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Big Blues Italian Hot Dogs im Linden, Mew Jersey
A coworker told me about this place recently. It is the quintessential hole in the wall. Basically a sandwich shop specializing in subs. Or hoagies for those of you in South Jersey. There are 4 tiny booths with most people ordering food to go. The Italian Hot Dog was suggested to me because my coworker knows I love hot dogs. Let me tell you, this may be the best Italian Hot Dog I've ever had and I've had plenty of them. Excellent pizza bread, good sized franks from Best Provisions (THE frank for Italian Hot Dogs), green and red peppers that have been marinated and have a nice tangy flavor, and potatoes cut in thick slices that have been fried to a golden brown color.
What sets Big Blues apart from other places serving this sandwich is the quality of the ingredients, the quantity, and the value. The ingredients are prepared in a deep fryer except for the peppers which are put on a grill. The potatoes are so plentiful that most of them have to be taken off the sandwich and put on the side. A double is $5.75 with tax. The going rate is $7.50 with some places charging $8.00. I've posted about Big Blues on other forums. Those who have gone say it's the best Italian Hot Dog they've had. A place that has been open for about 50 years and apparently only known by the locals. I'm surprised that somewhere serving an Italian Hot Dog this good has been flying under the radar for so long.