Why did it take us so long to check this place out? I’ve heard it was great but never made the trip over to Fort Lee. Maybe living so close to Rutt’s Hut and Hot Grill we figured why take on that traffic so close to the George Washington Bridge? I guess you can say Anthony Bourdain finally convinced us to check it out when he did his New Jersey show on his “No Reservations” show on the Travel Channel.
The place is hardly bigger than a trailer home. But good things come in small packages. There is a small counter area right in front where you can place your order and sit along the window ledge. There is also a small on the right side of the place and this is where we like to sit. It has a real grungy feel. It reminds me of my aunt’s basement that we used to visit back in the 70s. Now don’t get me wrong, this is part of the appeal. When it comes to hot dog places it always seems the smaller and dingier the better!
After our first bite of the chili dogs here our taste buds pretty much said “What the hell took you so long?” These deep fried beauties are wonderful. A pork and beef mixture that snaps with flavor. But the kicker is the wonderful chili that tops the dog. Perfectly spicy it really elevates the dog to super status. The fries are great and the onion rings are even better. Now a lot of folks recommend drinking Yoo-Hoo with your hot dogs here but to me you need to drink cheap beer with the meal. We prefer the Miller Light. If you love hot dogs Hiram’s must be on your list.
1345 Palisades Avenue, Fort Lee
Mon-Sat: 11:00am – 9:30pm
Sun: 11:00am – 8:30pm
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