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#HipNJ Celebrates #NationalHotDogDay

By: Marisa Reinhart

Hot Dog! It’s time to “ketchup” with the best hot dog places all over the Garden State! Check out this list, and celebrate #NationalHotDogDay with us!

Jimmy Buff’s– West Orange

Jimmy Buff’s originated the famous Italian hot dog in 1932. A Jimmy Buff dog goes into a roll of pizza bread that is the perfect consistency to support the crispy potatoes, sautéed onions and peppers. With the “Fat Tuesday” special, customers come in droves to get a double, which is two hotdogs in one roll, for the price of one.

Hot Grill– Clifton

The Hot Grill dates back to 1961 and specializes in Texas Weiners. Customers typically order their hot dogs “all the way” which consists of a twice fried hot dog smothered in mustard, home-made chili sauce and onions. Get a side of fries with gravy to complement the delicious dogs.

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Rutt’s Hut– Clifton

Another joint competing for Clifton hot dog greatness, Rutt’s Hutt declares themselves “The Home of the Ripper!” The secret recipe relish is just as famous as the fried hot dog. There’s even rumors that Babe Ruth once dined here.

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Bubba Dogs– Sea Isle City

You don’t want to miss this spot next time you are down the shore! Make sure to get the classic Bubba Dog which features melted cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce and crispy potato sticks. Delicious!

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Callahan’s– Norwood 
The Callahan’s “So Big So Good” hot dogs are offered in two sizes, “Regular” 9 inch and “Super,” which is over a foot long. The 48-hour Marinated BBQ Pulled Pork with Slaw dog or the Bacon and Salted Caramel Brittle with Peanut Butter Drizzle dogs are unique and delicious.

Happy Eating!

#HipNJ Celebrates National French Fry Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is #NationalFrenchFryDay, and #HipNJ is here to help you celebrate! If you’re craving some fried spuds, check out this list of the best places for fries in New Jersey! We have included a variety of flavors, so there is sure to be something for everyone.

Hot Grill


Where: Clifton

Must Have: Cheese & Gravy / “Sauce” & Gravy

Grand Lux Café


Where: Paramus / Cherry Hill

Must Have: Pot Roast Cheese Fries

Shake Shack


Where: Paramus / Bridgewater

Must Have: Cheese Fries with Shack Sauce

Windmill Hot Dogs


Where: Multiple Locations

Must Have: Award Winning Good Old Fashioned French Fries



Where: Seaside Heights / Wildwood

Must Have: Cheese Sauce / Dipping Vinegar



Where: Jersey City

Must Have: Kimchi Fries

Johnny Fries


Where: Ortley Beach

Must Have: Flavors (jalapeno bacon & buffalo blue-cheese)



Where: Multiple Locations

Must Have: Truffle Fries

Chickie’s & Pete’s


Where: Egg Harbor Township / Bordentown

Must Have: Crab Fries

The Committed Pig


Where: Morristown / Manasquan

Must Have: Sweet Potato Fries

Now that you’re hungry, be sure to celebrate this very important holiday and get yourself some fries. You deserve them!

Different Colored Eyes Day

By: Andrea Fasciano

July 12th is Different Colored Eyes Day! To celebrate, #HipNJ has compiled a list of famous #NewJersey celebrities and their flawless eyes.

1. Tara Reid

This is what you call #puppylove

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2. Zoe Saldana

On newsstands today! Thank you @allure!

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3. Meryl Streep

Thank you for 100k followers ❤️ #streeper #merylstreep

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4. Queen Latifah

Excited for the #HollywoodAwards tonight LIVE at 8pm on CBS.’sTonight

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5. Jon Bon Jovi

6. Ashley Tisdale

7. Teala Dunn

8. Paul Wesley

9. Kacy Catanzaro

???✨ #MrMogley #RollDog #PartnerInCrime #GirlsBestFriend

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10. Grace Helbig