HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >


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

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  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)

    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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/30659...

        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.

        5 Replies
        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.

            1 Reply
            1. re: rworange

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

              1. 2, Portillos Chicago style, James coney island jumbo chilidog, extra onions cheese and mustard!.