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“Rutts does it weller”
Review of Rutt's Hut

Rutt's Hut
Ranked #2 of 195 Restaurants in Clifton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Rutt's Hut makes the finest hot dog in NJ, hands down. The nicotine stained, never left the 50's seediness is part of the charm of this north Jersey icon.

Sure if you start venturing around the menu you're going to find a lot of clunkers. Leg of lamb? You'd have to be insane to order that here. I once saw a diner eating a ham steak that was served with some sort of pineapple jelly smeared on it. Yuk! Burgers? If you want a good burger what the heck are you doing in a hot dog place? That's like going to a seafood place and ordering the ribeye steak. And what's "roast Long Island duck" even doing on the menu here?

You come to Rutt's for one reason - the hot dogs, and that is what they do "weller" than anybody elser.

Order a a pair of rippers and smear them with mustard and the amazing relish (which I have not been able find the equal of anywhere. Heck I don't even like relish.) and you are in hot dog heaven. A mug of draft beer and frenchies with gravy makes it even better.

Though most people seem to order the rippers (cooked until the casing splits), the dogs are also served as "In and Outers" (just barely cooked), "Wellers" (cooked well done) and "Creamators" (cooked until charred).

Rutts has two sections, the walk in counter service side and the sit down restaurant side with bar. Both are a step back in time.

I've had hot dogs from many of NJ's legendary hot dog places, Hot Dog Johnnies, Hot Grill, Jimmy Buffs, Amazing Hot Dog, Galloping Hill, Hot Grill, Dickie Dees, Theyl are all very good at what they do, but none reach the sublime heights of a Rutt's Ripper with their secret recope relish.

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Thank Brian S
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Got a few rippers on the recent trip. Nothing special. Got one with cheese and the other with mustard and sauerkraut. Was not impressed. Not worth making any special trips for.

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1  Thank birdddurr
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We have stopped here several times for just a few dogs and the chili. Yes, the place is old, and a bit seedy, but the deep fried dogs are pretty good. NOT the best Hot Dog in America...That goes to a little dog and chili place in Sarasota, Florida called the Hob Nob) But surely one of the best in the north east. I also like their chili very much..."A bowl of meat" is how it is often ordered. Add a few cold drafts and you have one great lunch. If you're driving past Clifton, stop for a beer and a ripper...and forget about all the fancy stuff. You will not go away hungry from the Rutts Hut...never have - never will

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Thank JAMES L
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Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

After reading years of hype, mostly by locals, we stopped in. Junky place, nothing special. Got 2 Rippers each but really not impressive. Dogs were fair, and the buns were spongy like they get if you microwave them.

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Thank UncleBuddy
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Growing up it was the place to stop coming back from NYC and even today its a great place to run for a quick lunch. The Ripper is the way to go with the relish that is on each table.

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Thank Tom H
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