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New England Style hot dog buns in East Bay?

slipson Nov 21, 2013 01:52 PM

Craving crab rolls now that crab season has started. Does anyone know where in the East Bay I could get them? I saw a post from 2010 that said Safeway made them, but I checked and didnt see them.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: slipson Nov 21, 2013 02:13 PM


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      c oliver RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 21, 2013 04:37 PM

      I believe OP is looking for the split-top buns rather than restaurants that serve them.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: c oliver Nov 21, 2013 04:41 PM

        Oops, wrong topic. And I guess slipson already saw this one:


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          slipson RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 22, 2013 08:16 AM

          Correct. I was looking for the buns to make the rolls at home and I did see that post. Cant imagine driving over an hour to Redwood city for hot dog buns. Guess I will need to improvise with some type of soft roll instead of a hot dog bun. Ive checked Whole foods, Diablo foods, Lunardi, Safeway, Trader Joes and several bakeries with no luck.

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            rubadubgdub RE: slipson Nov 22, 2013 09:39 AM

            Briefly mentioned in the other post is Feel Good Bakery in Alameda and they attend the Sun Claremont DMV FM. They have some very tempting looking soft hot dog buns that I've wanted to try. The other option that I would def consider are the hot dog buns from Trader Joe's (not the private brand but the ones from a bakery they carry, forget the name). They are a very nice white bread bun. Not quite as soft as the NE rolls I think but close and very tasty. Last, I saw the NE style bun pans being offered in the recent Williams Sonoma catalog in case you are a baker.

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              lakemerritter RE: rubadubgdub Nov 22, 2013 05:30 PM

              The Trader Joe's ones you speak of are my go-tos now. I also love and miss split top buns--it's impossible to assemble my budget lobstah roll on anything else!

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      sundeck sue RE: slipson Nov 21, 2013 05:19 PM

      I've looked and never found them on this coast. Would love to hear that someone else has!

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        rubadubgdub RE: slipson Nov 21, 2013 05:55 PM

        Not EBay but I have bought them before from Old Port Lobster Shack in RWC. Ask when they're not slammed and they may sell you a package if they have extras. They get them specially baked by a local bakery I believe.

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          wally RE: slipson Nov 22, 2013 07:15 PM

          Have you tried Acme's pan de mie Torpedo rolls? Not the hot dog buns which are smaller.

          1. Mission RE: slipson Nov 22, 2013 07:36 PM

            In the SF and Eastbay there are so many many superior options to the typical East coast lobster "roll".

            Especially if you are using local Dungeness Crab.

            Using a chemical ridden "hotdog" bun.... IMHO is not something that is...good eats!

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              c oliver RE: Mission Nov 22, 2013 07:37 PM

              And where do we get these buns?

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