Clifton, NJ 07014
- Cost: $
- Credit Cards: No
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
September 28, 2010
I visited the restaurant/bar side of Rutt’s Hut recently. “Old school” immediately comes to mind when you sit at the well-worn bar and read the menu on the wall, with Jersey basics like “Taylor Ham” and egg, and fried clam strip sandwiches. Beck’s is the most exotic brew on tap. (Rutt’s will never be confused with a gastropub.) Daily specials – think brisket and meatloaf – are listed on a whiteboard. The main draw, of course, is still the rippers and fries. Everything that comes over the pass from the kitchen is cheap and satisfying.
Review – September 2010
You’re here for the deep fried hot dogs. Order a “Ripper” at the counter. Add the sweet-spicy yellow relish. Eat. If you prefer your hot dog deep fried until blackened, ask for a “Creamator.” You might also try the onion rings or fries with gravy. Wash it down with a beer on tap. Repeat.
Atmosphere? Rutt’s Hutt is an asphalt oasis between Route 21 and an exit ramp. A stand-up indoor counter room on the right, a dive bar with table service on the left. Haven’t tried the bar side. Plenty of room to eat at the counters. Kid-friendly.
It’s all about the hot dogs at Rutt’s Hut, and for taste, toppings and gritty atmosphere, there is no better Jersey dog.