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ML8000 Apr 17, 2011 08:10 PM

Any recommendations for a good corn (fresh made, not frozen) dog in Oakland or Berkeley?

The Kwik Way thread and riding by the carnival in the Laney College parking lot today made me want a corn dog. $2 entry and couldn't see any stands made it a no-go.

I did a search and only found the North Bay (Uncle Billy's) and a mention of T-Rex (happy hour) but no other decent leads. I know Der Weinerschnitzel has them but if that's the case I might as well go to the grocery store and buy some frozen ones (and I don't need a dozen).

Found this 10 y.o. thread...no real help except to mention Hot Dog on a Stick in Daly City...not going to drive to Serramonte for one.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/16515

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    chocolatetartguy Jun 26, 2011 01:57 PM

    I think that to get the true corndog experience: freshly dipped and cooked, you will have to go to a carnival or county fair. They have a carnival across from Laney College from time to time and the Alameda County Fair is in Pleasanton (soon I think).

    While conducting business in tiny Willoughby, OH, I chanced upon the Kirtland Strawberry Festival. Corndogs! Lightly coated, freshly dipped and cooked, the dog itself was not of any note. The not too thick cornmeal coating was crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and cakey and sweet. Yum! I went back another day for a 2nd dog and would have had a third except that I just made it to my 1st dinner option that day.

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      Pius Avocado III Jun 26, 2011 03:42 PM

      Alameda County Fair is indeed underway through 7/10 but all I've ever found there are the cursed poultry "dogs."

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        ML8000 Jun 26, 2011 05:22 PM

        Anyone know if the carnival near Laney serves corndogs? I was riding by and stopped but couldn't see if there was a corn dog vendor and wasn't going to pay $2 bucks to find out.

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          chocolatetartguy Jun 29, 2011 05:48 PM

          Is there any carnival that doesn't serve corndogs? Likely not the equal of Batter Up, but should take you back to days past.

          The carnival I visited also had candy apples and cotton candy. btw, there is a stand at the Alameda Point Antique Market that sells $8 candied apples. I think the gourmet version is $10. Their rocky road fudge was pretty good and a much better buy at $5 for a bag of four squares.

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          Batter Up
          888 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

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        betterbeheaven Apr 19, 2011 04:46 PM

        I know the post is asking for corn dogs in the East Bay, but 7x7 came out today with a list of corn dogs in San Francisco:

        http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink/corn-dog...

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          chocolatetartguy Apr 19, 2011 05:45 PM

          Good find! Zog's Dogs has turkey corndogs but I they are definitely in my sights now, as I am often near 1 Post. (In fact, I once worked in the Dark Tower).

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            shanghaikid Apr 24, 2011 04:52 PM

            walked by showdogs (market st.) and corn dog was listed on the menu at 5.50ish. didn't try.

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            ML8000 Apr 19, 2011 06:10 PM

            Thanks...great link. I no longer work in SF, so I don't go over as often..like unless I have to. It would be great to hear what people think just the same.

            4505's corn dog sounds particularly interesting given the quality of their products.

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              Bigshadetree Apr 20, 2011 09:45 AM

              My goto when I have a corn dog craving is Der Wienerschnitzel, 79 ¢ special, I think they use Foster Farms chicken corn dogs. Bay Area locations in El Cerrito (where I worked 43 years ago), San Pablo, Hayward and Alameda

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                Ruth Lafler Jun 14, 2011 08:15 PM

                Now is when I confess that one of my junk food weaknesses is the Der Wienerschnitzel mini corndogs. I talk myself out of them four times out of five, but I do occasionally succumb (the Alameda Der Wienerschnitzel is not far from my house and I pass it on foot on my way to and from other places).

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              drewskiSF Jun 14, 2011 01:12 PM

              Batter Up recently opened. Geneva & Mission.

              pick your dog (from Schwarz Sausage Co), pick your batter. can even add cheese.
              http://batterupsf.blogspot.com/p/menu...

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              Batter Up
              888 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

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                Ruth Lafler Jun 14, 2011 08:13 PM

                That sounds awesome!

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                  ML8000 Jun 14, 2011 09:25 PM

                  That does sound great...now I have to be near there AND remember.

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                chocolatetartguy Apr 19, 2011 03:55 PM

                Now you got me thinking about corndogs. Not on the menu at Caspar's, where I lunched today, but I believe I saw corndogs on the menu at What's Up Dog in the City across from the temporary (contemporary) East Bay bus terminal. I opted for a Muffaletta dog which had lots of tasty chopped olives, but I made the mistake of adding mustard.

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                  Pius Avocado III Apr 18, 2011 05:47 PM

                  The thing about Kwik-Way wasn't just the hand-dipped-and-fried angle, it was the dog- a real, natural casing Miller's hot dog.

                  HDOAS is a turkey dog, which for me completely misses the point, and I grew up surrounded by girls in that odd outfit they put them in. Everything frozen I've seen is some kind of fake poultry dog as well.

                  Is Foster's a turkey or chicken dog as well?

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                    shanghaikid Apr 18, 2011 07:06 PM

                    foster's list both a turkey corn dog and a chicken corn dog, not sure if there is alao a hybrid.

                    confirm the yellow miller box was always seen at kwik way.

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                      ML8000 Apr 24, 2011 02:15 PM

                      Foster's is a turkey dog, it says so on the menu. Any way I tried it yesterday and the corn part was good/decent...but could not mask the rubbery and slightly under-cooked turkey dog. It's not bad, just not great. Perfect kid food...and 240 calories, as listed per the new fast food calorie law. Oh well...

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                        chocolatetartguy Apr 25, 2011 12:57 PM

                        Spot on. I think the turkey dog is a recent change, but I could be wrong. I had one when starving on Saturday and it was satisfying and not underdone. However, a few hours later I had a Casper dog and it was a much better dog, albeit sans cornmeal coating. I've enjoyed both and will again.

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                      ML8000 Apr 18, 2011 04:59 PM

                      Thanks all.

                      I might try Fosters Freeze since there's one on University Ave...and it should be cheap...but I'm not expecting much.

                      HDOS...I'm not driving that far just for a corn dog. If I'm in the area sure...but they use turkey dogs as a friend reminded me. (meh)

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                        Robert Lauriston Apr 18, 2011 05:13 PM

                        It's really too bad T-Rex took that corn dog off the menu, it was delicious.

                        Al's Big Burger and Seabreeze Deli have them on their menus.

                        So does Saturn Cafe, but it's a vegetarian place.

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                        Al's Big Burger
                        437 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

                        Sea Breeze Market & Deli
                        598 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

                        Saturn Cafe
                        2175 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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                          chocolatetartguy Apr 18, 2011 06:54 PM

                          That's the one i go to. I have a root beer float and a corndog and I'm in heaven. I think the float costs 1.5 times the dog! It's quite acceptable.

                          The other place I have seen them on the menu is the food trucks that sell at the Alameda Point Antique Faire. They look equally good and are probably equally frozen.

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                          shanghaikid Apr 18, 2011 04:44 PM

                          Hot Dog on a stick is in almost every mall. Hayward (southland) has one. Stick's website mentions tuesdays? (not sure) as a special price day. hayward didn't have any signs up. didn't ask.

                          website mentions they make their own dogs on a stick. not frozen premade.

                          yep costco and smart and finals has it by the box.

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                            chocolatetartguy Apr 18, 2011 02:18 PM

                            They do have corndogs at Foster's Freeze stands. Likely of the frozen variety, but they are not bad at all and very cheap.

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                              ML8000 Apr 18, 2011 05:06 PM

                              I think this is the ticket...corn dogs should not cost a lot...and it's close.

                            2. Robert Lauriston Apr 18, 2011 08:51 AM

                              You might call Sumo Grub.

                              I think T-Rex took the corn dog off the menu.

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                              Sumo Grub
                              2235 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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                                kc72 Apr 18, 2011 08:56 AM

                                I thought Sumo Grub also, but didn't see it listed in their menu pics.

                                re: Hot Dog on a stick - Stonestown, Southland or Stoneridge malls if you're ever in the area.

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                                Sumo Grub
                                2235 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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                                  ML8000 Apr 18, 2011 11:09 AM

                                  Thanks, I'll have to check out Sumo.

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                                    wolfe Apr 18, 2011 12:20 PM

                                    Corn dog is probably on the healthy food side of the menu at Sumo Grub.

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                                      ML8000 Apr 18, 2011 01:01 PM

                                      I found their menu online (yelp) and no corn dog. Oh well...if I'm walking by I might ask but I think the corn dog thing has passed. It was probably seeing the carnival. If I'm near Stonestown or Serramonte I night check out HDOAS.

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                                        Glencora Apr 18, 2011 01:34 PM

                                        Not on this board -- but maybe the Santa Cruz boardwalk?

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