Jimmy Buff's

Creators of New Jersey's Famous Italian Hot Dog
Jimmy Buff's
Forget the salad covered Chicago dog and the nearly naked NYC dog, New Jerseyans know a real hot dog is loaded with peppers, onions and of course, potatoes for a meal you can eat with one hand.
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The hot dog has always been viewed as New York’s best friend. Yet, just beyond the Hudson River lies a hot dog haven for those who like their franks beyond the regimented toppings their neighbors to the east so dearly love. Jimmy Buff’s is an iconic Jersey joint that created the Italian hot dog—a fried frank topped with fried peppers, onions and potatoes inside an Italian pizza bread roll. As the first of its kind, Jimmy “Buff” Racioppi and his wife, Mary, took their card night creation and opened their own shop in 1932. To this day, this Jersey institution is still run by the Racioppi family. This Italian-American wonder may be a splurge for most, but for Northern New Jerseyans, it’s just lunch.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Jimmy Buff’s has been featured on the Travel Channel, Every Day with Rachael Ray, the Chicago Tribune and been named one of the "20 Best Hotdogs in the US" by Yahoo Food. The Italian hot dog is also a favorite of astronaut brothers and New Jersey natives, Scott and Mark Kelly who brought a Jimmy Buff’s t-shirt to the International Space Station.

Jimmy Buff's

Creators of New Jersey's Famous Italian Hot Dog

The hot dog has always been viewed as New York’s best friend. Yet, just beyond the Hudson River lies a hot dog haven for those who like their franks beyond the regimented toppings their neighbors to the east so dearly love. Jimmy Buff’s is an iconic Jersey joint that created the Italian hot dog—a fried frank topped with fried peppers, onions and potatoes inside an Italian pizza bread roll. As the first of its kind, Jimmy “Buff” Racioppi and his wife, Mary, took their card night creation and opened their own shop in 1932. To this day, this Jersey institution is still run by the Racioppi family. This Italian-American wonder may be a splurge for most, but for Northern New Jerseyans, it’s just lunch.

We're not the only ones who love them!

Jimmy Buff’s has been featured on the Travel Channel, Every Day with Rachael Ray, the Chicago Tribune and been named one of the "20 Best Hotdogs in the US" by Yahoo Food. The Italian hot dog is also a favorite of astronaut brothers and New Jersey natives, Scott and Mark Kelly who brought a Jimmy Buff’s t-shirt to the International Space Station.