Rutt’s is located in Clifton, a few minutes away from Paterson. In fact, there is a place in Paterson called Libby’s that is famous for their Texas Weiners. They use the same dog as Rutt’s and cooks it the same way. I prefer Rutt’s because they cook the dogs to different degrees of doneness, and of course the relish goes great with those dogs.
Glad you enjoyed Rutt’s. It certainly is a different type of hot dog. Made by Thumann’s specifically for deep frying. It contains soy protein and semolina. Plus Thumann’s makes the highest quality franks in my opinion. The relish contains mustard, cabbage, carrots, and I think onions. Funny thing, some people hate this dog. My family won’t eat there, so I have to go alone or with friends. But whatever your opinion, they are different and unique. I know a pizzeria owner who orders his meats from a Thumann’s distributor. Just today I had him put in an order for 5 lbs of these franks. You must get them from a distributor as they aren’t available in stores. I get them for what they sell them to Rutt’s and other restaurants which is $2.99/lb. Rutt’s will sell them to you for $5.00 a lb. I cook them in a deep fryer until well done (I prefer the "wellers") at 350 degrees like Rutt’s does. Then I add Rutt’s relish that they sell to take home. And I have the same franks that are served at Rutt’s in the comfort of my home. If you know someone who owns a pizzeria, deli, sub shop, etc. that uses Thumann’s meats, ask them if they will order some of the "deep fry franks" for you. Then just pay the owner what he is charged for them. Only thing is, you have to purchase a minimum of 5 lbs.