My vote is for Charlie’s Italian Hot Dogs in Kenilworth, NJ..
My top dogs are a char dog from Gold Coast Dogs in Chicago and Syds in NJ.
Hello all ,
I have to go with the Ripper at Rutts Hutt .
Have not been to the ‘Cuse , have heard great things about Heids , and thanks to Sonjaab had a couple of great ones , but until I have one at the establishment can’t put it at the top of the list .
The relish at Rutts is absolutely intoxicating , I can devour it like mac and cheese .
And I only say Pink’s because I went drunk, late at night, and it was the only stand on the strip that I stopped at. Great memories. (as with the bikini girl in Charleston)
In Chicago – Hot Doug’s
In Cali – Pink’s
In Connecticut – Rosco’s Big Dog
In Jersey – Rutt’s Hut
In Charleston, SC – The girl who used to wear a thong bikini and serve from a cart downtown. But that was back in the eighties….
Skooby’s on Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood. The chili cheddar and bacon cheddar dogs are excellent.
I’m so happy to not see Pinks named herein.
Uncle Louie’s on Maui–still made in the old fashioned style in casings. Boils up fat and CRUNCH! They even still use red dye although now it looks more orange.
texas weiner II in greenbrook nj – homemade chili on the dogs, with onions, mustard… just the works! there fries in the cup is cute loved it when i wass little – yummmmmmm
It’s blasphemy in this part of the country, but I cannot in good conscience opt for The Varsity. There’s the original in Atlanta on North Avenue, the Varsity Junior on La Vista Road by Cheshire Bridge Road in N/E Atlanta, and the one here in Athens, but none of those strike my fancy.
Having never been there, it’s hard to say – but I’d have to choose either Charlie Joseph’s in La Grange or Nu-Way Weiners in Macon. (If you can stretch your criteria to include such specialties as scrambled dogs, I’d pick The Dinglewood Pharmacy in Columbus hands down.) And Skin Thrasher’s in Anderson, South Carolina deserves an honorable mention.
Keep this thread handy. When I’m able to hit the road, I’ll visit all three of these places and report back – here or on some other thread.
Oh, Hot Diggedy Dog Ziggedy Boom What You Do To Meically, Ort. Carlton in Ever-Amazing Athens, Georgia.
P. S. Other than Skin’s, the places are all in Georgia.
Just so you know — I’m totally stealing that line [:D]
Oh, that’s simple. I’d have an "All-The-Way" Texas Wiener from Pappy’s Diner in Totowa, NJ.
Why? Because they are delicious. And they are the dogs I grew up with.
And since the original Falls View in Paterson, NJ is long gone, I’d have to go with Libby’s as my first back-up, with Rutt’s Hutt in Clifton, NJ pulling in close behind.
If is a good word. Don’t forget, West Haven decided that Jimmie’s Turk’s, Phyllis’s and Raffaello’s could no longer operate with walk-up window service, shutting down all four. When Jimmie’s opened the new place, with inside service-only, it went down the tubes as far as any regular customers were concerned. There’s still Chicks at the other end of Savin Rock, though.
I’m torn. It’s like asking Lassie to pick her favorite pup from all her litters.
My pat answer is the one I discover tomorrow.
If forced to pick, I’d insist on three and hedge with a dozen more that are just as good. Like much in life, it depends on the moment.
My three, in no particular order, Tommy’s Italian Hot Dog in Elizabeth NJ, Rutt Hut in Rahway and the steamed dog from Mike’s truck at 23rd and Passyunk in Philadelphia. Ask me tomorrow, I could say Flo’s in Maine, Boston Speed’s, and Nathan’s.
If I’m back in Chicago, I have to hit Superdawg for those great hot dogs and awesome fries. Of course, if I’m closer to Poochie’s or Mustard’s Last Stand (Evanston), I’ll go there, but Superdawg is #1 to me. [:D]
Trying to pick my favorite hot dog stand is like trying to pick my favorite kid (if I had any).
I *heart* gold coast dogs. I also love scooters the hot dog stand in my home town, and any other place that serves Vienna Beef.
The few times I have had Red Hot Chicago or Kosher’s Best, I either got sick from the food or it just was not an enjoyable food experience.
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