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visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 03/18/08 3:44 PM
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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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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 03/18/08 5:20 PM
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Again, great report,Ellen.

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 03/18/08 7:58 PM
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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 - Tue, 03/18/08 8:13 PM
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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 - Tue, 03/18/08 9:09 PM
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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 - Tue, 03/18/08 9:53 PM
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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 - Tue, 03/18/08 10:41 PM
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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 - Tue, 03/18/08 10:47 PM
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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 - Tue, 03/18/08 10:54 PM
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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 - Wed, 03/19/08 12:06 AM
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Small or not, those potatoes look great.

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/19/08 7:34 AM
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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 - Wed, 03/19/08 9:20 AM
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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 - Wed, 03/19/08 9:47 AM
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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 - Wed, 03/19/08 10:01 AM
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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 - Wed, 03/19/08 10:28 AM
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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 - Wed, 03/19/08 8:45 PM
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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 - Wed, 03/19/08 11:01 PM
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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 - Thu, 03/20/08 6:07 AM
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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 - Thu, 03/20/08 8:15 AM
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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 - Thu, 03/27/08 7:57 PM
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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 - Sun, 03/30/08 12:19 AM
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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 - Sun, 03/30/08 9:37 AM
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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 - Mon, 03/21/11 4:51 PM
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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

 

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Mon, 03/21/11 5:13 PM
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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 - Mon, 03/21/11 5:41 PM
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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 - Mon, 03/21/11 6:52 PM
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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 - Mon, 03/21/11 7:26 PM
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Great Idea,JerseyJoe!!!!!

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Mon, 03/21/11 11:11 PM
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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)
 

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 03/22/11 12:26 PM
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Welcome! Looking forward to more contributions from you, Frank.

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 03/22/11 2:54 PM
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Frank,love that you use pizza bread. Where do you get yours from??Callandras?

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 03/22/11 4:42 PM
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Welcome aboard Jersey Frank !!
 
Benzee

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 03/22/11 5:28 PM
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leethebard


Frank,love that you use pizza bread. Where do you get yours from??Callandras?

When we reopened in 2003 we started almost from square one. I tried 3 different pizza bread makers. Out of the three I choose Paramount Italian Bakery (see below). The diameter was correct and the consistency was just what I wanted.

Paramount Italian Bakery
61 Davenport Ave
Newark, NJ 07107
(973) 482-6638

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/23/11 10:07 AM
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When the mood strikes me, I make my own "Italian" version of a  Chicago Style Dog using a half pizza bread. Dubbing it the Deep Dish Double Chicago dog, I place two boiled all beef dogs  in half a pizza bread and top it with all the requisite ingredients...right down to the celery salt and neon green relish.  Not bad...not bad at all.
 
  Indeed, great variations on the Italian Hot Dog theme await the noble Pizza Bread.
 
  The Bear

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/23/11 4:39 PM
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ScreenBear
 ... I place two boiled all beef dogs  in half a pizza bread ...  The Bear

 
BLASPHEMY!!!!
 
After tasting a deep fried hot dog I don't think I could ever eat a dirty water dog again. 


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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/23/11 6:10 PM
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JerseyJoe


ScreenBear
 ... I place two boiled all beef dogs  in half a pizza bread ...  The Bear


BLASPHEMY!!!!

After tasting a deep fried hot dog I don't think I could ever eat a dirty water dog again. 

A nicely grilled hot dog is good!

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/23/11 7:26 PM
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The dogs at Jerry's in Elizabeth (boiled, then finished off on a grill) are better than any fried dog I've had.

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/23/11 7:50 PM
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MiamiDon
 
A nicely grilled hot dog is good!


 
John Fox


The dogs at Jerry's in Elizabeth (boiled, then finished off on a grill) are better than any fried dog I've had.

Jerry's does make a good dog although I don't quite understand why the dog must be boiled first.
 


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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/23/11 8:02 PM
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It's basically a dirty water dog (Best's 8/1 nc) that's finished off in a steel box. This adds extra crunch and flavor.
 
The late great Syd's took a 5/1 Best's, boiled it first, then chargrilled it. I asked the owner at the time (Bob Grossman) why they prepared the dogs this way. He told me he didn't know; only that they were doing it before he owned the place and he didn't want to change a thing.
 
I later found out from someone who knew Syd Goldstein, the first owner, that they were boiled first to heat them through evenly. The grill adds char and flavor. Boiling them first saves time. The texture is also different if you boil first. I love the Syd's dog and cook them at home the same way. 
 
An interesting way of preparing this dog is to fry it first, then grill on a charcoal grill. This is the way it's done at Jimmy Buff's in East Hanover. I actually like the flavor of the dog done this way even better than how Syd's did it. I just boil and grill at home because it's easier.
 
The Buffs footlong (Syd's dog) is an interesting hybrid. More of a charbroiled dog with extra flavor and juiciness from the short time in the oil.

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 03/23/11 9:31 PM
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IMO the fried hot dog is the BEST as long as it is cooked in the same oil as the vegetables/meats (potatoes,peppers,onions,sausage,chicken etc.) . The Fried H/D takes on the subtle flavors of everything that has been cooked in that oil. I can only go by what my customers tell me and the my many years of cooking experience.
Frank (JJ) 

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Thu, 04/7/11 8:18 AM
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We now have a NEW Italian hot dog at Jersey Joe's that I think would be worth your while to try. It's called 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 cheese. I then put my homemade chili on the dog and pot-pep-onions on top of that.
I've been selling them for several months now and the masses love them (including myself).
 

 
P.S. I posted this in another thread but somehow the pictures were either moved/deleted by Photobucket
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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Thu, 04/7/11 11:49 PM
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Hi Frank , aka JERSEY JOE !, , it's me, ELLEN , the O.P, original poster on here... ; I attempted a 2nd visit to your Jersey Joe's Hot Dog Joint , arrived at 3:20 pm, and there was a CLOSED sign up , SHUCKS !! (even though the hours on door & on website said "open till 4 pm " ... This was on Monday, March 21st ; guess biz was a little slow that day, (?) and u did'nt expect a ROADFOOD gal like me to be dropping by, lol !! I drove up from Atlantic City , and I was really looking forward to having one of your double Italian dogs again ! Oh well, better luck for me next time !! (but, I better call first , lol ...).......

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Fri, 04/8/11 11:12 PM
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Hi Frank , aka JERSEY JOE !, , it's me, ELLEN , the O.P, original poster on here... ; I attempted a 2nd visit to your Jersey Joe's Hot Dog Joint , arrived at 3:20 pm, and there was a CLOSED sign up , SHUCKS !! (even though the hours on door & on website said "open till 4 pm " ... This was on Monday, March 21st ; guess biz was a little slow that day, (?) and u did'nt expect a ROADFOOD gal like me to be dropping by, lol !! I drove up from Atlantic City , and I was really looking forward to having one of your double Italian dogs again ! Oh well, better luck for me next time !! (but, I better call first , lol ...).......

Ellen what can I say accept, I apologize? You are correct, it was probably VERY slow that day (as are some Mondays). I don't do that very often but when I do it is usually for a good reason. We do look forward to seeing you again. I'm not quite sure how but Jersey Joe will make that up to you somehow next time you visit. If your still unsure just give us a call before you visit .  Thanx for your candid statement.
Frank


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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Fri, 04/8/11 11:16 PM
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what are pot-pep onions?

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sat, 04/9/11 8:32 AM
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bill voss

what are pot-pep onions?

 
The secret ingredients!


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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sat, 04/9/11 9:19 AM
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bill voss


what are pot-pep onions?


My guess would be potatoes, peppers and onions.

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sat, 04/9/11 9:59 AM
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you east coasters are so wacky. :)

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sat, 04/9/11 2:26 PM
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bill voss


you east coasters are so wacky. :)


Maybe....but we sure have superb food!!!!

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 04/10/11 5:35 PM
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Got a rental property in Leonardo.  I will have to stop in and give your place a try soon.

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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 04/17/11 2:13 PM
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Maybe....but we sure have superb food!!!!

I'm beginning to agree with this statement more and more lately. I've always thought it but said to myself "NAAH". I've been getting customers in that say they can't get a good hot dog, pizza, pork roll sandwich etc. etc. in any other state but Jersey.    


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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 05/24/11 8:21 AM
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Starting on Memorial Day weekend Jersey Joe's will OPEN ON SUNDAYS and CLOSE ON MONDAYS (for the summer season).


  
  
 
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RE: visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Tue, 05/24/11 6:02 PM
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leethebard
Maybe....but we sure have superb food!!!!

I'm beginning to agree with this statement more and more lately. I've always thought it but said to myself "NAAH". I've been getting customers in that say they can't get a good hot dog, pizza, pork roll sandwich etc. etc. in any other state but Jersey.    

 
You've gotta make a trip to Chicago.  Plenty of good pizza, hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, etc. out here.  We consistently make the top 20 for fattest cities in the country, so I think that's a pretty strong testament.  Check out the Portillo's restaurant chain.  They're big enough now that it's almost too commercial, but still make the best of hot dogs, beef sandwiches and the like.  Pizza is another issue itself.

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 05/29/11 8:04 AM
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Jersey Joe's is now OPEN on SUNDAYs and CLOSED on MONDAYs for the summer season.  see us at-www.JJOES.com     

 
Thank you, Jersey Joe (Frank) 
 
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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 05/29/11 8:07 AM
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What are your Sunday hours? I will be in Oceanport today judging the Munchmobile Hot Dog Showdown. If I have any room in my stomach I might stop by.

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 05/29/11 8:19 AM
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Jersey Joe's is now Open 7am-6pm Tuesday -Sunday, Open Memorial Day Monday ONLY 
 
I think it's appropriate to say "you've tried the rest now try the best"     

Thank you, Jersey Joe (Frank)
 
 

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 05/29/11 8:22 AM
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I've tried them all.

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 05/29/11 2:02 PM
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Hey John, next time give us a heads up on a Hot Dog event like this(maybe i missed it if you did).  I was looking for something to do today and only came across the Monmouth track event after it was too late to head down there.  Sounds like a good day.  Do we get a report?
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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 05/29/11 7:06 PM
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Sorry. I should have mentioned it. The event was advertised in the Star Ledger every day. But not everyone reads the Ledger. There were only 5 places that entered; one had 2 entries. I'll give a report tomorrow after the results are posted on the Ledger's site.

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Sun, 05/29/11 10:56 PM
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Hey Jersey Joe ,
Will be awaiting Johns report on Monmouth and Jersey Joes .
Many places have said  that statement ,  good luck
Benzee

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Mon, 05/30/11 9:05 AM
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http://www.nj.com/entertainment/dining/index.ssf/2011/05/windmill_mama_marcis_win_munch.html
 
First off let me say that anyone could have entered this competition but few chose to. Some didn't want to pay the entry fee, some did not (or claimed to) not have employees to spare. Some wanted to enjoy the weekend and not work. And there were other reasons. Last year I actually contacted owners of hot dog restaurants to let them know about this event but no one I spoke with was interested.
 
Out of the 5 places serving hot dogs only 2 are actually hot dog establishments. The Windmill and Jersey Johnny's. Two others are BBQ joints that overpowered their dogs with spicy sauces, brown sugar, and other ingredients that masked the flavor of the frank, and in my opinion do not belong.
 
As far as the people's choice, the Windmill has won the last couple of years. But only in part because of the quality of their dog. Most people walking around are not aware that barbecue joints serve hot dogs. Or if they stop by the barbecue stands it is to sample barbecue. Six judges got to sample everything that was entered.
 
The hamburgers were not really good. I liked the meatball hamburger with cheese and sauce, but that is not what I really consider a burger. More like a Meatball sandwich shaped like a burger on a burger bun. The Windmill was the only offering resembling a true burger. It was dried out and no better than the prepackaged burgers that people get from the supermarket, throw on the grill, and invariably overcook.
 
It was fun, but there are much better burgers throughout New Jersey. The judges choice (and mine) for best dog was a standout and up there among the best that Jersey has in terms of a beef/pork frank. Precious few use the Thumann's griller and prepare it right. Mamma Marci's did and was the winner with the Windmill coming in 2nd among the judges. Jersey Johnny's made a mistake frying the griller and topping it with slaw, pickles, and pulled pork stuffed inside a monster sized roll. No one could find the dog much less taste it under everything. After the competition I had a classic Texas Weiner from Jersey Johnny's using the dog made for frying and topped with a good chili. Had they served this dog, it would have done well in the competition.
 
The one Italian dog offered had good pizza bread, but steak fries instead of potatoes sliced thin or in chunks. The dog was grilled instead of fried. Not authentic and not good either. The place serving it usually uses the Thumann's beef/pork griller. An Italian Hot Dog should use a beef frank, preferably Best's. For this competition a spicy sausage was used instead of a hot dog. Totally overwhelming and much too spicy. Places that don't know how to make an Italian Hot Dog with the right ingredients shouldn't bother to make them at all.
 
Below are my comments taken from my score sheet:
 
Hot Dogs

1) Chop Shop BBQ. skinless Sabrett all beef approx 10/lb prepared in a smoker. My 3rd favorite although I really only liked 2 of the dogs. Decent tasting frank, good slaw and bacon, but too much going on. The dog was dr...y and obscured by the toppings. BBQ sauce shouldn't be on a dog. Neither should brown sugar. But the flavor of the dog was less masked than 2 of the others I rated below it.

2) Jersey Johnny's. Thumann's griller (4/lb beef/pork) prepared in a deep fryer. Johnny's actually has an 8/lb dog made for frying that they didn't serve. I had one later (after the showdown) and it would have been in my top 2. The dog we had was a 4/lb natural casing Thumann's griller deep fried. Again a decent dog, but this one should have been grilled. I didn't like the big roll. Was there a dog in there? Balance out of whack; too much bread, too much other things. Pulled pork should have been on the side with the pickles and slaw. Would have been better off serving the deep fryer with their chili sauce.

3) Southern Smoke. skinless Sabrett approx 10/lb prepared on a grill (not griddle). My least favorite of the day. The dog was bland and flavorless. And I took a bite where I got only meat. The creole BBQ sauce was overwhelming and totally masked the flavor of the dog which should get star billing while the toppings should complement rather than compete with the frank.

4) Windmill. Natural casing 4/1 Sabrett beef/pork prepared on a flat top griddle. Good solid German style dog. It took 2nd in my voting and is one of 2 that I would actually buy. Good snap and prepared well.

5) Mamma Marci's regular hot dog. 6/1 Thumann's griller (beef/pork) prepared on a flat top griddle. Excellent hot dog. Hands down the best in the competition and my favorite. Although I didn't like the sauerkraut, it did not overshadow the excellent quality of the frank. My favorite brand of German style beef/pork dog surpassing even most butcher shop/pork store franks.

6) Mamma Marci's Italian Hot Dog. approx 6/1 Sabrett spicy sausage. Although not an authentic Italian Hot Dog, I can overlook the fact that the dog is grilled rather than fried or sauteed if it tastes good. And the fact that fries instead of potato slices or chunks are used. They did use pizza bread. But there should be beef hot dogs in there; not a sausage which was much too spicy. This would be an average Italian Hot Dog that you would get in a place like a pizzeria that doesn't specialize in authentic Italian Hot Dogs if they had used a regular beef dog. Didn't like it.

Hamburgers.

1) Southern Smoke. Just horrible. Flavorless burger that was gussied up with too much spice. Dry, and pineapple doesn't belong on my burger. I don't like avocado either.

2) Windmill. My favorite out of those sampled. A simple basic cheeseburger that tastes like your typical backyard burger. I can do better at home. Too well done, but passable and better than the others.

3) Mamma Marci's. I liked their meatball burger. Good bun, good meatball that was the only meat served that wasn't dried out. Good mozzarella and marinara sauce. Not what I expect or look for when I order a burger, but it was good for what it was. And prepared better than the rest.

4) Jersey Johnny's. Bland dry burger served with their Texas Weiner chili sauce. The sauce goes good with a hot dog, not a burger.

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Re:visit to Jersey Joe's (Italian Hot Dogs) pics - Wed, 06/1/11 8:38 PM
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Another fantastic report John
Thanks for sharing
Benzee

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