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The Hot Grill

669 Lexington Ave., Clifton, NJ - (973) 772-6000
Posted By Mike Iacoucci on 2/24/2009 11:53:00 PM
Being from as North Jersey as is possible (Montvale), when I crave hot dogs, I first ask myself the all-important question: do I want chili or do I want gravy fries? If the answer is yes, then there's only one destination!

I occasionally dabble in an "all-the-way" dog, but my standard order is "two with chili, gravy fries, and a root beer" and I am NEVER disappointed. If you're in the mood for an excellent Texas weiner, this is the place to be. They also sell their chili in "to-go" containers; I would stop here if that's all they sold. It's not a hot chili, but has an excellent flavor that does the dog justice.

The thing that fascinates me about The Hot Grill is the ordering system. The place is packed with people, but there are no orderly lines. There's a long counter, end-to-end with counter personnel. All of the customers mull around, waiting for their turn in line, but somehow it runs with intricate precision like a Swiss watch. Go figure!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Texas hot weiner
Chili Sauce To Go
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Four with sauce and a root beer.
"Four with sauce and a root beer."
Mike Iacoucci





The flavor combination of hot dogs and chili is dazzling, but so are the textures. These deep-fried dogs have a real snap!
"The flavor combination of hot dogs and chili is dazzling, but so are the textures. These deep-fried dogs have a real snap!"
Michael Stern


Note the pork-pie hat: more Hackensack than Houston!
"Note the pork-pie hat: more Hackensack than Houston!"
Michael Stern


It's a Roadfood given: a giant replica of something to eat on the roof of a restaurant almost always signals good food inside.
"It's a Roadfood given: a giant replica of something to eat on the roof of a restaurant almost always signals good food inside."
Michael Stern


The Hot Grill is one of several places in this region to specialize in Texas Weiners -- a New Jersey tradition that goes back decades.
"The Hot Grill is one of several places in this region to specialize in Texas Weiners -- a New Jersey tradition that goes back decades."
Michael Stern


A delicious lunch.
"A delicious lunch."
bill eaton



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