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Nov 21, 2010 04:04 AM

Search for Jewish deli hotdogs

My grandmother has sent me on a search for what she called jewish deli hotdogs. Her and my fathers's family lived in Brooklyn around Ave U in the 50's and she remember buying these hotdogs from delis in the area, When she described them to me she said they were gray, hung in skins or tubes above the counters and were very garlicky. I don't think that was a very appetizing description but she remembers them fondly. She no longer lives in NY so she has sent me on this mission and who is to deny an 80 year old woman her hotdogs. If anyone has any idea where I can find these the information would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I believe what your grandmother was referring to was dried salami that was hung on a hook in the deli. It started out as a regular salami, and it dries out over time and shrinks in size. Franks are not hung. They would shrivel up to nothing. A frank is the same meat as bologna, except it is in a different casing

    1. This place may help you, Various locations.

      1359 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

      1. Yes, I remember them too!! They were gray but I don't think they were hot dogs. A type of Bratwurst or Knockwurst maybe? Try Mendy's in Brooklyn.

        1. the "very garlicky" sounds like knubblewurst

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          1. re: kernel

            I agree with Kernel, by my recollection "noblewurst" as I remember it to be called was garlicky. I know of no other place that serves noblewurst other than Katz's. Their version is like a dry aged knockwurst, grilled after being hung a while. When grilled it has a very crunchy casing and looks like a kielbasa while its hung and aging. They will sell un-grilled whole noblewursts on request.