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May 6, 2013 08:28 AM

Nathans Beef natural casing hot dogs

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

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  1. I believe Central Market has them.

    1. 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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      1. re: slowcoooked

        will check out Lowes tomorrow. Thanks!

        1. re: slowcoooked

          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

          1. re: WSZsr

            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?

            1. re: slowcoooked

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

              1. re: WSZsr

                great info for the hot dog freaks!

                1. re: WSZsr

                  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!

                  1. re: sqwertz

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

                    1. re: WSZsr

                      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.

                    2. re: sqwertz

                      Is the Restaurant Depot open to the public?

                      1. re: WSZsr

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

                        1. re: WSZsr

                          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).


                        2. re: sqwertz

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

                        1. re: Rptrane

                          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

                    1. re: popvulture

                      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.

                      1. re: WSZsr

                        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.

                        1. re: ridgeback

                          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.

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                      1. 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.