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Long Island Hot Dogs

Has anyone visited The Hot Dawg Truck?

It's located right off the Meadowbrook Pkwy in the Lowes parking lot. I've been trying to find a decent dog on Long Island (to no avail) and I was thinking about trying them out tomorrow (they are closed Mondays).

I tried the vaunted truck in Islip(?) on the service road of the Southern State and wasn't very impressed.

Does anyone have any recommendations for other places that may be of interest?

Eric

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  1. Right off the Meadowbrook in what town?

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    1. re: MacTAC

      I think it's Garden City. I'm not too familiar with that area though. Over by the Roosevelt Field Mall.

      Any other places you would recommend?

      Eric

    2. I've found LI to be a desert for good hot dogs. If you mean the Charlies in Brenwood, I too was under-impressed. The only way I know of to get a good dog is to drive up to Walter's in Mamaroneck, or over to CT or NJ. I wouldn't have any faith in trying truck dogs.

      Oddly enough, the place you mention has a web site:
      http://www.hotdawgtruck.com/

      Says "We Carry Both Sabrett Hot Dogs & Boars Head Frankfurters out of the water or off the grill" so I'm not too hopeful

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      1. re: Scott_R

        I have yet to make it out to Long Island for a hot dog, but I've seen this place mentioned on a hot dog site and have heard good things about them. I e-mailed the owner and was told that the Boars Head dogs are natural casing while the Sabretts are skinless. Boars Head outsells Sabrett 2 to 1. I'd say that if the dogs are prepared right, the Boars Head especially will be good.

      2. I like the hot dogs at All American Drive-In in Massapequa, but I'm not a discerning hot dog eater - I like them all ways!

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        1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

          The dogs are certainly good, and cheap, at All American, though I would hesitate in calling them a destination item. Essentially they use those Sabrette bulk packs like you would buy at Costco but cook them on a roller grill.

          On the other hand, the fries (hand-cut, twice fried) are most definitely worth the trip. Good burgers, too. A double-double, dog and a fries is a damn fine lunch.

          1. re: TongoRad

            FYI the only way Sabrett franks are sold are in 5 lb "bulk packs" (or the 1 lb retail packs), so they are the same dogs whether you get them at Costco or from a restaurant food distributor. In case you're worried that they make different qualities for different markets!
            The only differences are: natural casing, which you should boil in water (aka dirty water dogs), or skinless, which you should cook over direct heat like the rollers. The rollers are the way to go for a restaurant with high volume.

        2. Well, I stopped by today and had two dogs and a coke.

          I made a small mistake in that I should have tried a 'basic' hotdog so I would have 'baseline'. It's hard to regret that mistake, as the two dogs that I did have were excellent.

          They have about 14 varieties of dogs. The ones that I had were:

          1) Sour cream, bacon and avacodo
          2) Chili, cheese and bacon

          Both were very good.

          I will definitely be stopping back. I'm sure that the goal will be to try their cheesesteaks and a knish, but it will be hard to avoid trying another dog.

          Eric

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          1. re: motoeric

            Thanks Eric, I'm looking forward to giving it a try...

            1. re: motoeric

              Excellent. Thanks. It's by the Lowe's, right?

              1. re: GCGuy

                Yup. Right outside their parking lot. Can't miss it. Check their website for hours. I believe they are closed on Sunday and open from 11 to 4 otherwise. But check to make sure.

                Eric

              2. re: motoeric

                Oooh....cheesesteaks. And loaded hot dogs. Yikes. I may have to hit that on my way home from work one night in lieu of cooking.

              3. Havn't been yet, but there is some new hot dog stand in Syosset sort of next to Mim's. I think its called either J.B. gourmet hot dogs or J.R. gourmet hot dogs. It took over the location of a ices/ice cream place. Its not a truck but i dont think it has an inside for customers either.

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                1. re: jpf1980

                  I'm surprised no has mentioned Costco yet. they serve a boiled Hebrew Nationaldog. Add your sourkraut, relish or raw onion, plus ketchup and mustard along with a refillable 32oz soda for $1.63 including tax and you have a delight that surpasses the thickskinned and underfilled Sabrett's by leaps and bounds.

                  1. re: budcar

                    Why on Earth bother with Costco for something like that? I can get Hebrew National anywhere, *grill* them,, add (homemade) sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard... If I want to get a hot dog somewhere, it ought to be something special.

                    1. re: Scott_R

                      All the dogs mentioned on these postings have been Sabrett's or Boar's Head plus Hebrew National which makes none of them unique. I don't know of any unique dogs on LI. Costco' s are special insofar as they are boiled and are really cheap.

                      1. re: budcar

                        That's what I meant by calling LI a hot dog desert. Cheap doesn't motivate me to eat out--especially if I can do the same thing better on my own. I've cruised through CT, NJ, and Westchester and had great dogs, and the Usual Junk doesn't cut it.
                        And, unfortunately, Hebrew National isn't what it used to be.

                        1. re: Scott_R

                          I remember reading about this place called La Brasa in Ronkonkoma for Colombian hot dogs. It took me awhile, but I found the link, www.exploreli.com/entertainment/local...
                          Has anyone been?

                          1. re: Dyna

                            I've never eaten there, but my friend who grew up in Colombia is very nostalgic for the hot dogs she ate when she lived there. For her, it was the toppings (I remember avocado and olives being involved too) rather than the hot dog itself.