I've been to Tom's many times, as I live about a half-hour away and it's on a route I drive frequently. As a native New Yorker and lifelong hot dog connoisseur, I don't give praise to hot dog joints lightly.
Tom's would get a big thumbs-up from me but for one crucial and inexcusable problem: they use French's yellow mustard! Their dogs are good, both in quality of the frank itself and in the preparation. They are spicy, not bland, with a crispy, snappy skin and a juicy center. Their buns are not my favorite, but I can excuse the split-top bun because it's a regional thing (although everyone who loves franks knows that true quality dogs should always be served in a side-split bun; the split-top ones are for country clubs and backyard barbecues, places that don't know any better).
But, a good dog needs mustard, and only spicy brown mustard will do. Anyone pushing a Sabrett cart in NY knows this! Yellow mustard is for bologna sandwiches on Wonder bread. The high quality of these dogs gets no complement due to the inadequacies of the condiments. If you go, bring your own Gulden's packets!
"the dogs here have a nice snap to them from the natural casing"
"On this battered tray are four-star eats: a long dog, fully dressed, and an order of superlative French fries."
"Since the last time I visited (summer 2010) Tom's has expanded their restaurant to accomodate customers all year long. I had the ''Chicago Dog'' and it was excellent! My dog had a plain hot dog with nothing; she loved hers too."
"Stopped in on my way home from Thanksgiving down in CT. I parked next to the new signage announcing year-round service at Tom's. My dog waited patiently in the van for her lunch."