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Sep 9, 2009 12:27 PM

Chowish near Route 84 and Garden State Parkway

Boston Hound doing the road trip and particularly looking to compare CT and NJ hot dogs. I've previously tried Windmill and Max's in New Jersey but was hoping that one of the great dog palaces was within striking distance of my route. Other cheap eats would also do. I'll report back and thanks in advance.

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  1. Hot Grill in Passaic (off Rte 46 but not far from GSP in NJ) is my choice for Texas Weiners, if you're venturing beyond plain hot dogs.

    Sycamore Diner in Bethel, CT (about 5-10 minutes off Exit 8 on Route 84, depending on time of day, traffic, and whether or not you get lost) is a fun place, w/ good dogs (and shakes!), and a chili-dog that is not my personal favorite but maybe a worthwhile comparison.

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    1. re: hungrykids

      Thanks Hungrykids: I'll definitely try Sycamore Diner as I will be very close to this and will report back. If you're ever in Boston, Speeds Hot Dog Wagon is well worth your time and I'm happy to lead you there.

      1. re: gourmaniac

        I'm partial to Rutt's Hut in Clifton, Johnny and Hanges in Fair Lawn and the Hot Grill as well..

    2. Thanks for the replies and as promised, my report back. I ended up at Sycamore Diner and JK Original Texas hot wieners which i found on the way to Sycamore. The Sycamore chili dog came as advertised. Good snap and tasty chili but not a revelation. The strawberry shake was very good and the vibe of the place was right including carhop service. JK's was very inexpensive but the meat sauce was bland and really didn;t add much. Despite the history, it wasn't worth the calories. Sorry not to make any of NJ dogs but did manage a tasty dog at Dom's on Long Beach Island.

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      1. re: gourmaniac

        Thanks for the follow-up. Glad you enjoyed the shake and the carhop service at Sycamore. It's one of our favorite places to go for a "fun" (and inexpensive) meal with the kids and out-of-town guests.

        1. re: hungrykids

          If by George Washington Bridge area in Fort Lee, there are two hot dog places across the street from one another, Hirams and Callahans. Always wanted to go there, and was featured in the show No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain on Travel Channel ( He went to Hirams).

          ps. Ive been to Rutts Huts and like it. Stop by there when im in the area.

          1. re: poshjoss75

            Hiram's is still open for business, but sorry to tell you that Callahan's is long gone..