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Clifton's Rutt's Hut Franks Strive For DVlicious Win

Michael Potoczak of Totowa enjoying two Rutt's Hut rippers –with chili and relish – and cheese fries on his lunch break. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Nicki Hotra of West Milford enjoys a hot dog at Rutt's Hut in Clifton. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Cynthia Lee of Clifton enjoys relish on her ripper. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Belinda Wigstrom and Jerry Hykey of Lyndhurst went with chili and spicy mustard, respectively at Rutt's Hut in Clifton. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

CLIFTON, N.J. -- The classic hot dog, in all its bronzed, charred perfection, holds a special place in the hearts – and stomachs -- of most Americans, especially come summer. July, in fact, is National Hot Dog Month, thanks to the designation by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Poll
Who Has Passaic County's Best Hot Dogs?
Final Results Voting Closed

Who Has Passaic County's Best Hot Dogs?

  • Rutt's Hutt, Clifton
    53%
  • The Hot Grill, Clifton
    44%
  • Goffle Grill, Hawthorne
    1%
  • Hot Diggity Grill, Hawthorne
    1%
  • Jersey Johnny's Grill, Woodland Park
    0%

So where’s the best place to slather on the toppings and indulge in the perfect weiner? Daily Voice readers picked five nominees for our DVlicious “Best in Passaic County,” contest, each of which is being profiled this week.

Read below for what makes each nominee a “top dog,” then let your fingers do the clicking. Keep in mind you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day. Voting ends 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Rutt's Hut, 417 River Rd, Clifton, (973) 779-8615

Frank Talk : It's gotta be the relish.

"I use it as a dip," said Nicki Hotra of West Milford. "I dip my french fries in it. I get my money's worth."

"The mustard and the relish are phenomenal," added Michael Potoczak of Totowa, who enjoyed two rippers and fries on his lunch break. "And the hot dogs are the best."

Top This : Rutt's Hut has been around since 1928. It's currently a family owned business.

Employee Bill Chrisafinis said it's enjoyed long term success because of the two "R's": Relish and rippers.

The establishment has been featured on PBS, Food Network, and the Travel Channel. Rutt's Hutt also previously won our DVlicious contest for best fries.

Sadly, Co-Owner John Karagiorgis, 45 – whose father purchased the eatery in 1975 – died of a massive heart attack in June.

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