North Jersey residents don't have to go far for the best hot dog in the U.S.
The ever-popular Ripper from the River Road eatery eatery was named the cream of the crop by food website the Daily Meal.
"This iconic wiener starts as a normal hot dog that is then deep-fried, causing the crispy casing to split," the website said.
"But the key to this dish's success is in the sauce — or relish, to be exact. Rutt’s Hut has a secret recipe for the garnish, which includes a mixture of mustard and spices."
The original Rutt's Hut stand opened in 1928 and quickly gained popularity for their crunchy, deep-fried dogs that rip apart while you eat them -- hence, the name.
"The relish is just as famous as the hot dogs," its website says, "made with a secret blend of mustard and spices."
Rutt's Hut was also named one of the greatest old-school restaurants in America by the same website.
The eatery has been featured on numerous Food Network shows and the Travel Channel's "Deep-Fried Paradise." It's been listed in the book "1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die."
Rutt's Hut is open at 417 River Road from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for delivery and pickup orders only.
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