Whenever the subject of hot dogs in New Jersey comes up, someone will invariably mention Rutt’s Hut in Clifton. It is a Jersey institution, having opened in 1928, and has a unique method of cooking the hot dogs: it deep fries them.

Bill Doyle's order at Rutt's Hut
Photo by Bill Doyle / Townsquare Media

This process causes the casing to rip, hence the name for the Rutt’s Hut dog, the “Ripper.” They also make their own relish, which is mustard based, but I found it too sweet for my taste. The Rippers themselves were pretty good, though. There are no chairs. You stand at various counters with strangers to eat. I don’t know that I would make the trek to Passaic County just for Rutt’s Hut again, but if I were already there, I would definitely go again.

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