Rutt's Hut - Clifton, NJ

Rutt's Hut - Clifton, NJ

There are 60 comments on the Reviews story from May 3, 2007, titled Rutt's Hut - Clifton, NJ. In it, Reviews reports that:

“With a separate entrance around the corner from the stand-up hot dog side of Rutt's, this tap room has a vintage roadhouse ambience all its own.”

"Fans of Rutt's know the magnificent hot dogs served here as rippers because their skin tears and crinkles when they are deep fried. via Reviews

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Since: Apr 07

Lake Grove, NY

#1 May 8, 2007
Please, been to ruts hut. The best place in the whole world to buy subs or hot dogs is, or rather was FRILLS SUBS and DELI. I lived around the corner from Frills and I and my kids were always there. My wife finally had to cook once Nick closed. Nick, the owner of FRILLS lost his lease a few years back and had to take his GREAT subs else where. So many of us Cliftonites grew up with Frills.


Many greats ate at his sub place and I was lucky enough to meet some through Nick. Telly Savalas, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, Liza Minelli, Johnny Depp, and many more that I didn't have the honor of meeting.

Thanks Nick for the best SUBS, conversation and we hope you come back to Clifton, real soon! I'm dying for a # 7 right now.


#2 May 9, 2007
It was real good til the day I received a burger on a green bun and the owner didnt even offer to give my money back...

Since: Apr 07

Lake Grove, NY

#3 May 9, 2007
Unknown wrote:
It was real good til the day I received a burger on a green bun and the owner didnt even offer to give my money back...
Somehow I find that hard to believe. That guy was known for perfection and putting his customers first. Maybe it happened when the place changed hands. Funny, I worked at the Firehouse next door and no one ever complained about such a thing. Chuck

Since: Mar 07


#4 May 9, 2007
Frills! yes that was the place to be. I remember Nick, he had a couple of crappy partners and got rid of them. Loved his food. Used to go right after school, years later my kids enjoyed Frills.

Rut's Hut? naw. My mom used to go there when she was a kid. It was cleaner and nicer then but for a great frank, the boardwalk or Nathan's. I see you were a #7 nut, my husband would die of a #3 and 5. Me? Their Gyro and #9. Hope he comes back. I don't buy subs in clifton anymore, we go to Little Falls and still not a Frills.

Since: Mar 07


#7 May 9, 2007
Gee wise guy of NJ, seems like you'd love to have a Frills Sub right now. Did you notice you wrote about the same thing twice?

New York, NY

#8 Jun 8, 2007
I like ruts for the old car shows they sometimes hold on Tuesday nights. The one in Union at 5-pts intersection is good also. Great comfort food

Since: Jun 07

Clifton, NJ

#9 Jun 23, 2007
Hey UNKNOWN! My father owned Frills and never would have allowed such a thing. I know because he always made sure everything was done right, believe you me, he is a perfectionist. My father ran his business, better than excellent and his customers were the most important people to him. He always made sure they were happy.

That's why when he's out and about (retired now, but looking) people run up to him and go out of their way to greet him. He still gets cards from his old customers and vendors. My father ran a tight ship and there was no room for error. He wouldn't allow it.

Unknown--- I'm his daughter and I know that store was his baby, his life, his breath, his American Dream and he treasured it and his customers. How dare you put such a vile, lying statement up. I would only accept that line if, and only if it was during the time he was out of the store after his heart attack and the partners were running things. But even then, I would find that hard to believe because they knew if a customer was not happy, they'd call Nick.

Katie Bakis Sonye

Oh, and as for Ruts Hut is a great place for hot dogs with or without the car shows! Yasou guys!
Unknown wrote:
It was real good til the day I received a burger on a green bun and the owner didnt even offer to give my money back...

Fort Myers, FL

#11 Jul 5, 2007
hey chuck, my dad worked at the firehouse next door too. Walt was his name, he died though in 1991.

“We have but room for one flag!”

Since: Jul 07


#16 Jul 16, 2007
I love Rut's Hut but I do agree, it used to be cleaner. I tried to make hot dogs like their's but I could never get them to taste so great. Maybe it's the oil.


#21 Jul 17, 2007
Had a weekly ritual to stop in at Rut's for many years , couple of RIPPERS and a Birch beer at the bar and I was in heaven , also every now and then a NY Giant would stop in , those were good days . Sad but I got to admit the place is a pig sty now , don't know what happened but the last three times I was back in town I was put off , won't go back ever again . Just so you know I started eating hotdog there before they built RT 21 and moved the river .

Matawan, NJ

#22 Jul 17, 2007
Doesn't anybody remember the REAL Fall View down in Paterson by the falls?
Talk about to die for..........then they opened all these "wannabes" on the highway with the name Fallls View.........YUK!

Belleville, NJ

#24 Jul 18, 2007
I have never been to Ruts Hut. But friends of mine have and they all say the same thing: It's the best hot dog deal in the world. Folks in the Washington D.C. area can have their Quisno's and their Subway.

“"Legal Eye"”

Since: Jul 07


#39 Jul 18, 2007
How about the Hot Grill? Anyone go there? I have to say though, Rutts is a little messy, but their hot dogs is what I'm there for, not the scenery. Just show me the DOG!

Piedmont, SC

#41 Jul 19, 2007
judge_n_jury wrote:
How about the Hot Grill? Anyone go there? I have to say though, Rutts is a little messy, but their hot dogs is what I'm there for, not the scenery. Just show me the DOG!

Since: Jun 07

Lake Grove, NY

#42 Jul 19, 2007
When my son was young, I'd take him and his friends to Hot Grill after their little league games, but after practice and after school he drove me crazy if I didn't take him to Rutts Hut.

Cordova, TN

#43 Jul 21, 2007
I left Passaic 29 years ago when I was 35 years old and I grew up on Rutt's Hut hot dogs. After a date back in the 60's we would stop at "the hut" to get a hot dog and fries. Now those were the days!!! Just got back from a funeral in Passaic but didn't have time to stop for a dog, wish I could have...from all indications, the place needs a good cleaning so go for it guys.

Lindenhurst, NY

#45 Oct 3, 2007
I eat at the Rutts Hut & Hot Grill. They both have great hot dogs with two different tastes. To me they're equally tasteful. But let's face it, a steady diet of this kind of food will kill you faster than anything. The Hot Grill by far is cleaner and more cheerful the dining area. The Rutts Hut looks like the place where time stood still maybe 50 years ago.
More like a time warp from the 40's & 50's. Not so much unclean, but rather dingy. Poor lighting and old decor that still looks OK but is very dated. It gives it a rustic look. I have no problem with it as the service & food is all good with me. The Food Channel did a show about the best hot dog resturants in the United States and the Rutts Hut was on the list and previewed. I never argue with success.

Lindenhurst, NY

#46 Oct 3, 2007
I almost forgot. Johnny & Hanges in Paterson off of River Street. They closed down for a while and then reopend in Fair Lawn on Maple Avenue.
It's under new management but the old style recipes from the late 1930's are alive and on the menu.
Check it out.

United States

#47 Oct 4, 2007
I remember Johnny & Hanges ... I used to work on River Street back in the late sixties and we ordered from them quite a bit. I agree - Rutts Hut needs updating and a good cleaning. But I haven't heard of anyone who has gotten sick on their food. Lets face it - it is to good to get sick on. Many years ago my father would take me there for a steak sandwich. At that time the steak sandwiches were a doller each. Don't remember the prices of the hamburgers at that time but they had to of been below fifty cents. As long as their food is in good shape and you don't care about the surroundings then it is okay. I like the Hot Grill too. As you can see I'm a real hamburger/hotdog person.

Lindenhurst, NY

#48 Oct 4, 2007
I just remembers another place back in the 60's.
Goodies on Rt 46 West in Saddle Brook. The drive in movie theater was right behind it. Hamburgers were about .20 cents. They were bigger than White Castle but didn't repeat on you an hour later. Those good old days are gone forever. Life was so simple back then. Now I feel old.

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