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Rutt's Hut

417 River Rd., Clifton, NJ - (973) 779-8615
Posted By Warren Corson on 5/1/2010 10:20:00 PM
Made my yearly pilgrimage to Rutt's this past weekend from Virginia. My father, a north Jersey native, introduced me to Rutt's as a little kid and I've been going back ever since.

After reading some of the recent poor reviews of Rutt's, I was very happy to see that everything was as it should be: crunchy, delicious, custom-made deep-fried dogs, flat Miller on draft, and those incomparable waitresses, a combination of just the right amount of surliness and north Jersey charm. I felt like I was back in the womb!

Rutt's is not Disneyland and it's not Applebee's (thank God!). They don't care if you drove down the street or 300 miles for their dogs. They are a temple of hot dog-dom and a complete Jersey experience. So, if you're going to go there, soak it all in and enjoy the whole experience. I brought two friends who had never been before and, after giving them a short briefing about what to expect, they loved it all. So go, relax and enjoy. It's as good as ever!

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Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
hot dog with relish
chili
Cremator
Onion Rings
Ripper
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Left: a well-cooked ripper, unadorned. Right: a regular ripper, topped with Rutt's relish.
"Left: a well-cooked ripper, unadorned. Right: a regular ripper, topped with Rutt's relish."
Michael Stern





With a sprinkle of salt, Rutt's onion rings are fine if not particularly oniony-tasting.
"With a sprinkle of salt, Rutt's onion rings are fine if not particularly oniony-tasting."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The cremators aren't actually black, but they are crunchy and hard-crusted, with a taste a little bit like overcooked bacon.
"The cremators aren't actually black, but they are crunchy and hard-crusted, with a taste a little bit like overcooked bacon."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The dog with a bite out of it.
"The dog with a bite out of it."
Stephanie Volpe


Plain ole fries.
"Plain ole fries."
Stephanie Volpe


A view of the counters in the middle of Rutt's stand-up dining room. Next door in the tap room you can sit and eat, but for the Rutt's connoisseur, this is the only place to be.
"A view of the counters in the middle of Rutt's stand-up dining room. Next door in the tap room you can sit and eat, but for the Rutt's connoisseur, this is the only place to be."
Michael Stern


With a separate entrance around the corner from the stand-up hot dog side of Rutt's, this tap room has a vintage roadhouse ambience all its own.
"With a separate entrance around the corner from the stand-up hot dog side of Rutt's, this tap room has a vintage roadhouse ambience all its own."
Michael Stern


Outside Rutt's, you will meet some of the fattest pigeons and most well-fed gulls anywhere.  They cruise the parking lot looking for scraps.
"Outside Rutt's, you will meet some of the fattest pigeons and most well-fed gulls anywhere. They cruise the parking lot looking for scraps."
Michael Stern



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