The Italian Hot Dog From Jimmy Buff’s In New Jersey Has A Cult Following, And There’s A Reason Why

The United States is full of popular hot dog styles, from the Coneys of Detroit to the classic loaded Chicago dog – and of course, we can’t forget the classic New York dog loaded with sauerkraut and onions. But few of these regional styles differ from the original as much as the Italian Hot Dog, created right here in New Jersey – because in the Garden State, we do it our own way! Stuffed in puffy pizza bread and topped with a hot mixture of fried potatoes, onions, and peppers. It’s a heartier meal than a regular hot dog, and it was created in 1932 by Jimmy “Buff” Racioppi. More than ninety years later, his family still runs Jimmy Buff’s, a cult-favorite hot dog restaurant in Kenilworth – and while this hot dog style can be found around New Jersey, most people say the best Italian hot dog in New Jersey is still right where it began.

Have you visited Jimmy Buff’s in Kenilworth? Let us know what you thought, and tell us your pick for the best Italian hot dog in New Jersey in the comments section. Before visiting for yourself, you can check out Jimmy Buff’s Facebook page for more details. For another iconic New Jersey food, check out these legendary Newark burgers.

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Address: Jimmy Buff's Italian Hot Dogs, 506 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033, USA