Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

This story contains a large portion of the original story I posted back in July of 2023. After closely monitoring the hot dog joints page on Facebook, I decided to create another list of places that were not included in the original article.  I am basing this list on the posts and suggestions of the passionate hot dog lovers who subscribe to the Jersey Hot Dog Joints page on Facebook.

I originally painstakingly polled people from across the state to ask them where they go for the best hot dogs in their favorite towns in the Garden State.

Here’s the original list from July 2023

I asked residents in North Jersey, the fine folks in South Jersey, the Jersey Shore people, and quite a few people in other parts of the state.
John Fox was front and center in an army of die-hard hot dog lovers in South Jersey. I found his credentials rather impressive.

John is an actual expert on hot dogs. He probably has the most posts on the Facebook page.

Here’s how John responded when I asked the South Jersey Food Scene crew about the best hot dogs in their area.:

“Ambassador to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council and Co-founder of Hot Dog Nation I’ve been to close to 200 Hot Dog establishments. South Jersey for the most part is a hot dog wasteland. However, arguably the best hot dog in the state is served at Maui’s in Wildwood. Their brand is Hofmann’s German hot dog; a pork, beef, and veal blend and the best hot dog in my opinion. Another exceptional place is the Original Hot Dog Factory in Voorhees. An excellent Angus all beef dog prepared perfectly on the grill. If you need suggestions for the rest of the state, please contact me. I’ve been to over 90 places in N.J. with Pete Genovese for Inside Jersey magazine and 87 places for the Star Ledger.”


Then there are people like me who are not hot dog experts. For the most part, I grew up on Hebrew National and Nathan’s hot dogs. As a kid growing up in the burbs of Long Island, I have had my share of Armour, Oscar Meyer, Ballpark Franks (both the brand and actual ballpark franks), Sabrett, and a few others at neighbor’s homes or other places.

When you have grandparents who live in Brooklyn, Nathan’s on Coney Island was the place to go.

Let’s find out where people grab their favorite hot dogs, and the condiments some people swear by.

  • Dave's Hot Dogs - 323 S Pine Ave, South Amboy, NJ 08879

    According to a reviewer’s post, Dave’s Hot Dogs, although officially listed as being in South Amboy, is actually in the Borough of Sayreville. It is approximately 1/3 of a mile south of the town line, according to Google Maps. According to Alex, who was at the counter when I visited, the postal address is South Amboy.

    I saw a post from Nick and he gave Dave’s a 10 out of 10 for the Italian hot dog. Others rave about the killer chili dog and the onion rings among other things.

  • Munce's Hotdogs - 1843-1967 St Georges Ave, Rahway, NJ 07065

    A staple on St. Georges Ave in Rahway in front of Rahway River Park . The hot dogs are known for their super snap the minute you bite into one.  Many have made positive comments about how good the chili is.

    Munce Hot Dog Truck - Rahway, NJ

    5 reviews and 10 photos of MUNCE HOT DOG TRUCK "I'm surprised I'm the first review here. Munce has been at Rahway River Park for many many years. Known to locals as the best truck with dirty water dogs. They use Sabrett natural casing hot dogs that have that snap.


  • Jerry's Famous Frankfurters - 906 2nd Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

     Jerry’s Frankfurters has been competing with their rival, Tommy’s on the same block for decades in Elizabeth, NJ. Tommy’s was on the original list, now it’s Jerry’s turn. Which one is your favorite?


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  • Big D’s Hot Dogs - 36 S Morris St, Dover, NJ 07801

    Heading to Morris County for Big D’s. Dominic serves Sabrett dogs off his truck with spicy Gulden’s Mustard for the win.

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  • Jimmy’s Doggie Stand - 7 Union Square, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

    You’ll find Jimmy’s at the foot of the Free Bridge on the New Jersey Side. They have a small dining area of 15  seats indoors, and plenty of picnic tables outside for you to enjoy the view of the Delaware River.

    Your choice of beef or pork hot dogs at Jimmy’s Doggie Stand. I hear they make killer gyros and creamy milkshakes,

  • Goffle Grill - 1140 Goffle Rd, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

    Joe P. Says Goffle Grill dogs are his favorite! Their famous Texas Weiner, with homemade chili sauce, mustard, and onions is only $3.09. Old school counter service with burgers, fries, and more.


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  • Hot Dog Louie’s - Royal Battery, 1095 St Georges Ave, Colonia, NJ 07067

  • Totowa Hot Dogs - 294 Union Blvd unit c, Totowa, NJ 07512

    One guy said he powered down 5 chili cheese dogs with no problem. Friendly service too!

  • Boulevard Dogs-n-More - 206 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

    I’m shocked I missed this one on the original list. So many hot dog lovers giving Boulevard Dogs major props. Serving Sabrett & Thumann’s dogs, and so much more. “The Dogfather” looks like a huge seller. It’s a classic Italian hot dog with peppers, onions, and potatoes on fresh Italian bread.

  • Nikki's Dawgs - 2118 Old Bridge Matawan Rd, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

    If you love your dogs with a splash of spice, order “Hot Works.” Her dogs look delicious! According to her website: “Our truck is more than just a place to grab lunch. It is a truck that serves over 20 original 100% all beef hot dog choices, along with a large selection of Burgers.”

  • Famous 8 Roadside Eatery - 165 US-202, Ringoes, NJ 08551

    Charles was singing Famous 8’s praises along with Tim and a few other folks. According to Chris, “Father and daughter team took over what was once a Stewart’s in Ringoes, NJ. Located at the end of Hampton Corner Road in between the Flemington Nissan and Stover’s Wells & Pumps / Marvic Supply. They currently have a limited menu consisting of only Hot Dogs, Burgers, Fries and Drinks.”

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  • J&G Texas Weiners - 238 North Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812

    Jake mentioned they serve Schickhaus hot dogs. Been around since 1977 and serve a true Texas weiner with mustard onions, and chili.

  • Doo Wop Dogs - 821 Atlantic City Blvd. Bayville, NJ & 75 Talmadge Rd - Edison, NJ

    The original place is still in Edison, and now Doo Wop Dogs can be enjoyed by the Shore folks in Bayville, across from The Shady Rest. The stand serves skinless Sabrett hot dogs with about 10 different toppings, kielbasa, barbecued pulled pork, chips and various drinks. DG posted: “Skip gets the old fashion: sauerkraut/mustard. John likes the No Cry Dog: cooked onions/mustard.”

    Doo Wop Dogs Truck Bayville NJ

  • Angelo's Hot Dogs - Union Beach Beachfront, Florence Avenue and Front Street intersection, Union Beach, NJ, United States, New Jersey

    The minute the weather warms up, the locals flock to Angelo’s for Angelo’s Italian HOT DOGS stuffed in Fresh Pizza bread made w/ fresh cut Curly Fries, Peppers & Onions. 

    Angelo's Hot Dog Truck - Union Beach, NJ

  • La Madre Maria - 2480 Hooper Ave, Brick Township, NJ 08723

    La Madre Maria has Hot Dogs with all homemade toppings and Italian Hot Dogs made (The Newark Way) Sausage peppers onions. Pretty close to where I live, and worth stopping by. Paul mentioned the chili and hot red onions are some of the best in Ocean County.

  • Designer Dawgs - 3 Main St, Clinton, NJ 08809

    A diverse menu that includes customer inspired creations like, the Korean Kimchi dawg inspired by a customer named Anthony. I want to try the “Rocky Balboa.” It’s a dawg smothered in a cheesesteak topping.

  • Rocco's Burgers Dogs and Fries - 405 US-46, Kenvil, NJ 07847

    Serving Thumann’s Premium Beef-Pork Blend Dogs deep fried in 100% peanut oil. All options make my mouth water, but my first choice would be the Reuben Dog –Smothered in sauerkraut & Swiss cheese topped with the special Rocco’s sauce.

  • Humpty Junior's - 72 US-46, Columbia, NJ 07832

    This was a listener recommendation from Louis P. who loves the Humpty dog with one of their 50 varieties of milkshakes. By the way, what is the Humpty Sauce?” I’ve seen other Jersey folks mention this place for a several reasons, like their excellent  onion rings and their juicy burgers. I love old school joints like this.


  • 1950 Originals - 325 Broadway, Westwood, NJ 07675

    James H. was one of the first to call my attention to this new place that just opened in October 2023. The grandson of Callahan’s founder Leonard “Artie” Castranni opened this place. His name is Dan DeMiglio and I’m cheering him on.

  • Russ Ayres Hot Dogs - 680 US-206, Bordentown, NJ 08505

    A lot of warmth coming from the folks who mentioned this hidden gem. Russ started out with a pushcart in the 1940’s and his legend lives on.

  • McCobb's Family Restaurant - 2391 Hamburg Tpke, Wayne, NJ 07470

    Randy says: “I’ve been going there 30 years, just MO but the all the way Texas Weiners are the best. I LOVE the sauce.”  It seems that Randy has quite a bit of company.

  • The Lantern - 1138 Ringwood Ave, Haskell, NJ 07420

    If you want a decent deep fried chili dog, lots of folks recommend this place, including Bob T.

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  • Hot Rod's Hot Dogs - 2113 NJ-31, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

    Kenny recommends, the chili cheese dogs, saying, “They are off the charts.” Make sure you get the sour cream and chive fries. Brandy gave a more detailed description,  “I tried “The Original” and “Fryer” dogs.” “The original is a turkey dog and the one I liked best. The fryer is a pork/beef combo. I found the turkey dog more moist and plump than the fryer.”

    Hot Rods Hot Dogs - Glen Gardner, NJ

    HOT RODS HOT DOGS, 2113 State Rt 31, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826, 47 Photos, Mon - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Tue - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Wed - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Thu - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Fri - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sat - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sun - Closed

  • Captain Paul's Firehouse Dogs - 2230 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

    Billy C. said that Captain Paul’s is worth the drive from anywhere. Billy’s favorite: The Devil Dog, crumbled bacon, hot sauce, baked beans and coleslaw. 

  • Jersey Johnny's - 1750 Rt 46 West Woodland Park, NJ 07424

    Joe P. and a few others made mention of Jersey Johnny’s. I took a look at the menu and was pleased with all the options. All The Way, German, American, Underdog…etc. The Porky’s Blanket with bacon & cheese got my attention.  I’ll take a jumbo please.

    Jersey Johnny's Woodland Park | Best Jersey Wieners & Burgers

    Jersey classic wieners, burgers, sandwhiches, kid friendly, Woodland Park, NJ

  • Woodies Drive-In - 509 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

    Another place that takes you back in time. Real old school retro joint that only takes cash. It’s a great place to grab a dog and more whenever you visit the Island. You’ll have to wait until they open for the season.

  • Lover Dogs Air Fried Hotdogs - 822 Main Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055

    I cannot believe I left this amazing place off the list the first time around. I hope Wayne and every hot dog lover in New Jersey will forgive me. These are some of the best dogs in Jersey. Air fried and fabulous.

  • Pop's Place - 449 US-46, Rockaway Township, NJ 07866

    Another place that should have been on the original list. Hey, I’m learning. Thanks to Jeff Ananson for pointing out my egregious error. A delicious Sabrett natural casing dog is waiting for you at Pop’s.

  • Manny's Texas Wieners - 2580 Springfield Ave, Vauxhall, NJ 07088

    Serving up great American food since 1979. Your first bite of these natural casing dogs will be one of the best bites ever.

  • The Quarry Grill - 107 NJ-23, Franklin, NJ 07416

    Deep fried hot dogs with a vast amount of toppings and special sauces. Don’t skip out on the smash burgers here.

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