I was looking at the listings for the Travel Channel. Sometime towards the end of the month they will be running Pizza Paradises. So the Hot Dog Paradise show may be run even later.
Jimmy Buff –
Yes – many times it seems that we are dammned if we do and damned if we don’t. I just do what I think is best and let the chips fall where they may. And then learn from my mistakes. Keep up the good work.
Sounds like a stop for the next tour.
The last time I talked to the producer she said it would be mid February. I have not seen it yet on the Travel Channel website.
Funny you guys mentioned ventilation, in another post I wast bashed for cooking in a kitchen with excellent ventilation and not cooking out front. I was accused of not being an authentic italian hotdog store because they couldn’t see or smell the dogs cooking. I guess your damed if you do and your damed if you don’t. Personnally I prefer our new design and I guess the old timers are going to have to adjust. I have too many "suits" in for lunch and they cannot go back to work with that aroma on their clothes.
There’s a place on Lake Ave. in Colonia that serves a great Italian Hot Dog. It’s called Mijo’s Pizzeria and it’s been around forever. Just recently I began eating their Italian Hot Dogs. I usually get these sandwiches from a place that specializes in them rather than a pizzeria because I like the pizza bread and thin sliced potatoes rather than a sub or hoagie roll and french fries or potato chunks, which is usually what you get at a pizzeria.
Mijo’s is close to where I work, so when I’m in the mood for an Italian Hot Dog, it is one of my few choices. They do serve it on a sub roll, but the bread is good, and being served on a roll rather than pizza bread allows you to get everything (hot dog, potatoes and peppers) in one bite. I don’t get onions on mine. They use Best’s dogs as do almost all places. But these dogs are much bigger than the 12 or 10 to a lb dogs used elsewhere. Charlies uses 8 to a lb. Mijo’s are even bigger. 6 or 7 to a lb. There are plenty of peppers, and the potatoes are small and blend in perfectly. As much as I like potatoes, peppers, and bread, these should compliment the hot dogs rather than overwhelm them. Everything is sauteed in a frying pan and tastes great. Perfect ratio of hot dog, bread, potatoes, and peppers. And it’s a big sandwich for only $4.50. Everywhere else it’s close to $6.00 for a double. With smaller dogs. Tommy’s is now $7.00. Definitely give Mijo’s a try.
Any word when the Travel Channel show featuring you and Jimmy Buff’s will air?
I stopped at Mijo’s last summer. I remember it as being a very good dog. Also, the potatoes were crisp which I liked. The traditional Italian dog (Jimmy Buff’s West Orange) is way too soft and greasy for my taste. I am not criticizing, just stating a preference.
If you do, let me know. Maybe I can meet you there. It’s 5 miles from me.
I made the journey to Amazing dogs in Verona. I took my wife/and kid. I love this place. It is different than any other hotdog out there. I had the dog wrapped in bacon with wiz.-big/juicy and on a potatoe roll-nice treat. My wife had dog with grilled onions/and cheese (american)-the onions were so sweet and good. My son had kids meal-cut up pieces of hot dog deep fried so it was krispy. He was getting mad because I kept eating his. I will definatly go back again. There are many other dogs to try. I have already starting spreading the news at work.
It probably was an aberration. Mijo’s is close to where I work, and this week I had the Italian Hot Dog twice. Both times excellent. They usually use 6 to a lb dogs which are the largest I’ve had on an Italian dog. Plenty of potatoes and peppers as well. I omit onions.
A place in Elizabeth called Bruno’s (formerly named Juniors) also makes a fine non traditional Italian Hot Dog. An eight inch sub roll is filled with 2 Best franks, plenty of peppers (again I get it w/o onions) and flavorful, better than average french fries. Cost is $5.50 Most pizzerias that serve Italian Hot Dogs use the sub or hoagie roll because demand is inconsistent and they don’t always know how much pizza bread to order. When demand is slow, the bread goes bad, whereas there is always quick turnaround on the sub/hoagie rolls.
Joes Pizzeria in Union is one place that uses the traditional pizza bread. They get it from Carmens bakery, also in Union. Joe’s also uses Best dogs and serves plenty of peppers. The potatoes are cut in chunks like Dickiee Dees. This place is a good choice for me when I don’t want to travel to Jimmy Buffs or Tommy’s.
The "Italian Hot Dog" at Casino Tony Goes is not only not an Itaian Hot Dog in the traditional sense, but isn’t even similar to the non traditional ones mentioned above. First of all they don’t even use beef hot dogs. A spicy beef dog is the only type of dog that goes well with the fried potatoes, peppers, onions, and oils. Which brings me to the second point. The ingredients aren’t deep fried or sauteed, but prepared on a griddle. The peppers and potatoes aren’t the right size either. They usually put a big piece or 2 of green pepper on the sandwich. Ugh! The potatoes look like some kind of hash that you get at White Diamond. Check out the picture on their website. It doesn’t even look appetizing. Those around Trenton will no doubt disagree with me. Many like the sandwich here. But I would not call it an Italian Hot Dog. Not even in the non traditional sense. It is something altogether different.
Hey Bear ,
Thanks for the help on directions , I may have to visit there sometime in the next few weeks .
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