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Where to get Pearl Hot Dogs?

makonna Jun 2, 2007 06:26 AM

All these hot dog reviews are getting me hungry. But I've never seen Pearl hot dogs in my local supermarkets. Where have you seen them? Would love to give them a try now that grill weather is here!!


  1. Chris VR Jun 2, 2007 06:39 AM

    I have picked them up at Dom's in Malden. Not cheap but really good.

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      veeva Jun 2, 2007 08:12 AM

      They're usually sold from the deli case, rather than pre-packaged. Most major supermarket chains have them, I believe.

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      1. re: veeva
        BJK Jun 2, 2007 08:49 AM

        Agreed. I've found them at the deli counter at both Roche Bros and Stop & Shop.


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        Velda Mae Jun 2, 2007 10:35 AM

        I've seen them at Stop & Shop and Shaw's also sells them and they are at the deli counter. Not sure where you live, but Russo's carries Pearl pastrami and corned beef but not their hot dogs.

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        1. re: Velda Mae
          lobster lover Jun 2, 2007 10:59 AM

          B J also has Pearl brand 5 lb boxes and I think at the deli counter where they have one.

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            Diski Jun 2, 2007 03:31 PM

            I have seen them prepackaged at Crosby's markets and Market Basket...
            I think they were 2.99 for 6 .... and YUMMY on the grill!

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              Lilibet Jun 4, 2007 05:44 AM

              If you're further out, Donelan's Supermarket in Acton and Littleton have them.

              1. re: Lilibet
                Harp00n Jun 5, 2007 04:37 PM

                As does, duh, Donelan's in Wayland :-))

          2. re: Velda Mae
            jgg13 Sep 6, 2010 12:20 PM

            The Shaws near central square does not have them, in case anyone goes looking and finds this thread in the future. I'm not even sure the guy knew what I was talking about.

            1. re: jgg13
              BobB Sep 9, 2010 05:43 AM

              The one at Packard's Corner does - but only the 1/4 lb "Kountry Klub" variety. They're sold loose (still in strings!) at the deli counter.

              1. re: BobB
                jgg13 Sep 9, 2010 07:35 AM

                Ah, the 1/2# were the ones I was looking for - I had thought those were the Kountry Klubs, but looking at it online it looks as if it isn't directly linked to the size?

                1. re: jgg13
                  BobB Sep 16, 2010 02:23 PM

                  I'm not sure - I've only seen the 1/4 lb Kountry Klubs but it wouldn''t surprise me at all to find they make a larger version.

          3. MaineRed Jun 4, 2007 06:32 AM

            Market Basket has them too -- make sure you ask for them, the more request the more they'll stock them. They are so fresh that they must be eaten w/in 2-4 days...also McKinnon's in Davis has the large beef franks.

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              DoubleMan Jun 4, 2007 06:55 AM

              I've seen them at the Arlington Stop and Shop and the Back Bay Shaw's, so I assume a lot of other places have them. They are clearly something that is easy to get for any of the chain's (unlike, say, Saugy's hot dogs), so your usual place can special order them.

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                donnascookingwhat Jun 4, 2007 06:58 AM

                I've bought them in Stop & Shop in Woburn

                1. BobB Jun 4, 2007 07:33 AM

                  Michael's Deli in Coolidge Corner sells them.

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                    Northender Jun 4, 2007 07:36 AM

                    I just saw them at McKinnon's in Everett.

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                      D.Bernstein Jun 5, 2007 12:52 PM

                      Fresh Pond Market on Huron Ave in Cambridge

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                        hargau Jun 5, 2007 04:48 PM

                        The real question is who carries the 1 pound ones!?

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                        1. re: hargau
                          BobB Jun 6, 2007 07:49 AM

                          Do they make 'em that big? I thought even Speed's uses the half-pound ones.

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                            Harp00n Jun 6, 2007 10:52 AM

                            I talked to "The Man" at Pearl. He said the only place, locally, that you can get one of those ! lb. puppy's is at The Halfway Cafe!

                            1. re: Harp00n
                              lergnom Jun 6, 2007 05:44 PM

                              Eagles Deli has them listed on the menu.

                              1. re: lergnom
                                Harp00n Jun 6, 2007 06:56 PM

                                lergnom, you're absolutely right, I just looked at the menu myself. Sez "Pearl" 1 lb. hot dog, $6.75. So much for listening to "The Man"! Hey, wait a minute, The Eagle's got a strong connection to The Andleman Purple Gang and so does the Halfway. Ya think they might be getting a piece of the 1lb. sales action?
                                BTW, thanks for setting me straight :-))

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                            makonna Jun 6, 2007 09:03 AM

                            Thanks for all the locations. I'm looking forward to tracking them down. I'm assuming they are always in the deli counter? :)

                            1. Bob Dobalina Jun 6, 2007 09:21 AM

                              You could also try calling or e-mailing the company...


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                              1. re: Bob Dobalina
                                ScubaSteve Jun 7, 2007 06:00 AM

                                my response from Pearl:

                                Thank you for your interest in our products, we do not have published anywhere the exact locations of where to buy our franks, we sell to may supermarkets such as Roche Bros, foodmaster, demoulas, shaws, stop and shop, trucchis, omni foodstores, curtis farms, park and shop, and a bunch of little retailers. If you give me your location i should be able to better pinpoint a location for you.

                                thanks again

                                Bob Camelio Jr.
                                Head of Operations
                                Pearl Meat Packing Co. Inc.

                                1. re: ScubaSteve
                                  Lilibet Jul 11, 2007 08:56 AM

                                  Unfortunately (after reading this post), we toddled off to the Stop and Shop in Hudson. Not a big trek but, out of the way for us.
                                  We had great hopes in scoring some Pearl's for a 4th of July party.

                                  Alas, the Hudson store does not carry Pearl hotdogs, only Kayem!!

                                  We were really bummed out. Does availability vary according to store location?

                                  1. re: Lilibet
                                    ScubaSteve Jul 11, 2007 09:06 AM

                                    yes it does vary.
                                    also the Stop-n-Shop in my area does not put the Pearl franks in the case, you gotta ask for them.

                                    1. re: Lilibet
                                      steve999 Oct 5, 2007 12:33 PM

                                      A little late for the 4th of July, but the Hudson Stop-N-Shop had them in the deli case last week.

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                                  xperteater Jun 6, 2007 11:06 AM

                                  BJ's has them

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                                  1. re: xperteater
                                    buffet king Jun 6, 2007 12:35 PM

                                    BJ's in Medford has a 2.5 lb box for $7.99.

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                                    ian2131 Jun 7, 2007 10:00 AM

                                    Farmland in Wakefield

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                                      makonna Jul 11, 2007 09:25 AM

                                      Thank you everyone!! We got some at Russo's and they were amazing. They were definitely very tasty! Well worth the search. :)

                                      1. MarkSMacK Oct 5, 2007 10:53 AM

                                        You want a Pearl ... cooked to perfection ... go to Fred's Franks {as seen on the Phantom Gourmet}. Cooked to order in the scenic shores of lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield ... Nothing better than a perfectly cooked dog on a nice warm day ... "Better than a steak dinner"! Fred post's his hours and menu at www.fredsfranks.com

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                                        1. re: MarkSMacK
                                          macca Oct 5, 2007 11:54 AM

                                          Did not make it there this season ( though I think he is still open)- have you tried any of the lamb sausages Sound wonderful!

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                                          catsmeow Oct 5, 2007 05:55 PM

                                          For those interested, I was happy to see the smaller Pearls available now. They are slightly longer than a regular hot dog but the diameter of a regular one instead of their big ones. I found them in the regular prepackaged hot dog section. I got them at the Star Market on the Fenway a few days ago and saw them at Roche Bros. in West Roxbury as well.

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                                          1. re: catsmeow
                                            foodperv Oct 6, 2007 10:32 AM

                                            they are my fav. i find them (the small ones ) in the reg.pre-pack hot dog section
                                            and the large (beef ones) behind the deli case at market basket

                                            if you look at the top hot dog places in and around this state 6-7 out of 10 use pearl's

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                                            carneyvore Sep 6, 2010 02:38 PM

                                            Halfway Cafe in Dedham serves them.

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                                            1. re: carneyvore
                                              jgg13 Sep 6, 2010 02:42 PM

                                              A lot of people serve them, but where can you find them to buy? :)

                                              Thinking on it this afternoon, I know they have them at lord jeff

                                              1. re: jgg13
                                                brandywiner Sep 6, 2010 03:27 PM

                                                Don't know about other locations, but Roche Bros. in Westwood has Pearl. And Maple Leaf.

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                                                  makonna Sep 6, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                  This weekend, I purchased them from the Roche Bros deli case for the large ones. You can can the packaged smaller ones with the other hot dogs items. Stop & Shop @ Beverly has the big ones in their deli case as well. These are a staple for my family when there is grilling weather.

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                                                RVT Sep 6, 2010 03:52 PM

                                                I always marvel when three year old threads suddenly get randomly resonded to. BTW Pearls aren't even the least bit difficult to find these days. They're at most major supermarkets for starters.

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                                                1. re: RVT
                                                  jgg13 Sep 6, 2010 04:58 PM

                                                  I brought it back to life because in a web search this particular thread shared the sentiment that you just echoed. However, the major supermarket that I went to today did not have them, so clearly they're not as ubiquitous as you state. Also, it is entirely possible that someone else will have the same bad luck that I did, in which case perhaps they'd like to know that the shaws in central sq does not have pearl hot dogs if they come across this thread.

                                                  Feel free to give specific advice as to where exactly one can find pearl hot dogs instead of just handwaving and saying "most major supermarkets for starters".

                                                  1. re: jgg13
                                                    Tedmom Sep 6, 2010 05:29 PM

                                                    Market Basket in Rindge New Hampshire usually, but not always, have them. If you're near a Market Basket, I'd call them and see whether they are in stock.

                                                    1. re: jgg13
                                                      Jenny Ondioline Sep 6, 2010 05:45 PM

                                                      The Star at Packards Corner always has them: in the deli counter, by the pound or singly. They're not with the packaged hot dogs.

                                                      This is also the case at Stop and Shop and, indeed, most major supermarkets.

                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                                        jgg13 Sep 6, 2010 07:02 PM

                                                        I was actually thinking of hitting up that S&S tomorrow. It's pretty far out of the way though. C'est la vie.

                                                      2. re: jgg13
                                                        RVT Sep 6, 2010 07:30 PM

                                                        Calm down Sparky, sorry to hurt your feelings.

                                                        Okey doke. Try any Stop & Shop, every Star Market/Shaw's I've ever been in, Roxie's in Quincy, The Hilltop Butchershops. I've also seen them in Market Baskets and Hannafords. If you want one prepared for you there's rougly a billion places that use them. Some of my favorites are the aforementioned Half Way Cafe and Fred's Franks as well as Eagle Deli in Cleveland Circle.

                                                        I suppose you could also just call Pearl and ask them too.

                                                        Good luck!

                                                        Fred's Franks
                                                        390 Quannapowitt Pkwy, Wakefield, MA 01880

                                                        1. re: RVT
                                                          jgg13 Sep 6, 2010 07:39 PM

                                                          Apparently you've never been in the Sindey St Shaws. Anyways, would you have preferred me to have started a fresh thread, which would be wasteful because someone would say, "see this old thread". No, that'd be stupid, because some of the advice given was apparently no longer correct.

                                                          1. re: jgg13
                                                            RVT Sep 7, 2010 07:49 PM

                                                            dude, chill out. seriously.

                                                            1. re: RVT
                                                              jgg13 Sep 7, 2010 09:09 PM

                                                              Or you could stop making useless, snarky comments.

                                                              FWIW I decided to go with 1/4# hebrew nationals instead of 1/2# pearls for what i was making, so I'm no longer on the hunt. However, as far as I can tell, no, one can not purchase them within walking distance of central square - with over 5 supermarkets in that range, despite various implications that one is an idiot if they even bother to ask this question.

                                                              1. re: jgg13
                                                                RVT Sep 8, 2010 05:06 PM

                                                                Ok, don't chill.......wow.

                                                            2. re: jgg13
                                                              nsenada Sep 8, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                              See this old thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4073...

                                                              1. re: nsenada
                                                                jgg13 Sep 8, 2010 11:58 AM

                                                                ok that made me laugh, not once (reading the post) but a second time (realizing what you just linked)

                                                                1. re: jgg13
                                                                  nsenada Sep 8, 2010 06:59 PM

                                                                  Yeah, I was scared it would create some kind of repeating time loop.

                                                                  1. re: nsenada
                                                                    jgg13 Sep 8, 2010 10:17 PM

                                                                    I think it did. This thread shall never end. It is the alpha and the omega.

                                                                    1. re: jgg13
                                                                      hyde Sep 9, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                                      like "cause and effect" for you "Next Generation" geeks.

                                                          2. re: jgg13
                                                            L2k Sep 7, 2010 05:57 AM

                                                            There's a guy near N Street on Day Blvd who has skinny 10 inch Pearls for $3. Not bad if you're at the beach

                                                        2. nsenada Sep 7, 2010 06:33 AM

                                                          Restaurant Depot has a lot of Pearl products - I usually get the Kountry Klubs - I think it's 15 dogs for around $13.

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                                                          1. re: nsenada
                                                            chickendhansak Sep 7, 2010 09:35 PM

                                                            Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Square usually has large ones, usually a couple at a time sandwich-bagged and priced up. Presumably they have them in quantity behind the deli counter.

                                                            Dave's Fresh Pasta
                                                            81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

                                                            1. re: chickendhansak
                                                              teezeetoo Sep 15, 2010 05:52 PM

                                                              mayflower carries pearls - 3.99 a pound

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                                                            stever1950 Jan 12, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                            They were available during the summer in the deli case at the Stop & Shop near me in North Beverly, MA, but, I found that the Kirkland brand 100% All Beef 1/4 # Hot Dogs at Costco to be just as good, if not better, and less expensive!

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                                                              Tonality666 Jan 13, 2014 11:42 AM

                                                              McKinnons in Davis Sq always has them in the deli case.

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