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Jun 24, 2007 08:52 PM

Nathan's Hot Dogs in T.O?

Does anybody know where I can get packages pf Nathan's Hot Dogs in natural casings here in T.O? These to me are by far the tastiest hot dogs out there in my opinion but I've only purchased them in the states. Hebrew National are a close second.

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  1. Sob. Moan. Kvetch.

    Don't even think about it. You can't. With or without casings. Not now and probably not ever.

    Ditto for Hebrew National. Nortown was importing the skinless Hebrew Nationals, but stopped when we had the mad cow scare. No plans to resume that I know of.

    The closest sources of skinless Nathans and Hebrew National dogs are in Niagara Falls NY at the Wegman's near the big outlet mall and at the Tops Supercenter next to Target on Niagara Falls Blvd. The closest source of these dogs with casings may very well be the New York City area.

    1. I LOVE Nathans.

      You can get a very tasty Nathan dog at Johnny Rockets in the Fallsview Casino. It isn't grilled quite as well as at a true Nathan store, but it still tastes great. And of course the fries are nothing like Nathan fries.

      There are 2 other locations in Toronto but I am not sure if they carry the Nathan Hot Dog as not every JR location in the States does.

      Check it out and reoprt back!


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      1. re: deelicious

        Given Johnny Rocket's many dollars per dog, one might as well spend the time and gas to get to a supermarket in the States, get a large quantity, and grill them properly at home. (And the Fallsview Casino is almost IN Niagara Falls NY.)

        1. re: embee

          Yes. JR charges a crazy price for their dogs. But they do have locations in Vaughan and Mississauga.

      2. If you can handle pork frankfurters, there is a good one, in lamb casings, for $9/kg at Costco from Freybe's of Burnaby. These are traditional German style links.

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        1. re: jayt90

          I agree with you.These are the only hot dogs I buy.
          I prefer beef to pork, but have not found a decent beef hot dog available.
          At least the Freybe's have a crunch, and a burst of juice.
          By the way, they are identical to the Frankfurters in Frankfurt.

        2. You are a true gourmet. I completly agree. Nothing comes close to these dogs. Have you ever had them in Martin's Potato Rolls?


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          1. re: howdydoody


            Martin potato rolls are THE BEST. I have not found Martin Potato rolls anywhere, let alone potato bread products in the GTA. Man, I might just have to trek to Buffalo--Tops Markets carries them...hopefully they'll have Nathan's Dogs too!

            1. re: saucethatcounts

              The Tops Supercenter in Niagara Falls has both Nathans and Hebrew National, skinless only.

              1. re: embee

                I tried Moishe's all beef dogs, and they are quite good, with an old time flavour that Schneider's and Shopsy's have abandoned.Not like a Euro-frank, but more ball park in style.

                1. re: jayt90

                  Where does one get Moishe's all beef dogs??

                  1. re: embee

                    They are at Costco (Ajax). Probably at the Wilson Av.. warehouse as well. There are other stores selling Moishe's sour dills, and cold slaw, so maybe the "Pure Angus Hot Dogs" will be available in a non warehouse setting..

          2. Perhaps its time to find out what they mean by "special circumstances".

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            1. re: Googs

              Please do try and good luck :-)

              I emailed them a couple of times and didn't even get an automated form answer, much less a real one.

              Even knowing the second generation of the founder's family (true -- I went to summer camp with Nathan Handwerker's grandson when I was 10) didn't net the courtesy of a reply.