Jersey Dogs With A Side Of Something Better
So Ali and I went to Long Beach Island, NJ for 2 weeks in August for our summer vacation. Naturally, I thought this would be a good time to search out some Jersey shore dogs. To be frank (yes, i used that pun), I really wasn’t crazy about any of the dogs. Most places cater to the sea food crowd; others just didn’t put the love into the dogs. But the places were memorable for other reasons. So here’s the rundown of the trip.
The first place we hit when we got into town was a good ole’ traditional Irish pizzeria called O’Malleys Pizza & Grill. I ordered the Italian hot dog. It was huge, as an Italian hot dog should be, but the dog tasted like it was boiled and then grilled a little. But it was good for a quick dinner.
The Beach Haven Fishery was an interesting and expensive seafood takeout place. The main courtyard was filled with picnic tables. A teenager sat with two keyboards playing Roundabout by Yes, and some of the smoothest jazz around. The hot dog was ok, and served on a square ciabatta roll, which was kind of cumbersome and not conducive to hot dog eating. The seafood, however, was pretty great. Ali and our friends, Mike and Tishana, got scallops, and mussels (both white and red sauce). I got a fried soft shell crab sandwich. Here’s a picture of me with the dog and some Manhattan clam chowda.
I saw these sausages at a great market/cafe called the Pearl St. Market. I didn’t buy it but thought it looked interesting. Remember, no discrimination against encased meats.
Ali’s parents also came down for a night. I grilled up some franks that my father gave me. He had them in his freezer and said “Here, take these, they’re gourmet dogs.” I think they were from Omaha Steaks, in which case, they are officially called “Gourmet Franks.” So I cooked up some franks and a couple of small pork chops, also from Omaha. Top this off with some corn-on-the-cob and some macaroni salad and you gotcher self a bbq!
So this vacation coincided with our anniversary. Seven years deserves a special meal to commemorate the enduring power of love, trust, and friendship. What better place than a snack bar? We got to this place about 5 minutes before they closed, but they seated us anyway. Ordered a frank, which they put on a flat grill. Got a couple of burgers and fries. The pies at this place, however, seem to be what people come for. I got a slice of keylime pie. It was pretty outstanding. Amazing crust and pretty tart. As the sign says, “Home of the Homemade Snacks!” We ate the whole meal in about 10 minutes. I’m so damn romantic it hurts. In summary, a great vacation!