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Review by: Michael Stern
Newark’s Unique Hot Dog in West Orange, NJ
A hot dog Italian style, also known as a Newark dog, starts as an all-beef wiener. They deep fry it until its outside is taut enough to crunch. The cooks then hoist one of these dogs, or preferably two if you order a double as most people do, from the oil. They then nestle them inside a half a round loaf of sturdy Italian bread.
Hot dogs are just the foundation of this amazing sandwich. Atop the twin tube steaks they pile a mound of sautéed onions and peppers. Atop the onions and peppers go a half-pound of crisp-fried hunks of potato. There you have it: a whole meal (and then some) in a wheelbarrow of a bun. Options atop this mighty mess include mustard or ketchup, a spill of marinara sauce, or Jimmy Buff’s onion relish. The relish is delicious but will scorch tender taste buds.
Creation of the Newark Dog
Jimmy Buff’s started in Newark back in the 1930s. Hot dog historians surmise that it is the place the Newark dog first was served. Proprietor James Racioppi believes his grandparents, James and Mary Racioppi, originated Newark hot dogs. During the Depression, they made them as a snack to serve friends who came to their North Ward apartment to play cards each week. “After a while, people started coming just to eat,” Mr. Racioppi says. “So in 1932 they opened a store at 14th and 9th to sell the sandwiches. That was the beginning.” Since that time, the hot dog Italian style, has become a signature dish of Newark, New Jersey.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|