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Split Top (New England) Hot Dog Buns

DCJamie Mar 31, 2010 06:52 AM

With lobster roll season coming, I wanted to know if anyone knows of anywhere in DC where one can buy the traditional New England split top (as opposed to side split) hot dog rolls that are essential for a good lobster roll. I haven't seen them anywhere.

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  1. Gonzocook RE: DCJamie Mar 31, 2010 07:40 AM

    I don't know that much about lobster rolls, having first had the pleasure only recently on a trip through New England, but Trader Joe's sells a whole wheat split-top hotdog bun. Might be what you want. I don't know of any local bakery that makes them.

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      tbw RE: DCJamie Apr 1, 2010 05:38 AM

      Giant sometimes carries the Pepperidge Farms variety. They're split top but a bit heavier & sweeter than what you'd find in NE.

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        weezycom RE: DCJamie Apr 1, 2010 07:57 AM

        Giant also has some in-house top-split rolls. I haven't tried them, so don't know where they hit on the taste scale.

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          beauxgoris RE: weezycom Apr 1, 2010 08:14 AM

          I prefer this type of roll for hot dogs and lobster rolls. I've purchased them at the Safeway near chevy chase circle.

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            JRCann RE: weezycom Jul 18, 2010 04:10 PM

            The in house rolls at Giant are really good. You have to cut them yourself. Dough is a bit on the potato roll side. I use for hotdogs, shrimp salad and lobster.

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            sallibee RE: DCJamie Apr 4, 2010 05:46 AM

            I have always found them at Wegmans- they are by the seafood counter, not with the rest of the bread.

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              ShopDotCom RE: DCJamie Apr 11, 2010 08:12 AM

              Wegmans! That's where I always find them and was very glad when they moved into the region. Hot dogs and lobster rolls just aren't the same without them.

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                amyatkendall RE: DCJamie Apr 11, 2010 04:29 PM

                Trader Joes has them as well.

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                  nickdanger RE: DCJamie Apr 12, 2010 10:23 AM

                  Harris Teeter has a split top roll, 4 to a package, but more like a small sub roll than a hot dog roll. What I think you really are looking for are what we used to call caddies, made by Pepperidge Farm, as one poster said.

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                    michael4ny RE: nickdanger Apr 13, 2010 07:40 AM

                    Wegmans, at least at the Hunt Valley store.

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                    Alfred G RE: DCJamie May 1, 2010 12:41 PM


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                      SolangeDC RE: DCJamie May 6, 2010 06:53 AM

                      We used to be able to find the "huggie" type buns that are thin and wrap around the hotdog or other filling at local supermarkets, but they seem to be phasing them out.

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                        beauxgoris RE: SolangeDC Jul 18, 2010 09:19 AM

                        Has anyone seen any recently in the D.C. metro or Bethesda area?

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                          leslielj RE: beauxgoris Jul 18, 2010 12:41 PM

                          Every Wegmans store that I've visited has them.

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