And then there were 10.
After much deliberation we have the 10 finalists in our N.J.'s best hot dog joint showdown.
To recap, we started last month with a call for nominations. More than 100 places were nominated; all were put on ballots, separated onto North I, North II, Central and South Jersey/The Shore.
The top six vote-getters in each region were 24 of our semifinalists; I picked the other 26, and visited all 50 semifinalists over three weeks. I alone picked the 10 finalists; no voting was involved in their selection.
Many legendary hot dog joints were left off the finalist list, and there were surprise newcomers. But as with all our previous N.J.'s best showdowns, this competition wasn't about popularity, ranking or reputation — it was about the hot dogs sampled at each place during the competition.
You can vote starting now for the Readers' Choice winner; the poll is below. I will pick the overall winner.