all these places that are open during the day right by my house i can never get to because i leave the house at 730-745am and don’t get home until after 6Pm sometimes later. I may not ever get to try Sal’s unless i go during one of my vacation weeks.
To thedining room: that was the bill for all of our dogs not just my 5.
I stopped at J’s Beef for lunch today.
There was a sign on the door stating that they would be on vacation until early April. I think the date was April 2nd.
All of the Jimmy Buff’s locations, as well as the places mentioned by ScreenBear use Best’s for their Italian Hot Dogs. Frank’s Newark Style on Rt 1 uses Sabrett. Feuerherm, when you make it up to Irvington, ask the guy working the counter. I talk to him all the time. They use Best not just because it is a Newark dog, and the Italian Hot Dog originated in Newark, but because it fries up better and people prefer the taste. The place you mentioned in Toms River on rt 37 is JoJo’s Italian Hot Dogs. They too use Best. JoJo’s moved to Toms River years ago. They were originally located in Iselin. I lived in Iselin until I was 14, but never ate at JoJo’s. I’ve been there a few times in the last few years. They serve an authentic Italian Hot Dog. A great stop on the way to or from Seaside Heights.
John and Ken,
I agree about the mediocre dogs from the guy in the chefs hat. I posted a page or 2 back about the experience there, I wasn’t impressed.
Maybe not. As a rare contributor to the forum I’m under two handicaps in the form of huge gaps: I live in Canada, away from the scene; and I left New Jersey in the mid-Sixties, so I did not experience what happened in hot dog culture since then. So I mostly listen and learn and look forward to hopping back on the tour bus in September.
Yesterday ScreenBear and I took a trip to Davy’s Dogs in Mt. Arlington. Located right off of rt 80 on Howard Blvd., Davy’s has been around since 1982. It started as a little hot dog cart (which is still in the parking lot) until they got their own building some years back. It is in the shape of a Chalet (sp). At least that’s how I heard it described. Maybe Bear can give more insight into the description. He spoke in depth about the business with the owner, and as a writer, is great with words and can describe this place better than I can. Anyway, nice cozy atmosphere.
Although Davy’s began as a simple pushcart, they now serve a breakfast menu, soups, burgers, sides, salads, and deli sandwiches. The dogs are natural casing Sabrett’s. They come boiled, but there is a sign at the counter stating that you can ask for grilled (griddled) or deep fried. I had one grilled with mustard only, one boiled with chili, and one boiled with cheese. Bear had one deep fried and one boiled with mustard and a cup of coleslaw that he spooned onto the dogs. I also had an order of shoe string fries which were very good. A regular order is $1.99 and can feed 2 or 3 people.
The dogs were very good. Typical natural casing fresh tasting Sabretts. I would go with the grilled dog if I want just mustard on it in order to taste the dog. Similar to Boulevard Drinks, Gray’s, Papaya King, Majestic Lunch, or any other place that serves the natural casing version of this dog grilled. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the size. They were tiny 12 to a lb dogs. And cost $1.45 plain or with mustard and/or ketchup. Additional toppings cost 20 cents more. This seems expensive compared to other places. Jerry’s in Elizabeth serves an 8 to a lb Best’s for $1.50 that seems huge compared to Davy’s. Toppings come at no extra charge. The owner Davey did tell us that his prices are reasonable taking into consideration that he’s located off a major highway. Gray’s in Manhattan serves the 10 to a lb grilled dog for $75 cents which is a great bargain. But they do a tremendous volume.
With the Sabrett dog, 10 to a lb is actually the best size. 8’s for some reason seem mushy under the casing and don’t grill up as well. Anything under 10 is too small for me.
There are some newspaper articles on the walls about Davy’s. They have been voted best dog in Morris County according to the local paper. Once you start heading west, the taste in dogs seems to be for the milder pork and beef dogs. And they’re usually skinless. I could see Davy’s as being the best or one of the best in Morris County. Definitely worth a stop if you’re out that way.
I was at that place recently on South Ave. I was on my way to John’s Meat Market to get some of the Kocher’s franks they carry, when I passed by a guy wearing a chef’s hat selling hot dogs. I stopped for one and agree that it was mediocre. I just had one with mustard. Warm, not hot, and skinless. Big difference between his dogs and Sal’s.
Wow. Are you sure it was the same Teddy’s? Paterson, especially going back to the 50’s had many hot dog restaurants. This one is a converted bar.
Hello all ,
I think we found a new place to add to the Eastern Hot Dog Tour for next Fall . Great recomendations from John Fox will mean a visit from me in the near future .
Hey Screen Bear and John , what about a mini meet somewhere down in you area . John if you are off at all in the next few weeks I can probably swing my schedule to make a meet .
Would also like to check out some of these place we are considering for the Western Dog Tour sometime soon.
<<Today I went to Sal’s Dog House in Clark>>.
Yet another hot dog place I have now added to my 2008 to do list, that makes 4 already. John, please slow down…I can’t keep up.
I like the fact that Sal seems to be willing to admit that he can buy Chili better than he can make it. A common thread with a lot of these New Jersey Hot Dog Cart guys is that they are always telling the customer that they have the best Chili, the best dogs, etc etc. The guy on South Ave in Scotch Plains is particlarly annoying, to the point that I don’t go there anymore. His dogs and Chili aren’t that great anyway. —Ken
I practically grew up on Teddy’s hot dogs. That’s going back 50 years. At one point they sold their chili in the local Grand Union. Teddy’s was very popular in Paterson in the 50s and at least into part of the 60s, which is when I moved out of New Jersey.
This past Friday, Amazing Hot Dog was featured in the "Eat With Pete" article in the Star Ledger as well as on EyeWitness News. You can see the clip on the website. Go to http://www.amazinghotdog.com then click on reviews. After that click on video, then scroll down a bit and click on EyeWitness News Video.
Sal’s is located on Broadway in the VFW parking lot. Sal had a lot of trouble from the town getting licences and everything he needed to get started including a location. Since he is a veteran, the VFW let him use their lot. Plenty of parking and Broadway runs parallel to Westfield Ave. He is open before 11 and stays till about 3:30 or so. He is not always there, but you should catch him most of the time.
This ex-Jersey patriot thoroughly and completely enjoyed being taken on a vicarious culinary excursion via your original S.W.A.T Team trip – and perhaps even more so with your follow-up discussion here at the forum. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. And I look forward to tasting some of your recommendations on our next trip back up north.
Exciting stuff, John. It looks like we have a contender for the next Eastern N.J. Hot Dog Tour.
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