Chef Lucas Manteca Opens Dawgtown Dogs in Rio Grande

Plus: Another new hot dog eatery in Voorhees, more pizza in Jersey City, and a popular food truck gets a permanent spot in Woodland Park.

Photo courtesy of Dawgtown Dogs


Dawgtown Dogs, Cape May

Chef Lucas Manteca, owner of Quahog’s Seafood Shack in Stone Harbor, and Red Store and Taco Shop in Cape May, now has another eatery to the Jersey Shore. Part of the Bread+Butter Restaurant Group, Dawgtown Dogs is a street-food inspired hot dog joint that uses local ingredients from Swedesboro, Cape May, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, as well as house-made toppings like honey mustard, kimchi and beer mustard. You can build your own dog or choose from the Pro Dawgs list that includes options like the Boardwalk Session (grilled onions, pork roll bits and cheese sauce) or the Thrasher (roasted corn salsa, queso fresco, thousand island sauce, and shoestring potatoes). Open Friday and Saturday from noon-7 pm and Sunday noon-5 pm.
Dawgtown Dogs, 1288 Hornet Road, Rio Grande; 609-849-9045

Tino’s Artisan Pizza Co., Jersey City
This organic pizza company opened its fourth location in Jersey City last week. Tino’s menu doesn’t just include “No Junk Pizza” (like the Parm Pie—topped with breaded eggplant, fresh mozzarella, shaved parmesan and basil), it also has an array of Italian favorites like pasta, antipasti and sandwiches. Their newest addition to the menu is truffle gnocchi bites, stuffed with porcini mushrooms, grana padano cheese and truffle, combined to create a delicious pillow of flavor. Open 11:30 am-9 pm, daily.
Tino’s Artisan Pizza Co., 199 Warren Street, Jersey City; 201-433-6639

The Original Hot Dog Factory, Voorhees
What originally started in Atlanta has made its way up the east coast, bringing what are deemed “America’s Best Hot Dogs” to New Jersey. The Original Hot Dog Factory opened in early December and puts a spin on the all-American classic beef hot dog, piling on delicious toppings like chopped onions, chili and guacamole. Menu items include creations inspired from places all over the country, like the Chicago Dog (topped with tomatoes, a pickle spear, sweet relish, peppers and celery), Memphis Dog (bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce and green onions), and the Hawaiian Dog (bacon, BBQ sauce and grilled pineapple).
The Original Hot Dog Factory, 910 Haddonfield Berlin Road, Voorhees

The Lomo Truck, Woodland Park
The popular North Jersey food truck is opening their first storefront in Woodland Park after years in the food truck business. Owner Cesar Valdivia and sons Cesar and Victor operate the truck in Paterson and Belleville and decided to open a new space to expand their Lomo Truck brand. Their Peruvian inspired menu includes items like the chicken chaufa (chicken fried rice with eggs and scallions), tostones (fried green plantains), and shrimp saltado (sautéed with fresh red onions and served with white rice). Pickup and delivery are available from 11 am-8 pm, daily.
The Lomo Truck, 952 McBride Avenue, Woodland Park

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