First NJ.com named it the best hot dog in New Jersey. Now it’s being called the best hot dog in America.
It’s good to be Rutt’s Hut.
Just in time for Wednesday’s National Hot Dog Day — the entire month of July, in fact, is National Hot Dog Month — foodie website The Daily Meal released its list of the 75 best hot dogs in America. The list has a number of New Jersey classics including the top spot, where Rutt’s in Clifton was awarded the crown. That honor comes less than a week after our own Pete Genovese named Rutt’s the best hot dog spot in the state.
Rutt’s Hut was hailed by The Daily Meal for its signature Ripper, a hot dog that’s fried until it rips apart. The whole Rutt’s vibe — a standing-only, tile-covered roadhouse that’s been unchanged since 1928 — was praised just as much as the hot dogs by The Daily Meal.
Sliding into number 23 on The Daily Meal list is Jimmy Buff’s Italian Hot Dogs in West Orange and Kenilworth. Unlike other Italian dogs on the list, Jimmy Buff’s are loaded down with potatoes. Our own expert Pete Genovese gave props to Jimmy Buff’s, but ranks it as only the 16th best hot dog stand in New Jersey.
Other New Jersey outlets on The Daily Mail’s list include: Tommy’s in Elizabeth (#32) (Genovese ranked Tommy’s the second best hot dog joint in New Jersey); Max’s Famous Hot Dogs in Long Branch (#56), for which The Daily Meal recommends the onion rings and sweet potato fries just as much as the hot dogs. (Genovese left Max’s completely off of his best-New-Jersey list.)
The final member of the New Jersey contingent on The Daily Meal’s list is Maui’s Dog House in North Wildwood (#73). The Daily Meal raved about Maui’s Italian dogs, with toppings sauteed in white wine. (On Genovese’s list, Maui’s ranked #20.)
Three of the spots we cited in New Jersey’s top five were left off The Daily Meal list: Curbside Cafe in Parsippany, Tony’s Specialized Hot Dogs in Newark and Randy the Hot Dog Guy in Hillside.
Now get out there and eat some of these dogs — and let us know what you think of The Daily Meal’s ranking in the comments section.