Beyond the (Hot Dog) Bun in SJ: Where Every Day Tastes Like the 4th of July

Welcome to a sizzling journey through South Jersey’s vibrant hot dog scene, where every day tastes like the Fourth of July celebration! From gourmet creations to nostalgic favorites, these local spots are dishing out hot dogs that are as diverse as they are delicious. Whether you’re craving a classic dog with mustard and relish or eager to explore innovative toppings and artisanal flavors, South Jersey has something to satisfy every hot dog enthusiast’s palate.

Brush Up On Your Hot Dog Linguistics

What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to hot dogs, apparently a lot! Across South Jersey, these savory sausages go by many aliases, each reflecting local flavor and personality. You’ve got your franks, wieners, dawgs, dogs, tube steaks, and even glizzies (yes, glizzies!). It’s a linguistic playground where the language of hot dogs is as diverse as the toppings they wear. Whether you’re ordering a classic frankfurter or asking for a loaded dawg with all the fixin’s, one thing’s for sure—no matter what you call it, it’s bound to be deliciously satisfying. So get ready to speak the language of flavor!

The Original Hot Dog Factory 

HOT DOGS MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER? The Original Hot Dog Factory is America’s favorite Hot Dog restaurant. If you love hot dogs, then The Original Hot Dog Factory is the perfect place for you. 

1785 Farmdog

1785 Farm Dog is a local farm stand serving Medford and surrounding towns. Their mission is to provide quality meats, honey and farm goods directly to our community. In addition, they give people of all ages an opportunity to learn about sustainable farming and animal husbandry.

Hot Dawgs

Fancy Hot Dogs & Soft Pretzels! Hot Dawgs is your go-to spot in Haddonfield, NJ for gourmet hot dogs and soft pretzels. They offer a delicious selection of organic 100% grass-fed beef and vegan dawgs, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The Shack (at Rancocas Woods)

Nestled in Rancocas Woods, The Shack offers a mouthwatering array of treats. Sink your teeth into their famous hot dogs, savory walking tacos, freshly baked pretzels, and hearty homemade chili. Be sure to explore their ever-evolving menu featuring exciting new items.

Teenie Hut Jrs

Teenie Hut Jrs, a kid-oriented restaurant, emphasizes creating a welcoming environment and serving delicious food. Tina, the owner, purchased the pizzeria for her son George, who has a passion for grilling and a knack for bringing smiles to people’s faces. Alongside his girlfriend Serena and childhood friend Del, they aim to ensure every visitor, including a happy reviewer who left “feeling great about life,” enjoys a memorable experience. They look forward to welcoming guests and continuing to spread joy through their food and atmosphere.

Hungry Dog Grill

With over 35 years of collective restaurant experience, they are dedicated to satisfying your appetite with the finest offerings from South Jersey and Philly. Their daily mission revolves around using the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms and stores. They are committed to providing every customer with the highest quality, best-tasting food at competitive prices, all while supporting local farmers, bakeries, and businesses.

Nifty Fifty’s 

The 1950s are nostalgically recalled as an era of cherished family values, delectable homemade cuisine, and the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll. At Nifty Fifty’s, their timeless menu features classic American favorites and hand-spun milkshakes that harken back to the charm of old-fashioned soda fountains. Whether patrons have firsthand memories of the 50s or simply long for that era, every bite at Nifty Fifty’s promises to evoke those nostalgic moments.


Wayback Burgers

Respect is at the core of everything we do. Their mission is to create a culture of belonging by uniting people through the love of comfort food. They provide experiences that grow relationships and welcome people from all backgrounds. Achieving this mission starts with The “Way.” It stands for the way that they treat their guests, support their franchisees, source their products, and commit to doing the right thing.

Amato Bros

In 1982, founder Mike Amato embarked on his journey at Joe’s Deli in South Philly, purchasing it at the age of 18. Under his stewardship, the business expanded to eight locations and ventured into food distribution. Upon relocating to South Jersey, Mike and his brother Jim established Amato Bros., quickly becoming a beloved fixture in the community. A setback in 2016 due to a fire necessitated a temporary move to Glendora, but they persevered and reopened in April 2018 with a new dining room and bar. The passing of Jim deeply impacted the staff, underscoring his significant presence within the business. Today, the Amato family and their dedicated team continue to uphold their legacy of delivering exceptional food and hospitality to their patrons.

The Pop Shop 

There was a time when the local soda fountain was the cornerstone of every town’s Main Street. The Pop Shops are a unique interpretation of fountain shop nostalgia and futuristic blue plate sophistication. From the logotype to the interior murals and decor, the idea has been to not re-do or recreate the typical throwback feels, but to imply nostalgia and predict its future. The Pop Shops call to mind the main street soda fountains era with vintage décor, retro soda counter, bubblegum colors and 50’s juke boxes. The Pop Shop’s award-winning menu offers a quirky collection of modern American comfort foods.  They also have Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan choices, too!