Review: Amuse, Westfield; Round-up: Hot Dogs in Central NJ

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C.J. Reycraft and Julianne Hodges aim to entice regulars to dine at Amuse, their relaxed BYOB, once a week. Will they succeed? Here’s my take on their new Westfield restaurant in the July issue of NJ Monthly.

NJ Monthly cover July14

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Admittedly, the central part of our state is not exactly a hot spot for hot dogs. (Jimmy Buff’s, why have you forsaken me?) Or is it? My recent survey of eateries specializing in this American icon turned up some delicious surprises, including:

– 2 stands that share a hot dog heritage dating back to the same beloved vendor and his 1950s cart

– a cool, full-service, bona fide, liquor-license-carrying restaurant in New Brunswick that specializes in every form of “encased meat.” So successful, its 2nd location is opening in Atlantic City this Fourth of July weekend. (Congrats to you, Destination Dogs.)

– several eateries that specialize in Trenton-style Italian hot dogs (I repeat: Jimmy Buff’s, why have you forsaken me?)

– Filipino-style dogs. A neon-red breakfast staple – and as beloved in the Philippines as they are here

– An open-air stand at a sleepy country crossroads that causes traffic mayhem on summer weekends

Relish all the details – complete with hotlinks to 7 hot-link emporia – here, in the July 2 issue of US 1.

 

 

One response to “Review: Amuse, Westfield; Round-up: Hot Dogs in Central NJ

  1. Don’t forget Destination Dogs also makes some great cocktails – no surprise with where the owners worked years previous (Clydz)

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