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The man has a head for hot dogs. Hot Dog Tommy's is quite literally, an open window to the hunger craving soul of the Cape May beach goer. Where else can you get a perfect Root beer slushy and eclectic selection of lunch items that surprise you with how beach day tasty perfect they are?

This writer has two favorites; the Leaner Weiner Jersey Slaw Dog (small doggie with a funky cranberry slaw and mustard layer that keeps you thinking how tasty it is the whole time you're chowing). And my other favorite is the Tuna Cup. It features Mary's original recipe of tuna salad, banana peppers, and crushed potato chips on top. One serving and you're hooked!

Prices are just what they should be, and there's always some quirky humor at the window served up by Tom, the guy with the hot dog hat.

Friday, June 17, 2005
Today's special: Jersey Shore
BY PETER GENOVESE, Star-Ledger Staff

The Jersey Shore is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Wait, you mean it isn't? Well, it should be.

With 127 miles of coastline from Sandy Hook to Cape May, plus boardwalks, beaches, banner pilots, roller coasters, bumper cars, miniature golf, arcades, clubs, food, fun, neon, noise, and -- if you can find it -- peace and quiet, the Shore is a big part of the reason many of us live here.

Forget the 10-mile-long backups on the Parkway; real Jerseyans know how to deal with them.
Where else, one might ask, would you find a six-story wooden elephant?
Where else would you find the Doo-Dah Parade, the Miss Crustacean Pageant and the World Series of Surf Fishing?

Where else would you find a guy in a floppy hot dog hat dishing out good dogs and bad jokes, and in sedate Cape May, of all places?

"My mother says she spent all that money on my education and now her son walks around with a wiener on his head," cracks Tom Snyder, co-owner, with his wife, Mary, of Tommy's Hot Dogs in Cape May.

When he is not dishing out dogs, Snyder wanders around the country with Mary in an RV. When he saw the Munchmobile roll down Jackson Street, it was love at first sight.
"I may have to trade in my wife of 45 years for that," he said.
"You don't have to make the trade, I'll just go," Mary said with a smile.

and even more news.........

For cheap and quick quality, try Hot Dog Tommy's. This walled-in stand serves the best dogs in town, be it the cheaper but still well dressed Leaner Wiener, or the plump all beef Black Angus Dog. I always opt for a leaner wiener Mexi-dog ($1.60); diced onions, salsa, and cheddar cheese lay atop this steamy hot dog.
From Minor Gourmandry August 2005