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Hoffy Natural Casing hot dogs at Claro's

Browsing around Claro's Italian Market in San Gabriel this morning I spotted Hoffy natural casing hot dogs in their freezer section.
$5.99/lb. 8/1 size (8 dogs/pound). Seems a bit on the high side, but I was surprised they carried them.

Claro's Italian Market
1003 East Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Tel: (626) 288-2026
(Closed Wednesday)

You can also find them at Marukai Market in Gardena (Western/Artesia) loose packed in the fresh meat section for $4.99/lb.

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  1. Thanks for the tips! I love hot dogs with natural casing. I recently discovered that most supermarket now carries Nathan's hot dogs with natural casing. Yay! They come in a pack of six for $3.48.

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    1. re: hungry_hippo

      $3.48? Where? I always see them for $5 and up and they don't seem to be on sale very often.

      1. re: cfylong

        I keep looking and as of yet have been unable to find the Nathan's with natural casings. Which stores are you finding them in? The Vons, Pavillions and Ralphs in Pasadena do not have them. Thanks! BTW, Ralph's PS brand has a great weiner with natural casings - in the fresh meat section, not with the other dogs.

        1. re: WildSwede

          Vons in Hermosa Beach had them over the summer.. Price I dunno..

          1. re: WildSwede

            I'm pretty sure the Gelson's in Pasadena carries them, I know the Silverlake one does. I also seem to remember picking some up at Vons in Highland Park, but that was maybe a year ago.

            1. re: B Minus

              Thank you both! Will check it out!

              1. re: WildSwede

                Forgive me.

                Albertsons Grocery
                298 E Live Oak Ave
                Arcadia, CA 91006
                (626) 446-1416

                Ralphs
                16 E Live Oak Ave
                Arcadia, CA 91006
                (626) 821-9081

            2. re: WildSwede

              Just bought some Ralphs Private Selection brand 'old fashion franks' with natural casings at the Ralph's in Cerritos. Price for 5 came out to be $2.80 ($3.79/lb).

            3. re: cfylong

              Nathan's hot dogs with natural casing. $3.48 (six pack)

              Lucky
              1000 East Valley Blvd. (cross street Granada Ave.)
              Alhambra, CA
              (626) 281 - 2028

              1. re: hungry_hippo

                I didn't know there were any "Lucky" supermarkets anymore!

          2. They sell them in smart & final now buy the box

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            1. re: netminder351

              That's pretty funny.....I was the OP in 2007.
              But, I'll have to check S&F to get a box.

              1. re: monku

                I know this is an old thread but I will make a post anyway. When I go to the grocery store I do see Nathans that state they are skinless, therefore the ones that don't say skinless obviously have casings or skin but I don't see anything on the hot dogs that say natural casings. This is an old thread is it possible Nathans don't make natural casings any longer just they make casings but out of some other type of ingredient? I mean if they have natural casings wouldn't it state that?

                Thanks

                1. re: HoundDogz

                  Nathans sells natural casing hot dogs, but they're hard to find. Might be a regional thing. Sometimes like on a case it will be marked "N/C" meaning natural casing.
                  Talked to a guy in the food service distribution business and he said most people don't know the difference between a skinless and natural casing hot dog and when they hear what a natural casing is they're turned off.

                  1. re: monku

                    Thanks for the info. Yeah when I look for the Nathans I don't see the NC on the package. I have purchased Dietz and Watson at a place called Bristol Farms and they were very good and were made of Natural Casings and the label said that. If I did not like the way the dogs with NC were before I found out what NC was made of I'd be turned off. I'm actually a bit turned off but I like them already so I'll continue to eat them.

                    1. re: HoundDogz

                      Nothing like the snap of a natural casing dog.
                      I notice N/C dogs in higher end stores sold at the deli counter by the pound.
                      Once I found Caspers(Oakland,CA) hot dogs in a bulk pack at a Costco in Las Vegas. Someone said Costco's in the Bay Area carry them. They're pretty darn good.

                      1. re: monku

                        I'll check at Costco. I have not checked yet. Yeah I love that snap. I am not a fan of Pinks hot dog stand in LA but I have been there before but years ago. I forget if they have the snap but they claim they have special made hot dogs from Hoffy that give the snap. So I'd say they are not special for them but just the ones with the NC. Well, I tried a hot dog in Whittier last week and it had that snap and I recalled that Pinks has those with the snap and since last week I was on this kick to get some with NC for the snap that's how I got some Dietz and Watson which are very good. But I'm open to other brands too -

                        http://www.dietzandwatson.net/

                        1. re: monku

                          All the NC dogs I have seen which are not many but the Dietz and Watson and the one I ate in Whittier which are Boars Head were kinda thin, unlike the atypical hot dog one usually buys and eats. So I'm thinking that the thin with a snap are a German style dog is that true? Do you think so or is it a New York thing? You know how NY Pizza is thin and you can bend it or fold it in half? Is the thin snap dog a German thing or a New York thing? Just curious. Those are not your normal Farmer John or Oscar Meyer.

                      2. re: monku

                        At Smart & Final I do see the Hoffy in the frozen section and they have the beef and the other kind that is what a mixture of beef and pork? Well I was hoping they were natural casing but there is nothing on the box that says NC. Some have posted at the Chowhound that they sell the natural casing type but when I went to Smart I did not see it. I called Square Brands and they confirmed that the ones at Smart are not natural casings so whenever the person posted that Smart has them must be right they did have them I'm sure but since then they stopped. They have the non-NC kind. I asked Square where to buy NC and she said she could not tell me or something like that. Not too helpful. But I know I can go to Claros which is an Italian market (a great place too) and they have them.

                        I might go to Glendale to this Continental Sausage place where some German guy makes hot dogs and sausages right there and they are supposed to be awesome. Funny thing is that years ago I stopped by there by chance but didn't buy any thing and planned to go back and never did. Looks like I might now.

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                        Smart & Final
                        10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                        1. re: HoundDogz

                          I was going to mention Continental Sausage but wasn't sure it was convenient. But, their "frankfurters" beat out everything. (they don't call then hot dogs there). Pick up some of their bratwurst too.

                          1. re: monku

                            monku, I don't live near Continental Sausage but I'm gonna be out that way next week or the week after so I'll stop on in and get some. Like I said I went there by chance many years ago and intended on going back because I never saw a place that made sausages. I'm so used to going to Ralphs or Albertsons and buying stuff in a package. All these years I meant to go to CS but never did but I will now because I'm on a quest and you backed up what I thought that it's a good place.

                          2. re: HoundDogz

                            It depends on what Smart & Final you went to. I have seen Hoffy hot dogs with natural casings at some Smart & Finals but not every Smart & Final. I bought them at the Montebello location because I had to pick up some hot dogs before a Dodger game, earlier this year, we had a little tailgate at the park at the top of Stadium Way.

                            1. re: reality check

                              reality, thanks for the heads up on the Montebello location. I did not think of going there. I do shop at both the Montebello and the Alhambra one but when I was out in Alhambra I went to the Smart & Final and did not see them but it did not occur to me to check the Montebello location. The Montebello location has more stuff basically, it's newer and mega so I can see them having them. I'm gonna be running errands so I'll check Montebello and see if they have them still. Thanks much!

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                              Smart & Final
                              10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                              1. re: reality check

                                Went to S&M (no pun intended) in Montebello and they did have the Hoffy brand but not the NC kind. I guess they stopped carrying them but that's okay I still can go to Claros and I also just got some at Ralph's since I finally found the Ralph's brand. I still wanna try the Continental place in Burbank/Glendale. When I go that way I am gonna buy some.

                            2. re: monku

                              Not that hard - Gelson's regularly has 'em, and I've seen them at various Vons' in the Northeast L.A. area.

                              FWIW, Fresh & Easy has been selling natural casing beef hot dogs (the only way...) for $2.99 a packages or 2 pkgs for $5. The dogs are good sized, and are very, very good.

                              1. re: Briggs

                                You're saying Gelsons and Vons carry Nathans natural casing hot dogs?

                                1. re: Briggs

                                  Briggs, there is a Fresh & Easy near my home. I'll go there too to check them out. Thanks for the heads up on that.

                                  1. re: Briggs

                                    Yes! I have a package in the freezer of the F&E brand ones and grab one every once in a while. They are DE-Licious!! Also, Ralphs has great NC (I think they call them Franks) in the meat section (not where the other hot dogs are) under their PS brand. Henry's Farmer's Markets carries a couple of NC dogs - they are pretty good.
                                    Schreiner's deli in north Glendale (Montrose) has really good German franks (as well as other house-made sausages, including Swedish Potato Sausage - YUM!!).

                                    1. re: WildSwede

                                      Oh I should have replied to this one not the very bottom. Buck check my post below, I was able to finally find some at Ralphs!

                                    2. re: Briggs

                                      Briggs, I went to Fresh & Easy yesterday and bought some. Was gonna buy one pack to see how I liked them first but 1) 2 for $5 is hard to pass up, and 2) you recommended them so I chanced it and loved them. Great deal, great quality. I still will buy some Hoffy and will go to the place in Glendale/Burbank called Continental to try theirs but for the quality and taste and price I think the 2 for $5 will be the ones I will be eating on a regular basis. Thanks for the head sup on that.

                                        1. re: HoundDogz

                                          Glad it worked out. FYI - as much as I love Nathan's (natural casing, skinless, cocktail...), and would still give them the edge, it's really hard to be loyal when the F&E's dogs are that good and that cheap.

                                          1. re: Briggs

                                            I like Nathan's dogs but never had the natural casing kind of theirs but I still think it's safe for me to say that I agree with you. The price and quality of the F&E are so good that I can't see myself spending twice as much for the Nathan's. I will try the NC (Natural Casing) Nathan's if I can find them just for the sake of giving them a shot but for me it's Fresh & Easy all the way. Just great quality, great taste, and great price.

                                    3. re: HoundDogz

                                      Albertson's also carries Nathans natural casing hot dogs.

                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        The Albertson's near me has Nathans but nothing on the package says NC or Natural Casing. Maybe my local Albertson's does not have it even though it's a pretty well stocked and nice store.

                                        1. re: HoundDogz

                                          Nathan's hot dogs are packaged in a yellow and green 12oz pack with a large Natural Casing in red on the top left corner. They use sheep casing. I bought them last week at Albertsons in Santa Monica on Ocean Park (and have bought them there for the past few years).

                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            I gotta talk to the store manager at the Albertsons in my area and see what's up with not having them.

                                            1. re: HoundDogz

                                              According to the manufacturers web site here is where Nathan's Natural Casing hot dogs are available in California:
                                              ALBERTSON'S
                                              • 12 oz Natural Casing Franks

                                              EL MONTE MEAT
                                              • 12 oz Natural Casing Franks

                                              GELSON'S MARKETS
                                              • 12 oz Natural Casing Franks

                                              RALEY'S
                                              • 12 oz Natural Casing Franks

                                              STATER BROS.
                                              • 12 oz Natural Casing Franks

                                              SUPERVALU
                                              • 12 oz Natural Casing Franks

                                              Hope this helps. They are really good hot dogs.

                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                Success at last, I found some at Ralphs near me. I thought I went there before and could not find the private label Old Fashioned ones or the Nathans. Well I went back and they did not have the Nathans but in another section where someone here mentioned where the other meat is they had the Ralph's brand and some of you said the Ralph's was actually good. So I bought some and am cookin' them now and gonna give them a try.

                                                1. re: HoundDogz

                                                  Just finished eating a couple of these. They are very good but I think that Dietz and Watson are better. Then again Dietz are twice as expensive so the Ralph's for what you get are a great deal. I'd get some again but I wanna try the Hoffy and the Continental in Burbank/Glendale which are twice as much too.

                                                  1. re: HoundDogz

                                                    I am glad you liked them. Let us know about the others once you try them. Thanks!!

                                                    1. re: HoundDogz

                                                      "They are very good but I think that Dietz and Watson are better."

                                                      I'm not surprised - IIRC, the Ralph's brand is a pork & beef mixture, which to me is inferior. I haven't had Dietz and Watson's hot dogs (although their roast beef, chicken and turkey meats at the Costco roadshows are great).

                                                      1. re: Briggs

                                                        I didn't even entertain the thought that these Ralph's were not all beef. I guess I was so excited to find NC hot dogs I didn't even think they would not be all beef. Thanks for pointing out they are beef and pork, no wonder they are not the best. They are good for what they are but better if they were all beef. Briggs, next time you stop by a Bristol Farm store look for the Dietz and Watson dogs, they are sure good!

                                          2. re: wienermobile

                                            Good call....they were at Albertsons in Alhambra on Commonwealth.

                                            $4.99 for six hot dogs. 12oz. package= 2oz. each....didn't think they were that small.

                                             
                                            1. re: monku

                                              monku, is that photo taken at the Alhambra Albertsons? If so when did you take that photo? I just never see them there but maybe they were out and will get some more in.

                                      2. For all of those of you who recommended the Hoffy NC hot dogs I have to say you guys are pure geniuses. I finally made my way to Claro's and bought some. They did not have a sale price but the regular price of I think 5.99 per LBS but I bought them anyway, that's fine. I came home and cooked one up and tried it out and man was I floored by them. Ever since I tried a Boars Head NC hot dog about a month ago I was on this kick for NC hot dogs. The one from Bristol Farms, the Dietz and Watson was great, the Fresh & Easy was very good and a very good price, the Boars Head was but this Hoffy has to take the cake. It's so awesome. Thanks everyone for the recommendation.

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                                        1. re: HoundDogz

                                          Amazing $5.99 was the price in 2007 and they're still the same. Same $5.99 price at Marukai (membership) Market in Gardena.

                                          1. re: monku

                                            Interesting, the Claro's in Upland is $4.99/lb and the Marukai in Azusa is $5.49/lb. : P

                                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                                              The Claro's in San Gabriel was $4.99 per lb a few weeks ago but I could not make it when the sale was on. I wonder if the Upland location is $4.99 all the time or that's a special price temporarily. I was at Murukai in Japanese town and in Gardena recently but didn't check for them.

                                              1. re: HoundDogz

                                                I'm not sure but I did pick them up a few weeks ago so they might have been on sale. : /

                                        2. I finally found some Nathan Natural Casing dogs at the Alhambra Albertson's. I was browsing around and found them but have not seen them before. Wonder if Albertson's reads these boards and got with it and stocked them up.

                                          These are very good. Not sure if I like these or the Hoffy better.

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                                          1. re: HoundDogz

                                            The Monrovia Albertson's (or is it Duarte?) had them a while ago. Have not been recently, but I would assume they still do.

                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                              So I suppose different stores carry them at different times. After eating the Nathans I have to say they are good but the Hoffy are better. The regular Nathan dogs without casing are awesome but ever since I got on this natural casing kick that's all I wanted so so far the Hoffy are the best but I do like the NC Nathan just the Hoffy I think taste better.