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Sabretts' hotdogs and onions in sauce

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Rob H Jun 26, 2004 02:54 PM

I grew up in the New York area, and I sometimes get a serious craving for a Sabretts hotdog (the ones the streetvendors use), and more specifically the onions in sauce condiment.

Anyone know if any retailer carries these in the Dallas area?

Thanks for any help.

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    Ken RE: Rob H Jun 28, 2004 04:15 PM

    A Houston chowhound has the same fond memories so if you know of a Houston retailer for Sabrett's please post. BYTW the onion condiment is simply fried onions in margarine that has had ketchup and some water added to it with salt pepper and paprika.

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      Scagnetti RE: Rob H Jun 29, 2004 11:44 AM

      I haven't found Sabrett but Boar's Head brand is a good substitute. As far as the onions go, I've tried different packaged products and none of them really tasted like what you'd get from a cart.

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        JC RE: Rob H Jun 29, 2004 06:18 PM

        I think you will have to buy them online.

        Link: http://www.sabrett.com/onlineorders.cfm

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          Donnie C RE: Rob H Jun 30, 2004 11:46 AM

          If you can find it, try Cowboy Catsup. It has onions and jalapeno's very finely diced. Great stuff!

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            Scagnetti RE: Donnie C Jun 30, 2004 12:04 PM

            It's a known fact that the Roman empire fell when people started putting catsup on hot dogs. Yuck!

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              Ken RE: Scagnetti Jun 30, 2004 12:39 PM

              Ketchup is only used (and spiced up at that) if the onions are mixed in it. The only other way a New Yorker eats a Kosher hot dog is with sauerkraut and good brown mustard. Coneys don't exist in New York only in Texas. Sometimes a bit of sweet relish is added to the sauerkraut or in place of it with the spicy brown mustard(never the yellow stuff).

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                Kirk RE: Ken Jun 30, 2004 04:30 PM

                >>Coneys don't exist in New York only in Texas.<<

                I beg to differ. Coneys also exist in Cincinnati, where they are topped with the city's unique chili, cheese and onions for a "3-way Coney."

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                  ken RE: Kirk Jul 7, 2004 04:20 PM

                  Cincinnati's chili certainly is unique and yes I have had a "coney" in Cincinnati.I was refering to James Coneys as sold in Houston. I'd love to find a place in Texas that sold it canned. It would be a hoot to pass it to a Texan and watch them attempt to eat it. It's not bad, just very different, kind of like being served cornbread with Chinese food! A unique combo I once had in Florida.

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                    Kirk RE: ken Jul 7, 2004 05:40 PM

                    Skyline Chili is available in cans at most Kroger stores. (Kroger's HQ is in Cincinnati.) It's usually around the Wolf Brand and Hormel's chilis. But it can't be a high volume item.

                    Warning: It looks horrible when you open the can, and not much better when you warm it, but when you serve it on top of spaghetti with cheese, onions and oyster crackers, you'd think you were at one of the "parlors" in Porkopolis.

                    I've never tried the canned stuff on a hot dog, but I am sure it would work just as well. Of course, if you could find a "metwurst" and a red cream soda, you'd be close to authentic Cinci gluttony.

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                  ChrissieH RE: Ken Jun 30, 2004 05:00 PM

                  ~~ "Coneys don't exist in New York only in Texas." ~~

                  What is that, a joke? Coneys are short for "Coney Island," and more specifically, Nathan's, where they are said to have been invented. You can still get a Chili Dog, or a Chili-cheese Dog. Just in case you doubt that, I've linked to their menu.

                  Nathan's. That IS in New York, right?

                  And I've had chili dogs in practically every single state in the Union. R&W rootbeer stands used to have pretty good ones. I like mine with chopped onions and a little extra mustard.

                  Link: http://www.nathansfamous.com/nathans/...

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                    Kirk RE: ChrissieH Jun 30, 2004 05:32 PM

                    Little-known fact, Chrissie: Nathan's Famous hot dogs are now made by a company called Specialty Foods Group in a factory in Chicago, where they also make many other types of sausages and hot dogs. SFG still makes the original variety, which uses sheep casings, along with a huge variety of other hot dogs. Among its other holdings, SFG also owns Fisher Meats of Louisville, which has one of my favorite corporate slogans: "The Bacon Makin' People."

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                      ChrissieH RE: Kirk Jun 30, 2004 05:37 PM

                      Ah... So is nothing sacred?

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                      Ken RE: ChrissieH Jul 2, 2004 10:16 AM

                      To a real New Yorker Coneys don't exist...They don't eat them only the tourists do.

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                        Ken RE: ChrissieH Jul 2, 2004 10:16 AM

                        To a real New Yorker Coneys don't exist...They don't eat them only the tourists do.

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                          BW RE: ChrissieH Jul 2, 2004 11:05 PM

                          And I thought Coneys were a Detroit thing.

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                    Chuck RE: Rob H Jul 2, 2004 02:10 PM

                    Wish I could help you Rob, but I feel your pain!!! I've had the same lack of success finding Hummel's Hot Dogs (New Haven CT), which in my humble opinion are the best hot dogs available, hands down.

                    I can't count how many times I've hauled a 10 pound box of them back through DFW Airport with me after a visit home. In fact, I'm making another run in August to replenish my stock!

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                      bigdnotemeril RE: Rob H May 1, 2009 05:49 AM

                      We have them at sams club in fla.

                      1. kingofkings RE: Rob H May 1, 2009 05:30 PM

                        I believe either Hirsches meat market or maybe another retailer in the area sells Sabrett in frozen packages.

                        Also, coneys are well known in Detroit, Toledo, and other parts of the Midwest. Ergo, the term Coney Island is not unique to Texas. James Coney Island has been in business in Houston since the early 1900's.

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                          twinwillow RE: kingofkings May 3, 2009 08:13 PM

                          I don't think Hirsch's sells Sabrett. They do however sell, Thumann's (brand) hot dogs in the natural casing. I think Thumann's are superior to Sabrett in every way. And this, coming from an ex-New Yorker that grew up with Sabrett.

                        2. twinwillow RE: Rob H May 2, 2009 09:51 PM

                          As this is an older thread, I can only imagine that by now, everyone who posted here knows that both the Dallas and Plano Central Market stores carry Sabrett hot dogs in the natural casing as well as all the other popular Sabrett products. Including their mustard and, the onion sauce. Which btw, tastes nothing like what is served at a NYC pushcart.

                          1. BA foodie RE: Rob H May 3, 2009 05:07 PM

                            Central Market carries the Sabrett's dogs and mustard, If someone hasn't told you yet. If they don't have it at your Central Marcket ask them for it.

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