No stranger to iconic hot dog purveyors in the tri-state area (his visit to Walter’s resulted in a box full of the establishment’s beloved butterflied sausages), The Meat Show host and professional carnivore Nick Solares takes a trip to Clifton, New Jersey to check Rutt’s Hut off his list. The 90-year-old counter-service spot is home to hot dogs with a characteristic “concussive crunch” per Solares, and is not to be missed on a drive through the Garden State.
Originally a roadside stand in 1928, Rutt’s Hut was founded by Royal “Abe” Rutt and his wife Anna and sold to the current owners in 1974. While its lengthy menu also boasts burgers, sandwiches, and even spaghetti, Rutt’s is most famous for “The Ripper,” a beef and pork hot dog deep fried until its natural casing splits down the middle. Served with a house-made mustard-based relish for $2.20, it’s the cash-only restaurant’s claim to fame, and according to Solares, is totally worth the hype.