A hankering for a snappy dog led me to Johnny & Hanges in Fair Lawn, NJ, an iconic fast food restaurant that has its roots in Paterson and is known for dogs, burgers and roast beef sandwiches. I spoke with Adam Grosso, who owns the restaurant with his father Phil, about the art of crafting the perfect dog, hand melting cheese for burgers, the art of frying onions and how creamy cole slaw is created. Here’s the video.
Their famous chili sauce can be added to any order by asking for your item “all the way.” That recipe has been handed down from Johnny & Hanges’ original owners. It’s a mild sauce, not very thick, with enough bite to add a flavorful, spicy kick to your sandwich. I liked their rare roast beef which is made in house. Their dogs have a crispy exterior and toothsome bite, a nice pork and beefy flavor balance. Burgers are hefty and griddle fried. My preference goes to the dogs and roast beef. I particularly liked the creamy cole slaw, too.
Johnny & Hanges
23-20 Maple Street
Fair Lawn, NJ