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Aug 17, 2006 04:42 PM

Best commercial hot dog?

Which hot dog brand is your favorite (that you can buy in a grocery store)?


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  1. Hebrew National, Boar's Head, & Usinger's Dogs are great. Whole Food's carries a few decent brands as well. They use quality cuts of beef & pork rather than all of the lips & guts, etc.

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    1. re: amoncada

      That should be Boar's Head all beef with natural casing. I find Hebrew National to be too heavy with garlic and other spices, masks the flavor of the dog. In Boston, Pearl Brand Kountry Club franks (mentioned earlier) are good and used by Boston Speed Dog.

    2. Boars Head. They have skins and no sugar added.

      1. Are Hebrew National better than Nathan's?

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        1. re: Glenn J

          Not really. I think both brands they sell at the supermarket suck. However, if you want the much better Nathan's with skins you have to head down to the flagship restaurant in Coney Island. They'll sell them by the pound. The same with Katz's when you hit their deli.

          1. re: bigmackdaddy


            Nathans dogs with natural casings are available at some supermarkets. In New York City many of the Key Food stores stock them.

            Besides having more "snap" the soicing in the natural casing variey is different and has more zip.

              1. re: bigmackdaddy

                my little keyfood marketplace in nassau has had the nathan's natural casings all summer, i even picked up a pack of boars head blue label (natural casing beef/pork mix) today.

                1. re: bigmackdaddy

                  Much to my surprise I found both Nathan's and Boar's head with natural casings at my local little Associated in Bkln. Got the Boar's head and was pretty happy, wanted that snap, but to tell you the truth I found the casing a touch too tough. Still best I have had from the supermarket by far, nex time I will try the nathan's.

                  1. re: bigmackdaddy

                    The Key Food on 5th Ave. in Park Slope. Also the one on McGuiness Blvd. in Greenpoint.

                    The Boars Head natural casing are fine but I prefer the Nathans. The choice is really a matter of personal taste. The biggest trick is to find them in the first place. Then you can make up your own mind.

                    1. re: bigmackdaddy

                      ShopRite on Route 1, Princeon NJ, has Nathans with natural casings. Wegman's has a huge selection of dogs-- Loeffler's, Bests, Thumann's, Boar's Head, etc etc-- all different types. Jersey is hot dog country!

                      1. re: Bob Martinez

                        A hearty second for Nathan's with natural casings. I used to stick with Hebrew National, but I started to find them too salty.

                        1. re: Steve


                          Jfood has found that there is a different level of saltiness in HN depending on whether they are grilled or microwaved.

                          1. re: jfood

                            Thanks for the tip. which seems saltier? Inquiring minds want to know.

                            1. re: Steve

                              grilled were saltier than Mv

                            2. re: jfood

                              I microwave mine in a little water then drain, it helps get more of the saltiness and greasiness out

                              1. re: smartie

                                jfood did not find the MVs salty. Two HNs in a paper towel rolled like a blintze and 1.5 minutes in the MV. Not gourmet but a dog is a dog (can't believe he made me write that).

                                1. re: jfood

                                  Problem is that J aint nothing but a hound, dog.

                                  I couldn't resist, and if he turned his back, I steal the franks.

                                  For breakfast this morning, the Bs are having leftover HN hot dogs, off the grill from yesterday's lunch, cut in discs and cooked as Hot Dogs and eggs pancake style.........

                      2. re: Glenn J

                        re:Glenn J
                        In a word - NO. Have always eaten Nathan's and just recently bought Hebrew National. In ether case buy it with the natural casing.

                      3. Pearl Kountry Club Franks, might only be available in the Boston area.

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                        1. re: Infomaniac

                          Amen! They are the best. They do sell outside of Mass. Talk to your deli!

                        2. The Black Bear brand, with natural casings, available in Shop Rite stores is excellent.

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                          1. re: TongoRad

                            i'm pretty sure black bear brand is made by deitz & watson, definetly a very decent hot dog.