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Where to get Pearl Hot Dogs?

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!!


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

    1. 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

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


      2. 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

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

          1. re: lobster lover

            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!

            1. re: Diski

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

              1. re: Lilibet

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

          2. re: Velda Mae

            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

              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

                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

                  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. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. I've bought them in Stop & Shop in Woburn

                1. Michael's Deli in Coolidge Corner sells them.

                  1. I just saw them at McKinnon's in Everett.

                    1. Fresh Pond Market on Huron Ave in Cambridge

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

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                        1. re: hargau

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

                          1. re: hargau

                            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

                              Eagles Deli has them listed on the menu.

                              1. re: lergnom

                                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 :-))

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

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


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                              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

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

                                  1. re: xperteater

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

                                  2. Farmland in Wakefield

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

                                      1. 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

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

                                        2. 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

                                            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

                                          2. Halfway Cafe in Dedham serves them.

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                                            1. re: carneyvore

                                              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

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

                                                1. re: jgg13

                                                  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.

                                              2. 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

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            dude, chill out. seriously.

                                                            1. re: RVT

                                                              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: nsenada

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

                                                                1. re: jgg13

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

                                                                  1. re: nsenada

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

                                                                    1. re: jgg13

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

                                                          2. re: jgg13

                                                            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. 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

                                                            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

                                                              mayflower carries pearls - 3.99 a pound

                                                          2. 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!

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