Well, you did it......
You guys ruined me for hot dogs anywhere else lol. My wife and I stopped at Rutts on our way out of NYC Saturday and all I can say is OMG, they are about the best dogs I have ever had (wife concurs btw).
We each got two rippers with relish and an order of onion rings which were also out of this world. We didn't finish one order between us. Thats how much they heaped on the plate.
But back to the dogs... I have never tasted anything like them. Don't know whether it was the deep frying or the dogs themselves or just a combination of the two. But DAYUM. And the relish was unique. It tasted like there was some kraut mixed in. Excellent. I did get one for the road without relish to experience the taste of just the dog like you guys suggested. I'm still thinking about them.
A note on ordering..you don't have to specify "ripper" if thats the way you want your dog; just say 'one or two or a hundred' and you automatically get a ripper. We got there just before the lunch crowd so I couldn't observe anybody in front me. I told the guy "four rippers with relish" and he just yelled out 'four'. You put your own relish on after they serve them. So I certainly didn't come across as a local (don't have the accent anyway). But next time I'll know. Trouble is, next time I have the hankering for a hot dog I'm going to have a 4hr round trip drive. Thanks lol.