The Hot Grill
669 Lexington Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07011
Open: Sunday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00am/9:00am-2:00am
My review on TripAdvisor:
I have visited The Hot Grill a few times recently having been introduced to the restaurant by my aunt. It is a real homey and friendly restaurant that serves the community well. It is a real gathering place for locals. I see a lot of police and firefighters eating here as well as locals catching up on local gossip.
Their deep fried hot dogs have a nice snap to them
The food is very good and extremely reasonable. You can have a nice meal here for under $10.00 and every thing is cooked to order for you. The restaurant has an extensive menu both at breakfast and at lunch with breakfast sandwiches and eggs, French Toast and pancakes on the menu at breakfast and deep fried hot dogs, grilled hamburgers and other sandwiches at lunch. Very few prices are over $5.00.
The first time I ate here with my aunt, we had the deep fried hot dogs and well done French Fries and everything was delicious. The hot dogs are deep fried for a few minutes in oil which give them a crinkled appearance and a nice snap to them. A plain hot dog is $2.75 and you can get it ‘all the way’ which are extra items on the hot dogs that include mustard, chopped onion, and chili sauce at no additional charge. The second time I ate here I had a hot dog, cheeseburger and French Fries with a small Pepsi ($11.00).
Their French Fries are frozen but still have a nice crisp consistency to them and are perfectly cooked. French fries plain are $2.75 but with either gravy or chili sauce are $3.10 and all the way are $3.35. It is a nice size portion and getting them with a topping many customers rave about. The guy next to me ordered them with chili.
The hot dogs and burger here are quite good
The Cheeseburger ($2.90) was a frozen patty but still good and well cooked. I kept it plain but it was a nice accompaniment with the hot dog and fries that I ordered.
Their soft serve ice cream on a cone ($3.00) is a nice way to end the meal. It is rich and creamy and swirled to the top of the waffle cone. They also have milkshakes ($3.70) and Root Beer Floats ($3.70).
The service is friendly and very welcoming and they get the orders out quickly to you. So if you are looking for a place that the locals eat that is reasonable and fresh, The Hot Grill will be for you.
The restaurant has been in existence since 1961 and the original owners are still involved in running the restaurant. This is why there is care in the quality.
The iconic Hot Grill sign off Route 46 East in Clifton, NJ.