DUMONT, N.J. -- The classic hot dog, in all its bronzed, charred perfection, holds a special place in the hearts – and stomachs -- of most Americans, especially come summer. July, in fact, is National Hot Dog Month, thanks to the designation by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.
Who Has Bergen County's Best Hot Dogs?
Callahan's, Fort Lee
Hank's Franks, Lodi
Hiram's, Fort Lee
Jolly Nick's, Dumont
So where’s the best place to slather on the toppings and indulge in the perfect weiner? Daily Voice readers picked five nominees for our DVlicious “Best in Bergen County,” contest, each of which is being profiled this week.
Read below for what makes each nominee a “top dog,” then let your fingers do the clicking. Keep in mind you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day. Voting ends 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.
Jolly NIck's, 31 E. Madison Ave., Dumont, (201) 501-0889
Frank Talk: Located within walking distance of a school, Jolly Nick’s gets a little loud and crazy at lunchtime with hordes of hungry students craving a little comfort food.
Nick Zambitto opened his first location in Cresskill in the 1960s, and later, two more spots in Westwood and Dumont. He is retired and living in Florida, but current Co-Owner Jim Strohmeyer, who works the counter and register, and his son, Jim Jr., who cooks, are both old hands at keeping the dogs and burgers coming. They even have a “credit system” for their young repeat customers and daily specials, including 10 percent off for senior citizens.
Top This: Jolly Nick’s has a color chart for ordering their deep-fried Thumann’s dogs. For instance, a blue dog comes with mustard and relish; green (mustard, peppers and onions); tan (mustard and red onions); white (mustard and sauerkraut); and rainbow, with everything. Customers say their chili sauce is tangy, not sweet.