Rutt’s Hut: Home of the Ripper


Rutt's Hut in Clifton New Jersey is the home of the deep fried hot dog.

Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, New Jersey has been in business since 1928 and has been serving their deep-fried hot dogs called the Rippers for 81 years.

They are called Rippers because they aren’t removed from the oil until the skin breaks loose from the rest of the hot dog. Rippers that turn black are called Cremators.


The Cremator which is burned or close to burned hot dog at Rutt's Hut for those who like their hot dogs burned to a crisp.

This Travel channel video about the Rippers at Rutt’s Hut tells about the deep fried hot dogs served there with a lot of words of praise for the specialty hot dogs.

Rippers and Cremators cost $2.00 each but if you want relish it will cost an extra dollar.

Some fast food aficionados are not so quick to praise Rutt’s Hut after eating there as evidenced by these reviews left at

The best option is to try the Rippers yourself to see if you agree with those praising the Rippers at the Travel Channel or agree with those who posted at that it was the most disgusting place they had ever eaten at.




Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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