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Nathans Beef natural casing hot dogs

WSZsr May 6, 2013 08:28 AM

Where can I buy these in Austin? Has to be the beef natural casing dogs.

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    ridgeback RE: WSZsr May 6, 2013 10:01 AM

    I believe Central Market has them.

    1. slowcoooked RE: WSZsr May 6, 2013 11:39 AM

      not sure, but had a sabrett dog last saturday at the lowes just off mopac and steck. yellow mustard only - such a fine hot dog. pretty sure they're natural beef casings.

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        WSZsr RE: slowcoooked May 6, 2013 05:19 PM

        will check out Lowes tomorrow. Thanks!

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          WSZsr RE: slowcoooked May 7, 2013 10:11 AM

          Had a Sabrett today at that Lowes and, although it was not a natural casing Sabrett, it was pretty awesome. Very fresh bun. Best dog I've had in Austin. Also tried the jalapeno cheddar pork sausage and it was great too. Thanks

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            slowcoooked RE: WSZsr May 7, 2013 04:06 PM

            yep, Sabrett wins for me too as best in town. any idea where we can get the natural casing version locally?

            Sqwertz, you gotta know, right?

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              WSZsr RE: slowcoooked May 7, 2013 04:28 PM

              I've been buying buying both Usingers (Wisconsin) and Sabretts (NY) natural casing dogs at Sprouts.

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                slowcoooked RE: WSZsr May 7, 2013 06:32 PM

                great info for the hot dog freaks!

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                  sqwertz RE: WSZsr May 8, 2013 12:11 AM

                  Usingers is what I was trying to think of in one my posts that didn't show up last night (had to type my post 4 times - Thanks Chow!). I USED to see them at Sprouts, but ever since they combined all the Sun Harvests, Sunflowers, Newflowers. etc... I haven't seen them (and many other products).

                  I have never seen a Sabrett's natural casing dog. Just get a 10lb box of Vienna Beef at Restaurant depot and that should last you a while!

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                    WSZsr RE: sqwertz May 8, 2013 04:43 AM

                    I've bought them often at the Round Rock and Arboretum Sprouts. Haven't been there is several weeks though.

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                      WSZsr RE: WSZsr May 8, 2013 11:43 AM

                      Lucked out today!! Went to the Sprouts in the Arboretum and bought some natural casing Usingers AND they had natural casing Nathans!! They also had the skinless Nathans. They had Sabretts but they were the skinless variety.

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                      WSZsr RE: sqwertz May 8, 2013 04:46 AM

                      Is the Restaurant Depot open to the public?

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                        slowcoooked RE: WSZsr May 8, 2013 06:53 AM

                        I think you have to buy a pass to shop there.

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                          sqwertz RE: WSZsr May 8, 2013 10:39 PM

                          Some people have reported that they have been allowed a one-day pass to shop there, but technically you need a resale or tax exempt certificate. There is no charge for membership (and you still have to pay any sales tax). I have a resale cert and membership if anybody really wants to go. I haven't been there in a year or so, but the online inventory says they still stock the dogs (several varieties, plus Vienna Roast Beef and all the Vienna-branded fixings.

                          Glad you found your Nathans. I never see them at my southern Sprouts (Manchaca, Lamar).

                          -sw

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                          slowcoooked RE: sqwertz May 8, 2013 06:53 AM

                          10 lbs of dogs would last me about three days :-)

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                        Rptrane RE: slowcoooked May 14, 2013 06:58 PM

                        Can't you just buy kosher dogs?

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                          slowcoooked RE: Rptrane May 15, 2013 06:46 AM

                          the ones I'm familiar with are Hebrew Nationals mainly, and I haven't tried any other Kosher varieties. I do like the HN's but I still prefer the Sabrett

                  2. popvulture RE: WSZsr May 6, 2013 05:13 PM

                    Pretty sure HEB has em too.

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                      WSZsr RE: popvulture May 6, 2013 05:19 PM

                      I've looked at several HEBs and at CM. They have skinless Nathans but not the natural casing Nathans. If you go to any Nathans, they only serve the natural casing version. They have that nice "pop" when you bite into them.

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                        ridgeback RE: WSZsr May 6, 2013 05:33 PM

                        hmmm okay sorry...if you are looking for a prepared dog, you might look into the trailer on Burnet that serves Nathan's dogs. Hot Rod at 6546 Burnet. FWIW his chili is very good too.

                        The new butchery at Salt & Time (on E 7th Street) makes their own sausages and hot dogs, and uses natural casings.

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                          WSZsr RE: ridgeback May 7, 2013 10:13 AM

                          Tried a skinless Nathans there today and it didn't hold a candle to the Sabrett dog at Lowes. Also, the bun was not fresh.

                    2. sqwertz RE: WSZsr May 6, 2013 08:03 PM

                      The supermarkets pretty much only carry Boars Head hot dogs in natural casings. And they're not very good, IMO (especially at $8/lb)

                      Like Vienna Beef, Nathan's reserves their naturally-cased hot dogs for their foodservice customers to create an artificial demand for the natural casings. It gives restaurants an incentive to carry their products since naturally cased hot dogs are preferable and not available retail. Restaurant Depot carries the Vienna Beef dogs in 10lb boxes for $48-soemthing (I broke down and got one once). But no Nathan's.

                      I'm still looking for natural sheep casing American-style breakfast sausages. Costco is the only place I've see them but they come in 4-6 pound packages that are not suitable for freezing without having to re-wrap them.

                      1. WSZsr RE: WSZsr May 14, 2013 02:37 PM

                        Got an answer from Central Market and they say they carry Nathan's natural casings in the meat department. So add CM to Sprouts in the Arboretum,.

                        1. WSZsr RE: WSZsr May 25, 2013 02:27 PM

                          Central Market update. After receiving an email from the meat department claiming they carried Nathan natural casing hot dogs, I drove down from Round Rock. Seems like they do not know the difference between skinless and natural casing. No got. Wasted time and gas!

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                            sqwertz RE: WSZsr May 25, 2013 11:31 PM

                            I was going to say....<shrug>. I have looked at both CM North and South since this thread. They consistently have Deitz and Waston and Boars Head in skins, but never Nathans. Or Vienna. And neither never at the Sprouts south of the river,

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