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Aug 30, 2006 05:37 PM

Spike's Junkyard Dogs -- Any Skinless Dogs There?

Do all the hot dogs at Spike's have a natural casing? I was thinking of hitting the one in Somerville this week, but I have a bit of an aversion to a really loud snap when biting into a dog.

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  1. To my knowledge, the dogs do not have a natural casing. That said, I don't think that they offer a "skinless dog" per se.

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    1. re: Ernie Diamond

      I actually think they are natural casing. Either way, the "snap" is definitely there, and they don't offer an explicit skin vs. no-skin option.

      Probably not what you're after, but Spike's veggie dogs are among the better ones I've had, especially served in those outstanding fresh baked hot dog rolls.

      1. re: finlero

        Really? Do you know if they changed the veggie dog that they use recently? I had one last fall and thought it was pretty flavorless and pasty (then again, I've found all veggie dogs except the Morningstar farms ones to be pretty bad). I may have to give their veggie dog another try.

        I am with you on the rolls; they are really fantastic.

        1. re: maillard

          I don't think they've changed their dogs, so if you didn't like 'em then, I doubt you'll like 'em now.

          They strike a sort of middle ground between the Morningstar model of trying to simulate the taste and mouth feel of actual meat and the Garden Burger model of being deliberately, noticeably vegatarian.

          For me, it works, although ardent enjoyers of either end of the meat/veggie spectrum may likely disagree.

          1. re: finlero

            Mailliard, I agree - I had one in July and it was disappointingly mushy and bland.

    2. Skinless dogs are very rare in places like Spikes. Most places use natural casing dogs made in Chelsea (Kayem not only makes their own brand, they also make brands like Maple Leaf and Schonlands.) Others use Pearl or Hebrew National.

      1. We did end up going to Spike's in Davis Square last night and got the ranger burger and the Caesar chicken sandwich. Both were very good. I wasn't crazy about the junkyard fries, though; the chili and cheese that were on the fries tasted a bit bland, and the fries themselves, while good, weren't the best I've had.

        The place was jamming, though! Once all the college students are back and settled in, Spike's will probably have lines around the block.

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          Marc, do you find that Spike's bun overwhelms the dog a bit? It's the same complaint I have about Fuddrucker's: the bun to meat ratio.

          1. re: Bostonbob3

            Right there with you. You could have the tastiest dog in the world at Spike's, but it won't matter, because all you can taste is bread, and not very good bread at that. I've stopped going there ever since Beantown Dogs opened just down the block from the Spike's in Allston. The all-beef or kosher dogs are merely an adequate substitute for the Spike's dog, but Beantown's dogs are served on a proper griddled split-top roll. You taste hot dog, not half a pound of mediocre Italian bread.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              I thought the roll at Beantown was kind of mushy and odd textured. Only have gone once tho.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                I assume the buns are that size to support the add-ons - chili and whatnot. Being a non-mustard, non-chili, non-kraut kind of guy, it does make a pretty hefty bread experience. So I took off the bottom half of the bread and ate it open face.
                I asked, by the way, and Spike's dogs do not have natural casings. They come from "A german bratwurst company." I've forgotten the name, but it's not any of the big three for Boston (HN, Kayem, etc).

              2. re: Bostonbob3

                I don't know--I had a burger there. :-D But the buns did look pretty substantial compared to the dogs...

            2. They generally do... have lines made up of hordes of college students that is.

              1. I went to this place (Somerville location) for the first time this week. I had the pizza dog. The roll and dog were quite good. Topping, too.