Toby’s Cup is a one-of-a-kind Jersey roadside hot dog stand worth visiting for its unique charms and deep fried dogs. (more…)
If I owned a Harley, this is where I’d stop on my way home from a Delaware River ride. Many riders do pull off Route 46 into this classic roadside stand for the hot dogs, fries and a mug of ice cold birch beer or fresh buttermilk – yes, buttermilk. The dogs are straightforward: a pork and beef dog, allegedly from Schmalz’s European Provisions of Newark, fried in peanut oil and served with mustard, chopped onion and a pickle slice. Not as much flavor in the dog itself as a Rutt’s Hut or Galloping Hill dog, but an all together very satisfying hot dog in a picturesque setting.
Eat at the picnic tables overlooking the Pequest River, in the small seating area or in your car. Warning: If anyone is afraid of bees (say, perhaps, your oldest daughter), avoid the picnic area in hot weather.
Key City is a wonderfully shiny diner, opened in 1955, with gleaming chrome and a long counter. Open 24 hours, the standard diner fare is solid and served with a smile. We tried “scrapple” for the first time there. My wife asked what was in it, and the waitress, chuckling, said it was exactly how it sounded, the meaty “scraps” from the grill. It’s served as a thin rectangular slab. A tasty (the flavor reminded us of haggis) slice of heart attack on a plate. Good with eggs.