The hot dog featured on the Apple's Deli menu is Syd's Dog. A New Jersey favorite, the first one was served in 1941 at the newly opened Syd's in Weequahic. The hot dog came in two sizes and sold for three and six cents. As World War II progressed the smaller size was dropped and the larger one was offered for ten cents. At Apple's Deli a Syd's Dog is boiled first and then grilled. Customers choose their own toppings.
Matt Applebaum owns Apple's Deli and is the former owner of Amazing Hot Dog, which was on a past Hot Dog Nation tour. He said, "Syd's Dog has a special place in my heart. My parents grew up in Newark and they knew about Syd's. When Syd's Restaurant opened in the Millburn Mall, they frequently took me and my sister there. I remember the hot dogs and a drink called a Cucomonga. It was made with grapefruit juice and lime."
Last year, a group of about 40 did a smaller hot dog tour of various delis and diners including Apple's Deil. Andrea of Apple's Deli said, "That event was a lot of fun. The participants had a great time and we are looking forward to the Tour again this year."
The motor coach bus tour is organized by Erwin Benz and John Fox, who is one of the country's best known hot dog experts. The event attracts visitors from several different states.
Union's famous Galloping Hill Inn ("one of the best German style dogs in the state," according to the organizers) will be the starting point for the 2018 tour. The next stop will be Jimmy Buffs Italian Hot Dogs of Kenilworth ("the originator of this born-in-New Jersey specialty"). Third along the way will be Hot Dog Louie's, a truck located on Route 35 in Woodbridge.
Little Buffalo of Cranford, which has been open for about a year, makes its debut on the tour. The eatery features several types of hot dogs, including a "red hot" and a "white hot" that is similar to a bratwurst, along with several types of meat sauces.
The Fanwood Grille is also part of the tour and features Schickhaus franks with natural casing prepared on the grille. Toppings include cheese, chili, sauerkraut, and the "Cowboy Tony" seasoned meat topping with mustard and onions.
Request to join the Hot Dog Nation Facebook group by clicking here and register to join the motor coach tour.
Editor's Note: TAPintoSPF publisher John Mooney is owner of Fanwood Grille. History source for Syd's Dog - http://www.virtualnewarknj.com/memories/weequahic/bodiansyds.htm