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I am considering doing a cookout on the fly for my son's first bday in October. I'm thinking hotdogs (because the are easy to cook and no preparation besides condiments!) and a few homemade sides. So, I want more than just your basic oscar meyer...do you guys have any suggestions on where to buy gourmet or locally made weiners that won't break the bank? Grocery store, butcher, certain brands, anything!
Thanks!

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  1. Cochon Butcher. I some last weekend, they are really delicious. Grab some sausages too - their merguez is especially great but everything I've had from there has been good.

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      I will check them out this week or next. Have some research to do! I have never been disappointed by Cochon Butcher.

    2. Hmm, if you're seriously meaning the "don't break the bank" part of your post, then you can get a 3-dozen count pack of Hebrew National or Nathan's from Restaurant Depot (or Sam's for that matter). Moving upmarket, Rare Cuts carries the Niman Ranch "fearless franks", while Whole Foods sells buffalo weiners. Cochon's hot dogs are delicious, but not sure how affordable they'd rank.

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      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Thanks, Hungry Celeste!
        I have yet to check whole foods but I just checked niman ranch's website and it looks to be about $4/frank, so I'm assuming it won't be any cheaper at rare cuts? I'm gonna check Cochon butcher, if they aren't any lower there I will be going the Sam's route!

      2. Cleaver & Co. uptown makes hot dogs and other sausage-y items in house

        http://cleaverand.co/products.html

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        1. re: culinas

          I have since tried the hot dogs at Cleaver & Co and they were delicious...and huge! There were four to a package and were $10/lb. I paid $12 total. So they were more than 1/4 lb each. Too steep for a large group but I will be purchasing them for just us in the future. Thanks, culinas!

          1. re: elledélicatesse

            If you want a compromise for a large group try the OM New York Style. They are about twice the cost of regular grocery hot dogs but are easily twice as good.