A Hot Dog Showdown in the Garden State!
Ladies and gentlemen, gather ’round! We’re about to embark on a culinary adventure through the Garden State, a place where pork roll, egg, and cheese are practically sacred. But today, our journey takes us to the land of hot dogs, a topic so fiercely debated that even our beloved Bruce Springsteen might write a song about it one day. Get ready for the showdown of the century: Max’s Hot Dogs versus The Windmill!
In this Corner – Max’s Hot Dogs
Let’s start with Max’s, the hot dog joint nestled in the heart of Long Branch, NJ (Monmouth County). Founded in 1928, Max’s Famous Hot Dogs became an icon on the Jersey Shore by serving up some of the best hot dogs in the world. Once located on the famed Long Branch Boardwalk near the Haunted Mansion of Long Branch, Max’s relocated one block inland after multiple fires destroyed the original eatery.
If you’re looking for a true ‘Jersey dog,’ Max’s delivers like a boss. Their hot dogs are grilled to perfection, the buns are toasted just right, and they pile on the toppings with all the enthusiasm of a Bruce Springsteen guitar solo.
But what sets Max’s apart from the competition? Well, it’s all about the atmosphere, baby. The place is small, unpretentious, and just screams “Jersey Shore.” If you leave Max’s without a smile and a newfound love for the Garden State, you might want to check your pulse.
In the Other Corner – The Windmill
Now, let’s shift gears and take a pit stop at The Windmill. Founded in 1963, this iconic hot dog joint, located in Long Branch and several other locations on the Jersey Shore, is a place where the sea breeze mingles with the aroma of sizzling hot dogs. Their hot dogs are so good that even seagulls can’t resist swooping down to grab a bite (seriously, guard your food, folks!).
The Windmill’s secret weapon? Diners love them topped with chili and cheese, with a side of crinkle-cut cheese fries. The place is classic Jersey beach vibes, where you can watch the waves roll in while you roll out with a belly full of hot dogs. From their website, the Windmill “isn’t just about food; it’s about bringing to life the nostalgic tastes of the Jersey Shore that makes you feel right at home, every time.”
The Windmill has 5 locations, all in Monmouth County, and serves their customers with more than just hot dogs. Their menu includes steak and chicken sandwiches and the famous “Boss Burger” which includes pork roll, cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and mayo.
The Match Up
But here’s where it gets interesting: the hot dog rivalry is as fierce as a Jets vs. Giants game, and Jersey folks are about as serious about their dogs as they are with how to refer to pork roll vs. Taylor Ham. Max’s loyalists swear by their perfectly cooked franks and old school vibe, while The Windmill fans proclaim their love for the unbeatable combination of chili and relish. It’s like the Hatfields and McCoys, but with mustard, chili and sauerkraut.
When it comes to which hot dog joint reigns supreme, it’s all about personal taste. Max’s offers a cozy, down-to-earth experience that oozes old school Jersey pride. On the other hand, The Windmill also serves up those seaside vibes and a delicious dog that’s as iconic as the boardwalk itself.
The great thing about this Garden State hot dog showdown is that you don’t have to choose just one. You can take a bite out of both Max’s and The Windmill and experience the best of both worlds. And let’s be honest, in a state where the diners never close and the traffic never ends, a little hot dog competition is what local living is all about.
So, folks, whether you’re Team Max’s or Team Windmill, one thing is for sure – New Jersey knows how to serve up a hot dog that’ll make you forget all about the deep-dish pizza and clam chowder from other states. It’s a Jersey thing, and if you don’t get it, well, that’s OK, you’re just not from around here.
Thank you for your interest in the Max’s vs. Windmill hot dog debate.