On 8/22/2018 9:51 PM, Curt wrote:
There used to be a place in Elizabeth, NJ on Elmora Avenue, back in the 80 and 90s
called George's Famous Hot Dogs. I went there a lot until i moved to NC. I heard
they moved to Virginia. Do you know where? I would like to find them.?.
Best hot dog chili i ever had. Any info. Would be greatly appreciated.
While I had no success finding a recipe or a copycat recipe or a "tastes-like" recipe
for the chili from George's, I did find some information.
First, the solid information about George's in Elizabeth, according to the Elizabeth, NJ
Chamber of Commerce:
Elizabeth, NJ Chamber of Commerce
George's Hot Dog Drive-In was located at the address 943 S Elmora Ave in Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202.
Lucas Rigas is listed as the owner.
I found these comments on message boards:
I'm pretty sure the place you are talking about was George's. It was on Elmora Ave.
near the circle. George and Jerry (of Jerry's Famous Frankfurters) were brothers. Each
served the same dog the same way. Jerry has a meat chili while George's was meatless.
Jerry never sold his to go, but George's always did. It's a Subway now.
In reply to Georges Hot dogs in Elizabeth, NJ. on elmora ave. I have been going there
since the 1960's. The last 20 years or so it was owned by Lucas Rigas. I too used to buy
his chili by the gallon. One day I arrived hoping to get my fix for a great dog with
onions and chili only to find that Lucas sold out to Subway. I asked the manager where
Lucas had gone to and he told me that he retired to the Virginia Beach, VA. area to be
closer to his kids. I guess the only way to be sure would be to contact the Subway
corporation and inquire. If anybody finds out what happened to Lucas please let me know
so I can try and get the receipe for that great chili.
I found a statement on another board that the brand of wieners that George's and Jerry's
used was Always Tasty until that source went out of business. They then switched
to a brand called Best wieners.
Curt, it appears likely that when George's in Elizabeth closed, Lucas Rigas retired from
the hot dog business. He may have moved to Virginia, but he apparently did not open a
restaurant in Virginia. There is a restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA called Papou
George's Hot Dogs. However, I could not find any indication that there was any
connection between it and George's in Elizabeth, NJ.
Papou George's Hot Dogs
303 Oyster Point Rd
Newport News, Virginia 23602
The message board statement above indicates that George's and Jerry's in Elizabeth were
originally owned by brothers. Jerry's is still in business and their chili might be similar
except that Jerry's chili has meat, while George's was meatless.
Jerry's Famous Frankfurters
Address: 906 2nd Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Phone: (908) 355-4242
I found at least one comment that "Johnny Price's" in Linden, NJ has a hot dog chili that
is very similar to that of George's:
Johnny Prince's Famous Bayway Diner
2019 S Wood Ave, Linden, NJ
I could not find any evidence that there was a connection between these places and George's
on Elmora in Elizabeth:
107 Trumbull St # 110, Elizabeth, NJ 07206
Phone: (908) 352-0551
George's Hot Dogs, Mobile Food Truck
Isabella Ave., Bayonne, NJ 07002
Phone: (201) 503-6475
George's Hot Dogs
546 Broadway Ste B, Bayonne, NJ 07002
George's Hot Dogs
Bayonne, NJ 07002
This is all of the information that I could find about George's Famous Hot Dogs. I'll post this for reader input.