No doughboy , the Johnny and Hanges in Fairlawn near Rt. 4 and the GSP
John, I agree with your assessments of the hot dog places. Living in North Jersey I have been to most of them and many in CT as well as Coney Island Lunch in Scranton which is my favorite of the two there. Blackie’s is more famous for the great relish than the hot dogs in my opinion. My favorites are Rutt’s Hut (where the onion rings and fries are great also), The Hot Grille, and for Italian Hot Dogs Jimmy Buff’s. I didn’t notice Doogie’s in Newington, CT mentioned which is my favorite in CT. I have heard that JK’s in Danbury is outstanding also. As far as Hamburgers go, the White Mana in Hackensack is a must. You can find additional info on all of these places on Roadfood or Holly Eats or both.
I’m not a big fan of the Galloping Hill Inn’s chili. But their dogs are great. I don’t see how you get watery. Their dogs are an excellent blend of beef and pork. As for chili, it depends on what type you like. Spicy? Thick? Thin and flavored with nutmeg and cloves? Father & Son is great for spicy chili. It’s as hot as I can stand, but my tolerance is admittedly low. JJ’s in Newark is about the spiciest/hottest in Jersey. Kuhn’s in Connecticut is even spicier. The chili at Amazing Hot Dog in Verona (soon to reopen) is excellent. Maybe my favorite. The Hot Grill has a great thin clovey North Jersey style chili. And the thicker meatier chili at Manny’s, Texas Weiner ll, Red Tower, and the other Plainfield area Texas Weiner joints are very good.
Johnny and Hanges in Atlantic City ?
Did it ever open? I’ve looked and not found.
Any news? Going there on Thursday…thanks.[8D]
I was at Jimmy Buff’s East Hanover location yesterday. Although it’s been mentioned here before, it bears repeating that every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday with double Italian Hot Dogs 1/2 price. This is at the West Orange and East Hanover locations. I had an excellent sandwich yesterday. Every ingredient was extraordinary and the bread is easily the best that I’ve had on an Italian Hot Dog. Delivered fresh every day from a nearby bakery and never frozen.
Jimmy Buff’s will be having a Cardboard Cutout Contest at their East Hanover store. Strike a pose eating a Jimmy Buff’s hot dog. Pictures will be taken every Sunday and posted on http://www.jimmybuff.com to be viewed and voted on. The winner will have a life size cardboard cutout displayed in the store. The winner will be anounced in July.
I’m glad that you guys enjoyed Mijo’s. I’m not too big on Italian Hot Dogs from pizzerias, but I do try them (something new) from time to time. The first time I tried Mijos’s, I liked the dog, but I didn’t go in with an open mind because of the sub roll. Since Mijo’s is fairly close to where I work, I go there sometimes when I’m craving an Italian Hot Dog. The more I’ve had it, the more I’ve liked it. I’m getting used to the sub roll. And the dogs are definitely bigger. I brought one home yesterday after work and made the owner drag the package of dogs from the back. They are 6 to a lb. I told him not to change a thing.
I think this is the place in Hanover Pa that she was talking about:
I was there maybe 10 years ago and don’t really remember much about it except that was a typical Pa. downtown local hot dog place. The one thing I remember was that they had a local brand of soda in glass bottles. Probably no longer.
Of the Middlesex County Texas Weiner places, I agree the Texas Weiner 1 is the best.
Jimmy Buff –
Thanks for letting me know about the option of the dry sandwich. I have seen some of your earlier posts and was very impressed with your customer service.
You were on my list as my next hot dog place to visit – as soon as I can get away from my new project down here in Flemington. Now that I know that I have an option I will work on getting there even sooner.
Thanks for the help.
This is a thanks to John for the write up on Mijo’s in Colonia. Maybe the best Italian Hot dog I’ve ever had!
I can eat almost anything, but I find Jimmy Buff’s and Jerry’s too greasy for me. Mijo’s has (as you said) just about a perfect proportion of Dog, bread, peppers, onions, and potatoes. And I don’t mind the sub roll at all, in fact I prefer it. It absorbs more of the grease and holds up better. And what a bargain at $ 4.50.
The pizza looked good too, maybe next time. Thanks for the tip, I would have never known about Mijo’s. Only 6.3 miles from my house, but I’ve never been down that stretch of Lake avenue before. —Ken
i just bought my Mom an 8 or 10pk(i forget which) of Schickhaus natural casing griddle franks in the Shop Rite in Garwood. These suckers were as long as the ones served at Max’s in Long Branch. They were located down the first aisle towards the back of the store near the area where the cheeses are located. In case anyone was interested…
Also, i was in a discussion last night with my friends wife who is from Hanover Pa and she says the big thing there is a chili dog w/ lines out the door. Since they live near me now, i told them to try a Plainfield Texas weiner and sent them to Texas Weiner I as i think that is the best of them imo. Anyone think i should have sent them to a different one in Plainfield area??? We’ll see what they say after they go. I also told them to try Tommy’s in Elizabeth for an italian hot dog as they have heard of that also.
For what it’s worth, to this day I crave your hot dogs. Since I moved out of NJ, one of my best food memories was eating your Italian Hot Dogs at your Bloomfield Ave location in Caldwell (now since departed) as well as your original location. I plan on returning on Labor Day weekend, at which point one of my 3 planned food stops will be back at your location. I think you have an excellent product. My .02
Thanks to John Fox I tried Mijo’s in Colonia yesterday. The double Italian dog was outstanding. I have tried Jimmy Buff’s several times and found that everything was just too soft for me.
Mijo’s deep fries the potatoes until they are crisp. The peppers and onions are sauteed in a skillet with a little oregano. The dogs have a nice crispness – not a Rutt’s Hut Ripper crisp, but a nice crispness to stand up to the potatoes.
All this is served in a sub roll that is itself firm enough to stand up to the double dogs and filling inside. If you eat a few of the potatoes when you first get the sandwich you will be able to easily shut the roll and eat it like a true sandwich.
Hey John, thanks for the tip on Sal’s Truck in Clark. Got there today, the dogs were just as you described, small but properly cooked, with Father & Son Chili. I had 3 (one with Chili Cheese & onions and 2 with just Chili), and brought the same combo home for my son. Very tasty. Thanks again.
PS: In case anyone else needs to know, Sal says he’s there Saturdays as well as weekdays.
I read your post about being too greasy and the potatoes being to soft. Please when you order specify that you want your potatoes well done and your sandwich dry. We will be glad to make it any way you want.
I made my first visit to WindMill in Long Branch last weekend. I went to the one that looks like a windmill.
How could I have visited Sandy Hook so many times since I moved to Jersey 15 years ago and never made it here for a hot dog? I will be visiting Max’s and the WindMill frequently this summer.
I ordered two dogs – kraut dog and a chili dog. I did not realize how big these dogs were. Chili was perfect for a hot dog. I could really taste the extra flavor the grilling produces in the kraut dog. And a great brown mustard to boot.
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