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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/01/29 11:02:38 (permalink)
I tried several times to visit Soup or Dogs and they were never there, even before they moved.  They should really develop their social networking skills; as an example, they haven't updated their Facebook page since August of 2011!  Just listing their daily hours and new location might bring them some business.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/01/30 09:27:43 (permalink)
John, I have to agree with you. First of all she has no presence at all on the web, if it wasn't for John Fox I wouldn't have known where to find her.
 
I went there yesterday, and the truck was pretty much where John said it would be, at the far end of Inman Avenue by the Junkyards. Doing no business at all it seems. I was the only customer at about 12:15. There is virtually no traffic in that area except the occasional truck, nobody is just going to go to her truck unless you know it's there.
 
I asked her why she doesn't at least update facebook, and she told me she's waiting for her permanent permit from Rahway city.  Why she can't just do an interim update or a quick website so people know she's still in business is beyond me. She seems clueless as to the importance of Social Media today.
 
And yet, her dogs were fine as usual, and I brought two of her soups home for dinner (Creamed Chicken with Potato and Asian Noodle) and they were fabulous.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/02/02 18:23:48 (permalink)
Coming soon: the Syd's dog at Father & Son in Linden! I was there yesterday for one of their fantastic chili dogs. They will be offering the famous dog that the iconic Syd's served for over 65 years. A long, thin natural casing beef dog that in my opinion is/was the finest beef dog. Surpassing Nathan's, Papaya King, Boston Speed, Hatfield; even Usinger's. Since Syd's closed, this dog has been offered infrequently by various establishments. Most haven't served it the same way as Syd's. Which is in water and finished off on a grill (not griddle). This dog has to be started in water and finished off on a real grill in order to taste like a Syd's dog. And be placed on a food service bun that has been baked individually so it is sturdy enough to handle a decent sized dog plus toppings. It's just not the same prepared any other way. Some just put it on a griddle. Others leave out the first step of heating the dog in water.
 
Two places I know of serve it like Syd's. Marci's, which is not yet open for the season and offers it as a specialty item, and The Garage in Millburn. Unfortunately The Garage uses a cheap bun that falls apart and doesn't do this dog justice. And charges too much because their rent is high.
 
Father & Son will offer the Syd's dog all the time as well as their current 8/1 Grote & Weigel beef dog that is well prepared on the griddle. Both dogs will have the choice of toppings which will include their spicy chili and their famous kapusta which is fried sauerkraut with bacon and onions. Two of the best and highest quality beef dogs along with world class toppings.
 
The new owners of Father & Son are true hot dog aficianados who care about quality, service, and their customers. They took a New Jersey hot dog legend and made it better. One of the best hot dog joints in the state may have just elevated itself into being arguably the best.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/02/03 09:25:08 (permalink)
This is certainly the best frankfurter news to be announced in a dog's age.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/02/10 14:34:00 (permalink)
 
Father and Son  is a must visit form anywhere in NJ
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/02/12 07:58:07 (permalink)
Randy the Hot Dog Guy in Hillside, NJ, recently announced he'll be serving the simmered/grilled Syd's dogs upon request.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/02/12 08:31:39 (permalink)
They're not the same just heated in water. He has served the Thumann's beef/pork frank boiled. Can't compare to grilled. Did he get a grill for the Syd's dog?
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/02/12 11:13:49 (permalink)
Apparently he has, and will cook them upon request.  Out of respect for Syd's he's calling it the Surf and Turf, since it starts in water and finishes on land. 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/03/02 17:26:36 (permalink)
Last week I ate at  my favorite Newark hot dog truck, Donny's Dogs on Central Ave & 15th St, I had 3 of his Sabrett 10/1 hotdogs, the first was topped with his homemade hot onions and mustard,still great as I remembered,the next dog was potato's with mustard & hot onions, best potato's out of the trucks that carried them, and the last was a dog with mustard,raw onions & pickle, very good, all the dogs were hot & fresh and the service was fast & friendly. Pete Caggiano the owner also offers homemade hot soup during the winter months, I was offered a sample of his Chicken noodle soup and was impressed with the quality & flavor, and ordered some to go. He has at least 10 different types of Specialty toppings for his hotdogs as well as the standard kraut, very good Chili, cheese,raw onion, hot & sweet  onions and relish. He was voted Best hot dog truck in the state for the first Star Ledger Munchmobile tour and IMHO still is.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/04/26 15:05:55 (permalink)
johnlockedema

Randy the Hot Dog Guy in Hillside, NJ, recently announced he'll be serving the simmered/grilled Syd's dogs upon request.


Wow, I haven't posted here in years but the news about Syd's caught my attention. I go way back with Syd's growing up in Hillside when he was located on Chancellor Ave in Newark and Bradley Beach. Definitely the best hotdog ever, especially the dog with the "hot works". Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I live in Morris County but would travel to Hillside or even Linden for a Syd's.

On a less savory note there are serious problems at the Curbside Cafe on Rt46 in Parsippany.

Google the urbanspoon reviews on the Curbside Cafe

FYI I was the elderly gentleman.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/05/01 00:51:02 (permalink)
Texas Weiner on Route 22 in Green Brook, NJ has closed. I have no idea why. I grew up in that town, but haven't lived in the area in a long time. If anyone has any information I'd appreciate it. Just curious.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/05/01 08:15:17 (permalink)
They closed because they were given a considerable rent increase.
 
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/05/04 18:32:16 (permalink)
@john fox: I figure if you're in business that long you probably own the building.
 
@soup or dog: Even if she doesn't have a permanent permit, lots of food trucks use social media to describe where they are on any given day. Some trucks are popular they only take reservations.. like we'll be serving hamburgers at such and such.. they only serve 200 until they're sold out.  Some sell out in advance even. So, I think her reasoning is not reason. I see trucks in NYC announce they'll be at a certain place, but sometimes have to move, and announce that as well. You start to build a following people will follow.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/06/18 08:58:20 (permalink)
This thread has been kind of dead lately.
Just an update with some local news. The Windmill branch in Westfield has closed, replaced by some kind of Upscale Deli.
 
Truth be told, even though that was the Hot Dog place closest to where I live (about a mile away), I hardly ever went. While I like the Windmill in general, that location seemed to be poorly run. Always a problem with getting the order right, hot dogs over or under cooked, disorganized wait lines, slow service, problems with applying the coupons. You name it.
 
Yet they really did a good job when it was a stop on the Hot Dog Tour a few years ago. I'll give them that. It was the day-to-day that was a problem.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/06/18 09:38:18 (permalink)
Ken, that's a shame! That's the one right by the Rialto Theatre. I enjoyed the Hot Dog Tour stop there, and we have some nice video Brian took (with "Windmills of Your Mind" as background music!) of the experience. I liked that location. I didn't notice bad service, simply because there were so many people with us that day.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/06/21 18:50:27 (permalink)
I saw Callahan's today! However you spell it. I was on my way elsewhere down the Parkway and saw they have a food truck. It was going home most likely. I also saw the Empanada Guy truck and gave him the finger, but that is a story for chow.com lol.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/06/23 08:08:43 (permalink)
After two aborted attempts we finally had Callahan's yesterday.  First time we drove to West New York, but they ran out of hot dogs before we could order.  After that, we biked to the same location, and although one of their social media sites said they'd be there-they weren't.  Finally, by accident, we were biking along the Hudson (and were planning on getting pizza from the Pizza Vita truck) we spotted the Callahan's truck parked a few spots away on Pier 13 in Hoboken.  So we got a couple of dogs with chili and onions.  Good dog, but the onions in red sauce really impressed me.  The onions had some crunch, to the point where I checked to see if they mixed raw with the cooked onions.  Apparently not, but they were cooked perfectly.  I was interviewed and photographed (well, my hands were, putting mustard on our dogs) for a Wall St. Journal article to come out later this week-we'll see if I make the cut). 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/13 07:43:22 (permalink)
This week, or next week at the latest, the August issue of Inside Jersey magazine will hit the stands. Pete Genovese of the Star Ledger and myself visited 90 hot dog establishments in the state for a comprehensive article which will be the cover story. I am prohibited from commenting until the article comes out but will be free to discuss in detail afterwards. It was a great experience and I visited a lot of new places as well as many that I haven't been to in awhile. We rated hot dogs in 6 categories, dirty water, grilled, fried, chili, Italian, and specialty. The article will be posted online and will include videos of the winners and other pictures and things not in the magazine article. One video will be of me "debating" the owner of a place serving the trendy pretentious "haute dogs" with all sorts of ridiculous toppings that to me mask the flavor of the frank, which should receive top billing. This guy actually tries to tell me a skinless dog is better than a natural casing one. Should make for good viewing. Hopefully it won't be edited.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/13 15:35:49 (permalink)
90 Hot Dog Establishments?????????????????
How much weight did you gain?????????
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/13 16:51:25 (permalink)
Can't wait for this report. Any surprises?
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/13 17:17:31 (permalink)
Looking forward to this very much. Good timing too, I recently dropped my New Jersey Monthly subscription for an Inside Jersey subscription. IMHO it has become a MUCH BETTER magazine than NJ Monthly, and the new issue sounds like it will prove my point totally.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/14 01:56:35 (permalink)
Do you need a subscription to be able to see it on-line?
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/14 09:10:38 (permalink)
The online version is free. Some articles in the magazine seem to be online, some aren't, and there's some stuff online that's not in the magazine. Note that John in his post above says that the Hot Dog article will be on line, with extras.
 
http://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/14 15:09:05 (permalink)
I was told that the article will be online. There will be some surprises.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/15 16:50:37 (permalink)
Joe Fencz is battling cancer:
 

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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/15 16:52:09 (permalink)
look in lehighvalley.com
 
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/15 17:48:08 (permalink)
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/18 00:25:46 (permalink)
Link to Inside Jersey article   http//njssections.travidia.com/SS/Page.aspx?secid=144380  go to top left and go to page 34.
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/18 03:43:59 (permalink)
Well done article!
Did you actually visit each one on the list?
If so, how long did this odyssey take?  
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Re:New Jersey Hot Dogs 2014/07/18 08:16:03 (permalink)
Excellent article...and as anyone knows who has travelled in the Garden state, the hot dog poll on the front page of Roadfood is off by well over 20%.....Toppings alone do not make a great dog...what's underneath them does...and Jersey has and continues to make great dogs....If you did not vote for the true Hot Dog State, you need to do yourself a favor and come and duplicate even 1/3 of John's tour from this article, and you'd see the error of your ways.....poll be darned, New Jersey is The Hot Dog State!!!!(a seeded roll and sliced pickles does not a great hot dog necessarily make!!)
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