Elizabeth Avenue - The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) will be celebrating its 5th annual National Hot Dog Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 17 from 12-5 p.m. featuring $1 dollar hot dogs from Tommy’s Italian Hot Dogs and Sausages and Jerry’s Frankfurters, both located two stores apart at 900 and 906 Second Avenue, respectfully.
Hospitality booths will be set up providing giveaways and prizes while DJ music and other attractions will be on site, including a "Star Car" featuring the A-Team Van by Tommy Defrancesco.
“Dollar Dog Day” will take place on Second Avenue, which will be the site between Elizabeth Avenue and South Street where tents, tables and chairs will be set up while a DJ will be playing summer favorites between 12-3 p.m. according to event organizer Dave Strochak.
This year’s event will be similar to the past events with both locations offering $1 dollar hot dogs (including mustard or ketchup) and $1.50 dogs with the works. Onion rings, curly fries and steak fries will be offered at the regular prices.
Tommy’s, located at 900 Second Avenue has been operating for 50 years and run by the son of the original proprietor Tommy Parrinello, Sr., who started the business after his father purchased the building on Second Avenue. A third-generation business, Tommy’s has been ranked annually as the one of the top 5 best Italian Hot Dogs in the state while Jerry’s cracks the Top 20 each year for Best Hot Dog in the State of NJ. The Star Ledger Munchmobile and National Food Magazines have written about both places extensively over the years with Tommy’s receiving National acclaim by various publications and rankings and being named the "best hot dog joint" in New Jersey by NJ.com last year where Pete Genovese and his Star Ledger "Munchmobile" crew came personally to present Tommy's their award while filming live social media.
Jerry’s Famous Frankfurters, 906 Second Avenue, is entering its 69th year of operation on Elizabeth Avenue and has gained a following for not only its hot dogs but homemade chili using the same recipe for years. Present owner Miguel Patrikios has perfected the cooking method passed down for generations which give Jerry’s hot dogs that perfect “snap” that keep customers coming back for more. Both eateries are open seven days a week, including holidays.
The EAP represents more than 300 businesses within the Elizabeth Avenue Special Improvement District and promotes the Avenue as a great place to visit, shop, live and operate a business. For more information about the program, please call the EAP at 908-965-0660.