Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
1/19/2008 10:27:00 AM
It's possible to be served an Italian hot dog in the Newark area at a restaurant with more soul, more sass, but few dog houses can compete with the taste of a Charlie's Italian dog. What makes a Charlie's dog special is that each item in the sandwich is a little bit, but noticeably, better than at most other places. The hot dogs themselves are more flavorful, the potatoes are superb and crisp, and the onions and peppers are brighter, too. We recommend getting a double. In fact, we always recommend a double when ordering an Italian hot dog. Not only is it easier to eat (you get a 180 degree section of bread, rather than the awkward 90 degrees), but it just feels right, in the same way that getting a double brat in Wisconsin feels more right than a single.
The place is small, a neighborhood joint really, and most customers take out, though there are tables available for dining in. Note also that Charlie's serves some top notch bottled cream soda and root beer.
Root beer and a double Italian; life in Jersey just doesn't get any better.