19) Tony's Truck, Newark: A pet peeve of mine is small dogs. Tony's switched to smaller dogs and they switched from Golden D to Sabrett. Although I prefer Sabrett, I liked that they were the only place around using Golden D. Chili ok. Overall, run of the mill. Went from being a place I would go out of my way to visit to being one I would stop at only if I was in the area.
20) JJ's Truck, Newark: Tiny dogs, horrible chili. Highly overrated. For me carts and trucks for the most part serve the same thing. Boiled Sabretts. I look at size, freshness, if there is a casing, and how hot the dogs are served in order to distinguish one from another. And maybe if there is a standout chili or kraut. Or if they use a different brand like Best's or Hatfield. I don't visit too many trucks.
21) Paul's Italian Hot Dogs, Newark: Solid, if unspectacular IHD. Great price (under $6) and the potatoes are more like steak fries, but they are fresh and hand cut. A true neighborhood hole in the wall.
22) Father & Son, Linden: Solid regular dog (Grote & Weigel beef). I always like when a place serves something different. One of my favorite chili's that isn't Texas Weiner style. A winner in the grilled category for their 5/1 nc Best's (a/k/a Syd's dog) that is boiled, then grilled like Syd's. My favorite beef dog. I love the flavor, spicing, texture, casing, and method of preparation. I get these dogs at the Best's factory and prepare them the same way.
23) Big Blues, Linden: Runner-up for best Italian Hot Dog. Primarily a sub shop, but they make an excellent IHD. Everything made to order. Nothing laying around in oil. Fresh bread, Best's hot dogs, excellent tangy peppers that are hand cut, marinated, and cooked on a griddle. One of the best potatoes. Like Tommy's they are deep fried rather than heated in the tilted pan. Makes for a crisper, better potato. Also a great value at $5.85 for a double. Going rate is between $7 and $8. Jimmy Buff's is $8 plus. Joe Joe's is $9.50 for a much smaller sandwich.
post edited by John Fox - 2014/08/20 15:16:42