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Aug 2, 2010 01:59 PM

What is the best Hot Dog brand in Montreal?

I'm craving an awesome hot dog.

But I feel like hot dog recipes have changed dramatically since I was a kid (80s). They all taste so insubstantial and soggy now.

Wondering what - in the Montreal area - is the best brand to buy?

This thread has a lot of interesting suggestions for the Toronto area... I'm looking for something similar in Montreal...

I tried Lafleur all-beef and they epitomized the grossness I'm talking about.

I hear Nathan's are pretty good, but hard to find - and not remotely local.

Any tips, greatly appreciated...

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  1. I`m no expert but I like Butterball`s turkey dogs, they have a nice taste and really plump up when you cook them. Around 4$ for 8 juicy dogs.

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    1. re: humbert

      Do any butchers still make their own? We used to buy them from a kosher butcher on Van Horne in Outremont, but it is long gone.

    2. I am a big fan the Schneider's Juicy Jumbos, with the Hot & spicy being my favorite. They aren't a Montreal product, but the company is Canadian.

      1. The brand sold at Costco which I forget the name. It will come to me...

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        1. re: hungryann

          I believe their called Olympic. A pretty decent wiener, but unfortunately skinless.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            No, it's Shopsy's. I just remembered!

            1. re: hungryann

              Ah well, they sell those as well. They also have Pillers European style wieners which are alright texture wise (they're in a casing!), but lack flavour.

              Have you tried the Olympic (or whatever they're called)? Do you like the Shopsy's more? I haven't had a Shopsy's in years. and cannot for the life of me remember what they're like.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                I've never tried the Olympic hot dogs.

          2. re: hungryann

            They also sold Hebrew National, instore and at their restaurant. I believe they were forced to stop selling them as they'd become unavailable in Canada for awhile but are back again.

            1. re: MikeyMadness

              I have never seen these sold instore here in Canada. I know in the US they advertize that the ones they sell at their restaurant are Hebrew National but I'm not sure that is the case here.

          3. If you like old fashioned or "traditional" dogs enclosed in a natural casing that pops or cracks when you bite into it, Adonis usually sells them in packs of three or four at their deli counter. They're absolutely magnificent. You can find similar, but not identical ones, by going to a good Hungarian or German butcher, or a Wurst outlet.

            I wouldn't recommend Nathans to anyone. I paid a visit to the Orange Julep which, to my knowledge, is the only place selling them. There was nothing about their taste or preparation which made them stand out. I found them pretty bland. Plus, the Julep folks are charging something like $4 a dog. If you want to pay that much you might as well get a Habs game to go along with it.

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            1. re: Haggisboy

              The Nathans hot dogs now available in Canada, is not the ones with natural casing(Nathans still do make them in natural casing).

              1. re: Haggisboy

                I went to Charcuterie Fairmount, the Hungarian butcher shop just south of Boucherie Hongroise on St-Laurent. Bought a few Frankfurter sausages. The butcher (the old guy who has been there forever) assured me that they were made in house, and told me they were mostly veal with "little bit pork". They are traditional old-country franks in casings. The kosher butcher I mentioned earlier in the thread made practically identical franks, minus the "little bit pork". Think he was Hungarian too.

                I know some people have their minds set on a very specific taste profile, and are seeking out a brand, and I certainly respect that. Personally I'd rather try to get locally-made, artesanal products where available and reasonably-priced, and these were most reasonably priced, $11 something a kilo.

                Charcuterie Fairmount
                3833 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
                Montreal, QC H2W 1X9
                (514) 288-8046

                1. re: lagatta

                  I'm not aware of anyone in Montreal making a artisanal locally made 'hot dog' franks. Been looking for years & years. That's why people are looking for brands instead. Been to Charcuterie Fairmount before. Sure they make their own Eastern European sausages, but never seen hot dog franks there.

                  1. re: BLM

                    They are Central European-style frankfurters, with a natural casing.

                    It is the best local product I could think of.

                    1. re: lagatta

                      I get their sausages occasionally. I LOVE Hungarian sausages, & like their products very much. But I don't think of them for hot dog franks.

              2. 5 Saisons has some gourmet hotdogs (including Nathans)

                I know for a fact that Wawel polish bakeries actual sell some really good hot dogs from a local butcher (there are Wawel's all over, including one down by Guy-Concordia).

                Really, if you are looking for good hot dogs, you ought to go to a butcher. I've bought some organic hot dogs in natural casing from Fermes St. Vincent in the Atwater Market and they were great...really meaty and had a great snap when boiled and grilled.

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                1. re: whiskeytits

                  Went to Fermes St. Vincent at Atwater Market today. No organic hot dogs in natural casing. They have other sausages with natural casing(they never carry hot dog franks, I was told by them). Went to Wawel Guy-Concordia, no hot dogs(they sell Eastern European sausages only).

                  Went to 5 Saisons in Westmount, no gourmet hot dogs.