Hank’s Franks Inc
210 US Highway 46 E, Lodi, NJ
Hot Dogs are a huge phenomenon in New Jersey. There are literally tons of places that specialize in them, and all of them have loyal fans, depending on what town you grew up in and if your parents or grandparents first brought you there. Many of the Dog joints in Jersey fixate on the deep fried variety but there are few remaining old-school places that do a New York-style “dirty water dog”. One of these is Hank’s Franks, in Lodi.
Hank’s is literally just a small take-out stand kind of place right off of Highway 46. It was established in 1959 and is still run by the same family.
Frank’s proudly uses Sabrett, a “Kosher-style” all-beef natural casing hot dog manufactured by Marathon Enterprises, a New Jersey company. Sabrett is the definitive New York pushcart Hot Dog, and the preferred method of cooking them is in a hot water bath “dirty water” style (where the dogs are contantly being added to the bath, thus rendering some of the flavor of the frankfurters in water as a seasoning) as Frank’s prepares them. Sabrett dogs can also be grilled, but the “snap” and proper texture can only be achieved with boiling this particular type of dog.
Hot Dogs with Hot Onions and Spicy Mustard.
A Hot Onion/Spicy Mustard Dog and a stewed potatoes/onion/peppers dog, unique to New Jersey.
Chili Dogs, with Hot Mustard.
Chili Cheese Dogs.
Large Chocolate Egg Cream, and a very good one at that.
Frank, Circa 1950’s.