This is "Roadfood" at its best: With me driving and my friends Bill and Coney Island Lou navigating we got lost in Passaic (not exactly Paradise). So Lou got on the cell phone (John Fox had the foresight to give all of us his cell phone # - he knew some of us would get lost) and called for help.
Here's the dirctions we got from John Fox, "Drive to the White Castle and turn left". Now that's directions any Roadfooder has no trouble following!
We had a great time, JF did a great job organizing the tour, and thanks to CILou and Aleswench for the stickers and pins. Met a lot of very nice people and enjoyed five very different hot dogs. The very best was the first, Galloping Hill Inn, an old fashioned "German
butcher" type dog that reminded me of what we ate when I was a kid- all it needs is mustard and a little sauerkraut, and to make it even better the roll was outstanding - one of the best I've ever had. It would be an insult to put chili on this dog!
Equally as good, but an entirely different experience was the Chili dog at "Hot Grill". This is a super chili sauce, just a little hot, and it blends perfectly with the dog and the onions and the mustard. This place is worth the trip! As a bonus the owners were very welcoming,
and passed out what must have been several gallons of sauce for us to take home!!
The other three dogs were also fine, a great contrast to each other, and a really nice introduction to the possibilities of eating hot dogs in North Jersey. I'm going back !
We met and had a nice talk with Steve, the Nathan's World champion hot dog eater, he's a low keyed very modest guy who, BTW, has lost about 200 pounds since 1999. When we asked him how he trained for the contest, he said, "I skipped breakfast that morning"!
John Fox was a wonderful considerate unflappable and always helpful host. But then, the 25 or so of us turned out to be a happy easygoing convivial bunch- Roadfooders are the best!