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Uncle Petey's Weenies and 2 others.......

I recently was to three hot dog joints that I haven't been to in awhile. Jerry's Famous Frankfurters in Elizabeth which is one of my very favorite places; Dees in Roselle Park, and Uncle Petey's Weenies in Colonia. I'm familiar with the first 2; I've only been to Uncle Petey's once 5 years ago and I wasn't impressed. Small 12 to a lb natural casing Sabrett's. These dogs were bland and had little snap from being in the water too long.

I decided to stop in again since it's close to my new route and also because I was told that they have a pretty good Italian Hot Dog, which I ordered. From speaking with the owner I found out that they now use 11/1 rather than 12/1. Although I didn't have a regular dog, they looked nice and hot when others ordered them. A definite improvement from 5 years ago. As for the Italian Hot Dog, it was much better than I anticipated. They use real pizza bread and fry the dogs (and other ingredients too) rather than boil them like they do the regular dogs. The bread comes from DiPaola's in Newark, who supplies Dickie Dees. It was excellent and very fresh. The peppers were good; both red and green, and were tangy/vinegary. The potatoes were outstanding. Thick slices that were golden brown and similar to Big Blues in Linden. Right up there with them, Jimmy Buff's, and Tommy's as far as quality potatoes on an Italian Hot Dog. Only thing I didn't care for were the dogs. 11/1 is too small for an Italian Hot Dog. I prefer 8/1 or even 10. And Best's franks are much better on an Italian Hot Dog than Sabrett. Overall a good sandwich. I had a double and it was a little smaller than most places but also less expensive. It was $5.50. Most others charge close to $8.00. I'll definitely stop there again.

Dees was great as usual. She serves a 10/1 natural casing Sabrett. Consistently good every time, her dogs are always piping hot and fresh. I also like that her dogs are bigger than the more common 11/1 and 12/1. In my opinion Dees is the best place for a dirty water Sabrett.

Jerry's may be the place I've gone to more than any other. Even Galloping Hill Inn which is down the street from where I live. Easily one of my favorites. So good I can eat 5 or 6. They serve an 8/1 Best's that is boiled first, then finished off in a steel compartment that is like a grill. It adds flavor and snap. Delicious dogs and a great value at $1.75 for an 8/1. A lot of places charge $2 and up for a tiny 12/1 Sabrett. Galloping Hill Inn serves a dog twice as big (6/1) for $2.50. Another good value My only criticism of Jerry's is that occasionally you will get a bun that is less than fresh.

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  1. Hey hotdoglover, as usual, nice report. I've been following your posts about the best hot dogs in Jersey for some time and found them to be spot on. As a result of one of your threads, I decided to get a dog at the Windmill in Long Branch by Seven Presidents park. Beautiful snap, hot off the griddle, good flavor, fresh toasted bun. Just what I craved. I don't know why I've been going to Max's all these years. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. re: cke25


      Glad you enjoyed the Windmill. I live in North Jersey and there is one close to me in Westfield that I go to occasionally. I like Max's too. I go to both when I'm down that way. Max's uses Schickhaus, the Windmill uses a beef/pork dog from Sabrett.

      1. re: hotdoglover

        I've got to say that I prefer the Windmill over Max's any day of the week. Max's over grills the dogs in my opinion and they often are tough as shoe leather. I stopped going there years ago.

        1. re: jrvedivici

          Are you talking about the dogs, or Max?

          1. re: jrvedivici

            I was to both a few weeks ago. Max's dog was prepared perfectly. The bun was a quality bun that didn't fall apart like the Windmill's. The dog I got at the Windmill could have used more time on the griddle as well as a better bun. They use cheap Wonderbread buns. Max's dog also had a little more flavor.

      2. Has anyone been to Out of This World lately?

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        1. re: OGguy

          It looked dark when i drove by at 3pm and on my way home at 830pm yesterday.

          1. re: foobuc

            They are closed for the Winter and will open back up in March.

            1. re: hotdoglover

              hotdoglover. Wondering if you could help me with some info for a veterans aide program i am working on. Pls email me if you are willing msrhondabaker@yahoo.com or rhonda.baker@labor.ny.gov. Sorry to use an unrelated thread but was not sure of how else to reach you. Thanks

        2. I had an Italian Style hot dog from Uncle Petey's Weenies truck in Colonia last week. I thought it was very good. I confirmed with him if he had the "pizza bread" that they go on, and he did. I grew up in Newark, eating Jimmy Buffs hot dogs, sausage and remember potato sandwiches on Fridays, so I know what they should be like!!

          1. I'm familiar with most of the places you mention but where is Jerry's?

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            1. re: taurus30

              Elizabeth Ave. and 2nd Ave in Elizabeth.

              1. re: hotdoglover

                Ahh, thanks. I was thinking of Tommy's in Elizabeth. Must be nearby.

            2. HDL.....In your opinion, who has the better dog,..regular and Italian, Uncle Petes or Marci's ??
              ...and where is Uncle Petes located ?.....Thanks

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              1. re: LEOFONT

                Uncle Petey's truck is located on St George's Ave in Colonia. Heading south, he's in a parking lot of ,I believe, an auto body place.

                1. re: LEOFONT

                  Both have very good dogs. For Italian Pete's is good except that I prefer Best's on an Italian Hot Dog and he uses Sabrett's 11/1. Marci's uses bigger Best's. I prefer Marci's, but they are no longer offering them except as an occasional special.

                  For regular dogs, both are fresh and hot. Petey's is 11/1, Marci's 10/1. Marci's has a unique sauerkraut that is worth seeking out.

                2. A little further south is a place I'd like to try... Southside Cheesesteaks in Old Bridge.

                  I'll bet I could knock out the Heavy Hitter Challenge.

                  Anybody tried it?

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                  1. re: GraydonCarter

                    I'm in that area frequently and can't place where this is located. Must be in one of the small 2/3 unit strip malls in that area. Certainly looks interesting.......a good genuine Italian Hot Dog is hard to come by in this area so I just might have to check this out!!

                    As far as the heavy hitter challenge goes....it doesn't seem to difficult to me....perhaps the french fries are an extra-extra large serving starches like that can be slow going down.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      Southside is close to the 7-11, directly across from Madison Gardens Apartments. Central Park (section of OB) is behind it. Outback steakhouse is right down the road also.

                      I went once when they first opened. It's been a long time since I've been there, so I can't accuratley comment on how it is now. But this post sparked my interest, so I think they are due another visit from me.

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Also, if we are talking Cheesesteaks..

                        Steakzilla's in Woodbridge is Awesome. http://www.steakzillas.com/about.html 535 Amboy Ave in Woodbridge NJ.

                        The semi-famous Ted and his son Chris who used to have a place in South Amboy have moved and opened up this new store. They slice their own rib eye fresh and its seriously the best I've had short of driving to Philly. Their new menu is basic and great. We are talking a no-frills place, no tables, take out only. But they are the nicest people and the best steaks.

                        The lunch special is an awesome deal, and the Steakzilla (1 lb of meat) is worth every carb and calorie.

                        Sorry if this was a diversion of topic, but we where talking about uncle peeteys which is right down the road, then we started talking cheesesteaks. :-D

                      2. re: GraydonCarter

                        Ok well trying to always be a man of my word I can report back that I gave Southside a try today and am experiencing a slight touch of heartburn from the experience as I type this. (Which isn't really a bad thing when it comes to Italian Hot Dogs).

                        First thing I would like to say is I got there around 2pm and sadly there wasn't another person in the place. It's a pretty big place for burger/cheesesteak/hotdog place.....I would say 2,000+- sq foot and it is very well laid out and VERY clean. All positive things of course.

                        I went there with my heartset on getting an Italian hot dog after reading all about them and so I did as I desired....and ordered a double. My problem was I wasn't staying to eat it but picked it up during my lunch while running errands. I brought it back to my office about 20 minutes later and by that time it was lukewarm at best. The bread was the pizza dough type the semi circle which I associate with proper Italian Hot Dogs. They lined the inside with mustard which is much better than just layering it on top. The Hot Dogs them selves were good...they were placed in the frier for about 3/5minutes then placed on the grill. One thing I didn't care for are the potato's were pre-fried then warmed up on the grill. Now I'm not 100% sure if this is because they were wrapped up for 20mins.....or if it was the cooking method but the potato's were a bit soggy to me. I like a few crisp fried ones in the group.........

                        The peppers and onions were pre-cooked and just warmed up on the grill....they were tasty but nothing special about them. I personally think the hot dogs themselves could have been a little larger. I'm far from a true hot dog lover so I don't know their sizes but these two seemed to get lost in the bottom of the bread and it was difficult to fish them out to get a bite of hot dog in each bite you took. Most were just potato and peppers and onions.

                        Over all it was a good "fix" when your in the mood of an Italian Hot Dog.......I blame myself for some of the dissapointment since I didn't eat it right off the grill but I would certainly give it another shot. Hopefully with more people there enjoying some of their offerings.