Hot Grill

Review by: Michael Stern

NOBODY gets just one Texas weiner! (Yes, e-i, not i-e: it is the New Jersey way.) The counter man will holler out to the back kitchen, “Two, all the way!” And within ninety seconds, a pair of handsome little hot dogs will appear on the tray in front of you. Each is a deep-fried pup with rugged skin nestled in a too-short bun topped with mustard, onion, and spicy/sweet beef-chili sauce. Exemplary eats! On the side you can have French fries topped with gravy, sauce, or cheese or any combination of the three; and the preferred beverage with a Texas weiner is root beer.

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2 Responses to “Hot Grill”

Nanci Schenkein

August 16th, 2010

I have been eating at The Hot Grill since the day it opened, when I was eight years old. It was, and continues to be, not only delicious but a source of comfort and solace when life gets too much to bear. You can always walk in and order your usual, know exactly what it will cost, and what it will taste like.

The chili sauce which tops everything on the All The Way items is as good today as it was in 1960. The fries are always hot, and the gravy is just a tad spicy and typical of New Jersey.

Run by if you are in the neighborhood and grab a tee-shirt with a dancing dog; even those are well-priced and it will become one of your faves.


Mike Iacoucci

February 24th, 2009

Being from as North Jersey as is possible (Montvale), when I crave hot dogs, I first ask myself the all-important question: do I want chili or do I want gravy fries? If the answer is yes, then there’s only one destination!

I occasionally dabble in an “all-the-way” dog, but my standard order is “two with chili, gravy fries, and a root beer” and I am NEVER disappointed. If you’re in the mood for an excellent Texas weiner, this is the place to be. They also sell their chili in “to-go” containers; I would stop here if that’s all they sold. It’s not a hot chili, but has an excellent flavor that does the dog justice.

The thing that fascinates me about The Hot Grill is the ordering system. The place is packed with people, but there are no orderly lines. There’s a long counter, end-to-end with counter personnel. All of the customers mull around, waiting for their turn in line, but somehow it runs with intricate precision like a Swiss watch. Go figure!


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