. I can't say for sure I'd ever been in there, although I know I've passed the building before.

Bottom line, everybody at our 4th of July cookout was raving about the Hot Dogs rolls. I think they gained a few new customers. Great rolls, Thanks again!

PS: The Zweigles from Wegman's went over well too, although I could do without the "split open" feature, which makes them harder to grill and not attractive to look at.

Glad you liked the Natale's rolls.  I'd make the trip to Union to Carmen's, as the rolls are larger to fit the size hot dogs I usually buy, and they are better textured and a bit cheaper as well.  I'm looking forward to trying a few other places over the summer for my 'best' north Jersey hot dog roll!

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/12/13 8:23 PM
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To celebrate National Hot Dog Month, Rob Merlino, the Hotdogman, has featured a different hot dog joint each day of the month. Check out his site, hotdogstories.com. 2 Jersey icons were featured the last 2 days. I was happy to be chosen to give a little narration.

http://hotdogstories.com/rutts-hut-national-hot-dog-month-day-12/
http://hotdogstories.com/jimmy-buffs-national-hot-dog-month-day-10/

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 07/25/13 11:47 PM
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What kind of hot dog buns hold up to toppings? Usually I find the bottom of my bun falls apart.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/26/13 4:32 PM
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Pechter's bakery in Harrison,Nj makes a very good hotdog bun, holds the hotdog and toppings very well & hardly ever fallls apart like some of the store bought brands. Calandra's bakery in Newark,Nj also makes a very good hotdog bun, a little bit firmer than the traditional type of bun but has a great flavor.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 07/26/13 6:01 PM
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I use the buns from Pechters, which merged with Rockland bakeries. Rarely do I go to Harrison, but I often buy them at Father  & Son in Linden. If I'm off during the week, or on a Sunday, I go to Carmens in Union. Their rolls are even better.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 07/31/13 9:42 AM
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I recently found and enthusiastically ate a very good example of what you might call the country cousin of the frankfurter: The Corn Dog. 
 
 No pre-packaged offering, the corn dog at Bella's Burger Shack (2 S Finley Ave, back of building, Basking Ridge, NJ, 07920) is what they inform is a "locally sourced," all-beef, natural casing dog hand-battered and perfectly deep fried. I'm here to tell you that it is the best corn dog I've eaten east of the Jefferson County Fair, Fairfield, Iowa, 52556.
 
 The young lady behind the counter didn't know the exact provenance of the tube steak within...only that it's, again, locally sourced from a provision company. I thought it tasted fine, and played its part of the combo-delicacy with notable aplomb....although, curiously, a cross section of the frank divulged a light, pinkish texture, which, to me generally means a pork component. Additionally, I thought there was a hint of porkiness....though, perhaps, this was a smokiness I mistook for pork. Or, it could be I was harkening back to Iowa, the cornfields, the fair, and, just maybe, the memory of the racing pigs somehow seeped into my taste bud control center.
 In any case, while not quite like finding a shorter route to the East, I feel great accomplishment and fulfillment. This is now going to be my go-to place for corn dogs. Now, if I could only find a good place for the ever-elusive chicken croquettes, and another for the even scarcer French apple pie.
 
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Oh yummm a natural casing on a corn dog.
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 08/2/13 4:01 PM
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The other day my wife and I went to a place in Clifton that seems to fly totally under the radar, called The New Corral. And, yep, they specialize in Texas Weiners in the Clifton/Paterson style. I only heard of it because a friend of mine who used to live in Clifton mentioned it to me, he said he used to go there back in the 70's and 80's. It apparently changed it's name from just The Corral to the New Corral when it was remodeled in the 80's.
 
So, off we went. Fairly small diner-type place, very old school, of course.  My wife had a Greek salad, which was huge, and only about $7. I had 2 Texas Weiners all the way, and we shared an order of Onion rings and an Order of French Fries. The ring and fry orders were also huge, good, not great, but only about $3 each, a great price for the size of the order.
 
The weiners and sauce were typical, well prepared and tasty, easily comparable to the more well known places. They were quite small though, probably about 10 to a pound. The waitress said they were Thumans. They tasted like they could have been Thumann's but I wasn't aware they made a dog that small. They were only $2 each, so the price was fair, given the small size.
 
 No web site, but Yelpers seem mostly to like it:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-new-corral-clifton
 
Anyway, I'm not sure it merits a 1/2 hour ride from Union County, unless you're in the area, but it's nice to know there's such a good place that is still under the NJ Hot Dog Radar. And it turns out there's a great Turkish Bakery just across the street.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 08/2/13 7:47 PM
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I would like to plan a small NJ hotdog day for my son and myself. I'm thinking Clifton would be a great start! Thanks for posting this Ken!

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/4/13 5:07 AM
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The 10th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour will be Saturday, September 21st. It is sold out with a waiting list as there are usually some cancellations. The itinerary is finalized. As always there are a couple of new stops while old favorites are rotated. This year's itinerary includes 2 new stops, one that is a repeat from last year, and some that we haven't been to in awhile. All represent some of what I consider the finest in their respective styles. Since there is one large bus this year instead of two, we will have the time to include an extra stop. Perhaps next year we will move the Tour further south. The stops are listed below with a brief description. Please note that with the exception of our starting point, the order has not been determined yet. I want to leave that open because I am currently talking to two television stations in the hopes of having at least one of them cover the Tour. It's probable that they would want to meet at a prticular place and time.

1) Galloping Hill Inn, Union. Our starting point and the only place that has been on every tour. They are kind enough to let us use their huge parking lot and serve one of the finest hot dogs in Jersey. A grilled (griddled) 6/1 special blend beef/pork frank from Grote & Weigel. One of the few places that serves a dog made special for them. It is based on a recipe from a small pork store in Union that used to provide these dogs to the GHI. It has a collagen casing and is served on a unique, harder football shaped bun. Only the Hot Grill in Clifton serves more hot dogs in the course of a day.

2) Marci's Dog House, Clark. A repeat from last year. Their dogs were so good that they have been added again as a stop. And, unlike last year, they have 2 new dogs. The premium 8/1 Hatfield (griddled) that was such a hit on past Tours at the Rahway Grill. And a special recipe from Hatfield that is made just for Marci's. Another instance of a place serving a dog made for them. This is welcome and rare as most in the business who claim this are lying. But Marci's and the GHI are truly offering dogs you cannot get elsewhere and made only for them. The special recipe dog at Marci's has a slightly different spicing and is bigger; about 6/1. Also available is the Sabrett 10/1 with Marci's excellent toppings. Named the state's best hot dog truck by the Star Ledger. They also make a great Italian Hot Dog.

3) Jimmy Buff's Kenilworth. A new stop. This location is a few years old and along with West Orange are the only two remaining Jimmy Buff's retaurants. The others, including East Hanover, which has been on the Tour 5 years, have closed. This Jimmy Buff's, in my opinion, is the best out of all the locations I've been to. And along with Tommy's and Marci's Dog House, one of the 3 best establishments serving this unique sandwich. This location is thriving despite being 2 blocks away from a big name competitor. Jimmy Buff's serves the traditional Italian Hot Dog. This particular place is known for better bread, bigger dogs, and more peppers and potatoes. A substantial, quality Italian Hot Dog. Big roomy retaurant also.

4) Father & Son, Linden. A past favorite on the Tour. It's been awhile since they were included. They had different owners a few years ago and service was lax and the dogs weren't served hot and fresh. This has changed in the past year as new owners bought and revived the place. Father & Son is back to what it was years ago. Same chili and dogs. An all beef natural casing 8/1 Grote & Weigel frank that is available nowhere else in Jersey. Topped with one of the spiciest and best chili's. A popular stop in the past. I'm glad to be able to include them again.

5) Munce's, Rahway. Munce's, in my opinion is one of the 3 finest hot dog trucks in Jersey. Stuart Burnett owns Munce's and is doing a great job. He has a tasty homemade chili that is one of my 3 favorites. Slightly sweet, unique, and very pleasing. Munce's serves a standard 10/1 natural casing Sabrett that is always fresh and hot. Prepared perfectly. But they also have what I consider one of the best, if not the best, butcher shop dogs around. Slightly bigger than the Sabrett, it is milder, with a wider array of subtler spices. An excellent dog and one of my favorites. A brand new stop on the Tour.

6) The Hot Grill, Clifton. On the Tour once before, it's time to bring them back. A classic North Jersey Paterson/Clifton area Texas Weiner. They serve more hot dogs than any New Jersey establishment. A deep fried beef/pork frank topped with mustard, onions, and a thin chili sauce that has cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Not for everyone, but wildly popular in North Jersey. One of the most consistent places as far as the temperature of the franks and chili. The dogs (they use 8/1 Sabrett beef/pork and 8/1 Grote & Weigel beef/pork) are fried twice. They sell their chili to go. My favorite place for a Texas Weiner. A favorite of Tommy John and former President Richard Nixon.

7) Rutt's Hut, Clifton. Easily the most well known hot dog joint in Jersey. And one of the best. Around since 1928, Rutt's is known for their deep fried dogs. You can get them served to various degrees of doneness. From the in-n-outer, to the ripper, to the weller, to the cremator. Rutt's uses a special frank made for deep frying. Made by Thumann's, it is beef and pork, 8 to a lb. Rutt's homemade relish is like no other and perfectly complements their deep fried dogs.

As I mentioned, this Tour is sold out, but you can add your name to the waiting list. There will not be another bus.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 08/8/13 7:40 PM
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agnesrob


I would like to plan a small NJ hotdog day for my son and myself. I'm thinking Clifton would be a great start! Thanks for posting this Ken!

Agnes, I posted a link to a pdf specifically on hot dogs in Clifton on the Hot Dog Nation facebook page today.  I can't figure out how to link it here.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 08/8/13 7:41 PM
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FYI, the Getty Grill in Clifton, former stop on a previous Hot Dog Tour, has closed-an Arabic restaurant is now on the site.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/18/13 11:14 AM
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Back before the 4th of July I posted that I had bought a pack of Wardynski's Hot Dogs, made in Buffalo, bought at Wegman's in Bridgewater. At the time since we already had plenty of food for our cookout, I reluctantly put them in the freezer for later use.
 
Well, that later use came up quite unexpectedly last night. I had a couple of friends over for a few beers and to listen to old stupid Rock and Roll, like we do a couple times a year.
 
Around 9PM we got hungry, and instead of putting out the usual spread of cheese and crackers and sliced meats, I decided to grill up the Wardynski's. I just may have found my new favorite store-bought Hot Dog.
 
Keep in mind that these dogs were prepared under the worst possible conditions. They had been the freezer for almost 2 months, and were defrosted on short-notice via microwave. Yet, we all agreed these were some of the best Hot Dogs we had ever had.
 
Hard to describe the flavor. They had a sort of sweet taste to them, definately a different flavor profile than Thumann's. Seemed to have all that flavor and somehow a little less greasy too. And a good size, 6 to a lb. in the pack. We each had two.
 
I sure hope Wegmans still has them. Labor Day is coming up.
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 08/18/13 9:59 PM
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OK, Ken, I'll bite. High praise, indeed.
 I wasn't sold until I viewed the commercial. Though I've yet to make my first visit to Wegman's, I now have further impetus.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 08/27/13 11:11 PM
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Hello all ,
Big thanks once again to my partner John Fox for finalizing the intinerary for the 10th Annual NJ Hot Dog Tour
Kudos to him  . To think we would still be doing it 10 yrs later . Hop over to FB page Hot Dog Nation if you want to be kept up to date on evrerything form the tours as most from roadfood also post over there too now
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 08/27/13 11:12 PM
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Don't know why there are double posts by me all of a sudden
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 08/28/13 10:32 AM
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I finally stopped at Cool Dog Cafe in Cherry Hill, NJ. The place has plenty of seating inside (I dunno 10 or so tables) and 2 small tables outside. It was very clean. I watched as people left, they were already going to clean the tables. The two ladies behind the counter were very friendly.
 
Sabrett's hot dogs. Very nicely fried.
 
I had a Thai Satay Dog.. this was Thai Peanut Sauce, Scallions, Sesame Seeds, and Chow Mein Noodles. I asked for extra sauce. I probably shouldn't have.. it was too much, even for a sauce lover like myself. The noodles had a nice crunch. The sauce should have been warmer/warm.
 
My Aunt had a Hey Mac dog. Nothing fantastic to see here. A dog topped with Mac N Cheese. She liked it, though, and there was a good portion of topping.
 
My Grandmother has fish at a hot dog place, go figure. Beer-Battered Fish, Lettuce, Cole Slaw, Thousand Island Dressing. She said it was really good.
 
We had fries. They are fried twice. Thinly sliced, skin on. They were a little cold and mushy. While nice looking fries, I didn't really care for them.
 
Sauces I forget all the sauces they had.. we tried curry mayo and kaboom sauce. Kaboom had a nice heat to it.
 
Their website is newly designed (at least since I've been there last). They have more dogs not listed on their website, specials on the wall that either customers recommend or something.. I wish they'd post those up too. It'd make me crave going back there more.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 08/29/13 5:35 PM
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Now that Pal's Cabin is closed, they are selling some of their products at the Fairchild Market in nearby Roseland.  They mentioned the other day they had their 1/4 and 1/2 lb burgers for sale, as well as their 1/4 famous hot dogs, for Labor Day bbqs.  I asked on their FB page about the dogs, and they were fine to reply they were natural casing, beef and pork Schickhaus.  Props to them for giving out good information, as they probably are cheaper in the supermarket than at Fairchild.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 08/29/13 8:04 PM
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johnlockedema


agnesrob


I would like to plan a small NJ hotdog day for my son and myself. I'm thinking Clifton would be a great start! Thanks for posting this Ken!

Agnes, I posted a link to a pdf specifically on hot dogs in Clifton on the Hot Dog Nation facebook page today.  I can't figure out how to link it here.


Thanks so much! I have access to HD Nation.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 08/29/13 8:59 PM
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I was at Wegman's in Bridgewater today and they have a good supply of Wardynski's Hot Dogs. I bought two packs, 6 to a lb. each.  We are set for Labor Day.
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 08/31/13 8:09 AM
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Ken, about 5 or 6 years ago I was sent a package of Wardynski's and a package of Sahlen's by a woman who is from the area and who I gave information for a book. They tasted very much alike. I'll have to try them again before the summer is over and they are no longer stocked.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 08/31/13 8:12 AM
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My favorite place to get a beef dog was Syd's. Opened in the Weequahic section in Newark in 1942 by Syd Goldstein. Over the years there were a number of owners, but the same great hot dogs. Syd's moved to the Millburn Mall in Union in 1967 and closed for good a few years ago when the landlord forced several busineses including Tabatchnicks and Sonny Amster's out.

Their dog was a 5/1 natural casing Best's that you could get boiled or grilled. Grilled was actually boiled first, then charbroiled. Most got it this way. Named as the best hot dog joint by the Star Ledger the first year they did the Munchmobile series. And again in 2006 by a panel that reviewed 87 places. A very popular stop in the early years of the New Jersey Hot Dog Tour. At the time they closed, Syd's was the only place serving Best's franks (Best has only one recipe) at this size and casing. Best continued to make this dog for their walk in customers and any business that wanted ...them. Jimmy Buff's in East Hanover (now closed) served this dog. Currently there is a place in Millburn serving it the same way as Syd's. Unfortunately they are using a cheap supermarket bun that falls apart. The only other places I know of that currently serve this dog is Bubba's in Seaside which prepares it on a griddle, and a bagel shop in Livingston that I've never been to.

Marci's Dog House in Clark will be serving this dog Saturday and Sunday. They have a grill now and will be serving it the same way as Syd's. You also have the option of adding their fine toppings. A popular dog at Syd's was called sweet works. It had mustard, sweet relish, and sauerkraut. I got mine with mustard only since the dog was so good.

Another fine addition by Marci's. Rob Marciano now offers the two franks (Syd's and premium Hatfield's) that were by far the most popular as voted by hot dog connoiseurs attending the Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour over the years. I' m glad this excellent dog, which was and is my favorite, will be available close to me and prepared the right way. I hope it becomes if not a permanent offering, one that is a frequent special.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 08/31/13 10:57 AM
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<<Ken, about 5 or 6 years ago I was sent a package of Wardynski's and a package of Sahlen's by a woman who is from the area and who I gave information for a book. They tasted very much alike
 
Interesting. I bought some Sahlen's at Wegman's a couple of years ago and they reminded me very much of Thumann's. The Wardynski's I had recently didn't remind me of Thumann's at all. I doubt if the recipe has changed, just a matter of taste I guess. If it matters, the Wardynski's at Wegmans are labeled Pork and Beef (in that order) "Hot Dogs" with natural sheep's casing. Maybe there's different varieties.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 09/1/13 7:13 AM
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No, that's what I had, but it was awhile ago and was sent through the mail which could have affected the flavor. Sahlen's are good on the grill and have a unique peppery flavor.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 09/3/13 2:09 PM
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Pechter's bakery in Harrison,Nj makes a very good hotdog bun, holds the hotdog and toppings very well & hardly ever fallls apart like some of the store bought brands. Calandra's bakery in Newark,Nj also makes a very good hotdog bun, a little bit firmer than the traditional type of bun but has a great flavor.

I hate to be a stickler, but I believe the hot dog rolls sold at the Pechter's outlet in Harrison are actually baked by H&S Bakery/Northeast Foods. I think they bake a few slightly different formulas. I have often bought their bags of 12 individual hot dog rolls under the Harvest Pride name.
http://www.hsbakery.com/index.cfm?page=products_hotdog_rolls
and click on the image in the middle of the bottom row.
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