Hiram's Roadstand: A New Jersey Tubular Meat Institution

by Melody Kettle


 Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee, NJ - a tubular meat institution. 

Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee, NJ - a tubular meat institution. 

Dives are refreshing;  generally unpretentious, neither workers nor patrons harbor any delusional culinary expectations - in short, it is what it is.   Hiram's Roadstand in Fort Lee is a veritable dive, and one that holds its ground as a revered tubular meat institution.  

Last week, on our way back from Robbins & Franke, Mr. Hot and I couldn't resist the lure of Hiram's old school signage.   We pulled off Palisades Avenue and into the lot that seemed to have more luxury vehicles than motorcycles and pick-up trucks.  We walked in, determined it was a seat yourself establishment, and saddled up to the counter.   

There's little sense to address the decor other than to acknowledge that the service matches it succinctly.  Unabashedly  functional with a dose of pure American nostalgia is the reason people go; even Anthony Bourdain (a man I'd certainly enjoy a weenie with) has been there. 

 Chili dog at Hiram's in Fort Lee. 

Chili dog at Hiram's in Fort Lee. 

Everything on Hiram's counter-posted menu hovers around $3.00, except for the double cheeseburger that weighs in at a whopping $6.00.   Don't expect a real plate or a fork, it's not that place, and do help yourself to the vat of sauerkraut and relish on the counter.    

Mr. Hot and I ordered two bottle beers, two chili dogs and a large side of onion rings, which cost a reasonable $16.  As Jason Perlow described in an earlier Off The Broiler post,   Hiram's uses Thuman's dogs.  The dogs are deep friend and "rip" just the way I like them.  The chili is  well spiced, smeared down the center of the girthy, light pink dog filled the gaps between the soft bun.  Paired with a Heine in a bottle - it was roadside satisfaction.