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Feb 5, 2008 02:22 PM

New England Hot Dog Co opens in Freehold

After having a "coming soon" sign up in the window for months, the place was actually open today as I drove past. So, one quick u-turn later and my son and I were eating there.

There are some tables, and even a couple of couches inside to sit and eat at. There is also a good size tv set and a pair of xbox 360s set up for free play to amuse the patrons. My son played until our food arrived and was unhappy it came so quickly.

He had an order of buffalo chicken fingers and I had a "Millstone" brat and we shared an order of cheese fries. The chicken and the fries were both frozen and not fresh, but I suppose that since this is a hot dog joint that is to be expected. Still, fresh fries would have gone a long way towards making my initial impression a more positive one.

As for the brat, it was definately good, with a nice taste and good texture. The bun was toasted nicely, but was too small to hold all the topings and the brat and it ended up a big mess. This really detracted from my enjoyment.

All in all, although the place has potential, the minuses outweighed the plusses for me. I work in New Brunswick right next to Tido's Dogs and I will take the no table no atmosphere Tido's over this place. Fresh fries and correct size buns even for messy chili dogs > comfort and video games.

I really wanted to like this place more and would like to hear from other folks, especially anyone who tries their baked beans.

New England Hot Dog Company
3651 Rt 9 North, Freehold NJ
Next to Firestone Tire and Freehold Music

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    Thanks for your notes -- always informative and engaging to read.

    I have to be a snob and ask: What are these New England guys doing -- opening a hot dog place in New Jersey the hot dog mecca? Anyway, I wish them good luck.

    If you're ever in Middletown, try Jersey Joe's on Port Monmouth Rd. He makes a pretty good Italian hot dog -- on pizza bread. I recommend the double -- the single is too bready.

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    1. re: val ann c

      Val ann c, have u been to "greasy" Charlies in Kenilworth since new management? same great italian ?

      1. re: HillJ

        DH and I visited Charlies once several years ago -- on a wonderful hot dog tour organized by John Fox. I recall the Ital hot dogs were great. I don't know if that is still the case.

        I would say the old Charlies was better than Jersey Joe's. But Joe's is good for being close to home.

    2. I believe that this restaurant has been "coming soon" for close to a year. I didn't know it finally opened, so thanks for your post. I also didn't know it was a chain (although I see there are only 5 locations listed on the website). Its so close to home that I will invariably try it out, but am not too enthused by your initial report.

      1. I find the irony of this almost painful. I was raised in NJ and, in retrospect, took the great dog (food?) culture for granted. I think I was nursed on chili dogs at a place called The Greeks on Ferry street in South River. The Frank w/ kraut is proof that God exists and loves us, to paraphrase Ben Franklin. Now I live in rural Maine, where they have neon red hot dogs known locally as "red snappers" to accompany a baked bean "suppah". And I need to drive 1 - 2 hrs to even find a chili dog. The irony of a place called The New England Hot Dog Company opening in central Jersey (over the border into South Jersey?) really hit me. So enjoy all the local hot dog joints that's part of your culture and be thankful that New England Hot Company is there, because it sure ain't here!

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        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Was going to check them out tonight but they were closed at 7:15 when I went by. There were 2 guys behind the counter but the closed sign was on the door and they waved me away when I walked up. Thats pretty early to close.

          1. re: Bossa_Nova

            yeah, that ain't cool, (the early close and the "wave away")

            Come on guys, at least stay open till 8:00 !!!!!

            p.s. It reminds of the ridiculous time the Trump Plaza Casino prime rib buffet in Atlantic City closes on Wed. and Thursday.. it closes at 6 pm, right in the middle of dinner!!! The waitress, Joanne, said all her regulars have been complaining...

        2. I went there last night - they told me it was is training mode, and that the Grand Opening was in a couple of weeks. I think that was the reason for closing early, etc -

          1. My wife and I checked out this place tonight. We're usually vegetarians, but decided a hot dog once in a while can't hurt. She had two footlongs.. one with baked beans and bacon, the other with French's mustard and sauerkraut. She also had cheese fries. I had a footlong with chili, onions, and homemade deli mustard, and a bratwurst with sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Oh, and an order of the finest onion rings I've had in a LONG time. Beer battered and cooked fresh. These weren't frozen.. they were crisp but not bready.

            Buns were toasted nicely, toppings were good.. hot dogs and bratwurst were all tasty. Cheese fries were your usual crinkle-cuts with cheese sauce. Okay, but not something I would flip over.

            NE Hot Dog is supposed to carry Mercury Sodas.. but the guy behind the counter explained that they only found out 3 days before opening that the distribution ended in southern CT. So, they carry some Boylan's sodas.. and Pepsi products on tap.

            Nice, comfortable, casual atmosphere. Definitely needed some Red Sox pennants on the wall, though. :)

            We'll go back sometime. I'll go back just for those onion rings.

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            1. re: MarlboroMan

              No Thanks I'll stick to RUTT's Hut !