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NJ's Contributions to Chowdom

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NJ's Contributions to Chowdom

Elliot Apter | Sep 11, 1997 01:09 AM

It is almost indisputable that NJ has contributed greatly to chowdom in the realm of diners. My rule of thumb has always been to try the waffles and sausage before 2 PM and the meatloaf and chicken croquettes after 2PM. All are true diner staples, and if they can make light waffles, if they use non-A&P sausage, and if the meatloaf and croquettes weigh less than the owner's (proudly displayed) bowling trophy, you've got a winner.
The OTHER contribution, however, is much more interesting: food trucks. I had always thought the hot dogs at TWANS (Jersey City, right under the Skyway near Grand Street) was the best. They've parked on the same block for over 35 years, and before that they had a pushcart in the area.
Two days ago, however, I found the new champ. "Hot Food" on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick (just NE of where Cranbury goes under the Turnpike.) This is NOT the little truck with the umbrella, it is a mile before (NE) that one. The menu is two pages long. The hot dogs were even freshly grilled (yes grilled) at 3PM (they don't serve the lunch leftovers the rest of the day.) They've got a dozen topings for the dogs. They've got a pizza oven (haven't tried the pizza yet) but the pizza burgers are fantastic.
They're parked on a gravel turn-around on the North-East Bound side, and the turnaround usually has 6-8 big trucks parked, with the drivers all eating.
Anybody else have some diner or truck notes?

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