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Aug 11, 2009 04:52 PM

Natural Casing Hot Dogs at Grocery Store?

I can never find natural casing hot dogs at a local grocery store. I'm in the LA area looking for Sabrett's or something similar. I can find Nathan's, but not the natural casing type. Suggestions?

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  1. The trick is getting away from the mass-market type stores (Vones, Ralphs, etc). Both Gelson's and Bristol Farms carry a few different brands of higher quality hot dogs. Sometimes you can find Boar's Head, natural casing dogs at Pavilions.

    1. I was in your spot about 15 years ago when I moved here and was searching for the same thing, like the Hummel's brand I grew up with in NE.

      Ralph's deli used to carry their own brand, marked Old Fashioned hot dogs, in a shrinkwrapped package, and they are the closest thing I can find retail. Pink's has them at their stand, and their supplier is Hoffy Brand, but I believe they are made specially for them, have never seen them in stores. Good luck and let us know what you find!

      4 Replies
      1. re: Phurstluv

        Should be able to get the Hoffy natural casing at Smart & Final in the frozen section, black box.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          I haven't seen Hoffy natural casing hot dogs at S&M in 10+ years and I look almost everytime I'm there.

          Marukai Gardena has Hoffy natural casing Coney dogs 8:1(8 dogs/pound) re-packaged and sold by the pound.

          1. re: monku

            Did you look in the frozen section or ask the manager?

            1. re: Burger Boy

              Will ask next time....usually browsing the refrigerators where the other dogs are.

      2. Ralph's has 'em, their own brand, but not in the deli/hot-dog section...they're usually next to the bacon and the "Lloyds BBQ". Pavilions has the Nathan's natural casing, they were 2-for-1 a couple of weeks ago.

        1. Albertson's in Santa Monica on Lincoln carries Nathan's natural casings hot dogs. They are really good, better than Boars Head.

          1. I regularly buy Nathan's natural casing dogs at the local Albertson's. They have a nice snap to them when you bite down and taste great. I wish they were a bit thicker, as the diameter is smaller than Nathan's skinless variety.