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Jul 2, 2007 12:25 PM

July is National Hot Dog Month - name your favorite doggie

T-Rex has almost perfected its $10 Fatted Calf pedigreed dog ... a slight nit about the too solid bun.

Plump as a ballpark Polish sausage, the weiner is a large, smokey, juicy, meaty frank with the most snap of any Bay Area dog.

It comes with lovely red relish, mustard, house-made pickle slices, slaw and thick BBQ house-made chips full of smokey, spicy tingle and background notes of garlic.

National Hot Dog Month

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  1. For me: a Top Dog with the works...which is a Vienna all-beef w/ natural casing.

    2nd place: the Sheboygan brat at AT&T (I know, not a real hot dog)

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      1. Around here, hard to say. I love the Lombardi's dog you found in Petaluma, rw. I'm on a Nathan's kick right now (just grill at home), but maybe because it is close to the Fourth (and the hot dog eating contest). Personally, I love a nice grilled dog on a soft bun/bread. If it is a beef a la Vienna Beef you can load it up, but if it is more assertive like a kosher beef/deli style or a Nathan's which is very salty and almost garlicky, just a little spicy brown mustard is fine.

        1. I really like the Saag's natural casing beef frank I posted about last year:

          Still searching for the right bun, though. I can't imagine spending $10 for a hot dog in a restaurant, no matter how good the "pedigree." The whole point of hot dogs is that they're supposed to be casual.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            And I did it twice ... to make it worse. Still, Clarke's in Mountain View is selling a large 1/4 pound Miller dog for 5.75 and nothing with it ... ok topped with tomatoes if you want and a bit of a condiment selection ... the extra bucks for a top quality dog doesnt seem like so much a stretch since there are also fries and slaw at T-Rex.

            1. re: rworange

              can you describe the 10 buck fatted calf dog? do they also have them at the fatted calf stand and is it an all beef, pork, or beef/pork mix dog?


              1. re: kevin

                The Fatted Calf dog is knockwurst. Believe it is beef and pork, fully cooked.

                1. re: wally

                  Don't know if they sell it at the stand, but the hot dog at T-Rex is a hot dog that is specifically made for the restaurant. It is not a knockwurst. The description is in the OP with more in the link provided in the OP.

              2. re: rworange

                I just saw all beef natural casing Miller's at Smart and Final. $8.75 for 2.5 lbs. I would have gotten them but no barbecue planned and that's a year's worth.

            2. Clarke's in Mountain View makes a good char-broiled Miller dog. I just tried the regular and not the 1/4 pound jumbo dog. However, I'm more of a fan of the burgers.

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              1. re: rworange

                Congrats to San Jose Local Joey Chestnut for winning the Nathans Hotdog eating Championships today.