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Hiram's Roadstand In Fort Lee Ranks Among DVlicious Hot Dog Contenders

Happy customers at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee.
Happy customers at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Facebook
Working the counter at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee.
Working the counter at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Yelp
Two dogs with relish, sauerkraut and mustard at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee.
Two dogs with relish, sauerkraut and mustard at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Facebook
A dog with chili and cheese is consumed at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee.
A dog with chili and cheese is consumed at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: Facebook
Hiram's has been operating on the same spot on Palisade Avenue since 1928.
Hiram's has been operating on the same spot on Palisade Avenue since 1928. Photo Credit: Facebook
It's down the hatch with another chili and onion covered dog at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee.
It's down the hatch with another chili and onion covered dog at Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: YouTube screen grab

FORT LEE, N.J. -- The classic hot dog, in all its bronzed, charred perfection, holds a special place in the hearts – and stomachs -- of most Americans, especially come summer. July, in fact, is National Hot Dog Month, thanks to the designation by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Poll
Who Has Bergen County's Best Hot Dogs?
Reader Results Voting Closed

Who Has Bergen County's Best Hot Dogs?

  • Callahan's, Norwood
    14%
  • Callahan's, Fort Lee
    22%
  • Hank's Franks, Lodi
    25%
  • Hiram's, Fort Lee
    36%
  • Jolly Nick's, Dumont
    4%

So where’s the best place to slather on the toppings and indulge in the perfect weiner? Daily Voice readers picked five nominees for our DVlicious “Best in Bergen County,” contest, each of which is being profiled this week.

Read below for what makes each nominee a “top dog,” then let your fingers do the clicking. Keep in mind you can vote multiple times, albeit once per day. Voting ends 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Hiram's Roadstand, 1345 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, (201) 592-9602

Frank Talk: You know you’re in one of the last outposts of Americana when you can glance over and see celeb chef Anthony Bourdain washing down a deep-fried chili dog with a Yoo-Hoo. The star of CNN’s culinary travelogue “Parts Unknown” grew up in nearby Leonia and took a nostalgic trip to Hiram's last year to the unpretentious roadside purveyor of tubesteaks and cheeseburgers (not to mention Birch Beer). But don’t make the mistake of calling Hiram’s deep-fried beauties “rippers” like Bourdain did; they are strictly “dogs” here. If you want yours cooked until it splits its sides, you have to ask.

The wieners are not only said to be addictive, they were the subject of a longtime feud between Hiram’s and its tad-more-upscale rival, Callahan’s, which was a mere 200 feet away. Callahan’s sold out in 2006, but reopened a decade later about half a mile away. Hiram’s, with its worn, wooden signs and dingy, but beloved, interior, still stands tall on Palisade Avenue.

Top This: You can get your dogs topped three ways here: chili, cheese, and chili and cheese. However, you can take as much as you want of condiments such sweet and sour slaw, emerald-green relish and raw onions that are kept in little metal containers on the counter.

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