Originally posted by Benzee
Interesting to know if John had to pick only three what he will tell you . What do you think buddy ?
It's tough to pick only 3, especially when there are so many styles of dogs as well as ways of preparing them. Not to mention the different chilis. Most of the time I like just mustard on my dog, but occasionally crave a chili dog or a Rutt's Hut dog with their unique relish. I usually eat what I'm in the mood for.
For 3, I would first have to include Jimmy Buff's East Hanover. They are not only the originator of the Italian Hot Dog, but they make the Syd's dog, which is my favorite dog, with a unique twist. One that I've come to love. They saute a natural casing 5 to a lb Best's dog, then chargrill it. Excellent.
Second would be Jerry's Famous Frankfurters in Elizabeth. Excellent dog, close to my home, and the place where I've eaten more hot dogs than any other spot. An 8 to a lb Best dog (w/casing) boiled, then finished off in a steel compartment. This results in a tasty, juicy dog with a prefect texture, casing, and blend of spices. I can easily eat 5 or 6.
I cannot pick a third. Depending on my mood, it could be Galloping Hill Inn, Rutt's Hutt, Papaya King, Father & Son, Manny's, Pappy's Diner, Libby's, Karl Ehmer's, The Windmill, Max's, Tommy's, Hiram's, Rosco's, Dee's, Amazing Hot Dog, Bubba's Dog House, Charlies Pool Room, Toby's Cup, Middlesex Texas Weiner, Glenwood Drive In, Pete's in Newburgh, Coney Island Restaurant (Middletown, N.Y), Tony's Truck. Or others.