I cannot let this month-long celebration of America's culinary staple go without mention, considering that there are an estimated SEVEN BILLION hot dogs eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Yikes.
We eat our fair share in this house, at a greater rate than I would like to admit. We are split on our favorite hot dogs to eat at home. My favorite is Nathan's World Famous Beef Franks with Natural Casing. I love the garlicky, juicy dog, and the natural casing provides a wonderful, crisp snap.
The Husband and The Daughter's favorite is Best's Natural Casing Frank, which is sold primarily wholesale, but is available on Fridays and Saturdays, when Best Provision is open to the public. The frank is a mildly spiced, 100% beef dog, also with an excellent snap to it. The store is located at 144 Avon Ave., Newark, NJ.
The Son does not like hot dogs.
It goes without saying that the bun (potato roll, please!) is toasted. If we want to get all fancy, we throw some chili and cheese on it.
Here in New Jersey, there are two hot dog establishments worth mention.
Jimmy Buff's, which has four locations in the state. (One is conveniently located two miles from my house.) They serve an Italian-style hot dog, which consists of a deep-fried hot dog, topped with potatoes, onions, and peppers, all on a quarter of a large roll of Italian "Pizza" bread.
If you want to know if the vehicle will be in your neighborhood, there are five of them driving around the USA. Click here to find their locations.
HAPPY HOT DOG EATING!