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Sep 18, 2001 02:43 PM

good hot dogs in nj

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Hi everyone! I am the youngest chowhound in a long line of chowhounds.. I was just wondering if anyone knows of any really GOOD hot dog places in northern nj. I already frequent the Hot Grill and Rutts Hutt in Clifton, but I was wondering if there are any others that I am missing.. Please let me know... thanks!

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  1. word has it that in No. Jersey area, Hawthorne for example, try the Goffle Grill, on Goffle Road in Hawthorne or Johnny and Hanges(very famous)on Maple Ave., Fair Lawn(formerly of Paterson fame). Never forget Libby's on McBride Ave., Paterson, too, not to be missed. Thanks!!!

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    1. re: Kimmy

      Hank's Franks in Lodi on rt 46e is one of my favorites.

      1. re: David

        Syd's in Union makes the best dog in Jersey in my opinion. A big, all beef charbroiled dog. I've had most of those listed, and Syd's is the tastiest. Was named the best dog in the state by the Star Ledger in 98 when they went to the 12 most popular places. E-mail me for directions. I also like Jerry's in Elizabeth and Father & Son in Linden

        1. re: John Fox
          Elliot Popper

          The Hot Dog Grill on River Street in Hackensack is a relativly new place that makes a variety-steamed Sabretts, grilled and deep fried "ripper" Thuman's (or Best's)-of dogs with pretty good Texas sauce and excellent homemade fries. My only peeve with this place is they charge extra for every condiment.

          Amazingly , they also serve a southern breakfast with biscuits and grits.

          1. re: Elliot Popper

            The best hot dogs in NJ are at Max's in Long Branch. Foot long, crackly skin & sauerkraut & relish are self serve.

            1. re: Victoria

              I think the best dogs at the shore are to be found at The Windmill in Long Branch. Also, Max's is only open for the summer. See my post on the Midatlantic Board "Max's Hot Dogs v. Windmill" for details.


          2. re: John Fox

            hey john i have heard a lot of great things about you and your knowledge of hot dogs im reopening a hot dog place and need your help thanks

            1. re: jamshed

              Hey jamshed,
              were you able to get a hold of john somehow??

      2. Libby's Lunch in Paterson (near the falls) serves a great Texas Weiner, as does River View East in Elmwood Park and Johny & Hanges in Fairlawn.
        Further west, you can't beat Hot Dog Johnnie's in Buttzville on Route 46 (and make sure you try their buttermilk),

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        1. re: Hugh DeMann
          Frank De Marco

          O! And you have to include the MIDTOWN GRILL on Main St. in Clifton! And Pappy's Diner in Totowa with their very mild sauce.

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          George Feldan

          I have come across this request three months after it was posted and cannot believe that no one has mentioned Dickie Dee's on Bloomfield Avenue at Sixth steet in North Newark (the stretch between the Garden State Parkway and Branch Brook Park.) They are the torch bearers of a hundred year tradition in Newark of the "Italian Hotdog." The hotdog is deep fried in vegetable oil and served on a bun of Italian Bread with deep fried potatoes and deep fried peppers and onions. You can tell that this is a concoction that predates modern medical science and it is not advisable to have more than one a month; but it is unique and delicious. Why it has never been exported far from North Newark escapes me, although the other purveyors around the area (Jimmy Buff's) are just not as good and maybe that's the reason. My suggestion is to have a double (two franks on one roll) with extra veggies and mustard only. But however you have it you won't be sorry.

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          1. re: George Feldan

            Have you ever tried Charlies Famous Italian Hot Dogs in Kenilworth? The best Italian Hot Dog in North Jersey, which also makes it the best in the universe. I've been to all of the places I know of that make this unique sandwich. Jimmy Buff's is the original going back to the 1920's. The original, but not the best. Too greasy. Everything sits in a stainless steel pit forever and is plucked out as needed. Dickie Dees is better, but Charlies Famous is the best. Bigger sandwich, more vegetables, thinner sliced potatoes, a unique mustard and the tastiest peppers. Tommy's in Elizabeth is a close second. If you like Dickie Dees, you'll love these 2 places

            1. re: John Fox

              An old thread I just stumbled on...but thanks for validating what I've always thought...Jimmy Buff's Italian Hot Dog is a grease laden, unapealling mess! I'm no fat-o-phobe, but rancid, limp, grease soaked potatoes hold no appeal for me.
              I don't understand the appeal of this place, but glad for them they have a fanbase.

              1. re: The Professor

                I believe HDL's opinion now of Jimmy Buff's, is not quite the same as as from NINE years ago......

                1. re: fourunder

        're right.
                  To each his own, of course...but I still think it would be hard to find a worse Italian Hot Dog. I'm glad they're successful, and that they're still hanging in there because they certainly do have a firecly loyal following.
                  But as Bob Dylan once said, "it ain't my cup of meat."

                  1. re: fourunder

                    When I went nine years ago, it was to the Scotch Plains location. This one is owned by the uncle of the guy who owns East Hanover and West Orange Jimmy Buffs. The sandwiches are dryer at these two. A few weeks ago I went back to Scotch Plains and the sandwich was much better then 9 years ago. It still has more oils than the other 2 locations, but they either cut down on the grease. Or my tastes have changed. Or both.

                    1. re: hotdoglover

                      I visited the Scotch Plains location this summer. I walked in to see the grill guy smoking a cigar inside the restaurant. The cigar smell was really rank in a place that serves food, and the vegetables were a greasy mess. I left without ordering.

            2. Texas Lunch....Watchung Ave. Plainfield NJ....order the Texas wiener with the works

              1. Try Jimmy Buff in West Orange.

                Does anyone have the recipe for Johnie and Hanges gravy/rou?

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                1. re: bill_clinton

                  they will just sell it to you and freeze it
                  it cannot be duplicated
                  regardless the texas weiner is a minor art form to their slaw dog
                  listen good and listen tight
                  go on a wed or sun nite
                  buy one dog get one free
                  slaw dog with sweet relish, mustard on the dog itself and then on top
                  get your fries slightly underdone anda boylans cherry or birch beer
                  this is truly heaven on earth
                  also go to the next strip mall and go to
                  Hot Bagels
                  lox and scallion cream cheese woth thin sliced red onions and sliced hot peppers is truly heaven on earth
                  great bialys
                  do not misssthis place