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Nathan's Hot Dogs with Natural Casings...

Just picked some of these up at Ralphs. Didn't know that they were available locally. I have had the regular ("skinless") Nathan's many times and enjoyed them, but had never tried these. Pretty good with a decent "snap." Just thought that I would give a heads up in case they are a bit of a hard to obtain in L.A., novelty.

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  1. With butcher shops becoming almost nonexistant in the Westside, I don't know where to find 'dogs with natural casings anymore... thanks for the tip...

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      Yes. the dearth of such shops is a bit of a puzzlement in such a large city. The Ralphs that I picked these up at is on the west side, and was not with the rest of the Nathan's products, but was one shelf over, so keep your eyes open. The "Natural Casing" is indicated in the upper left corner of the packaging. Roll over pic below.

      1. re: PommeDeGuerre

        Good find!...Location of the Ralphs??

        1. re: TravelPath

          On Sepulveda, about a half mile north of LAX, just south of the La Tijera intersection.

      2. re: bulavinaka

        Marukai Market on Artesia/Western in Gardena has Hoffy "Coney style" dogs with natural casings all the time in the fresh meat section and packed loose and sold by the pound.

        1. re: monku

          Ahhhh - another item to mark down on my list... thanks!

      3. yup--saw 'em at my local Vons, too (Figueroa just south of Colorado)...

        1. My brother just requested yesterday that I send him some Nathan's to Wisconsin! Also, try the ones that they sell with the packaged fresh meat (not with the other hot dogs). They are my favorite! I think they are under the store brand that is something like Private Selections, very generic packaging. Delicious!

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          1. re: WildSwede

            I really like the Ralph's PS brand in the 1# and 3# chubs. As WildSwede mentioned they are in the regular meat section not with the rot gut dogs.

          2. Surfas carries Nueske farms hot dogs with natural casings. They are the best store bought hot dogs I've had.

            1. All the Ralphs markets I've been to lately (all in Pasadena) carry the natural-casing Nathan's dogs in alongside the other Nathan's.

              The natural-casing Boar's Head dogs are over in the deli case. I like the taste of those, but for some reason both Mrs. O and I have had bad digestive reactions to them.

              1. I went to the mall and got hungry when I saw a sign that is common in airports back east – Nathan’s Famous and my home in Brooklyn. So here is the address. Also, just to update this post I also want to mention that I have been buying natural casing Nathan’s for several years at Albertsons..

                Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs (Food Court on the second level)
                Store 817
                Westfield Mall in West Covina
                112 Plaza Drive
                West Covina CA 91790

                1. Thanks! We made Beanie Weenees with them (Also picked up at Ralphs) the other day with some Brown Bread. YUM! :D


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                  1. re: Dommy

                    B & M Brown bread was found at the Vons in Cheviot Hills on National and the 10. Ralphs did not have it when we were there.

                  2. Sometime back, Victor's Meats in WLA carried Vienna natural casing dogs, frozen, the long ones. I would call to see if they still do...it has been a few years.

                    1. Out here, at the Albertsons in Westlake Village (on Lindero Canyon), they carry both the Natural Casing Nathan's Famous and the Natural Casing Sabrett beef frankfurters, which I personally prefer. They also carry the famous Sabrett's Onions and Sauce (you New Yorkers know what this is), as well as both Nathan's and Sabrett's own hot dog mustard.

                      Whoever stocks this store certainly knows his stuff. God bless him (or her).

                      1. Normally, I'd never recommend a poultry product hot dog, but Trader Joe's carries a turkey dog with a natural casing that's pretty good.

                        1. FYI, America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated recently did a tasting on 5 or 6 natural casing hot dogs available in supermarkets , and Nathan's was numero uno. I steam mine rather than boil or grill. It seems to have more snap that way.

                          1. Help!!!!!!

                            Do the natural casing Nathan's dogs actually say "natural casing" on the package and the non-natural ones don't?? Duh!! Wife called from Ralph's (South OC) and said the packages she's looking at have no specific casing info on them. I'm assuming those are NOT natural.

                            This is a nostalgic Nathan's natural dogs/ White Castle burgers search. Started with a 'Chicago' evening yesterday. Began with flown-in Malnati's deep-dish pizza and finished up at Portillo's in Buena Park. M-m-m-m-m!!!!

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                            1. re: Midlife

                              Good rule of thumb.....a natural casing hot dog will look somewhat curved and not a straight looking tube. Also natural casing hot dogs aren't that thick like the skinless kind.
                              But, it should say natural casing or NC on the packaging...think it has to.

                              1. re: monku

                                This is what the Nathans package of natural casing hot dogs should look like: (Look closesly and it says "Natural Casing" in the upper left hand corner in red).


                                1. re: monku

                                  Thanks. Apparently my local Ralph's isn't a fan of natural casings. I have a call in to Nathan's (the packing people I guess...Ritway) to find out where to buy them in my area. See if anyone calls back.

                                  1. re: Midlife

                                    Natural casing hot dogs can run $4-$5/lb.

                                    Where is your "area"?

                                    Unless you specifically want Nathan's there are other better natural casing hot dogs unless you have to have Nathan's. If you can find them I think Hoffy's or Vienna are just as good if not better than Nathan's. Try a higher end butcher or meat department at a higher end grocery store. I've found very good natural casing hot dogs (frankfurters) at German style deli's that sell or make their own.

                                    Understand if you NEED to have Nathans'.

                                    Even at Marukai Market I've seen Hoffy Coney style hot dogs (natural casing) loose packed in the meat section sold by the pound.
                                    2975 HARBOR BLVD., COSTA MESA, CA 92626
                                    Telephone: (714)751-8433
                                    Business Hours
                                    Mon-Sat 9:00AM-9:00PM / Sun 9:30AM-8:30PM

                                    1. re: monku

                                      San Clemente.

                                      The Nathan's thing grew out of a weekend nostalgia -fest involving New York (La Rocco's San Clemente) and Chicago (flown in from Lou Malnati's), Chicago dogs (Portillo's Buena Park) and White Castle burgers (Ralph's frozen case).

                                      Nathan's isn't mandatory,the fest is over now, but would be a good memory if I can find them.

                                      1. re: Midlife

                                        You'll find them when you don't want them.
                                        Murphy's Law ?

                                          1. re: Midlife

                                            Sounds like a fun weekend of nostalgia.
                                            How was that pizza from Malnati's....always looking for an excuse to order one.

                                            1. re: monku

                                              We have friends who are from Chicago and order Malnati's all the time. It was their pizza we shared. Individual-sized pies, very much the real thing. I've never eaten at Malnati's for real and recall Geno's East pies being deeper (thicker), but otherwise the full slab of sausage at the bottom, lots of cheese and sauce. Also an cheese only. They are not inexpensive, so I'd think you'd really have to have a craving.

                                    2. re: Midlife

                                      I have been on the lookout for them for a long time and I never saw them at Ralph's or Vons. I always see them at the Albertson's in Duarte. Maybe all Albertson's carry them?

                              2. Saw Nathan's casing franks 2 packages for $5.99 yesterday at Pavilions Burbank

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                                1. re: jillso

                                  Need a siting within 40 miles of San Clemente. I guess 40 miles is my max tolerance for feeding this food craving. Portillo's was 40 miles and worth it.

                                  Called Nathan's packer (I guess that's who is on the site for 'where to buy' info) but never got a call back.

                                  1. re: Midlife

                                    Finally got some info from Nathan's wholesaler and tracked them down at Pavillion's in Mission Viejo. My wife is only an occasional hot dog person but said they were the best she'd ever eaten. I had mine grilled with carmelized onions and sweet cherry peppers. Kindof unorthodox for a New York boy (more like part New York, part Chicago) but they were great. My wife was more tradition, with raw onions and deli mustard, and she's an LA native. Go figure. LOVE THAT SNAP!!!!!