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Apr 9, 2012 08:23 PM

The Wien Truck's turkey dogs... forgot to post earlier

I have to say that they were quite good and I'm pretty sure they were the same as the original ones. Great stuff with lots of shredded cheddar (though wf's was hand-shredded and sometimes you'd get huge chunks of cheddar which i loved) and the spicey mustard.

i think the prices are way above wf,. but if you gotta get your fix, you gotta get it.

wf's were about 3.50 with the cheese and just mustard, here it's 5.50 a piece with the cheese and just mustard. and this is a truck, mind you, not a bricks and mortar establishment.

anyhow, pretty darn good, and if my memory or nostalgia is not deceiving me these are the exact same dogs doled out at wf in the old days.

one more note: the bun is not very good at all, i really miss those perfect egg buns at wf.

but what can you do ?

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    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

      That's the wurst wiener ifs, ands, or buns about it...

      1. re: Servorg

        y'know, i had a turkey dog at larry's in burbank the other day, and it was pretty good, if i recall.

        1. re: linus

          really ?

          well, the wien trucks turkey dogs were the best in town after the wiener factory closed back in december of 07 (they had a two and a half our line on their last day, NYE's before they closed up shop for good).

          damn, anyhow i really really really liked the wien truck, though it was much more expensive than WF.

          anyhow, the last time i got three turkey dogs just the way i like it: mounds of shredded cheddar cheese and spicey mustard and the requisite snap that dog lovers live for.

          1. re: kevin

            well, i've never really understood the intense affection folks here have for the weiner factory, but different strokes.

            i had a chili turkey dog at larry's (i know, i know) but the dog tasted good and had a 'snap,' if i recall correctly.

            i don't know if it's worth a drive (or if any turkey dog is), but larry's has pretty much the best dogs in that part of the world.

            1. re: linus

              i just really really really liked WF, but it is possible it wasn't a houndly place at all.

      2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

        Say it ain't so ?

        but i guess it is so.

        anyhow, thanks for letting me know.

        did you hit it up recently ?

        1. re: kevin

          I had them last time they were near Culver City back in March. To my mind, Let's Be Frank has a slightly better Turkey dog, but they are very different Beasts and I can easily see someone liking Wien's to the exclusion of all other Turkey dogs.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            yeah, that's why i love those turkey dogs.

            but it may have something to do with also having them at the Wiener Factory for a few years before they also closed up shoppe.

            1. re: kevin

              I am very sorry they went out of business but putting that aside...Who makes/made all the dogs for WF? I would probably have to order a feeezer full and that would not be practical.

              1. re: SIMIHOUND

                Please let me know if you do find out.

                I have no clue though it may be a closely guarded secret.

                1. re: kevin

                  That information may go the graveyard with the recipes at Chili My Soul. It's sad that good things go away and the information is not shared.

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    I have heard that Jinky's bought the Chili My Soul recipes. If you look at their website, they list 20 chilis with names that are different than the ones at Chili My Soul, but that have similarities.

                    For instance, Jinky's has "Devilo" at 10+; CMS had Demon at 10+.

                    Jinky's has "East Indian Chicken" at 7; CMS had "Curry Chicken" at the same.

                    Jinky's has "Wild, Wild West" an 8, which is described as
                    "Onion-free Western style chili with lean ground beef, bacon bits, and baby pinto beans with a 'crocodile' bite. Bring out the knife and fork for this thick chili that stands up to the palate of the most unforgiving chili connoisseur." CMS had "Gunslinger," which was an 8, and was described as "Onion-free Western style chili with lean ground beef, bacon bits, and baby pinto beans with a 'take no prisoners' bite. This thick chili stands up to the palate of the most discerning chili connoisseur."

                    You can compare the chili menus for Jinky's at with the web archive from CMS

                      1. re: kevin

                        Thanks. I just saw the other post about Jinkys. I need to get down there. Here it is.....