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Apr 26, 2010 09:45 AM

Bergen County Hot dog crawl, need some help

Hi, i wanted some feedback / opinions on which hot dog joints to hit in BERGEN COUNTY for a little "hot dog crawl" w/ a few buddies one upcoming weekend, when the weather gets a little nicer. Again we want to do this in BERGEN county. Although I love the hot grille and rutts, we wanna do some other joints in our area. Im thinking we want to hit like 4-5 places. (oof alka seltzer) I know 2 already that we are definitely doing: Hanks Franks in Lodi and Hiram's in Fort Lee. Need some help on the other 3 or so. Thanks so much for the advice / opinions.

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  1. Callahan's in Fort Lee - which used to be next door to Hiram's - was always the best. unfortunately they closed a few years ago :( HOWEVER, they did have another location on Rte 46 in Little Ferry. if it's still open, definitely add it to the list, and for the ultimate Callahan's experience, enjoy your dog with a paper basket of fries (to be eaten one by one with a toothpick) and a Yoo-Hoo.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        used to hit the Callahan's in Bergenfield often back in the day. Unfortunately, i think all of them are closed now....

        1. Well, you can come up north to Dumont and hit Jolly Nick's if it's not too far out of your way. They also serve the deep fried Thuman's (5 to a pound, I think), not too different from Hiram's but you can get it with a nice spicy relish (order the 'red').

          Jolly Nick's
          31C E Madison Ave, Dumont, NJ 07628

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          1. re: TongoRad

            WOW JOLLY NICKS!!! i remember waaaaaay back when they were a little roadside shack on Piermont road in Cresskill. I actually played on the jolly nicks baseball team in cresskill little league in the early 80's. didnt know they were in Dumont. thanks for bringing this place up tongorad, it may make our list (possibly just on nostalgia and memories lol!!!!)

            Piermont Restaurant
            72 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

            1. re: yogi70

              I've only been here since 2000, so it's always been in the same place to me (Madison Ave. just east of N. Washington- look for the Thuman's umbrella out front), but they do have a photo of the old location hanging on the wall. That should definitely bring you back, if you can make it there.

              I guess you already know about the dogs, then, but the guys who run the place right now (a father and son team, mostly) are really nice and should be able to bring you up on all of the comings and goings over the years.

          2. Bergen is pretty lacking in this category. In Clifton there is Papaya King, the ultimate in grilled dogs. Dogs vary mightily based on preparation method.

            John/hotdoglover is the ultimate source for hot dog information in NJ. Perhaps he'll respond here, or you can look up his previous posts.

            Papaya King
            600 Getty Ave, Clifton, NJ 07011

            1. Biggies of Hoboken just opened in Carlstadt on Rte 17...they supposedly have a "famous" dog on their menu although I haven't had it yet..

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              1. re: RayP

                Hiram's and Hank's are great choices. I would go with Karl Ehmer's in Hillsdale. They have a cart in front of their store that has a grill and griddle. Their German frank is from Kocher's in Ridgefield Park where you also might want to go. Best German style butcher shop dog along with D.A. Barsch in Toms River.

                Bubba's in Lyndhurst, The Caboose in Midland Park, Danny's Dogs in Garfield, Ski's Weenie Bus (also Garfield), Hot Dog House in Carlstadt, Johnny & Hanges in Fair Lawn, Goffle Grill in Hawthorne are other places you may want to check out.

                Johnny & Hanges
                23-20 Maple Ave, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

                634 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield, NJ 07657

                Hot Dog House
                510 State Rt 17, Carlstadt, NJ 07072

                Goffle Grill
                1140 Goffle Rd, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

                Danny's Dogs
                100 River Dr, Garfield, NJ 07026

                1. re: hotdoglover

                  thanks for all the options hotdoglover, we may need to 2 hotdog crawls lol. northern Bergen and southern Bergen.. ill post a review after we wind up doin this

              2. Johnny and Hanges without a dog
                their slaw dog mustard and relish
                the ultimate wash it down with boylan's order the fries slightly underdone and you are home free
                kosher nosh used to have a great dog but the one they sell now i wouldn't feed to either of my dogs