New Jersey is a hot dog hotbed.
Deep fried “rippers” from Rutt’s Hut in Clifton of Hiram’s in Fort Lee, Paterson-style Texas Weiners, and the Italian hot dog, a Newark creation, loaded with potatoes, peppers and onions are uniquely Jersey foods, and must be part of any serious debate about the best hot dogs in the country. I’m partial to deep fried dogs with serious “snap,” and simple toppings: mustard and kraut or spicy relish.
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