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New Jersey, not Los Angeles, the hot dog capital of the world.


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New Jersey, not Los Angeles, the hot dog capital of the world.

hotdoglover | Sep 25, 2006 10:20 PM

I had replied to a topic on the Los Angeles board, but it was deleted because it deals with Jersey dogs. I was told to repost it here. See below.

I think that last year, it was determined by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council that New York consumed more hot dogs than any other city. The year before, it was Los Angeles. But that takes into consideration the amount sold in supermarkets. In any event, just because a certain place consumes more hot dogs doesn't mean it has the best. In Manhattan there are pushcarts on almost ever corner. Thousand of people who walk by stop and grab a dog. But I stand by my statement that New Jersey, specifically North Jersey, is the hot dog capital of the world.

We have a bigger variety of hot dog styles than anywhere. And the quality of the dogs in the area is unmatched. There are kosher style all beef dogs, German style beef/pork dogs, deep fried dogs like Rutt's Hut. Texas Weiners, which, despite the name, were invented in Paterson in the early 1920's. Italian style hot dogs, which were also invented here. Deep fried dogs are popular, but far from the only way that hot dogs are prepared. You can get them charbroiled, griddle cooked, deep fried, boiled, and combinations of these.

Perhaps the best all beef dog is made in Jersey. Better than any dog I've had anywhere including Sabrett, Nathans, Boars Head, Vienna Beef, Hebrew National, Usinger's, Lobels, Niman Ranch, and numerous others. It comes from Best Provisions in Newark. And the best German style dog, made from beef and pork, is also made in Jersey. The brand is Thumanns. Both of these franks are made from top quality cuts of beef. And pork for Thumanns. Not trimmings.

Every year I run a New Jersey Hot Dog Tour. We rent a bus and go to between 6 and 10 hot dog establishments in Jersey. We try to get a variety of different types of dogs. Between 40 and 50 people attend. This year (last week actually) we had people from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, D.C., and one guy from Nova Scotia. All agree that the hot dogs in Jersey are better than anywhere else. And some of the people attending have lived all over the country. At least 2 were brought up in Chicago. Anyone who will be in New Jersey, please contact me. I can give you great suggestions. I just completed a summer of sampling hot dogs for a state wide paper. We went to 87 hot dog establishments and rated the best. Link here:

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