A Hot Dog Sighting:
Driving along Summit Avenue in Summit, N.J., a town curiously hot dog challenged when you consider that it resides within Union County, among the most frankfurter prolific counties in Hot Dog-rich N.J., I spotted what appeared to be a new restaurant.
Named the Parkside Cafe, presumably for its proximity to a park/playground, there was a Thumann's hot dog advertisement in one window proclaiming the "Dog Days of Summer." It is at 25B Summit Avenue.
It being late on Memorial Day, said new enterprise was understandably closed. But, drawing my own astute conclusion, I believe they serve said advertised wiener within.
Oddly, it is across the street from the Sabrett umbrella-adorned cart that vends franks next to the park at various hours...the only other Hot Dog seller in Summit, that I can think of, since the short-lived Windmill franchise closed its doors.
In other N.J. hot dog news, while we’re speaking of the Thumann’s frank, I finally made it to the Wee Nee Wagon, located on Route #206 south of Chester, N.J., in what I believe is a fraternal order’s parking lot. Readers of this thread might remember that the Wee Nee Wagon eluded the Munchmobile Hot Dog SWAT team’s look-see last summer due to early closing on the day of their visit.
The Wee Nee Wagon, owned and operated by Mark Hanna, is distinguished from most other N.J. roadside hot dog vendors in that they cook their Thumann’s pork/beef, 8-to-a-lb. dogs on a griddle. His hours are M-F, 11 a.m. to 4p.m.
On my recent visit, arriving at about 3:15 p.m., the proprietor informed that, since he had shut off the grill in preparation for closing, he could only deep fry my dog for me…and would that be alright?
“Sure,” I said…”Western Jersey style.” Thus, I assume that folks preferring their tube steaks this way can get it as such, if they wish.
The hot dog, ordered with mustard and sweet relish, was good, and made even better by its placement in a Martin’s potato roll…the same as is served at AmazingHotDog in Verona, N.J. This is a nice stop if you happen to be cruising in N.J.’s famous horse country during the week.