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Hot Diggity Dog! Relish Hot Dog & Sausage Co. In Downtown Belmar

In August 2018, Relish Hot Dog & Sausage Co. on Main Street in Belmar was ranked among the top 10 finalists in's "Best Hot Dog Joint" contest spearheaded by NJ Advance Media Food Writer Pete Genovese. That's an impressive accomplishment for Relish, the new dog downtown, which opened on Main Street in March 2018.

Some of the menu choices at Relish include (from left to right) the Classic Hot Dog and the Sonoran, a vegetarian option with grilled portabella mushroom. Photo by Relish Hot Dog & Sausage Co.

The owners of Relish, Martin Birdsall and Chris Delaney, grew up in Wall Township and Avon-by-the-Sea, respectively. The entrepreneurs also own SEMGeeks in Belmar.

“Relish is a culmination of the things Chris and I both loved about our past jobs at various local restaurants when we were younger,” says Birdsall. “Relish is inspired by the European street cart vendors that serve the finest food from inside a bun, and we pride ourselves on making homemade condiments in-house to complement the hot dog or sausage of your choice, or the meatless option of portobella mushroom.”

The choose-your-own menu also has 25 different relish and condiment selections, numerous combination of dogs and sausages, and a dessert dog, which is a crispy cinnamon sugar roll with cannoli cream stuffing. A signature flourish at Relish is the hollowed out roll that is toasted on steel spikes before being filled with the hot dog and condiments.

“Relish is a little spot with a lot of heart,” Delaney says. “A lot of time and effort were put into this restaurant to make it a full experience for locals and seasonal tourists alike. Relish is incredibly excited to be part of the Belmar business community.”

Relish Hot Dog & Sausage Co.

1303 Main Street

Belmar, New Jersey

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