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visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics

I went to Jersey Joe's on March 17th. (after my romp at Harold's Deli!) This joint is located in Port Monmouth, right next to Keansburg.

www.jjoes.com


I had read on Chowhound about their being some great Italian Hot Dogs here. Boy, were they right!

Here's the owner , Frank, at the grill. As you can see, this is all "Jimmy Buff's style". Don't those dogs look good ?

Are you familiar with this place yet, John Fox ?
I think it would make a great addition to our NJ hot dog tour in Sept.
Here's Frank again, with the finished product.

He told me he's got it down to a science, as he's got to use just the right amount of oil to get the potatoes just right. They were crispy, juicy, but not greasy! Said if he does'nt use enough oil , they come out too thin like potato chips.

Here's my double dog. It was definitely the real thing!!
It costs $7.00, which seems to be the going rate in NJ for double dogs


Now the question in everyones minds' IS : Just what brand hot dogs do they use ?
Frank said "Bests, of course". Hear that, John ? (same as Jimmy Buff's)
And there's our answer.

He said the Munchmobile (Star Ledger newspaper feature section) was there , but way back in 2003. I think he's overdue for our hot dog tour. He said he's only got seating for 20, but we can gladly sit at picnic tables outside. (hey, at Tommy's in Elizabeth, all we had was a curb to sit on) (this will be an upgrade!)

I also found out a little history about the place. He said "Joe" was his dad, who passed away. Jersey Joe's originally opened in 1960, and operated till 1995.

Then , it was closed from 1995 till 2003, which may be why some of us (including me) had'nt heard of it. It is making a comeback, of sorts. I hope I can help spread the word.




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    ann peeples
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 17:20:53 (permalink)
    Again, great report,Ellen.
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 19:58:25 (permalink)
    Ellen,

    I was looking forward to your comments and pictures. You mentioned on another thread (Wasted day in central Jersey) that you were here. I've been here 3 times and like the Italian Hot Dogs. First time was in the summer of 06 with the Munchmobile S.W.A.T. Team. I wrote about it in the summary of the 87 places I went to on the New Jersey Hot Dog thread. I don't remember offhand what I wrote, but I think I may have voted Jersey Joe's top 3 along with Jimmy Buff's and Tommy's. I remember that I was in the minority as far as the Team went. Most didn't like it for one reason or another. I did and decided to go back again to see if it was in part because I was very hungry that day and paced myself too much, or if the dog was really that good. It was a little bit of both.

    The dogs are Best's 8 to a lb, which I prefer to the smaller 10's and even 12's that some places use. Jo Jo's in Toms River might even use a 13 to a lb dog. The dogs are slit down the side and fried in the slanted steel pit along with the rest of the ingredients. Frank and his wife were there the three times I went. They are nice people and were patient with me and my questions. I had to laugh when Frank told me that he was the only one using the slanted steel pan. This is definitely not true, as others use it including Jimmy Buff's (all locations), Tommy's, Pee Dee Vees, and World's Original to name a few. I started to mention this to Frank, but was stopped by 2 overly sensitive members of the Team who feared that an argument was going to ensue (it wouldn't have) and tried to gag me when they decided that I had asked enough questions. All in fun though.

    I remember that I thought the potatoes were cut too small. Or at least too small for my liking. But all in all Jersey Joe's makes a top quality Italian Hot Dog. And certainly the best one south of the Driscoll Bridge where this sandwich is rare. Ricci Dees in Keyport is gone. Jo Jo's is fair at best, and Casino Tony Goes, which I didn't like and didn't consider authentic, is gone. If we happen to head down that way in the future, either on a side trip, a future tour, or our big N.J. Hot Dog Tour, Jersey Joes would indeed make a good stop.

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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 20:13:42 (permalink)
    Ellen, I'm new around here but I have to tell you I really enjoy your posts. Your posts will be guiding my future trips to Jersey.

    But I think you gave up one of your secrets today. I saw the "DIET" Black Cherry Soda in the picture.

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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 21:09:36 (permalink)
    It's frustrating that the Italian Hot Dog hasn't be able make it a few more miles all the way to Philadelphia. Getting closer, though. The menu mentions fried clams. Has anyone given them a try?
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 21:53:19 (permalink)
    Really great pictures and comments. You are near my hometown of Matawan. I live in West TN and eats lots of great barbeque. Are there any good eats in Matawan or close by?
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 22:41:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Holly Moore

    It's frustrating that the Italian Hot Dog hasn't be able make it a few more miles all the way to Philadelphia. Getting closer, though. The menu mentions fried clams. Has anyone given them a try?

    Hi Holly,
    I love your website!
    Frank did hype his fried clams to me, so I told him I would spread the word ....(I'm not a seafood person, except for tuna subs)
    But since he seemed so proud of it, perhaps one of you can try it and give us a report?
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 22:47:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by joerogo

    Ellen, I'm new around here but I have to tell you I really enjoy your posts. Your posts will be guiding my future trips to Jersey.

    But I think you gave up one of your secrets today. I saw the "DIET" Black Cherry Soda in the picture.



    Hey, welcome to Roadfood, joerogo!
    Hopefully, you can join us in Sept. on our annual NJ Hot Dog Tour..
    I bet you'd love it!! John Fox is our hot dog leader, and really knows his stuff... (see above post!)

    I'm real good at home, soda wise, drinking mostly diet (I guzzle that Mountain Dew) My problem is that I usually give myself "permission" to drink fountain cokes when I'm out and about...along with the refills...
    cause I hate diet coke! But that Diet Black Cherry was real good...

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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/18 22:54:00 (permalink)
    And I love the fact that Jersey Joe's is located right across the street from the Raritan Bay, with a nice waterfront park, along with a view of the NY skyline.

    Makes for a nice walk after we wolf down those double dogs, huh?!? (just like we took that little mini hike past the Great Falls in Paterson after Libby's hot dogs, huh John Fox?)

    Also, John, it's funny you mentioned that Munchmobile stuff. Cause Frank told me basically the same thing, that he did not get a favorable review. (except for you) (well, what did those other folks really know about hot dogs, anyway?!?)
    He said he felt that "south jersey" bias.... (although he's barely south jersey, he's really still in NY Giants territory, etc)
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 00:06:10 (permalink)
    Small or not, those potatoes look great.
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 07:34:40 (permalink)
    This Jersey Joe's that you speak of is right near the FoodTown in Port Monmouth which is one of my accounts. This could be dangerous....
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 09:20:17 (permalink)
    This has no doubt been asked before, but since this thread has some nice visual aids (thanks, Ellen):

    What exactly makes an "Italian style" hot dog? I can see potatoes, onions, and what might be red peppers in a bread pocket, but what are the finer details? Thanks!

    Brad
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 09:47:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Brad_Olson

    This has no doubt been asked before, but since this thread has some nice visual aids (thanks, Ellen):

    What exactly makes an "Italian style" hot dog? I can see potatoes, onions, and what might be red peppers in a bread pocket, but what are the finer details? Thanks!

    Brad

    Hi Brad,
    For starters, you've got to use the right kind of bread...(just like Jersey Joe's does)

    Those are sweet red peppers.
    And it's tough to get those potatoes just right, but this place does.
    (imitation places just put french fries on it) (or not so good potatoes)

    And no ketchup....(unless you ask for it)

    Brad, the Italian Hot Dog originated in Newark NJ, and unfortunately it's pretty much stayed a north Jersey phenomenon.
    It's hard to get Italian Hot Dogs in other parts of the country, much less right here in SOUTH Jersey!

    hope this helps!
    If I left anything out, hopefully John Fox will help fill in the gaps!

    ellen

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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 10:01:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by ellen4641


    And no ketchup....(unless you ask for it)



    I was amused to see in the TV show Hot Dog Paradises that a couple of the shots at Jimmy Buff's showed Jerseyites enjoying Italian 'Dogs covered with what sure looked like ketchup. " />" />" />
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 10:28:32 (permalink)
    Ellen....NO NO NO NO NO NO.......Diet Soda? Sacreligious at any time in any place.

    Great pictures showing how that Italian dog is done...Not that many people know about NJ Italian Dogs outside of Northern and Central NJ. I could never come to grips with having a hot dog in that environment..Surrounded by all that stuff. Far better than a Chicago "Salad Dog" but still not for me. But, I'd go to these places and get the sausage instead and they were wonderful.

    I think one of the reasons you don't see them elsewhere is that special roll. You have to have enough customers in an area to make it financially viable for a bakery to make them. Maybe the Godfather of Hot Dogs, John Fox, wants to comment?

    John - Have you ever gotten around to try French's Horseradish Mustard yet?
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 20:45:33 (permalink)
    An authentic North Jersey or "Newark Style" Italian Hot Dog consists of pizza bread, mustard, hot dogs, peppers, onions, and potatoes. One hot dog for a single on a quarter loaf of round pizza bread, 2 dogs for a double on half a loaf. Ketchup is optional. I don't get it on mine. I also don't get onions. Some places don't put ketchup on it unless you request it. Others ask. While most people in Jersey won't put ketchup on a regular hot dog, those that put it on an Italian Hot Dog do it as a topping for the potatoes. The double I was eating on the show had neither ketchup nor onions. The potatoes don't need ketchup in my opinion, and I don't want the stuff anywhere near the actual dog.

    The franks themselves must be all beef and preferably Best's brand, made in Newark. The great majority of places specializing in Italian Hot Dogs use this brand. The potatoes should be sliced thin or in chunks. What I call a bastardized version is served on a hoagie or sub roll and may contain french fries. Some of these versions are quite good, although I wouldn't consider them authentic Newark Style. Some people (a small minority) prefer the sub roll. I think it was Holly Moore who mentioned that it is easier to get bread, vegetables, potatoes and meat in one bite. Mijo's Pizzeria serves a very good Italian Hot Dog on a sub roll. They use larger 6 to a lb dogs and top them with sauteed onions, peppers and thin potato slices prepared in a frying pan. Juniors in Elizabeth also uses a sub roll and fries instead of potatoes. The fries are better than average fries. These 2 versions are pretty good examples of a pizzeria style Italian Hot Dog. I would stay away from any place serving an Italian Hot Dog with pork based hot dogs. It's just wrong. The spices and oils in the sandwich go best with a spicy all beef dog. Casino Tony Goes (now gone) used a Dietz & Watson frank containing mostly pork.

    Baah Ben, you are absolutely correct when you state that you have to have enough customers to justify using pizza bread as well as being near a bakery that will make it. There are some pizzerias that use the pizza bread. Dickie Dees in Newark is perhaps the best example. Although they are a pizzeria, they are more known for their Italian Hot Dogs. Joes Pizzeria in Union makes a fine Italian Hot Dog with pizza bread. I've talked to pizzeria owners (including Mijo's) who used to use authentic pizza bread. Since demand for Italian Hot Dogs was unpredictable, sometimes they would be left with old bread. So they switched to sub rolls since the demand for subs is constant and more predictable.

    Haven't yet tried the French's Horseradish Mustard yet. I'll put it on my shopping list.
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/19 23:01:35 (permalink)
    A slight diversion - my first Italian dogs and sausages came from a place called Pizza-Mia on Route 46 on the Mt. Lakes side of Denville. As much as I liked their dogs, I was also hooked on their roast beef hoagie which was served on round pizza bread. I haven't seen this elsewhere. Are there any Italian dog places that also do hoagies/sub using pizza bread?
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/20 06:07:20 (permalink)
    Charlies in Kenilworth doesn't serve regular Italian subs or hoagies, but they do make a cheesesteak that they put inside pizza bread. It's been my experience that the pizzerias like Joe's that use pizza bread for Italian Hot Dogs use regular sub bread for their hoagies/subs. But I'm sure if you ask you can get it sewrved on pizza bread since they have it.
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/20 08:15:20 (permalink)
    Another great report from you Ellen. When you hit Daytona Beach for a Brickyard burger you can try Pagano's on Ridgewood avenue. It's a pretty good Italian place run by folks from NJ. They use to advertise an Italian hot dog on their sign, never tried it. Baah Ben?
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/27 19:57:09 (permalink)
    Was here late tonight right before he closed at 4PM( i got there at 350pm)as i had trouble finding it(directions are not my thing) The nice folks inside were very accomodating and friendly. I bought the double Italian hot dog and skipped the onions. I took it to the waterfront park across the street and ate it in my car. Not too nice of a day but what can you do? The dogs were deep fried because he had already turned off his grill which i was fine with. I thought it was a good sandwich and i would go back. I would give it a 8 out of 10. I think at some point his hours chnage and he stays open later so that will be good for folks local to him. His hours are on the website. The dogs were good( i can't give you the break down like John Fox can, sorry) the potatoes were good and not greasy or oily and the peppers tasted very fresh! a little mustrad and salt and i was good to go! See you there later in the summer!
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/30 00:19:43 (permalink)
    Glad you had a good experience at Jersey Joes', foobuc !
    It helps that they made you feel welcome .... we've heard a few hard luck stories on Roadfood.com recently about other restaurants shooing away customers 10 minutes before closing time, etc...
    so it's nice to hear one with a happy ending!

    What's happened to my Jersey Joe pics? Why did they all disappear? (I just reposted the pic of the storefront, and I'll do the others asap.) It takes a few hours to do some of my longer trip reports, so I hate to see the pics disappearing into thin air !!!
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2008/03/30 09:37:48 (permalink)
    I was wondering if the picture problem was on my end. I always have to check back on your posts because you add shots and great comments of your trips. Nice work Ellen, Thanks. Chow Jim
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/21 16:51:07 (permalink)
    I know this is an old thread but it's a good one. I would like to resurrect this thread by letting all my faithful customers/friends in on our latest sandwich which I feel is our best to date and will give the original a run for its money.
    We call it a MEX-ITALIAN hot dog.  It's an Italian hot dog with the difference being that the hot dog that I use is stuffed with jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese. I then put my homemade chili on the dog and pot-pep-onions on top of that. Visit us at Jersey Joe's and try one. I think it would be worth your while. I've been selling them for several months now and the masses love them.  
    Visit our website for directions and hours at JJOES.com

     

    post edited by JerseyJoe - 2011/03/21 16:53:32
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/21 17:13:33 (permalink)
    Hey JerseyJoe, Welcome to RF and thanks for the update on your place.
     
    This is an old thread, but a good reminder to try your place.  After all, the First Lady of RF(Ellen)recommends it!
     
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/21 17:41:01 (permalink)
    JJ, great looking Italian , Like Joe said, Ellen knows her way around a dog.....I would go on her recommendation alone..........P.S. I would have thought a Mex-Italian dog would be wrapped with bacon..........PNWC
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/21 18:52:23 (permalink)
    Hey, Joe, that sounds like a winner!  Although I must comment that cheddar isn't very Mexican. 
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/21 19:26:29 (permalink)
    Great Idea,JerseyJoe!!!!!
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/21 23:11:23 (permalink)
    Before we go any further, my name is Frank (no pun intended) ... not Joe. Joe was my father's name. When I took over the business in 2003 I kept the name the same as it was 50 years ago ... in my father's memory.
    Now, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their welcomes (is that a word?) and their kind words.
    See ya 'round,  Frank
     
    Below is a picture of me and Mrs. Jersey Joe (my mom)
     

    post edited by JerseyJoe - 2011/03/21 23:13:33
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/22 12:26:50 (permalink)
    Welcome! Looking forward to more contributions from you, Frank.
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    RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics 2011/03/22 14:54:42 (permalink)
    Frank,love that you use pizza bread. Where do you get yours from??Callandras?
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