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Vegetarian hot dogs

anne Nov 10, 2001 05:45 PM

Looking for a veggie dog that has the taste and texture of the real thing. Tried Yves (okay) and Lightlife Smart deli dogs (really nasty -don't bother)but there's got to be something better than those. Tried to get F&W on West 23rd to tell me what brand they use to no avail. Did hear MorningStar Farms has a new line of veggie sausage/bratwurst products, has anyone tried them? Recommendations please-hot dogs were always one of my major comfort foods and there's got to be a non-meat version out there that's comparable.....

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    sallysadie Nov 23, 2010 02:13 PM

    The most satisfying non-meat dog in NYC is the carrot dog at Willie's Dawgs on 5th Ave in Park Slope. The texture is obviously not just like meat, but the taste is much closer than any meat substitute I've tried-packaged or at a restaurant. I'm not sure how but they brine it just right. So delicious.


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      Price Crawford Jan 17, 2002 10:09 AM

      St Yves makes several brands. The ones I think are the BEST are ST.YVES HOT and SPICY JUMBO VEGETARIAN DOGS. They are hard to find but my Wild Oats orders them by the case, for me, and they freeze well. With any veggie dog DON'T OVERCOOK them are they get rubbery.

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        Lindaveg Nov 24, 2001 11:05 AM

        Try the Boca Italian sausage ... they are GREAT!!

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          JKC Jan 20, 2002 01:24 PM

          Ditto, *major* ditto on the Boca vegetarian Italian Sausages (not "Smoked", they're not as good). When I discovered these I felt like I died and went to vegetarian Yankee Stadium Heaven. I'm not a vegetarian but I seek these out (stores seem to run out a little quickly), because they really do taste like the real deal and I don't need all the extra fat and cals. NOTE: Boca sells these in two different packages -- one is red (which I found at Food Emporium), and one is tannish (which they sell at Whole Foods). I'm not yet certain what the difference is. As for veg breakfast link sausages, Morningstar Farms wins this one hands down (but don't bother with their sausage patties).

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          zebulon Nov 19, 2001 08:48 AM

          Sorry, I can't help much because my experience with veggie hot dogs is limited to growing up on canned Worthington Veja-Links (Do they even make them anymore?)

          I liked them, but I wouldn't say they tasted anything like a hot dog!

          Taking the thread off on a slight tangent, can anyone recommend a good vegetarian burger? All I seem to be able to find locally are Boca Burgers. Pretty good, but I suspect there's something out there that might be better.

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            LisaPizza Nov 19, 2001 12:28 PM

            Boca Burgers are still my burger of choice. . . I haven't tried Morningstar yet. I don't really go for the grain-based burgers like Gardenburgers. For so long, that was the ONLY veggie burger out there and I got so burned out! I pretty much only bother with the "fake meat" kind now. I'm open to hearing about an alternative to Boca as well.

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              emilyc Nov 26, 2001 02:54 PM

              I actually really really like mornignstar farms's garden veggie patties. It just taste so good after you pan fry it and sandwich it between an english muffin with tomatoes, sprouts, and melted cheese. Yum! :)

              I never really liked boca burgers. Not sure why, just really keen on its flavor. But I think I'm going to try it again just to see.

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            LisaPizza Nov 16, 2001 04:18 PM

            Next time I'm in NY, I'm going to ask y'all to remind me of the places that make veggie dogs. I've never actually bought a prepared dog in a restaurant or from a food vendor. What fun that would be!

            There was a rumor that the concessions at Oriole Park had veg. dogs, and I was invited to a game there in August. But ended up not making it, so I never found out. That's my dream. . . sports arenas that have veggie dogs and burgers! So I don't have to subsist on soft pretzels and "cheez" nachos!

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              Caitlin McGrath Nov 16, 2001 06:18 PM

              A couple of years ago, I was in Toronto and noticed that all the hot dog carts on the street seemed to have veggie dogs.

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                Janet Nov 17, 2001 06:04 AM

                Yes, Yves is a Canadian company and that's what they have (or had, my last visit was summer of 2000). Aren't you concerned about the "mixing", though? It happens that when I was there, it was for the World Vegetarian Congress and there's no way I could eat another thing, so I didn't investigate.

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                HLing Nov 17, 2001 08:56 AM

                Veg-City Diner on 14th and 6th Ave has delicious corn dogs. Hope it will be here when you're in town.....

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                  Janet Nov 17, 2001 11:48 AM

                  Explain thyself. Are they at risk of closing, too?

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                    HLing Nov 17, 2001 09:36 PM

                    I only know that they have sold the other location, on 3rd Ave and 9 th street(somewhere around there). I'm not in the neighborhood often enough to know how well they're doing.

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                      Janet Nov 18, 2001 05:58 AM

                      The sign posted at the Third Avenue restaurant after the closing referred specifically to their difficulties because of the loss of business after the events in lower Manhattan, and indicated they'd be opening others. Hope that's true.

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                e p Nov 16, 2001 10:13 AM

                Just read about a new place called Dawgs on Park, near Tompkins Square Park (don't have the exact coordinates with me). Haven't tried it, but apparently they serve beef, turkey, and tofu pups with all sorts of toppings.

                Good luck!

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                  LaurenFP Nov 16, 2001 03:00 PM

                  A hot dog joint opened recently on St.Marks between 1st and A called Crif Dogs. Definitely the best veggie dogs I've ever had. They're split and served on a grilled bun with onions, cucumber, jalapeno, and tomato. Add mustard and you're in business. They also make their own meat dogs, but due to an unfortunate bout of food poisoning many years ago I can't handle the real thing. Friends of mine love them, though, and the guy running the place is really friendly and almost evangelical about his product.

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                    anne Nov 18, 2001 12:12 AM

                    Wow they sound great-gotta try them. Thanks.

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                      Tom Jan 9, 2002 12:04 PM

                      Sorry, man, but I've been to this place and it sucked. The bun was stale and the guy was a jerk about it. I think that they don't get enough business to keep up on fresh buns--or have a good attitude. My girlfriend had a veggie dog and wasn't impressed. Across the street is a vegan bakery that has great soups and avocado sandwiches--she loves them. I predict that this Crif Dog place will be out of business within a year. They're never busy.

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                        squintsy Aug 17, 2010 07:04 PM

                        It's 2010 and the place is still open. Looks like you just caught them on a bad day.

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                    gary Nov 15, 2001 10:56 AM

                    F&B (23d b/w 7-8) veggie dogs are very disappointing. they didn't know the brand. i'd say nowhere near as good as morningstar dogs.

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                      LisaPizza Nov 12, 2001 06:32 PM

                      It's Boca that has the new bratwurst, smoked and Italian, and I think they're pretty good (I prefer the Italian, and I think the bratwurst is the most like a regular hot dog. . . but I could be mixing it up with the smoked sausage. (I made a correction to my earlier mispost saying that they were from Morningstar Farms). Look for them in the freezer section where Morningstar Farms stuff usually is.

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                        gary Nov 12, 2001 05:05 PM

                        for a regular dog, try morningstar farms. they also use their dog in a corn dog and corn dog minis.

                        for faux polish sausage, try boca.

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                          doggie Nov 16, 2001 06:19 PM

                          morningstar corndogs are the best.

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                            fern Nov 28, 2001 05:12 PM

                            The Boca Smoked and Bratwurst dogs are the best. Morningstar Farms makes the best breakfast links.

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                              choctastic Jan 9, 2011 07:15 PM

                              Morningstar corndogs are amazing. Too bad they have egg in them, which makes my skin react, but still, sometimes it's worth a few scaly rashes. I'd rather have these corn dogs than meat corn dogs. So good.

                              --sorry about responding to an ancient post, but I couldn't help myself, they are still that good.

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