I was driving through Paterson today, and for some reason I started wondering how Smashburger serves their burgers so darned hot. They really are hot, and stay hot. Like magic. I'm a big fan of Smashburger. It was close to lunchtime so I figured I had to get a burger, from somewhere.
Smashburger was a bit out of my way, and luckily I recalled a reader telling me that Hot Diggity Grill in Hawthorne has a good burger. I was skeptical when I heard this, and was still skeptical when I recalled this, but I shot into Hawthorne to give them a shot. Glad I did.
They serve deep fried hot dogs, burgers, fries, rings, and some other sandwiches. They even have specials every day, featuring various toppings on the burgers on this day. I went with a simple burger with American cheese, pickles and onions, along with an order of fries.
As soon as I saw the burger I knew it was going to be good. Ill-shaped and obviously formed by hand (edit: I confirmed that they place a ball of meat on the flat top and press it down), and on a simple bun of an appropriate size. The burger had a great sear on it, and the cheese was melted. It was hitting all the marks.
I bit into it this hot, juicy beast (I'm guessing 5 ounces of beef) and was very pleased indeed. The ratio of toppings was right on, with the right amount of chopped onions and bright, crunchy pickles. A seriously near perfect burger. If I made this at home I'd be very, very happy. They are giving Smashburger a run for their money.
The fries were of the frozen variety, with which I have no problem. As long as they are cooked to crisp and hot--and they were.
Baffling to me, the burger cost about $3.50. That's a ridiculously low price for this burger. I wouldn't hesitate to spend 5 bucks on this thing.
I'm looking forward to returning for their deep fried hot dogs. But not ordering that burger will be a challenge.
Friendly, quick service. Clean, bright place. Great burger. Highly recommended.
Update: Hot Diggity Grill has been sold, per a Facebook post. I hope the level of quality and service remain intact.
Hot Diggity Grill : 204 Diamond Bridge Ave : Hawthorne, NJ : 973.949.4905