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Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby woodenvisions » Sat May 19, 2018 11:11 am

Haven't had much time for anything but take out or PB&J lately, but a few days ago I was excited that I'd be hitting a customers account in Lyndhurst Nj.
I wasn't excited about being in Lyndhurst, but excited to be only 8 minutes from one RUTTS HUT in Clifton Nj.
We'll, it's been years, more than 10 at least, possibly 20 idk ?

From what I remember, the ( Rippers ) we're amazing, but after this visit I will Never step foot in that place again. Lady behind the counter had the personality of a bag of hammers !!!
The place was run down, only 1 customer in there besides me at 330 in the afternoon on a weekday is a far cry from what that joint used to have.
There was an odd odor that I can't place, I just know it wasn't a car freshener scent that Glade would look to use.
The parking lot was riddled with potholes and litter and the ( rippers ) we're probably the worst hotdogs I've ever had. I was able to down the first 2 fairly easily, but by the time I got to the 3rd, the bread was almost stale and the ripper was almost like Jerky.... Grrrrr, I don't get it...
I was expecting a +10 but got something near a -1....

I'm shocked at how a business that had the entire state in the palm of thier hands could let it get to this point.

Anyways, I just wanted to share this because I know that not long ago, I was praising this place on here and I remember that my neighbors Sailor and PB said that they've wanted to try this place.
All I can say is that 10/20 years ago you'd love it, but now I would warn you to not waste your time, fuel,wear and tear on ur car or your $.

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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby Russ » Sat May 19, 2018 6:05 pm

Don't look appetising to me!!

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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby Sailor Kenshin » Sat May 19, 2018 6:16 pm

Aww, that's sad to hear, WV. Years ago, I remember seeing a TV program about Rutt's Hut and it made me really want to go there for a Ripper.

But thanks for the warning. Maybe the ownership or management changed. Maybe it's the inevitable result of time and taxes?

Oddly enough, today we tested a replacement for Allen Bros. steak dogs (since AB has priced itself beyond our reach) that worked very well. Even on the grill, they look almost like Rippers.
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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby OldUsedParts » Sat May 19, 2018 6:35 pm

Yo Pocono Pal, so sorry to hear of your Fiasco Food, especially being a Ripper. :banghead: That's almost illegal in the Dawg World. To me they don't look like they had enuff time in the Bathtub . :laughing7:
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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby Professor Bunky » Sat May 19, 2018 7:22 pm

Sorry to hear about Rutt's Hut decline, WV. I guess we'll cross them off our "to visit" list. It's not uncommorn for a well-known restaurant to slowly decline and just live off it's reputation. As Sailor suggested, I wouldn't be surprised if there was one or more changes in ownership (and certainly management).

So we did our own grilled dog test today, on the small Weber gasser. We tried out Boar's Head Natural Casing Knowckwurst, which turned out as good as Allen Bros. Steak Dogs (both are 1/4 lb each), at a fraction of the price. Now we know what we're serving. along with burgers, on July 4th.

Here's what one of these dogs looked like, along with some beans and potatoes:
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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby egghead » Sat May 19, 2018 8:03 pm

“Personality of a bag of hammers?” :D

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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby Boots » Sat May 19, 2018 9:59 pm

I’ve heard it said a person could have “a personality as sweet as vinegar” or “the bedside manner of Dr. Jekyl” (my FORMER proctologist was like that, he must have had an operation to remove his sense of humor), but this is a new one I will have to rip off.

It’s hard to cook good commercial consistently in the first place, doubly hard to do it and endure for decades. Most often seen it in businesses where the original visionary who cared and built the business had to one day turn it over to others. Always sad when that happens.

Then there are others. There’s and old story of a woman in Texas who built a famous barbecue business over many many years. When she got old, she vowed the business would die with her and not be carried on in mediocrity afterwards with others living off her name and reputation, and that’s exactly what happened, she took her techniques and recipes to the grave with her.

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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby bsooner75 » Sun May 20, 2018 8:14 am

Sorry to hear that WV. I’ve had times like that in my life when I revisit an old favorite only to find out it went to crap. Kinda depressing.


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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby bsooner75 » Sun May 20, 2018 8:14 am

Dang PB, that dog looks good!


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Re: Once Iconic, now Forgettable...

Postby Sailor Kenshin » Sun May 20, 2018 9:11 am

bsooner75 wrote:Dang PB, that dog looks good!


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On PB's behalf, thanks.

WV...we went and Yelped Rutt's. Evidently, at least the management changed, maybe around 2016? Many Yelpers had the same reaction as you, and me tioned the 'former manager, John,' who was loved by all, friendly, helpful, welcoming, etc.

This might explain some things.
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