Best Jersey Wieners?
This discussion was O/T in the discussion on Kenji's post on White Manna, so I'm moving it here.
The Jersey Wiener, for those wondering, is a natural-casing frank (Thumann's is the preferred brand) poached in oil, and topped with mustard, chopped onions, and Jersey Wiener sauce. It used to be called a "Texas Wiener," and many (most?) people still use this name.
Dad used to take us Clixes on Goffle Road in Wyckoff about nine Saturdays out of ten. They closed a number of years ago, and, sadly, Clix Jr has passed away. We've been searching for a replacement.
I moved about 500 klicks away nearly a quarter of a century ago, but frequently return, as most of the family is still living nearby.
The closest, the Goffle Grill, is okay, but their sauce just doesn't do it for me. Sometimes it seems a bit watery, sometimes burned.
Both the Hot Grill and the smaller Midtown Grill in Clifton are great; the seasoning in Midtown's sauce has a bit more spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, something like one of those) than one typically finds and is very good, especially as a change of pace. The Riverview East across the river in Elmwood Park is also very good (and had been even better when they had fresh-cut fries like 30 years ago, if my memory is correct).
I disliked the mustard at Johnnie & Hange's, it was that yellow stuff that kids might like on baloney, but does not stand up to good sauce, freshly-chopped onions, and a spicy frank.
Rutt's Hut is a non-starter. You can enjoy a fine dawg there, but even house-made cabbage relish is not a replacement for Jersey Wiener sauce.
Please help us decide on a location during the coming holiday breaks. What's your favorite spot for a Texas/Jersey Wiener? How are the fries? What's the sauce like? And, do they serve good, honest, spicy mustard, or a yellow condiment for kids?
Thank you, and Prost!