Hot!New Jersey Hot Dogs

Page: < 12345.. > >> Showing page 4 of 69
Author
Jayla
Hamburger
  • Total Posts : 53
  • Joined: 2005/03/07 01:28:00
  • Location: North Bergen, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/08 04:39:37 (permalink)
Has anyone tried Callahan's Hot Dogs ? Callahan's is in Fort Lee, NJ
#91
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1878
  • Joined: 2004/07/26 16:40:00
  • Location: Bullville , NY
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/09 00:11:58 (permalink)
Jayla ,

I went to Callahans in Fort Lee for the first time last week . Very Good dog , nice atmosphere . A condiments bar where you can put your own relish , Kraut and such on the dog.

Only one complaint . The roll was stale , crumpled in my hand in two . I got there 11: 05 am and as it opens at 11 , I figured I got the last of the day old stuff.

I would have given it 3 1/2 DOGS out of 4 , but the roll bought it down to 3 .

That will not deter me from visiting again . Also Hirams is next store and may try a double dog stop next time .

PS- Still love Rutts and its relish as my favorite 4 DOGS out of 4.

Benzee
#92
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1878
  • Joined: 2004/07/26 16:40:00
  • Location: Bullville , NY
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/09 00:14:55 (permalink)
Hello all ,

I would like some directions to the Hot Grill if possible.

Preferably from the GW Bridge , but if you can get me there easily from Rutts , I will try the double dog stop next week .

Benzee
#93
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/10 16:12:11 (permalink)
Callahan's uses the same dog as the Hot Grill, only in a bigger size. It is a mild tasting Sabrett beef and pork blend. Ok, but I prefer Hirams across the street. They use the Thumann's dog for deep frying. I love this dog when I'm in the mood for one deep fried, but most of the time I'd rather have a grilled dog. At the Hot Grill, the frank is more of a holder for the chili sauce. Ask for a hot dog, and you'll get one with mustard, chili, and onions. I like their chili.

Texas Weiner ll is a more flavorful Grote & Weigel griddle frank. For a grilled beef and pork dog, my favorite is the Galloping Hill Inn in Union. They also use a Grote & Weigel griddle frank, but it is a different recipe than what the other places use. It is a recipe that was originally made at a butcher shop in Union for the GHI. When the new owners took over in 87, they took the recipe and had it produced at Grote & Weigel, fearing that the butcher shop would either go out of business some day, be sold, or have trouble keeping up with demand. The place was eventually sold, and the franks made there are different. But still pretty good.

I'd like to see a hot dog place open up that serves the Thumann's grillers and cooks them on a griddle. This dog is my favorite beef/pork blend, even better, in my opinion, than the dog at the GHI. Most of the places that use Thumann's in North Jersey use the deep fryers. Rosco's in Hartford, Conn. is one place that serves the grillers (a 6 to a lb as well as a quarter pounder) and cooks them right.

Earlier today, I checked out the Falls View's new location. It used to be the Red Chimney on rt 3 in Clifton. First I went to Rutt's for a ripper. Ok, but not really cooked enough for a ripper. I should have asked for a weller. These have more flavor. At Falls View, I had one Texas Weiner without onions, and a regular dog with just mustard. They use a Thumann's griller, but deep fry it. This dog has slightly more beef than the deep fry dog, but doesn't puff up and rip. They have a grill (not griddle) that they use for the burgers, and will grill your hot dog if you request it. I did for the plain dog w/mustard. I liked it better than the deep fried Texas Weiner, but would have liked this particular dog better if it was cooked on a griddle. Some all beef dogs like Best's, Usinger's, and Boars Head taste better on the grill used for burgers, but for a beef and pork dog, I prefer it griddled. The chili sauce was good; a little tangy, but I still prefer the Hot Grill for thin chili sauce. Texas Weiner ll and Frank & Fries in Rahway serve a thicker chili.

All in all, I'd say that Fall's View is pretty good. They sell their chili and dogs to go. The dogs are packaged with a Falls View label, but it also says that they are made by Thumanns.
#94
vocal
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 20
  • Joined: 2005/03/09 18:47:00
  • Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/10 21:35:40 (permalink)
Hey John Fox, I thought Frank and Fries in Rahway closed last year. I wrote an article about it for Weird NJ magazine and took some shots of the outside. Last I heard they closed up and had a for sale sign out front. Then I noticed that the Holly Eats website put it back on his Jersey Dog page. So what is the story? Is it open for business again? Let me know. They had a great dog. Not as great as Ruts's but pretty good. And you cant beat the decor. Its like Halloween all year round there.
#95
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/11 10:28:12 (permalink)
Frank & Fries was never closed. They did take a few weeks off to go on vacation. And yes, the building is for sale. I know the owners and they are planning to move to Florida. They are looking to sell the building and their business. But until this happens, they will continue to be open. They are the only hot dog joint that I know of that serves Kohler franks. It is a beef/pork mixture that has more flavor than your typical beef/pork frank. It has a slightly tangy taste that reminds me of Connecticut dogs like Hummels and Roesslers. The dogs are cooked on a griddle and finished off on a charcoal grill. Excellent hot dogs and a good, thick chili whose recipe has been around for close to 80 years.

There are a lot of hot dogs I like, and I go to a place depending on my mood. I love Rutt's, but lately my tastes are favoring spicier grilled dogs. Frank & Fries is one of the best and most unique dogs around. Steve the owner told me that if/when he sells the place, he will try to get the new owner to use the same dogs and chili. The hamburgers, fries, and everything else is very good here also.
#96
fdoosey
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 29
  • Joined: 2005/04/07 23:23:00
  • Location: Sayreville, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/12 18:41:53 (permalink)
Well, I finally stopped at Bear's in Sayreville. I have no idea who Unlimited magazine is, but they voted his dogs the best boiled in America.

I can't speak for the whole nation, but they were incredibly good, and his chili sauce had the perfect zing, especially with cheese. Bear's a really nice guy, too, we talked about our kids for a while while I fed bits of a dog to my 9-month-old son, who apparently will fight me for them now.
#97
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/12 19:58:35 (permalink)
Unlimited Magazine is, I think, either a travel magazine or one geared to truckers. I've been to Bears and seen the article. Truthfully, I don't think the writer has been to too many places for hot dogs. Not to say that Bears isn't good; they are. But they use the same Sabrett natural casing pushcart dogs that are used by dozens of carts, trucks, storefronts, and other hot dog restaurants in New York and New Jersey. Within a mile is Dee's, which used to be a cart, but now has a small restaurant. Same identical dogs. Of course, there are a lot of carts that use the skinless Sabrett's, which are inferior in my opinion to the natural casing. One very popular place, JJ's in Newark, recently switched from natural casing to skinless in order to save money. Real hot dog lovers noticed; the many late night college kids who go there drunk at 3 am probably didn't.

Bear's are good, as I said, but if I'm going to get this type of dog, I prefer it a little bigger than 12 to a lb. If you like puschcart Sabrett's, let me suggest Dee's (not related to Dees in Sayreville) in Roselle Park. 10 to a lb, and always hot and fresh.

Next time you're in the Sayreville area, try Tom Nagle's cart on Main St. He switched from Sabrett to Hatfield's Angus Beef franks. These have a rich smoky flavor. Many people prefer them to Sabrett. For me, it depends on what mood I'm in, but lately I've been eating a lot of Hatfield's. Only available at certain hot dog carts and Restaurant Depots. I've bought a 5lb bag and gave some out at work. My co workers liked them so much that they had me go back and buy them 5 lb bags. This hot dog is the favorite of my wife and son. Just remembered, there is also a distributor on Bordentown Rd. that carries this brand. That's where Tom Nagle gets his.
#98
fdoosey
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 29
  • Joined: 2005/04/07 23:23:00
  • Location: Sayreville, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/13 13:42:52 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by John Fox

the distributor told me that Tom Nagle sold them, so I figured it was safe to risk trying one. I liked it very much and wound up buying a 5 lb bag. By all means, go to his cart to sample one of these franks and report back.


Well, I stopped by and said hi to Tom, had 2 of those angus dogs - they ARE mighty tasty! Tom lamented to me about how Sabrett has basically gone to relying on their name and that their customer service has been very poor, he said he was getting shafted for 5-10 franks per box ordered, and when he called to mention the oversight, was basically told, "What are you going to do, switch brands?", which he did.

Also, he claims that he has to get the Hatfields from Allentown, PA. Probably trying to hide the fact they can be obtained from a distributor. I'll find the place on Bordentown and see what the going rate is.

I dropped your name, Mr. Fox, he didn't remember you, sorry.

PS - His chili sauce is interesting, I tasted cinnamon in it (Cincy style), all he'd say was there were 9 secret ingredients in it.
#99
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1601
  • Joined: 2004/02/04 20:13:00
  • Location: scotch plains, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/22 19:38:52 (permalink)
Nagle's Cart in Sayreville is a new one on me. I'm sure I can find an excuse to drop down there some day soon. I've also been anxious to try the Hatfield's Angus dogs (I agree their regular dogs are nothing special).

Any idea if Nagle's is open on Saturday? It's not like I can just call up and find out. I've found it's hit or miss about Saturdays with the NJ Dog carts. Some seem to be around, some not.

Thanks.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1601
  • Joined: 2004/02/04 20:13:00
  • Location: scotch plains, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/23 19:49:56 (permalink)
Well, I had a few hours to kill today, and rather than risk a drive down to Sayreville and possibly find that Nagles cart is not there on Saturday, I decided to head north instead. I drove up to Hillsdale to check out the Karl Ehmer Hot Dog Cart.

Ehmer's was my favorite brat years ago when I lived in Brooklyn. Most of them are out of business now, the Ehmer's on Broadway in Hillsdale is one of the few left. They set up a cart on Saturdays in front of the store and sell grilled Dogs, brats, and several other sausages. Quite the place to be in Hillsdale on a Saturday, judging from the line. The brat was good, but not quite the nirvana I remembered (then again, what is, these days). I also had one of their beef and pork dogs, and that hit the jackpot! Maybe the best I've had in NJ. Up there with Thuman's (my favorite), quite possibly even better. ---Ken


John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/24 08:04:01 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by David_NYC

For a brief period about 8 months ago, the D'Agostino's supermarket chain was selling the Hatfield Black Angus frankfurters. They were fairly expensive; more money than Nathan's and Sabrett's. However, they were excellent.

My guess is the franks did not sell because they were so expensive, and because there was no promotion. D'Agostino has been selling both fresh and processed meats from Hatfield for at least 20 years.


Last time I went to Restaurant Depot here in Jersey, Hatfield Angus Beef Franks were $13.99 for a 5 lb bag, while Sabrett was $16.99. About a week ago, I was unable to reach my friend to borrow his Restaurant Depot card, so I went to the distributor that I mentioned earlier. I got the same franks for 15.99. I kept the receipt, and the name of this place is A & L Food Service. Located at 3143 Bordentown Ave, Building 5A in Parlin, not Sayreville. They will sell to the general public without requiring a membership card. They also carry Sabrett natural casing dogs, as well as different mustards, including Baker's Touch, which is the mustard used at the Galloping Hill Inn and Rutt's Hut.

Ken8038,

I don't know if Nagle's is open on Saturday. Most of the carts that I know of are not. I've been meaning to go to Karl Ehmer's for some time, but have not made it as of yet. Do you know if they are open on Sunday's? I work on Saturday's, so it would be difficult to get up there. I've had their brats and other sausages. A beer festival that I go to in Adamstown, Pa. serves these products. Every type of sausage except frankfurters. They are good, but I like the bratwurst at the Union Pork Store better. Can't wait to try their franks; I've heard from other people that they are very good. The best German butcher style frank I've had was from Liehs and Steigerwald of Syracuse, N.Y. They are only available at their location or by mail order, which is how I obtained them. Big, about 4 or 5 to a lb, tender, and very juicy. Tied for first place with Schaller & Weber for best beef/pork frank in the Rosengarten Report, although Thumann's wasn't included and the dogs were all boiled. This isn't a good way of preparing this type of dog. Another magazine named L&H as one of the best 5 dogs in the country.

Butcher shops that make their own franks are almost always high quality. You can't beat them for freshness. I'm lucky to have near me Gaiser's, Lutz's, Fritz's, and the Union Pork Store, all in my hometown. I'll make it to Karl Ehmer's soon.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1601
  • Joined: 2004/02/04 20:13:00
  • Location: scotch plains, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/24 17:55:02 (permalink)
To John: Ehmer's in Hillsdale is open 6 days a week, closed Sundays. The Cart is only there on Saturdays.

Thanks for the info on the distributor in Parlin, I will try to get there if I have a day off during the week so I can combine it with a trip to Nagle's cart. My problem is the opposite of yours, I work Monday to Friday in NY so I can't get to a lot of the local carts. I take an occasional weekday off, and if I have some free time I will try some new places. The only local (Union/Somerset Cty) cart I know that is open on Satudays is on South Avenue in Scotch Plains (or maybe it's Fanwood)heading east towards Westfield. And his Chili dogs are just OK. The guy on Terrill Road up towards Rt 22 is much better, but he's not there on Saturdays.

Another local place I know of that has not been mentioned here is Rena's Diner on South avenue in Plainfield. It's a small diner in a small shopping center. Pretty good Chili Dogs, which is apparently their specialty (there a sign in the window advertising them). Sorry, but I don't know what brand they serve. ---Ken
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/04/27 19:44:30 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by fdoosey

I can't vouch of Nagle's is open Saturdays, I don't think to look when I go by. Will try to check next time.

I contacted Hatfield, and the angus franks are not sold retail anymore. The closest distributor they knew was in Elizabeth. So if anyone knows a place closer to Sayreville than that where I can get em, post it.



Try A&L Food Service on Bordentown Rd. in Parlin. I mentioned it in an earlier post. They have 5 lb bags of Hatfield Angus Franks.
rob23
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 7
  • Joined: 2005/05/11 09:59:00
  • Location: Carefree, AZ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/11 10:22:13 (permalink)
Great to find this site! You guys in NJ are so lucky when it comes to good food. Not only hot dogs but just about everything else also. But since were on the subject of hot dogs... I left the Union area at around age 11 with my dad for California in 1984. I have only been back a couple times since. Both times we stopped and ate at our two favorite Dog places. Maxs in Longbranch and 5points Galloping hills in Union. Both different but in my opinion the best Hot Dogs in the world.

I had some great memories with my dad who passed away last year at 56. He might have jokingly of told you his heart disease was due to one too many galloping Hills dogs being a kid who grew up in Union. (Nothing was ever due to the 2 packs of cigarettes he smoked daily) Looking back however some of the greatest times we had were at the longbranch boardwalk eating at Maxs. I have since heard that it actually burned down but I will always remember the great times and hot dogs we had there! Good food Good Memories.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/12 22:42:28 (permalink)
rob23,

After the fire at Max's, they moved a block from the shore to Matilda and Ocean. I live in Union and have eaten at the Galloping Hill probably more than any other hot dog place. I live on Salem Rd. which is within walking distance. I've also been to Max's many times. Both very good, but I prefer the Galloping Hill Inn's hot dogs. Did you know that they both are produced by the same company? Grote & Weigle of Bloomfield, Connecticut. The Schickhaus dog used at Max's is the standard Grote & Weigle recipe in a quarter lb size. This dog is made for the Jersey market.

The Galloping Hill Inn dog was made by Gaiser's of Union until 1987. The new owners wanted this dog produced by a company that was capable of turning out a larger volume quicker. And they were afraid that Gaiser's would either be sold (which they eventually were) or go out of business. So they took the recipe to Grote & Weigle where it is now made. The 2 dogs are slightly different in taste (due to the different recipes) and have different casings. Schickhaus is a sheep casing, while the Galloping Hill dog is a collagen casing.

Since you lived in Union, have you ever tried Syd's? They serve a spicer all beef dog. Originally located in the Weequaic section of Newark, Syd's moved to the Millburn Mall on Vauxhall Rd. in Union in 1967.

rob23
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 7
  • Joined: 2005/05/11 09:59:00
  • Location: Carefree, AZ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/13 13:43:41 (permalink)
Hey John, great info! I wasn't aware of any of the info you had. Very intersting. I actually have never been to Syd's I am not sure why. My father actually went to Weequaic High School and I have heard about Syd's but never realized the connection to the one in Union. I am planning to take my wife back east next year. She has never been. I plan on spending alot of time eating and will have to give Syd's a try. Speaking of union. I can't remember exactly where it was located but there was a little coffe shop I believe not too far from a A&P that had great taylor ham and egg sandwiches. I don't even know how to spell it but my grandmother lived in an apartment building withing walking distance sounds like Styvasin village? Remember these are memories from when I was 12 years old so it is kind of foggy as I am 30 now. Also there was a bakery/Deli in Plainfield that had the Best sausage rolls. Rolls that had the sausage mixed in the yeast. Don't won't to talk too much about non hotdog though and ruin the thread.
quote:
Originally posted by John Fox

rob23,

After the fire at Max's, they moved a block from the shore to Matilda and Ocean. I live in Union and have eaten at the Galloping Hill probably more than any other hot dog place. I live on Salem Rd. which is within walking distance. I've also been to Max's many times. Both very good, but I prefer the Galloping Hill Inn's hot dogs. Did you know that they both are produced by the same company? Grote & Weigle of Bloomfield, Connecticut. The Schickhaus dog used at Max's is the standard Grote & Weigle recipe in a quarter lb size. This dog is made for the Jersey market.

The Galloping Hill Inn dog was made by Gaiser's of Union until 1987. The new owners wanted this dog produced by a company that was capable of turning out a larger volume quicker. And they were afraid that Gaiser's would either be sold (which they eventually were) or go out of business. So they took the recipe to Grote & Weigle where it is now made. The 2 dogs are slightly different in taste (due to the different recipes) and have different casings. Schickhaus is a sheep casing, while the Galloping Hill dog is a collagen casing.

Since you lived in Union, have you ever tried Syd's? They serve a spicer all beef dog. Originally located in the Weequaic section of Newark, Syd's moved to the Millburn Mall on Vauxhall Rd. in Union in 1967.


ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1601
  • Joined: 2004/02/04 20:13:00
  • Location: scotch plains, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/14 10:20:26 (permalink)
I took a V day yesterday to get some chores done, after which I decided to zip down to Nagles Cart in Sayreville for lunch. Here's the problem, now I'm not sure if it was actually Nagles Cart. I drove the length of Main street (c 5 miles) and spotted only one hot dog operation. I figured that was it, but when I got home I re-read this thread and realized I may have not been at Nagles after all. The place I ate at was a truck, not a cart. If I had remembered I was supposed to be looking for a cart, I would have asked the guy if he was Mr. Nagle.

Anyway, another reason why I think I was at the wrong place was that the chili dogs were just OK, nothing special. In fact, I was so dissapointed I decided to head down to Port Monmouth to Jersey Joe''s Italian Hot Dogs, which had been written up a while back in the Star Ledger. Much better. One of the best Italian Dogs I've had, up there with Charlies (I don't like Dickie Dees, and I think Jimmy Buffs is just awful). There's a nice waterfront park just across the street for eating take out. I went home happy. ---Ken
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/22 18:52:26 (permalink)
Earlier today I found myself in the Menlo Park Mall in Edison wandering around while my wife was trying on clothes. Not one of my favorite things to do. I ended up in the food court where there are so many good choices. I wasn't really planning on hot dogs, but I saw that Nathan's was advertising 3 hot dogs for $3.33. I hadn't had a Nathan's in awhile, so I got the special with fries.

In the past, Nathan's has been hit or miss for me. Not all are the same. Some use the skinless version and cook them on those roller things that you see at a movie theatre. The 2 that used to be in my town used the natural casing and cooked them on a griddle like they do in Coney Island, but they were always undercooked. Before today I only found one Nathan's in Jersey that prepared them right. It was one of the Nathan's off the Turnpike going south to Pennsylvania.

The dogs I had today were the natural casing dogs cooked on a griddle. They were cooked perfectly. Delicious. Right up there with the best all beef dogs I've ever tasted. And a great value at $3.33 for 3. These were 8 to a lb dogs. Even though it says 3 for $3.33 with purchase of fries, I was told that you didn't have to buy fries. This special is available Fri, Sat, Sun, and Monday only. Definitely worth trying if you are forced to be at the mall.
ConeyIslandLou
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 753
  • Joined: 2003/04/30 09:31:00
  • Location: Middletown, NY
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/22 20:58:43 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by John Fox

Earlier today I found myself in the Menlo Park Mall in Edison wandering around while my wife was trying on clothes. Not one of my favorite things to do. I ended up in the food court where there are so many good choices. I wasn't really planning on hot dogs, but I saw that Nathan's was advertising 3 hot dogs for $3.33. I hadn't had a Nathan's in awhile, so I got the special with fries.

In the past, Nathan's has been hit or miss for me. Not all are the same. Some use the skinless version and cook them on those roller things that you see at a movie theatre. The 2 that used to be in my town used the natural casing and cooked them on a griddle like they do in Coney Island, but they were always undercooked. Before today I only found one Nathan's in Jersey that prepared them right. It was one of the Nathan's off the Turnpike going south to Pennsylvania.

The dogs I had today were the natural casing dogs cooked on a griddle. They were cooked perfectly. Delicious. Right up there with the best all beef dogs I've ever tasted. And a great value at $3.33 for 3. These were 8 to a lb dogs. Even though it says 3 for $3.33 with purchase of fries, I was told that you didn't have to buy fries. This special is available Fri, Sat, Sun, and Monday only. Definitely worth trying if you are forced to be at the mall.


The Nathan's at the Galleria/Crystal Run here in Middletown is good also...I think Nathan's has been doing better with their franchisees/quality control-the one up here is definitely a family run concern...

and hey John...does that Nathan's have an Arthur Treachers co-branded??
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/22 22:23:07 (permalink)
Yes, there is an Arthur Treachers, although I didn't notice it until I was leaving. The 3 for $3.33 also applies to fish sandwiches, but I didn't check out the details. I saw Arthur Treachers mentioned somewhere, but I didn't give it much thought. I'm glad to see that Nathan's is doing well at the mall. The location in Rahway is just horrible. Skinless dogs on the roller grill. And old dogs at that. This Nathan's was coupled with a Blimpies Sub Shop. I went once. Never again. And it's a shame too, because people go to this place and think that it represents Nathans. The difference between the Rahway location and the Menlo Park one is like night and day.
alexfeild
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 5
  • Joined: 2005/02/28 14:44:00
  • Location: lodi, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/29 17:47:43 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by John Fox

alexfeild,

Can you tell us a little about the dogs at johnny o's? What brand, natural casing or skinless, how are they prepared? Thanks.


The dogs at JOHNNY'O s on RT 31 in oxford are thumanns, natural casing, deep fied,TOPPING are ,chili,kraut,italian,or for a real treat johnny O's home made hot onions.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/29 20:26:10 (permalink)
Thanks. Are they open Sunday's?
alexfeild
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 5
  • Joined: 2005/02/28 14:44:00
  • Location: lodi, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/05/30 12:37:06 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by John Fox

Thanks. Are they open Sunday's?


Yes they are open tue- sun,I was there on wensday an they had a sign saying they will be closed this sunday for the holiday. I think I know why johnny and his wife kay do it all and needed a rest they are great people.
ramdon
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 1
  • Joined: 2005/05/08 08:15:00
  • Location: Jupiter, FL
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/06/03 23:56:54 (permalink)
Hot dog, a new restaurant

Don Pagano says his new Tiki Grill in Hobe Sound is already famous for its hot dogs — three East Coast varieties that are well-known up north: Sabrett's, footlong Hebrew Nationals and the 1/4 -pound Schickhaus dog "imported" from the Jersey shore.

"We have other specialties, too, like a rib-eye Philly cheesesteak, conch fritters and crunchy grouper," Pagano said, but the dogs are the draw.

The laid-back tiki huts serve as dining rooms and bandstands for the performers who croon Buffett, or pound out a reggae beat on the steel drums.

There's beer, wine and frozen tropical drinks for quaffing at lunch or dinner, too, all seven days.

> Tiki Grill

11220 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound (a block north of Bridge Road)

(772) 546-8511

Seven days, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (kitchen closes at 8 p.m.)

John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/06/04 06:12:39 (permalink)
It's great that the Tiki Grill can get these dogs. Too bad JoColl has had such a hard time. Jo, have you gone to this place yet?

DJ Rix,

I never had a Galloping Hill Inn dog when Zimmerman's supplied the rolls, but I think the current pechters roll is pretty good. It's harder and sturdier than a typical hot dog bun. Some people love it, while others think it is too big for the dog. As for the dog itself, it is made by Grote & Weigel of Conn. based on the original recipe that used to be made by Gaiser's of Union prior to 1988. It is not skinless, but rather has a collagen casing. I think it is a great dog. Perhaps you are used to the spicier all beef dog used at Charlies and Syd's. I see that you are from Rahway where I work. Have you been to Frank & Fries? What do you think of their dogs?
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/06/05 18:36:34 (permalink)
Most of you from New Jersey have heard of pork roll or Taylor Ham. This product isn't available too far from Jersey. There is a website, www.porkrollxpress.com. that ships it all over the country. I just discovered that they added Grote & Weigel franks. They sell 3 lbs for $21.00 not including shipping. These are the natural casing beef and pork dogs called Boardwalk Style Franks. From what I understand, these are the same recipe as Schickhaus, but in a slightly smaller size. Maybe worth checking into.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/06/08 08:05:42 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by ken8038

Well, I had a few hours to kill today, and rather than risk a drive down to Sayreville and possibly find that Nagles cart is not there on Saturday, I decided to head north instead. I drove up to Hillsdale to check out the Karl Ehmer Hot Dog Cart.

Ehmer's was my favorite brat years ago when I lived in Brooklyn. Most of them are out of business now, the Ehmer's on Broadway in Hillsdale is one of the few left. They set up a cart on Saturdays in front of the store and sell grilled Dogs, brats, and several other sausages. Quite the place to be in Hillsdale on a Saturday, judging from the line. The brat was good, but not quite the nirvana I remembered (then again, what is, these days). I also had one of their beef and pork dogs, and that hit the jackpot! Maybe the best I've had in NJ. Up there with Thuman's (my favorite), quite possibly even better. ---Ken





I made it up to Karl Ehmer's this past Monday planning on buying some of their German frankfurters and brats to take home. Even though it wasn't a Saturday, they had the cart open in front of the store. The cart had a compartment for heating sausages (German franks, all beef franks, brats, weisswurt, and other sausages) in water, as well as a griddle and small grill. I had a German frank ($2.50) and an all beef frank ($2.75) fresh off the griddle. Both were about 6 to a lb in size. You have your choice of sausages and your choice of how you want them prepared. The woman working the cart prefers hers simmerred in water, but most of them are already on the griddle ready to eat. You have to request one to be put on the grill if you want it char grilled.

The German beef and pork dog is right up there with Thumann's. An excellent tasting dog in this style. I bought some from the store with the intention of comparing them in a taste test, which I did yesterday. I also bought some bratwurst and all beef dogs to take home. The store looks like a butcher shop, but the meats are not made on premise, but rather at their plant in Ridgewood, N.Y. Brats, German franks, and other sausages are sold loose or by the pound. Beef franks were sold by the pound only. They are rather expensive. $6.99 a lb for franks and $6.49 for brats. I didn't ask about the other sausages.

The all beef dog was also very good. Spicy like a New York/New Jersey/Chicago dog. German style beef and pork dogs are the style preferred by these butcher shops. Some also include veal in the mix. All use their own unique recipe. The ones that make a beef dog usually make it milder than a typical all beef dog. Not so here. This dog was spicy and good. I bought a pack of them and will be comparing them to some other beef dogs I have at home when I get my shipment of Usinger's this week.

For me, I like to compare different brands side by side, prepared the same way at home. Yesterday I sampled a Thumann's, Karl Ehmer's German frank, and a Union Pork Store German frank, all simmerred in water and finished off on my griddle. All were excellent. Similar in taste, although Thumann's and Karl Ehmer's were closest. Just slightly more flavor and complexity than the Union Pork Store dog. But all equal in terms of overall quality. I would make my decision on which of these to buy based on convenience and price, since they are all in the same league. These 3 dogs, as well as Liehs and Steigerwald (from Syracuse and only available at their location or mail order) are my favorite German style dogs.

As I said, the differences in the 3 dogs sampled are small. The Union Pork store dog has a little tougher casing and slightly milder flavor than the other 2. Thumann's and Karl Ehmer's are very close in taste. In fact, this dog is the closest in taste to Thumann's. Thumann's is a little more tender and juicy. The dog from Liehs and Steigerwald that I sampled last summer is very juicy with a different spicing; containing veal and mace as an additional spice.

I also sampled the bratwurst from Karl Ehmer's. It was good, but ordinary. The brat from the Union Pork Store, which I had next to Ehmer's, was much better.

I'll have to check, but I think the cart may be open Mon. through Sat. For a grilled beef and pork frank, this place is at the top of my list. As good as you'll find in Jersey. It's a shame that it's very hard to find a place that serves a grilled Thumann's. All of the north Jersey places serve the deep fry dog. Falls View serves a griller, but it is specially made for them by Thumann's without the smoke. In my opinion, it isn't as good. There was a place in Hackensack called the Dog House Grill that I went to once 3 or 4 years ago that served the Thumann's griller. It was undercooked. At the Karl Ehmer's cart you can get your dog cooked in water, on the griddle or grill. It's prepared fresh and spends enough time on the grill or griddle. And you have a choice of German style, all beef, brat, or other sausage. Definitely one of my favorite places.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/07/02 18:39:01 (permalink)
Sonjaab,

Never had one of L&S coneys. I ordered from them once and had the German franks. An excellent dog made of pork, beef, and veal. Very good spicing also. One of the very best in this style along with Karl Ehmer's and Thumann's. I've also heard that their brats are very good.

I've heard of Meyer & Ranz, but never sampled anything from them. Hofmann's are available near me at Wegman's. Their German franks are good, but a little on the mild side. I've had the coney, and it was different than what I've had. I'm not sure whether or not I like them. It's just a different spicing.

I love the L&S franks. In addition to being tasty, they are also very juicy. Too bad they're only available at their location or through mail order.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 2339
  • Joined: 2000/12/03 14:29:00
  • Location: Union, NJ
  • Status: offline
RE: New Jersey Hot Dogs 2005/07/31 19:31:43 (permalink)
I had the chance to sample hot dogs from 2 places that I haven't heard of previously. On another forum, someone mentioned that the best hot dogs come from a place in East Brunswick called Continental Provisions. I called and spoke with the owner to find out if they were open Sunday. They are, so I went last Sunday.

Continental Provisions is owned by Karol Elsner. It was started by his family in 1961. All the recipes are from his grandfather, who learned his craft in Poland. There is a small store in the front and sausage making equipment and a smoke room in the back. The German style franks are made from beef and pork and come either natural casing or skinless. They are about 7 or eight to a pound. I've found that the best tasting beef and pork franks come from butcher shops such as these. They are superior to what larger commercial producers make. With a few exceptions, such as Thumann's. I've never had a subpar frank from any pork store.

Mr. Elsner explained to me that many hot dog makers use trimmings, while he uses whole cuts of beef and pork supplemented with trimmings. And old world recipes going back decades. I expected his franks to be good and they were that and more. They are up there with Liehs & Steigerwald and Karl Ehmer's as my favorite dogs from a butcher shop. Good, tender meat with a good blend of spices. Mild, but not bland. I compared them blind a few days later next to 2 other franks from local butcher shops in Union. My wife and I both picked the dogs from Continental Provisions as being the best. Definitely check out this place if you are near East Brunswick. It's on Main St. just over the border from Sayreville. They also sell bratwurst and other German and Polish sausages. They were out of bratwurst when I was there, so I didn't get to try it. They are well known for their kielbasy also, which they did have, but I didn't try. I did have a few kielbasa franks which were very good. Beef and pork franks, with extra spicing.

The other place I tried is called Ricci D's Front Street Cafe. Located at 124 W. Front St. in Keyport right across from the Ocean. I went today after reading a review last Wednesday in the Home News Tribune. They've been there 3 or 4 years, but I only learned of them when I read the review. The restaurant is owned by Mike Ricciardelli and his father Richard. They serve breakfast and lunch items, but their specialty is Italian Hot Dogs. The family has been in the restaurant business since the 1930's (4 generations) when it sold Italian Hot Dogs at the Chapel Street Market in Newark.

Again, I was expecting a good product, and again it met or exceeded my expectations. The double I had was an authentic Newark style Italian Hot Dog. Quality pizza bread, Best brand hot dogs, peppers, potatoes, and onions. Of course I skip the onions. The potatoes are sliced thin and fried twice. First blanched in a deep fryer, then fried a second time in a big pot with the dogs, peppers, and onions. Everything cooking in the same oil, causing the flavors to blend together. When the sandwich is being prepared, the peppers and onions are taken out of the oil and thrown on the griddle for a little while. The peppers, red and green, are also sliced thin.

The end result is a great Italian Hot Dog. Right up there with Charlies and Tommy's. The dogs are smaller; 10 to a lb rather than 8, which I prefer. But everything is done right, and you can tell that the family has been making these dogs for a long time. You don't normally find an authentic Italian Hot Dog south of Union County. There is Jo Jo's who moved to Toms River from Iselin. Good, but not a standout. Mike the owner of Ricci D's told me that he has many customers who have moved from North Jersey. When they hear about his place, the first thing they do when they walk in is ask about the bread. When they hear it is the same pizza bread used in North Jersey, they stay. They were prepared to walk out if they would have been told it was served on a sub or hoagie roll, as are the bastardized versions served at many South Jersey places and pizzerias. The best feedback he gets from these transplants is that they don't have to travel to North Jersey to get a top notch Italian Hot Dog.

Across the street near the water is a flea market with quite a few vendors. Makes for an excellent day trip. But make sure you get there before 4:00 on the weekend or 2:30 during the week.

Page: < 12345.. > >> Showing page 4 of 69
Jump to:
© 2014 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.1