SERVING Clifton, New Jersey Since 1961
HOME OF THE WORLD'S TASTIEST TEXAS WEINER
THE HOT GRILL opened it's doors on Friday the 13th in October of 1961 and is located directly across from Nash Park at the crossroads of Route 46 and Route 21 in Clifton, New Jersey.
Partners Carmen La Mendola, Domenick Sportelli, Nick Dorris & Peter Leonidas wanted to provide local customers with Texas Weiners; a custom blended beef and pork hot dog, deep fried and delicious. Twenty stools at a counter and THE HOT GRILL was born.
669 Lexington Ave
(across from Nash Park)
Clifton, New Jersey 07011
Sunday 9 am - 1 am
Monday 9 am - 1 am
Tuesday 9 am - 1 am
Wednesday 9 am - 1 am
Thursday 9 am - 1 am
Friday 9 am - 2 am
Saturday 9 am – 2 am
On their opening day: "It was Friday the 13th. People thought we were nuts but we went on and became an icon in Clifton and home to the Best Texas Weiners."
Carmen La Mendola
QUALITY and SERVICE has always been our number one priority since we opened our doors. We know why everyone fell in love with The Hot Grill over 56 years ago and we still provide the same experience today.
PARTNERS CARMEN LA MENDOLA AND DOMENICK SPORTELLI ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH CRISTINA LA MENDOLA TO INSURE THAT THE HOT GRILL, OPENED IN 1961, IS AROUND FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES TO ENJOY FOR ANOTHER 57 YEARS!
Cristina La Mendola
Carmen's daughter Cristina is THE HOT GRILL's second generation. Although The Hot Grill has been in Cristina's life since birth, she officially joined the team in 2017. She's honored to keep THE HOT GRILL in the family.
Cristina understands and values your love for THE HOT GRILL. She plans to keep everyone's favorite recipes the same. She'll make some minor changes that are necessary to meeting your expectations in 2018, for dining in and to-go orders. Cristina looks forward to meeting all the patrons that will enjoy THE HOT GRILL for many years to come.
IT ALL STARTED WHEN…
Partners Carmen La Mendola, Domenick Sportelli, Nick Dorris & Peter Leonidas wanted to provide local customers with Texas Weiners; a custom blended beef and pork hot dog, deep fried and delicious.
They started with a small building and 20 stools at the counter. Seven years later, after much success and long lines, they renovated adding booths and seating for 60 people. In the 80's, they needed more seating for all the customers that had become so loyal to their hot dogs and other delicious stuff. They expanded seating for 145 people.
Over the years, THE HOT GRILL has become famous for menu items such as their Texas Weiners “All The Way”; a deep fried hot dog with mustard, onions and chili sauce (a secret recipe) and their delicious french fries with cheese and gravy.
Today, original owners Domenick and Carmen are still very active in the business and are working closely with Cristina who has recently joined the team.
As they approach their 57th year in business, THE HOT GRILL is grateful to the community for their loyal support and looking forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come.
THE HOT GRILL ... ALL THE WAY!