Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ

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2016/06/13 12:16:46 (permalink)

Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ

7 days until Tower Dogs open in Lawrenceville.
Dogs start at $7.49, with most of them priced at $7.99.
It's like 5 minutes from my office, however I will !!!NOT!!! be visiting them with prices that high. Unless the size of the food warrants such a high price, but I doubt it. I will be very tempted to try them out, but I must remain strong.
Here's their website if you want to see:
http://www.tower-dogs.com
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/13 12:34:04 (permalink)
    Are these people kidding? Eight bucks for a hot dog? I notice their menu does not include a price for a hot dog with mustard.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/13 12:36:51 (permalink)
    Doesn't look like anything special...and they certainly aren't bragging about the brand or even type dog!!!
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/14 00:50:14 (permalink)
    Looks similar to The Stand that we have here.  I think it's about location rather than product when it comes to The Stand.
     
    I wish them luck.  That's a lot of money for a hot dog.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/14 16:45:48 (permalink)
    http://www.senatepub.com/senate-pub-menu.html
     
    1 dog - 9 or 10 bucks, depending on which one you choose
     
    and the place is always packed
     
    go figure
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/14 16:51:32 (permalink)
    The Senate Pub is a bar also, which may drive prices up. Location definitely has a part in price. But this Tower Dogs isn't in that fancy of a location for them to charge those prices. Specially when there's Captain Paul's Firehouse Dogs not too far away. I can't make it to Captain Paul's and back on my lunch break, though. I do go after work sometimes.
     
    Paul and his staff is super friendly and they make some good dogs.
     
    http://www.captainpaulsdogs.com/
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/14 18:57:41 (permalink)
    I added them to the NJ Hot Dog Sellers Map. Wrote them an email and they replied:

    "Thanks for adding us to your list! We appreciate it.

    We take your point but we think that people are willing to pay more for higher quality.

    Our dogs are made specifically for us using top quality meat and we use fresh ingredients prepared daily for our toppings. Our prices are actually on par and slightly lower than comparable gourmet hot dogs establishments around the country. Our 20 year record in Princeton has given us confidence that we deliver quality for a reasonable price. Our food margins are industry standard.

    Our wildly successful food truck (which has a higher price point) is indicative of our quality.

    Regardless thank you for adding us."

    So I wrote back:



    "Alright. Well written. Everyone says their dogs are specially made for them. But not usually true. That should be one of your main advertising points. Others have commented on the high prices as well.

    You've talked me into trying your place. I mean the dogs do look tasty.

    Well good luck regardless."

    If their truck is so successful then how come I never heard of them? I regularly search for hot dogs and I visit Princeton often.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/14 21:26:08 (permalink)
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    I added them to the NJ Hot Dog Sellers Map. Wrote them an email and they replied:

    "Thanks for adding us to your list! We appreciate it.

    We take your point but we think that people are willing to pay more for higher quality.

    Our dogs are made specifically for us using top quality meat and we use fresh ingredients prepared daily for our toppings.

    This sounds like a job for John Fox.
     
    Is Tower Dogs the only hot dog game in the immediate vicinity?
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/15 23:08:53 (permalink)
    No there is Captain Paul's Firehouse Dogs in Lawrenceville, NJ. Highly recommended. Really nice owner. Small place with seating outside as well.
     
    I also am about to write up a little thing on this very website about Brother's BBQ in East Windsor. There is also one more, which I absolutely hate, it's Jimmy G's Famous Hot Dogs in Hamilton. They've screwed up my order multiple times. They always forget the mustard and I wrote on Yelp "if I wanted something dry I'd drive to the desert or eat a spoon of cinnamon" LOL. They've got a lot of bad ratings on Yelp.. 2.5 out of 5 stars. Oh also, there might still be a Stewarts Root Beer right near them, but it was also one of the worst Italian dogs I've ever had. I don't even think they put potatoes on it.. something I remember they forgot.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/15 23:47:07 (permalink)
    Stewart's has their own places?  Like A&W?  Interesting.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/16 10:56:29 (permalink)
    Stewart's root beer places were a popular destination in my childood in the 50's....oh their root beer float!!!
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/16 13:20:03 (permalink)
    I used to love the root beer freezes at A&W.  Put the two in the shake machines and blend them together.
     
    Heaven!
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/16 15:31:12 (permalink)
    Yes, there are still a bunch of Stewart's locations. I used to love a float made with their cherry soda.
     
    I would also not recommend the East Brunswick, NJ location (they were previously on Main Street and moved). I went in there once and there was a SWARM of bugs, like gnats/fruit flies. I had called in my food and was waiting for it to be ready. One guy was sitting at the counter with a swarm of bugs. It wasn't like they were in one area, they were all over. I asked the girl and she said they just sprayed. I find that hard to believe. I never went back again. I haven't been to their new location either.
    post edited by yuppicide - 2016/06/16 15:38:59
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/16 16:15:11 (permalink)
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    Stewart's has their own places?  Like A&W?  Interesting.


    I was at a Stewart's just a few years ago.
    http://stewartshotdogs.com/
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/22 08:58:44 (permalink)
    So Tower Dogs opened yesterday. The forums here weren't working, so I couldn't come back and update my topic.
     
    Famous Chili Dog - Toasted bun, spicy brown mustard, chili, onions, scallions:
     

     
    Royale Dog - Toasted bun, sunny side up egg, chipotle ketchup, salt, pepper:



     
    I spoke with what I think was either one of the owners or manager, not sure. I asked him about the dogs. They're made in California specially for them. 100% beef, no fillers, only minimal nitrates, which he mentioned celery salt being the main thing. They were very meaty, flavorful, not overly salty. My only ding is the hot dogs were a little tough/chewy in texture. Older people might take issue with this. You could also opt for a Chicken Sausage, Bratwurst, or Falafel instead of a dog.
     
    There was a lot of chili on my dog, but the bun held up like a champion. I was surprised! The chili is not spicy at all. It's pretty much just a meat sauce, with a very tiny bit of sweetness. Texture was good. Didn't have any crunchy bits of meat to get caught in your teeth. Had a smooth consistency. I liked it, just wish it was spicy.
    post edited by yuppicide - 2016/06/22 09:00:21
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/22 09:59:29 (permalink)
    What size hot dog? Quarter pounder? They don't look that big...Still seems a bit steep in price. Here at Boardwalk Hot Dog we get a nearly foot long natural casing very large Schickhaus on a specially made large roll for under$6. That's a deal....and it's one of the best dogs out there. Those look like standard rolls, just toasted.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/22 10:05:28 (permalink)
    The above is a Boardwalk hot dog from Boardwalk hot dogs in Brick NJ. This is what I compare any dog to for quality,taste and price. Amazing!!!
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/06/22 13:13:37 (permalink)
    I forgot to mention they're about 1/4 pound. Here's a picture of Buffalo waffle fries

    post edited by yuppicide - 2016/06/22 13:15:26
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/07/27 14:38:50 (permalink)
    I was back at Tower Dogs today. They're thinking of doing some kind of special t-shirt for anyone who eats one of every hot dog. I think there's 17 of them on the regular menu, unless you count that you can get 4 different types of dogs, then that would make a hell of a lot more.
     
    This is the Cookout Dog. Special for this month.

    It's a dog wrapped in bacon with their own potato salad on top.
     
    I can't remember last time, but this time they toasted the bun. I liked the degree of toastyness/flavor it brought, only problem is the bottom of the dog broke open before I even took a bite.
     
    The potato salad was made with hash brown like potatoes. I think the size works good on a hot dog instead of big potato chunks. I saw egg, paprika, green onions, and tasted a lot of celery. It was lightly dressed, not a thick mayo covering it. It was probably mayo just less than I'd normally used and thinned out a little. It had no salt that I could taste. While on top of a hot dog, the dog and the bacon counter act that there's no salt on the potato salad, but if you were to eat the salad alone (such as what fell off my bun) you'd need a light sprinkle of salt.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/02 16:49:28 (permalink)
    This is the Unlawful Waffle Dog.. hot dog breaded with waffle batter and a side of mustard maple syrup. The waffle batter was good. The mustard sauce was like a stone ground mustard, where you could see the seeds, but it was thinner because of the syrup. This was my favorite out of the dogs I've eaten there so far and I believe it was only $4.50.
     

     
    I also spoke with the other owner for the first time today. He's the one that came up with the idea / recipes I think. I think the dogs are run through a grinder three times. They plan on opening other locations. They don't want to franchise. He said he couldn't sleep easy unless he oversees running of all the restaurants.
    post edited by yuppicide - 2016/08/03 09:38:52
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/05 12:46:54 (permalink)
    Italian Hot Dog - potatoes, peppers, onions, and I added provolone cheese. I just realized I don't think it had mustard. Oh well, I still liked it.
     

    post edited by yuppicide - 2016/08/05 13:45:33
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/05 13:05:35 (permalink)
    Cant see the photo - but - going by your description, isnt an italian dog supposed to have fried potatoes as well?
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/05 13:12:39 (permalink)
    We're having Italian dogs tonight. But for the hot dog we'll sub in hot Italian sausage, and for the bun we'll use a sausage roll because a hot dog bun won't hold a sausage and fried peppers and onions. So this won't be one of those wonderful New Jersey Italian dogs, exactly.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/05 13:26:35 (permalink)
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    We're having Italian dogs tonight. But for the hot dog we'll sub in hot Italian sausage, and for the bun we'll use a sausage roll because a hot dog bun won't hold a sausage and fried peppers and onions. So this won't be one of those wonderful New Jersey Italian dogs, exactly.




    I'd take a sturdy sausage roll or an Italian hero roll over those overly bready  carb leaden pizza bread loafs any day of the week for those Italian Hot Dogs
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/05 13:45:58 (permalink)
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    Cant see the photo - but - going by your description, isnt an italian dog supposed to have fried potatoes as well?




    Thanks for bringing that to my attention.. yes there are potatoes. I typed wrong.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/05 13:47:56 (permalink)
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    I'd take a sturdy sausage roll or an Italian hero roll over those overly bready  carb leaden pizza bread loafs any day of the week for those Italian Hot Dogs



    Same here. I don't know of any place near my office that serves them on pizza bread.
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/05 13:49:12 (permalink)
    Today I tried the Naked Dog, but since I added provolone and cheese sauce it's not really naked any more is it.
     

     
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    Re: Tower Dogs, Lawrenceville, NJ 2016/08/08 14:35:39 (permalink)
    Today I tried the Maui Wowie:


     
    Avocado, Teriyaki Glaze, Cucumber, Pineapple, Pick De Gallo.
     
    I did not like this one. If it were me I'd remove it from the menu. I did not like the flavor. I do like Teriyaki sauce, but maybe theirs I do not like. I'm not totally certain which component I did not like, but I think Teriyaki sauce.
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