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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 09/6/13 2:56 PM
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It's been a while since I was at Pechter's in Harrison, I used to stop by at least every other week for their great  rye bread and other fine baked goods. The last time I bought their hotdog rolls, they were packaged in clear plastic, no markings, some of the Hotdog Vendors in the Newark area carry their rolls,but the cases they are packed in have Rockland bakery on the box.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 09/6/13 7:14 PM
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I've heard that Rockland Bakery owns Pecter's. Not positive but I think the Harvest Pride buns are for longer hot dogs.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 09/8/13 9:57 AM
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Pechter's in Harrison doesn't sell hot dog rolls 'loose', among all the other varieties of bread and rolls that they do-so I'm guessing they aren't baked onsite. 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 09/19/13 8:39 PM
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The 10th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour is less than 2 days away! For those attending, the order will be: Galloping Hill Inn, Jimmy Buff's Kenilworth, Marci's, Father & Son, Munce's, Hot Grill, and Rutt's Hut.

I spoke with the people who run these establishments and everything is set. See the pinned post above for information on the these places as well as what they offer. Marci's will have in addition to their Sabrett dirty water dog, the special Hatfield griller made especially for them, as well as the Syd's dog. They will not be offering their Italian Hot Dog. Munce's will also have a dog from a local butcher shop that is fantastic.

Let me make a few suggestions. First, pace yourself. Many of us can eat 7 hot dogs over the course of a day. Those who can't, or don't want to, are encouraged to share, skip a place that has a particular dog or method of preparation that you may not care for, or get the dog to eat at another time. You may not want to fill up on items like french fries in order to leave room for hot dogs. Or else eat them as a change of pace if you want.

Another suggestion: if you live anywhere near this particular area, you've probably had a Sabrett frank before. Done right, they are excellent. But the two stops that offer them have other options that you may not have had. Or had in a long time. Marci's offers the Syd's dog prepared exactly like Syd's. In water, then charbroiled. It is my favorite hot dog. Marci's also has a premium hot dog from Hatfield that really is made special for him. Similar to Hatfield's premium beef dog (but bigger with a slightly different spicing) this is one of the best beef dogs I've sampled. And you can only get it here.

Munce's also offers another dog in addition to his fine natural casing Sabretts. It is from a local butcher and is one of the 2 or 3 best hot dogs I've had in this style. Of course you can get one of these dogs AND a Sabrett. Just giving some suggestions and options.

Out of all the Tours, I believe this one has the widest variety of hot dog choices as well as the best quality dogs offered. Thanks to my partner Benzee who worked his butt off in preparation for this Tour. And to Screenbear, who has agreed to be the narrator/tour guide again this year. In years past, he did one bus, I did the other. We will have one bus this year, and since he does such a great job, (see the video of last year's Tour), he will be doing the honors on the bus this year.

It will be a fun day and the weather should cooperate. Looking forward to seeing everyone that will be attending this year.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 09/22/13 10:08 AM
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The 10th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour is in the books. Thanks to my partner Benzee who put in a lot of work in preparation for this Tour. Screenbear who did a great job as Tour narrator. Dennis our driver. Rob Merlino who spent the day filming the Tour for Hotdogstories.com. Barbara from nj.com. The men and women who run the establishments we visited. They all provided excellent food and service. Last, but not least those of you who attended. You made it a fun day. It's nice to see old friends and to meet new ones.

We had people attend from Alabama, San Francisco, and surrounding states. A lot of travelling after a long day of eating hot dogs. Please feel free to post pictures and opinions.

I thought this Tour had the widest varieties of hot dogs. We had the Syd's dog, a special premium Hatfield dog, a terrific Italian Hot Dog, a locally made top quality frank from a butcher, an authentic Texas Weiner, dirty water Sabretts, the deep fried dog... at Rutt's, and the quality dog from the GHI. Plus all the fantastic homemade toppings. Chili, kraut, relish; all great and made to perfectly complement a hot dog. I always ask for favorites on the bus. This year every place had at least a few people who considered them their favorite. Rutt's Hut, which most either love or hate, proved to be one of the top favorites this year. The Syd's dog from Marci's was right up there as well as the chili dogs from Father & Son. But all the stops were well liked and they all provided good service. Of course there were a few that skipped Rutt's Hut even though they got as much or more votes for favorite dog as the others named.

I sampled every dog offered with the exception of the Sabretts. Seven stops; at least 10 different dogs offered. I enjoyed all of them. And they were all fresh, hot and well prepared. Some days I might enjoy one type or style of dog more than another. Depends on the mood. I would say that today I enjoyed all about the same, but if forced to pick a favorite it would be the Syd's dog from Marci's. Syd's was my favorite hot dog joint. Though they are gone, the company still makes these dogs. I'm glad that I can get them at the factory, but also that I can go out and have one at a place like Marci's. I wish that other places served this exceptional dog.

Thanks for making this my favorite day of the year. We are already planning for next year. Feel free to post pictures, opinions, and suggestions.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 09/22/13 10:17 AM

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 09/24/13 6:54 PM
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Looks like the NY Times has Crossed the River.
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/dining/dog-ziggity-new-jerseys-own-hot-dogs.html?hpw
 
Actually, Robert Sietsema is one of my favorite NY food writers. He did a pretty good job on this considering he was on foreign soil.
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 09/25/13 8:47 AM
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Todays New York Times is covering NJ Hot Dogs (or "Franks" as we said in Brooklyn), with slide show:
 
http://www.nytimes.com/20...seys-own-hot-dogs.html

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 09/26/13 2:03 PM
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I have a new hot dog place, but had no time to add it to the NJ Hot Dog Map yet. Not sure if it has been mentioned here before.
 
Jimmy G's in Hamilton, NJ. They employee told me they opened about 5 or 6 months ago, but I only saw their advertisement yesterday in a local paper, and if you check NJ.com they opened about 3 months ago. I think they might have another location in Trenton, NJ or have moved from there. I didn't read the whole article.
 
They don't really have a whole lot on the menu and nothing interesting. I didn't ask what brand of dog they use, but it was nothing special. Nicely grilled.
 
The "works" is really an Italian Hot dog, but instead of pizza bread it's on a hoagie roll. Larger and stronger than a hot dog bun, but not large enough to be a sub. Potatoes were not crispy enough, but peppers were big and tasty.
 
In addition to that they also serve Kielbasa and Cheesesteaks made of ribeye.
 
Cheese choices were american and provolone I believe.
 
A single works was $4.50. Double was $5.50 I think. Kielbasa was $6.75.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 10/3/13 10:38 PM
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Anyone ever try Big D's in Dover. He has a truck next to the train station. He also makes italian hot dogs and sausages a couple days a week.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 10/17/13 12:49 PM
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FYI, the Stewarts hot dog and root beer location in Stirling, NJ on Valley Road has closed and an Italian restaurant has taken its place.  Years ago it was a tiny hot dog/luncheonette spot with about 8 stools on a counter, then it was repurposed into a much larger Stewarts.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 10/17/13 9:54 PM
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That Stewart's location was horrible. Terrible service mediocre to bad food. I can't believe that it stayed open as long as it did. people would try it and never return. There was never anyone there.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 10/18/13 9:01 AM
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Big D: You beat me to it, I was going to say almost the exact same thing.  It was the type of place I really wanted to like. Loved the location and the looks of the place, but the food and service were awful. Never went back. That was 5 or 6 years ago, and since then whenever I'd pass by  (maybe a couple of times a year) I'd always be surprised it was still open.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 10/20/13 7:59 PM
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I had a good experience the two times I went there-it never was a destination place, but if I was in the area and felt like a hot dog I'd stop by.  Today I was down the shore, so I had a hot dog at the Windmill in Belmar, which hit the spot.  What didn't was being charged an extra $.40 for a hard roll for Nancy's California Cheeseburger!

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 10/25/13 8:02 PM
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Today after finishing my twice a month Costco in Edison shopping I decided to continue about 1/2 hour South to Lawrenceville and Captain Paul's Firehouse Dogs for lunch.  I'm glad  I did, it was  well worth the drive.
 
It's a nicely done Roadside Stand, with several picnic tables on an outside patio, and a cramped interior with a few stools at the counter. They seemed quite busy at around Noon. All the food items have firehouse-themed names, and there is a lot of firehouse-themed knick knacks to look at.
 
I had a Third Alarm Dog (Chili, onions, and mustard) and one of their sort-of Italian Hot Dog variations, called a Signal 22 (Torpedo Roll, fried potatoes, peppers, and fried onion petals). I also ordered sides of Fries and Onion rings.
 
The Chili Dog was one of the best I've ever had. The dogs are a standard issue Hatfield dog, but the chili is prepared very differently from the North Jersey style. It was on the sweet side and very tasty, held together nicely with a good quality roll. The Signal 22 was loaded with peppers but kind of light on the potatoes and onion petals. It was very well prepared but the peppers were a little bitter to my taste. The fries were shoestring and crispy and quite good, the onion rings were excellent, with a very unique seasoning to the batter which  I couldn't quite place.
 
What set this place over the top was the total friendliness and helpfulness of the staff of 3. Everybody was constantly in motion, taking orders, doing the cooking, packing the orders, carrying the food to the outside tables, and chatting with the regulars. It's the kind of place where I felt like a regular after only one visit. They even said "Come back soon, Ken! as I was leaving (they had my name from when I placed my order). I plan to do just that (Come back soon). Mercer County is not noted for its Hot Dog Places, but this one is definitely on the map.
 
http://www.captainpaulsdogs.com/index.html
 
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 10/25/13 8:13 PM
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This afternoon I went to a place called Old School Italian Hot dogs. It's a tiny place resembling a Chinese takeout joint, which it might have been previously. I should have asked. It's located on Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington just over the Union border. I only heard of this place a few weeks ago but it's been open about 3 years. I ordered a double to go, no onions, no ketchup. The bread is from DiPaola's down the street in Union, the dogs are Sabrett 8/1.

I got home to discover the peppers were left off despite repeating my order twice and having it written down. As for the rest of the sandwich, it was a bit of a disappointment. Overly dry. The bread, which I've had before from DiPaola's, and is good when I buy it fresh, wasn't fresh today. The potatoes were cut in chunks and also dry with hardly any flavor. The dogs were fine though I prefer Best on an Italian Hot Dog. An authentic IHD, but not a very good one. It would do if there were no other choices within miles. I wouldn't go here for an IHD, but they do have a pretty good deal on regular Sabretts. $5.00 for 3 dogs, 8/1 and a soda.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 10/26/13 10:07 AM
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@ken: Love Captain Paul's and sung praises in a review here:

http://theshortreviews.bl...uls-firehous-dogs.html
 
I believe he uses Sabrett's, not Hatfield. He had a Sabrett umbrella I believe inside. He has a friend Russ Ayres down in Bordentown who has the same setup as him, but I've never went there yet.
 
Paul is a super nice guy!! You're right.. from the first visit you go there they become your friends. It's like the Cheers of hot dogs. I don't go down that way as often as I used to, but awhile ago took my Aunt and Grandmother to some stores down there and Paul's was my go to place for lunch. I believe he even remembered my name. I took my Aunt and Grandmother and after our food was cooked he came out and said hello to everyone. If I had extra cash, he'd be the type of person I'd want to give a Christmas card and a gift certificate for dinner.
 
Next time I go I'm going to inquire about his Italian Chili. It's off the menu and I want some. I don't know what was in it, but it had a nice zing to it. Maybe because having two kinds of chili then you get one that doesn't sell. I'd take his Italian Chili over the other one any day.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 10/26/13 8:07 PM
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A place I haven't been to, but will check out. Thanks for the posts.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 10/26/13 8:13 PM
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I finally made it to Destination Dogs. Been meaning to for a long time. A friend has been there and recommended the dogs and other sausages. They have a wide variety of offerings; similar to Hot Dougs in Chicago. One difference is that all of the sausages (except the frankfurter) are made in house. Doug's gets them from many sources. The dog is an 8/1 natural casing Sabrett prepared on a griddle. You can visit their site at http://www.destinationdogs.com.

First I had the Cyclone which is their hot dog with mustard, chili, and onions. I omitted the onions. This dog was excellent and I'll go so far as to say that it was the best Sabrett I've had. Although I love the premium Hatfield and the Berk's dog served at Local Smoke, I prefer Sabrett to these brands provided it is prepared my favorite way. Which for a Sabrett is on the griddle. Like they do at Katz's, Papaya King, Gray's, and Boulevard Drinks. The bun here is by far the best bun I've had. It is their take on a French milk bread, or brioche. Very tasty and able to hold their various toppings without falling apart. Toasted and buttered and the right texture without being greasy. Just a fantastic hot dog bun.

The chili was also excellent. I had anticipated that the dog and bun would be very good based on what I heard but the chili far exceeded my expectations. Similar to North Jersey Texas Weiner chili but thicker and not as over the top with spicing. Overall a helluva dog and one of my favorites.

The bratwurst was also excellent. Made in house and a little different than your normal high quality brat from a pork store. This one is served on the same bun as the hot dog and topped with mustard, kraut (which was very good) and onions, which I again omitted. The bratwurst was veal and pork, nicely spiced with some black pepper, and coarsely ground. I loved it.

At this point my son (a Rutgers student who was at the library) joined me for a beer and a dog. My first dog had chili on half. It was so good I got another dog with chili on the whole thing. My son had the same.

Jimmy the owner was very cordial and great to talk to. I wish this place well and will be back soon. Great food, service, and beer selection.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 10/27/13 7:10 PM
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<<I believe he uses Sabrett's, not Hatfield
 
Maybe they switch around. The gal taking the orders told me they use Hatfield.
 
John, thanks for the review of Destination Dogs. I tend to avoid places that seem to favor wierd combinations over a basically good dog, but based on your review, I plan to get there and try the basic chili dog and also the Bratwurst. Maybe have a beer too. Thanks.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 11/19/13 11:09 PM
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There aren't that many good chili dogs left in NJ.  I went to a place off rt 80 a couple weeks ago, as I saw a sign on 80 and my curiosity led me there (name escapes me right now) and it was terrible.  The only option is The Hot Grill in my opinion.  Fat Mike's was superior, but alas it is gone.  Calahans' was also great, but another casualty. 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 11/20/13 9:17 AM
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There are different types of chili. Paterson/Clifton area chili like the Hot Grill, thicker Coney style chili like at the Plainfield area places, tomato based chili found at a lot of trucks, spicy chili like at Father & Son. Also sweeter chili like the Rahway Grill. All depenfs on your taste. I like Pappy's, Destination Dogs, Father & Son, Hiram's, Hot Grill, Manny's, Munce's, and others. Check them out. I think the place off Rt 80 is Davy's Dogs.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 11/22/13 1:11 PM
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One of my favorite Chilidogs is Tony's HotDog Truck in Branch Brook Park on Lake street in Newark, excellent chili and their hot onions are very good as well. As stated by John Fox and ScreenBear, Father & Son in Linden serves a very good Chilidog, just the right amount of spice to add a little heat to their chili.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 11/28/13 12:54 AM
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Destination Dogs looks semi-interesting but way overpriced. Probably because they have a bar and nice surroundings so you are paying for their rent. As is typical in NJ, no reviews of fries. In Chicago, the fries are a critical part of a stand's reviews. In Jersey this isn't true. Usually in NJ, the fries are an afterthought and mostly frozen. I don't see a lot of fairly priced hand cut and double fried FF's.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 11/28/13 8:05 AM
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In Chicago many, if not most places put the fries on top of the hot dog. If I'm having fries with my dog, which I don't most of the time, I prefer them to be fresh and handcut; not frozen, and served on the side. Most of the time I prefer to have an extra hot dog or 2 rather than fries. If I want something on the side I usually get cole slaw.
 
Although I didn't have fries at DD, I saw others enjoying them. They are hand cut and fried twice. Looked very good.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 11/28/13 10:37 AM
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While I like fries---preferably handcut---as well as the next hot dog enthusiast, what I really like on the side with my tube steaks is good and cold red-skinned potato salad. 
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 11/28/13 2:04 PM
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Many kosher delis give potato salad on the hot dog as an option, including, the Foster Village Kosher Delicatessen, one of the few left in New Jersey: http://www.fostervillagekosherdeli.com/home.php
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 12/1/13 8:25 AM
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It was posted on Hot Dog Nation that Texas Weiner ll on Route 22 west is closed. It is not known whether they went under ( which I doubt), or if they sold the business or property which I think is more likely. They opened  in the 1920's and were what many defined as a Plainfield area Texas Weiner. Grilled (rather than deep fried like the Paterson area style) and having a thicker chili. Many guys who worked there as grillmen went on to open their own places. Manny, of Manny's Texas Weiners was one.
 
Texas Weiners ll joins Syd's, Callahan's, Eagan's, Pals Cabin, and others who have departed this life and went to that big hot dog stand in the sky.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 12/1/13 8:49 AM
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Let us hope that from all these noble ashes arise the greatest Hot Dog Joints yet. 
 
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P.S.---Any word on the progress at Charlie's Pool Room....any Grand Reopening planned?

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 12/1/13 10:00 AM
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Actually, I think it's the downtown Plainfield original (Texas Weiner I) that's been open since 1924. In any event, the Rt 22 location has always been one of my favorite NJ Hot Dogs spots (although it went downhill for a while in the mid 2000's). I will miss it.
 
I haven't been to the Downtown Plainfield location in several years (parking is awful) but I heard they recently renovated and expanded, so we still have that.
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 12/3/13 7:14 PM
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The hamburgers were really good at Texas Weiners II.  8 ounces of meat that was ground fresh daily.  They would nail it rare every time for me.  I used to go there a lot, as I'd visit EWA, a store that sold car magazines, books, and models often and it was just down the street a bit. 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 12/11/13 1:05 PM
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went to kochers thanksgiving weekend and saw a for sale sign in front of store. asked employees what was going on, and was told owner put sign up a couple of days earlier and didn't tell employees anything. i am down in florida for several months and hope i still have a great butcher store to come back to. hopefully someone can find out what is going on.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 12/11/13 6:15 PM
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Gosh...that seems an awfully strange way to sell such a well known business? Was it in crayon, yet?
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 12/15/13 10:09 AM
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I've only driven by Kocher's, once, by accident a month ago-I've been looking for a time to shop there (and it's not far from Hiram's) so I guess I'll have to visit sooner rather than later.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 12/20/13 11:40 AM
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Just heard of a new place in Emerson on Kinderkamack Rd. from a poster on Hot Dog Nation. The place is called Griller's, and is the only place in Jersey I know of that serves Sahlen's, a very popular ( and good) beef/pork frank. One of my top 5. A pleasing peppery flavor in the background. I'll be going soon.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 12/20/13 1:11 PM
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John Fox


Just heard of a new place in Emerson on Kinderkamack Rd. from a poster on Hot Dog Nation. The place is called Griller's, and is the only place in Jersey I know of that serves Sahlen's, a very popular ( and good) beef/pork frank. One of my top 5. A pleasing peppery flavor in the background. I'll be going soon.
Here is the website:
 
http://www.grillersnj.com/
 
Is Hot Dog Nation a website?  I searched but could not find it.
 
Thank you.


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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 12/20/13 2:15 PM
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Hot Dog Nation is a Facebokk page. Erwin Benz (Benzee) and myself are moderators. Feel free to join if you wish. It's a closed group, so mention your screen name here and you will be approved. Close to 500 hot dog lovers from all over discuss all things pertaining to hot dogs.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 12/20/13 8:01 PM
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<<http://www.grillersnj.com/
Sahlen's aside, that is one bizarre Home Page for a local Hot Dog and Hamburger place.  At least now I know all about the latest in Fly elimination and in-house produce washes.  

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 12/22/13 11:42 AM
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Yesterday I took a quick trip down to New Brunswick to have a few Hot Dogs at a couple of places I've been meaning to get to.
 
My first stop was to be Tido's Junkyard Dogs on Easton Avenue, but at 1 PM on a Saturday it was locked up tight with a padlock on an iron gate. My guess it is just closed because Rutgers is on Holiday break, but there was no sign one way or the other, so maybe it's permanent.
 
So, on to Destination Dogs. I just re-read John Fox's review and ditto what he said. It was great. I had the Bratwurst and the NY Dogs (coincidentally the same Dogs that John had). Both were terrific, and I agree with John that the unique roll was prepared perfectly. And the toppings were excellent and seemed fresly prepared. A nice craft beer selection too, in a very comfortable barroom. I ate at the bar and the female bartender was very on the ball too, and well, very easy on the eyes (am I still allowed to say things like that??). One of my best food stops of the year.
 
http://www.destinationdogs.com/our-menu.html
 
I was pretty full after the 2 large dogs, but I had a little time to kill because I had only made one stop, so I decided to take further advantage of the growing Craft Beer scene there.  A few blocks away (i.e. within walking distance, so I didn't have to look for another parking spot) is a newish spot called World of Beer. Another very comfortable place, with at least 40 taps and knowledgeable servers. Not Hot Dog related, but I had an excellent Porter from some brewery in Michigan. I dragged myself out of there after just one beer (plus one at Destination Dogs) because I had to drive home.
http://wobusa.com/locations/new-brunswick/
 
A nice 3 hour break, including 1/2 hour driving each way, from the Holiday Madness.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 12/22/13 12:57 PM
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Glad you enjoyed Destination Dogs. I'll have to check out World of Beer next time. Stuff yur face is a couple of blocks aeay. They also have a good beer selection and excellent strombolis.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sun, 12/22/13 10:25 PM
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I'm in their delivery area; I'll have to try them out.
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 12/25/13 2:54 PM
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Most probably know that Mario Batali got his start as a line chef at Stuff Yer Face, as he was a Rutgers student as well.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 12/25/13 3:25 PM
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I want a swedish meatball dog. and the KC dog looks good too! Too bad I'm 3000 miles away.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 01/2/14 10:54 AM
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Here is the video from the 10th Annual New Jersey Hot Dog Tour:
 
http://hotdogstories.com/...w-jersey-hot-dog-tour/
 
Great job by Rob Merlino putting this together.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 12:19 AM
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Destination Dogs

 “What Buns!”

 

 
This is to memorialize that I concur with my esteemed hot dog colleagues, John Fox and Ken8038, as regards their accolades heaped upon Destination Dogs in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It is a nice, comfortable bar/restaurant serving all-beef Sabretts, 8 to a lb., natural casing, and a selection of other interesting, encased meats, griddled properly, and served hot by a very attentive wait staff.
 
When I visited, in late summer or early fall of 2013 as I recall, the only objection I logged was the parking situation. I imagine that if I were to visit often, I would eventually locate some free, street parking nearby. However, as I was a newbie and wanted to get at those dogs, I was forced, just as when visiting Boulevard Drinks in Jersey City, to cache the Pierce Arrow in the parking garage.
 
  It’s a big garage…like a city unto itself, reminiscent of those metropolises of the future in the sci-fi films...even has a supermarket on one of the levels…and some other stores. However, once down the elevator and out the door, and then around the block because I didn’t know where to properly exit, I traipsed into the destination, indeed appropriately titled.
 
 It’s a good-sized place, with a bar, and plenty of seating…but not a hot dog joint, per se, if you will. Rather, although casual, the proper nomenclature here I would suggest is hot dog restaurant…a fully legitimate one.
 
  My friend and I sat at one of those high bistro tables so popular these days and were cheerfully greeted by a waitress who informatively, knowledgably, and gladly answered our every inquiry. My friend had the Nicky Newarker…essentially the Dogs’ answer to the Italian Hot Dog and, though it wasn’t on the menu, the establishment had no problem putting together a Sweeetworks (sauerkraut, brown mustard and sweet relish) for me.
 
  Both dogs, delivered with a smile, arrived hot. But now, here’s the great kicker: The roll. It is superb, baked on the premises, the invention of one of the owners, and indeed an inspired combination of tasty, soft where it counts, and fresh crustiness. Shaped like a New England style hot dog bun, the toasted, open sides lent themselves to a buttery slather.
 
 Now dear reader, though I don’t wish to border on the overly dramatic, I must confide that, other than singing an occasional ode to the foot-long Schwebels bun that so proudly ensconced the Smith pork/beef 12 inch dog at the dearly departed Pickle Barrel in Pittsburgh, I have rarely swerved my interest more to the bun than the dog.
 
  Oh, don’t get me wrong…the tube steak, again, was splendidly cooked. But the roll was a gustatory delight that won’t soon recede from my frankfurter memory. Like the point guard who assures that the all-star forward is able to show off his complete abilities, this roll is the perfect compliment. And while I didn’t taste any of the other offerings, including many non-traditional species of the breed, I would venture that this grand roll would allow just about any style sausage or wiener to acquit itself with notable aplomb.
 
  And so, as I left Destination Dogs, my memory of the experience mentally licking its chops like a dog trying to capture every last iota of a good morsel recently imbibed, “Eureka!” I exclaimed. I had a notion. Perhaps, yes, perhaps I had at long last stumbled upon the answer to that puzzle that has eluded humankind since practically time immemorial. Namely, what would be the perfect roll for the Best Provision (Newark), five-to-a-pound, all-beef natural casing dog, arguably the best darn hot dog in all of creation? Every other roll has thus far disappointed sloppily, soggily informing it wasn’t worthy of the esteemed rider it hath so miserably failed.
 
  Now hear me out, gentle sirs and ladies. I assure you I am not mad. And, after you hear my idea, you will doubtlessly agree I am the sanest man alive. Insofar as filling a need, I believe this could be of almost equal import to finding a quicker route to the East for spices or Hyman Roth’s desire to locate his business empire within a friendly government close to the U.S.  
 
  Although the Destination Dogs bun to which I’ve yodeled this paean is only about 6 or 7 inches long, it is my hypothesis that a modest lengthening would, I dare say, do the trick. As the aforementioned dog of realm is approximately 10 inches in length, a roll spanning the tape at a full eight inches might be just right.

 For you see, it is my estimation, after consulting slide ruler, CAD/CAM, and sextant, that a mere one inch overhang on each side would not only be permissible, but advantageous. With this arrangement, the Frankophile may, after first being served his 5-to-a-lb Best, also known as a Syd’s Dog, bite off the overhang on one side, thereby enjoying the first “pop” unimpeded by the roll. He or she may then opt to bite right into bun, dog and topping without further ado, or, if a stickler for symmetry, could first even out the food sculpture by biting off the other overhang and then proceed to the interior. In any case it would, I believe, be weenie Valhalla.
 
  The Bear
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 9:20 AM
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Steves on Rte 46 W in Garfield puts out a good product as well. While not up to Hot Grill or Rutts status....its still a good dog.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 9:45 AM
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 10:12 AM
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ok; you will be added.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 10:40 AM
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Great writeup, Bear! As usual, you put it all right out there.
 
Perhaps you can talk up the Syd's Dog/Custom Bun idea with the owner (or Manager?)  at Destination. I only spoke to him for a few seconds while I was there, but he seemed very into doing the "best" they can (pun accidental, but appropriate).
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 10:54 AM
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Ken, I spoke with the owner a few months ago about adding the Syd's dog. He is considering it. A couple of days ago I sent him an e-mail. Waiting to hear back.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 4:14 PM
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I've been to Steve's once, terrific place, but I didn't get a hot dog, we went for their excellent burgers.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/4/14 5:46 PM
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Thanks, Ken. Will hopefully see you at a hot dog venue soon...perhaps Charlie's Pool Room, if the long-awaited reopening becomes a reality. 
 
  The Bear
 
P.S.---a tip of the hat to Rob Merlino, hot dog filmmaker extraordinaire, for a job well done on the Hot Dog Tour. 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Tue, 01/21/14 11:40 AM
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With the closing of Texas Weiner II on Rt 22, it was time for me to find another "go to" Plainfield area Texas Weiner place. (Not that I "went to" all that often, maybe a few times a year).
 
I had been to a few others over the years, and using Google and a couple of other sources I came up with a few others that I wasn't familiar with for a total of 6 candidates.  I decided to do them all in one long afternoon last week, so I could compare each one easily.
 
First stop: Texas Weiner 100 Watchung Ave. Plainfield. Parking was easier than I thought. I had been here once before years ago. Excellent Standard Grote & Weigle 6/lb dog, good spicy sauce, prepared the griddle way, very quick service. Only drawback was the roll didn't hold up at all. Fell apart after a few bites. It's possible this was a left over roll from the day before, as I was there fairly early, around 11:45 AM.
 
Next stop on my walking tour of Downtown Plainfield: Pharoah Texas Weiner, 204 Watchung Avenue. Good quick friendly service but this wasn't a very good dog. Smallish all beef, not sure what brand, but not top quality, sauce was a little off too. And the price was about same as all the other places, $2.50, but this time for a small dog. This would turn out to be the worst dog of the day.
 
Next stop, Friends Texas Weiner, a few blocks away, at  208 Front Street. This was the largest place of the day (they even advertise a Party Room), but I was the only customer at about 12:30. In spite of the name of the place, this wasn't a true Texas Weiner. It was a Sabrett Skinless All beef (looked like a Costco Pack), deep fried and topped with a sauce that was in the Texas Weiner family, but more like a chili. All in all it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but there's no reason to go there with Texas Weiner 1 nearby.  I might go there one day for thier Fried Chicken, which seems to be what they do more business with. There was some under a heat lamp that looked pretty good, but I'd want mine freshly cooked.
 
Back in the car and south a few miles to a place I had never heard of, Julianna's Texas Weiner, 172 Stelton Road, Piscatway. This was the nicest place of the day, a modern style coffee shop which seems to be doing a good lunch business. My Texas Weiner was another Standard Grote & Weigle, and very good. Only complaint was it wasn't cooked enough. I'm sure if I asked, I could get it well done. I guess if you don't specify they undercook it just a bit.
They also apparently do a brisk business in take-out homemade empanadas, but my waitress told me they are so popular they usually sell out by 10 AM. I would definately go back here, it's a very pleasant place, and the other food being served food looked very good too. I'd call this place a Find.
 
Anoter short drive to Middlesex Texas Weiners 1355 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex. I had been here a few times before. Very well run, cheery, friendly quick service, you order at the counter and they deliver it to your table. Very busy at around 2:30 PM.  Here I also ordered a couple of sides, just for variety. The fries and the rings were quite good, but I only had a few of each and took home the rest. The Texas Weiner was the same Grote & Weigle and very well prepared. The one thing I don't like all that much here is the sauce, which is much drier and more crumbly than all the other places. Just a matter of taste, I guess.
 
By now I was quite full, but the end was in sight. J & G Texas Weiners, 238 North Avenue, Dunellen. As soon as I pulled up to the street parking here, I realized I had never been to this place. Very small, old, busy storefront on Dunellen's Main Street. (My favorite Hispanic Chicken Place, Planet Chicken is just around the corner). Grote & Weigles ready on the grill. Excellent, and good sauce and roll. I actually hadn't planned on finishing it as I was so full at this point, but it was so good it went down easy.
 
So that was it. I'd rate Texas Weiner 1 and J & G a tie. I liked the sauce a little better at Texas Weiner !, but the roll was much better at J & G. Both were easily as good as the late lamented Texas Weiner II. I have found two new homes.
 
The only downside is that niether of these places are as comfortable to eat in as Texas Weiner II, and I'll have to go it alone as my wife usually would come with me to II as she loved the California Burger there.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Wed, 01/22/14 9:10 PM
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Thanks for the research. You are a far braver man than I, Ken8038.
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 01/23/14 6:41 AM
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Thanks for the research!

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 01/23/14 4:36 PM
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Great thread, as ever

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Thu, 01/23/14 5:49 PM
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Thanks Ken, nice trip report.  Today we were in Elizabeth, so I insisted we do a Tommy's/Jerry's stop.  Nancy was tasked with getting a double Italian sausage sandwich for us to share tonight, and we had eaten a late breakfast so I went to Jerry's to get a chili dog with onions and mustard.
 
Both were their usual good standard items, but the funny part was when I was walking back and Nancy was still at the window.  I walked up and she went to take a bite out of the Jerry's hot dog, and the guy making our sandwich filled up with false (funny) indignation.  'Wassa matter, we got hot dogs here too!'  I explained we like to split our business (but made sure to say we spent more money with him) and he was ok.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 01/24/14 4:39 PM
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Does anyone know if the Soup or Dogs Truck on Rt 27 in Iselin is still in business? I drove by there today for a couple of dogs and some soup for later but there was no sign of it, and the lot has a For Lease Sign on it. I hadn't been there for a couple of years, but I'm pretty sure they used to be there year round, even when it's 7 degrees like today (which was the reason for  going out for soup).
 
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Fri, 01/24/14 5:37 PM
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Betsy has moved to Inman Ave. The very end in Rahway near the junkyards.

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs - Sat, 01/25/14 8:12 AM
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Thanks John. I'm going to try to get there soon. During this cold wave, my wife and I got a craving for her Hungarian Goulash that we sampled at the Hot Dog Tour a few years ago and bought a couple of times since. It makes for a nice stop. Have a couple of dogs for lunch and pick up soup for later.

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