Fare: Hot Dogs & Burgers
One of the Best places for Hot Dogs and Burgers in northern NJ
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Very casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy outstanding Hot dogs & burgers with an "Oldies" 50's - 80's ambiance
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more a more extensive menu in a trendy setting
Recommended Dishes: Pork and Beef blend Super Dog over a foot long; and the Stuffed Truffle Mac & Cheese Burger
Callahan's is a New Jersey legend with a storied history. If you grew up or lived in Bergen County, when you think of hot dogs or burgers, Callahan's probably would be your first thought.
It all began in 1950 when Leonard "Artie"Castrianni, the grandfather of Daniel DeMiglio the current owner, opened the original Callahan's when he purchased a gas station in Fort Lee that sold burgers and snacks. This landmark Hot dog and Burger stand endured for 50 years with three generations running the business and building a reputation of having the best hot dogs and burgers in Bergen County.
In 2000, Castrianni passed away, and in 2006 the family sold the business. Daniel DeMiglio graduated from the University of Scranton in 2006, and went on to pursue a carrer with the NBA working in the league's entertainment division.
However, DeMiglio couldn't get Callahan's out of his system. Inspired by the memory of his grandfather and mentor, Daniel DeMiglio re-opened the business first as a food truck in 2014, and later re-opened Callahan's restaurant in Norwood in April, 2015.
Callahan's is more than a local legend. It has now achieved national recognition and as a tourist attraction with appearances on the Travel Channel, The Food Network, Cooking Channel, Buzzfeed, and Thrillest.
The interior is a throw back to the original Callahan's with some of the original fixtures including Tiffany lamps, the "selfie mirror" in the bathroom, tin signs, and memorabilia on the walls highlighting a roadside stand theme,
The menu sign has prices for it's servings. The staff dressed as gas station attendants. Customers fill their drinks on the bumper of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hanging out from the wall. Background music plays many 50's & 60's oldies.
Their motto "so big!, so good!" is prominently displayed in the restaurant.
Retaining the same chef from the original Callahan's, Daniel Fabian serves most of the same items from the original Callahan's, including hot dogs, burgers, fries and onion rings, with a few new addition such as homemade chili, wings and milkshakes. Their specially made hot dogs and burgers contain the highest quality meats.
Their Signature items are the:
Pork and Beef blend Super Dog over a foot long, and the
Stuffed Truffle Mac & Cheese Burger made with white truffle oil, bacon, smoked gouda mac n' cheese, and two burger patties which are then pressed, stuffed, breaded, and fried. with a side of gouda man'n cheese!
Their tasty homemade hot toppings include sauerkraut, cheese, hot gravy, homemade chili, bacon pieces, sauteed onions, sweet onions and sauce, and spicy onions.
They are kid friendly with a "CallaKids" Car Meal served in a classic car.
Callahan's is open six days/week Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sun: 11am to 8pm & Fri/Sat: 11am to 9pm
(updated: August, 2018)
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