July 31, 2017
2230 Princeton Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Cost: $
  • Credit Cards: All Major
  • Alcohol: None
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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July 31, 2017


Who can resist a Jersey hot dog stand in the summer?

The Army Ranger Dog

You pull up roadside on a brilliant Sunday, the lot is filled with bikers, and there are picnic tables to eat outside. Captain Paul’s Firehouse Dogs, on a residential stretch of Princeton Pike in Lawrenceville, NJ, meets all the criteria and delivers some very tasty hot dogs.

Captain Paul’s hot dogs (Hatfield brand) are fried, producing a snappy, ridged casing around a juicy dog. The many available toppings include bacon, jalapeños, potatoes, pork roll (!), chili, baked beans and cheddar cheese sauce. My selection last weekend, the “Army Ranger” (every menu item has a military monicker) features nachos, chili, cheese and jalapeños. The menu includes chicken sandwiches, a “pork roll/hot dog” sandwich section, and various specialty fries (buffalo sauce, chipotle sauce, garlic sauce, brown gravy). The funnel cake fries are on my list to try for next time. Hot dogs are are the main attraction at Captain Paul’s, but don’t overlook the homemade hard ice cream during the summer.

Captain Paul is Paul Tweedly, formerly of the Trenton Fire Department, who runs Firehouse Dogs together with his wife Janice. Captain Paul’s prominently honors and supports first responders and members of the armed forces. The small stand – a counter and a few stools inside, a cluster of picnic tables outside –  is decorated inside and out with flags and insignia from every branch of the military and all manner of uniformed personnel.

Order at the counter, grab a table outside, and the friendly servers will bring your food to you. Everything is made to order, and it’s worth the wait.