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Feb 16, 2006 11:38 PM

Best Hot Dog in TO?

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Where can I find the best hot dogs in this lovely city? Fancy toppings would be a plus!


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  1. No one? Not even a fav hot dog vendor?


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    1. re: spincycle

      I agree with the above poster that all the street vendors here are pretty much the same. My best best though is St. Lawrence Market. There's a small take out stand next to Bruno's meats (near the throng of people waiting for peameal bacon sandwiches) that has really nice sausages. Their hot dogs are pretty good too, a definite step above from the street vendors. They've also got tasty fresh sliced roast beef sandwiches there and are open the same hours as the market, Tuesday - Saturday.

      There is also a new hot dog restarant opening on Yonge and Gould, one block north of Dundas. I don't remember the name, but it's easy to spot, on the same street as the famous and tasty Salad King (good Thai food)

    2. Alright, i'll bite. (haha that was terrible.) My favourite hotdog in the city comes from Big Frank's. Not too well known, Big Frank bought the original J. Kwinter's storefront and factory and now trades under the Big Frank's banner. Not really central for most (Dufferin/Sheppard) but worth the trip, as they do wholesale as well.

      Their dogs (steamed) are big, dense and just plain good! they also have Cott's Black Cherry Pop, so that just seals the deal.

      As for fancy toppings, they've got all the standard options, but look a little closer and you'll find a great melon-relish as well as an fairly hot home-made Polish mustard.

      Big Franks
      780 Steeprock Drive,
      North York, ON
      (416) 630-0064

      (p.s. As for vendors, the guy at yonge/finch is open 24 hours and always quick with a joke)

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      1. re: a.j

        Is the melon relish at Big Frank's the same as the one that used to be served at Kwinter's?

        Anyone know where I can buy this relish on its own? It was soooo good but can't find it anywhere...nor any recipes to try and make it myself.

        Thanks for any help.

      2. You have to try the hot dog cart just outside of Eaton Centre, at the intersection of Yonge and Dundas. They're on Dundas, actually. Their hot dogs are reeeeeeally good, but I gotta say, their sausages are EEEEEEEVEN better! I always go for their hot italian sausages which are $3, and hot dogs are $2. And yes, they have LOTS of toppings. You got your regular ketchup, mustard and relish, then you got 3 different kinds of hot sauce, onions, sweet corn, pickle slices, sauerkraut, pickled chilis, mayonnaise... and theres more, I'm certain there's more than that. Where else can you get a satisfying meal for $3 and under at Eatons???

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        1. re: jennjen18

          I have to agree on this, not because of the dog, but because of the homemade chili sauce with lots of cilantro that they have as a condiment.

          1. re: jennjen18

            Thirded! I love that they have pico de gallo!!

          2. I was told (someone please correct me if this is incorrect) that health regulations mean that every hot dog vendor in downtown Toronto can only sell the exact same brands and types of pre-cooked hot dogs. This might go a long way to explain why all of them seem to be suspiciously similar. So, the differences are generally just matters of price, friendliness, and topping selection, though toppings are also regulated (for example, dairy toppings like cheese or mayo are no longer permitted due to lack of refridgeration).

            1. I am looking for a place that has Montreal-style steamed hot dogs here in Toronto; the buns are small and steamed and the weiners are usually from Hygrade's.
              Any suggestions will be welcomed.

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              1. re: yertle

                Hi there is a place in Oshawa at 36 simcoe st and bond tel 905 404-8282. They sell steamies and fries.It's only alittle place but the owner(Wes) has it down pretty good.He's got all the dressings cabbage etc for the steamies.It's quite close to Lafleurs or the others in Montreal.I grew up in Montreal so I crave a steamie once in a while.This is the closest I can find. I go there from Mississauga .Hope this helps.P.S. its called Montreal fries and steamies .