Hot Dog Heaven
176 Kinderkamack Rd, Emerson, NJ
Have you ever passed by a food establishment dozens of times, never having gone in to try it, and then finally trying it and coming to the realization you were a dumbass for not going in there earlier? That’s what I feel about Hot Dog Heaven in Emerson.
My mistake of course is an understandable one — I usually go next door to visit my friend Christine Nunn at Picnic Caterers, where I find myself succumbing to her culinary skill on many an occasion. However, even Christine has told me that the small hot dog joint next door is worth going to. Not to mention that the NJ-famous Hot Dog John has also told me to eat there because they use both Thumann’s deep frier hot dogs for “rippers” in addition to Sabrett for “dirty water” style dogs.
Main Dining Room
Rippers or Dirty Water Dogs? You decide. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
The deep fryer area for making french fries, onion rings and Rippers.
Al Fresco seating is also available.
These NJ onion rings haven’t been featured on an award-winning cable TV series, but they are damned good just the same. These are of the batter-dipped style, with a crispy outside and nice soft cooked onion inside.
A deep-fried Thumann’s dog, “All The Way” with chili, mustard and raw onion.
All The Way dog closeup.
This customer has a tray of Dirty Water (boiled) Sabrett dogs prepared in various ways.
Hot Dog Heaven carries the Clyde’s brand of Italian Ices, from Garfield NJ. This is a small cup of chocolate Italian Ice.
Hamburgers at hot dog places are usually an afterthought, but this is a very notable exception. These are hand formed Black Angus burger patties, cooked to order, from fresh meat. This one was ordered with melted American cheese and cooked onions. Outstanding.
Burger closeup. This burger is probably the perfect fast food burger, with just the exact amount of meat to bread ratio, with a perfect squishy bun and perfectly cooked onions. About the only thing they could have done to improve it was to cook it medium rare as opposed to medium, which I’ll be sure to ask for next time.
I couldn’t help but fixate on this burger.