Food & Drink

Talking with Longtime Scotch Plains Vendor on National Hot Dog Day

Steve Popik awaits hungry customers in his famous spot on Terrill Road during National Hot Dog Day. Credits: Michael Bruchert

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - For 17 years, Steve Popik of North Plainfield has set up shop on Terrill Road in Scotch Plains to serve hot dogs and sandwiches to hungry patrons who visit his stand on a daily basis.

“I’m here full time, six days a week,” Popik said. “I’ve been able to make a fair living selling a fair product. Always Sabretts. These are the best tasting franks there are.”

The 51 year old gets customers from all around Union County, but says most of the support comes from Scotch Plains residents.

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“I get people stopping by on their way through town, on their way to the store, all different people,” Popik said. “The people in town have been very good to me.”

A die hard New York Yankees fan, the vendor listens to a radio broadcast of each game inside his truck and admits some customers stop in to get scoring updates. For Popik, at the end of the day it’s about making people happy.

“Sometimes when people come up they're not having the best day, so I try to put a smile on their face by talking to them or by letting the food do the job.” 

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