Jersey Hot Dog is famous to just about anyone in New Jersey or from
New Jersey. The best Jersey Hot Dog's can be found in North Jersey at
places that have been around for years and some since the 1930's. Pal's
Cabin in West Orange, New Jersey, has been around since then, serving
up some very tasty dogs with their world famous mushroom soup. The
walk-up window at Pal's is long-since gone, but the counter is still there
for quick dining. If you are over in Clifton, then
Rutt's Hutt is the place to check out for lunch. Two of their
deep fried dogs with the works aren't much to look at, but one bite and you
will know why this place too has been around since the 1930's. Rutt's
has great walk-up service and dine-in as well for those with more time to
The 1930's saw
much growth in New Jersey, and during this time a great hot dog
legend named Jimmy Buff's set up shop in North Jersey.
On a recent visit to their old Irvington location, I
treated myself to a "double" cooked to perfection with potatoes
and onions in oil-soaked Italian pizza bread with mustard on the bottom and
ketchup on the top. Actually, everything is cooked in oil; hey health food it's not, but rather comfort food at it's finest.
Over in Branch
Brook Park resides the king of the hot dog trucks called "Tony's." Tony's
hot onions are simply the best in these parts. The line at Tony's truck looks like the United Nations and a
who's who of locals from work trucks, limos, phone trucks, police cars and
even guys riding up on bicycles for a great lunch.
Jersey Hot Dog - New Jersey
Treasure - February, 2004
Paterson, New Jersey, is an example of the diverse natural beauty found here
in Jersey. The mighty Passaic river often maligned for its
uselessness and frequently a brunt of New Jersey jokes, spills over a cliff
more than 75 feet
high to create one of the largest waterfalls by volume east of the Mississippi, second
only to Niagara. Paterson also known as the "silk city"
produced textiles for nearly 200 years on a large site now owned by the
Jersey is the land of firsts and the Samuel Colt company set up shop in a
building on a site by the Falls to create the company's first production revolvers
called simply: the "Colt Paterson." The whole area around
the Falls is poised to either be part of an amazing future full of historic
significance and vitality or simply waste away in urban decay. Grass
roots efforts halted an effort to convert the area around the Colt factory
to residential housing which would have compromised a large portion of the
site below the Falls.
The Great Falls
were part of the most significant power system of it's day and the people of
"Silk City" and New Jersey deserve to have the opportunity to
enjoy a small chunk of yesteryear.
Great Falls is a thought- provoking adventure steeped in history. We
hope to be back at the Great Falls soon and to be able to one day report
that mills and factories are preserved and restored forever as one of New
Jersey's greatest treasures.
Falls - Silk
City - Paterson, New Jersey