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Jul 9, 2007 07:30 PM

Great hotdogs on LI?

Any ideas? Thinking of places that do more than dirty-water dogs or reheated stupidmarket stuff. Something like Walter's in Mamaroneck.

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  1. I always wondered about this, all those RV's by the side of the road. After seeing all the places in NJ listed with some interesting choices. I wonder if there are any hidden gems there (some guy making his own chili and onions or something like that)

    Are they all just dirty-water dogs or reheated stupidmarket stuff.

    1. I know a few on the East End that up til last year had lots of interesting items (lobster rolls, mesclun salad with goat cheese, virgin pina coladas and daquiris) in addition to the usual Sabrett franks. The lady by Westhampton Airport used to deep fry her dogs and knishes, and I know a few others that have deep fryers too, legit or not (they have to have an Ansel system).
      All food on the wagons is supposed to be pre-cooked and factory sealed per Health Dept rules, nothing homemade,and the inspector has been enforcing things a lot more stringently this year. Although homemade quesadillas still seem to be big.
      There's a new restaurant opening in Montauk that talked about doing Kobe hotdogs, but I don't know if that's for sure. I can't think of anyplace out this way that specializes in hot dogs besides the trucks.

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      1. re: coll

        Isn't a Kobe hotdog sort of silly? (even, as I'd have to assume, it's the American version, not true Kobe)

        How can you appreciate such high quality beef in a hot dog? By all of the accounts I've read, it's a waste as a hamburger, let along a hot dog.

        There's a place like Flo's in Bluepoint:
        (is that the stupidest website or what? Why bother if you're not going to put anything there?
        )They do burgers and dogs, but I don't know if there's anything to recommend the latter.

      2. the closest thing is the kings supermarket in garden city where you could buy thumanns (the pride of nj) jumbos, pushcart style, and natural casings (both beef and pork). take them home and do them up any way your heart desires. they also carry pepperidge farms new england split top buns.

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        1. re: byrd

          Wouldn't bother (esp. since I never replaced my grill when it rusted away), but didn't Kings close in Merrick? Thought it was a Rite Aid now or something.

          1. re: Scott_R

            your right, see correction. time to go to riteaid and get one of those $5.99 lasts twice grills.

            1. re: Scott_R

              I think this Kings only has the GC location outside of NJ (where there must be 15 or so).

          2. Found something interesting (and promising):

            Says: "Charlie's Hot Dogs was voted Long Island's best hot dog, and was featured on the Food Network as Boomer Esiason's favorite place to eat in New York."

            Don't see much about the how/why of the dogs, though.

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            1. re: Scott_R

              Went to look for Charlie's, but couldn't find it. Mentioned it to a friend who thought he knew where it was, so I'll try again, maybe next week. Wish I knew if there was more to it than it just having been there a long time (i.e., why are the dogs the "best"?).

              1. re: Scott_R

                Found it, and it was OK. I don't see why it would win "best hot dogs" unless it's a testament to the quality of HD on Long Island. Nothing bad, just boiled dogs that seemed relatively generic. They do a "three hot dog hero" which might account for it: quantity wins people over more than does quality.

                The stand was pretty crowded, though.

                1. re: Scott_R

                  Sadly, I think this is the case. After doing the roadfood hot dog tour last year and seeing the wide variety of choices in northern NJ, I was hoping there might be something on LI.

                  1. re: Scott_R

                    Unfortunately I would have to agree. I just stopped by there and picked up two chili dogs. Bland would be the best way to describe them. Sad to say that I would prefer Nathans.


              2. AOL City Guide has a ranking of the best hot dogs on LI for 2007, and the results are both laughable and pitiful. In order, Johnny Rockets, Citibank Park, The Pit Stop, Nick's Pizza Clam Bar, Classic American, and The Laundry.

                You have GOT to be kidding me.