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#1 Post by benjamin laird marshall » October 6th, 2012, 4:22 pm

The neighbors are having a Frankfurter roast. I want to bring some really good Franks. I'm leaning towards Lobels but would love some other options. Got a favorite?
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#2 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » October 6th, 2012, 4:39 pm

I don't have a favorite, and honestly didn't even know Lobel's made dogs. I was going to suggest D'Artagnan, however. I look forward to seeing some other suggestions!

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#4 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » October 6th, 2012, 5:01 pm

Katz's ships franks & knockwurst...

http://katzsdelicatessen.com/shop?___st ... ault&cat=3

Benjamin, you might want to check Hot Doug's in Chicago as well.
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#5 Post by Chris Presutti » October 6th, 2012, 6:55 pm

We like Niman Ranch Uncured Fearless Franks.

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#6 Post by Randy Bowman » October 6th, 2012, 7:31 pm

Can't help. The only thing that shows up at our house is Hebrew National, but they are better than the ones served at the local golf courses.
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#7 Post by David K o l i n » October 6th, 2012, 8:25 pm

Vienna Beef natural casing. May not be the "best", but it's our go to

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#8 Post by Jim Friedman » October 7th, 2012, 3:09 am

I'll second the Vienna natural casing. Local deli here carries the 1/4lb size and they are always a crowd pleaser.

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#9 Post by John Walter » October 7th, 2012, 5:47 am

Jim, from Michigan and your answer wasn't a clear: Koegel's??? C'mon! :)

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#10 Post by JKim » October 7th, 2012, 9:05 am

Costco hot dog + drink for $1.50? newhere
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#12 Post by David K o l i n » October 7th, 2012, 9:50 am

John Walter wrote:Jim, from Michigan and your answer wasn't a clear: Koegel's??? C'mon! :)
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#13 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » October 7th, 2012, 10:03 am

Y'all forced me to dig through the freezer for some dogs for lunch.
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#14 Post by alan weinberg » October 7th, 2012, 11:53 am

didn't find Lobel's to be special though their meats rock
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#15 Post by Ron Kramer » October 7th, 2012, 4:30 pm

See if you can find Pearl in you area. Perfect balance of taste and bite due to natural casing.

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#16 Post by mike pobega » October 7th, 2012, 4:34 pm

Here is the best I have ever had: Oscar's in Warrensburg NY.
http://www.oscarsadksmokehouse.com/
You can have them sent to you. Weiners is what they are called there. $5 for 8 I believe. Simply perfect.

Shy of that, the second best I have ever had is Hummels in Connecticut.

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#17 Post by Francis S » October 7th, 2012, 8:45 pm

Classic Hot Dog:
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Now you are absolutely welcome to use and enjoy anything else that you like. You can use ketchup if you like. You can even call whatever you are eating a "hot-dog". It's all good. Enjoy yourself. I'm just showing you here what a "real authentic hot-dog" is.

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#18 Post by Peter Metzger » October 8th, 2012, 10:45 am

Does no one see the humor and absurdity of this thread or is everyone so wacked out about judging and evaluating every insignificant morsel of food and drink they ingest that this seems normal?
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#19 Post by David K o l i n » October 8th, 2012, 10:50 am

Bad hot dogs suck [bleh.gif]

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#20 Post by R A Rowe » October 8th, 2012, 11:30 am

David K o l i n wrote:Bad hot dogs suck [bleh.gif]
+1000, and a good hot dog is an amazing QPR.
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#21 Post by benjamin laird marshall » October 9th, 2012, 8:16 am

Peter, I find it humorous and absurd that you are in the FOOD section of a bulletin board discouraging people for discussing FOOD.
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#22 Post by Peter Metzger » October 9th, 2012, 8:29 am

Perhaps. Food yes -- but do we really need to discuss hot dogs? What about jelly beans? Let's have in intellectual discussion about the pros and cons of processed cheeses. Sorry, just seems palpably silly to me to analyze each and every crumb that enters our bodies.
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#23 Post by brianmcbrearty » October 9th, 2012, 9:22 am

The wagyu I used to get at Ottomanelli's in nyc were a treat but too rich to eat two. If I were sourcing something special, I'd be looking for a german deli for sure.
The chicago dog stuff is tongue in cheek, right? I love em, but I sure don't think of them as authentic anything, more of a delightful abomination.
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#24 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » October 9th, 2012, 10:09 am

Peter Metzger wrote:Perhaps. Food yes -- but do we really need to discuss hot dogs? What about jelly beans? Let's have in intellectual discussion about the pros and cons of processed cheeses. Sorry, just seems palpably silly to me to analyze each and every crumb that enters our bodies.
Peter, no one is forcing you to open/read/comment on the thread. Personally I think a kosher hot dog in a natural casing is really the high point of hot dog cuisine but why is it so wrong for someone to ask a question, and for others to offer up options?
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#25 Post by Peter Metzger » October 9th, 2012, 10:28 am

You're right Brent, but I saw the title and couldn't resist. And it's not so wrong to ask the question, I just don't get the extreme obsession in judging every type of food put in front of us.

To rephrase (and perhaps mangle) a Winston Churchill quote, I guess I love good food too, but I take it out of my mouth every once in awhile.
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#26 Post by Paul Bacino » October 9th, 2012, 11:58 am

We did a dog off one time..

I think the things that stood out to me was the amounts of salt in some of those things.

I think we had Katz and Nathans and Vienna and Bests .

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#27 Post by Jay Miller » October 9th, 2012, 1:59 pm

Personally my go-to is still Sabrett's natural casing hot dogs.
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#28 Post by Francis S » October 9th, 2012, 3:07 pm

Brian ... I was being completely serious. To me, a hot-dog is what it is ... a hot-dog. I like it for exactly that. I like Chicago-style hot-dogs. There have been a coupla good brands named. Hebrew National are very good, so are Sabrett's and Eisenberg's. Red Hot Chicagodogs and Vienna are staples. Nathan's suck.

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#30 Post by gene keenan » October 9th, 2012, 3:46 pm

Skip the dog and go with a Sheboygan brat:
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If you go with a dog anything kosher works like Hebrew National. Costco dogs used to be Kosher. Not sure they are anymore.
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#31 Post by Todd F r e n c h » October 9th, 2012, 3:52 pm

gene keenan wrote:Skip the dog and go with a Sheboygan brat:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/05/dinin ... all&src=pm

If you go with a dog anything kosher works like Hebrew National. Costco dogs used to be Kosher. Not sure they are anymore.
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#32 Post by Michael Ferris » October 9th, 2012, 5:30 pm

I can eat the hell out of these:

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#33 Post by Bob Wood » October 9th, 2012, 7:02 pm

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#34 Post by Sean Devaney » October 9th, 2012, 7:39 pm

Michael Ferris wrote:I can eat the hell out of these:

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#35 Post by Chris S p i k e s » October 9th, 2012, 9:03 pm

I love the joke that is "uncured" and "no nitrates or nitrites added". Sure hope they didn't use celery in the process - that stuff is loaded with nitrates!

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#36 Post by davidsturek » October 9th, 2012, 11:04 pm

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#37 Post by davidsturek » October 9th, 2012, 11:05 pm

Snake River Farms Kobe Beef Dogs are simply amazing

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#38 Post by benjamin laird marshall » October 10th, 2012, 8:05 am

I've looked around at websites using all these great suggestions. I really wanted to order the Pearl brand, but minimum 10 lb order stopped me. I've ordered the snake river Waugh dogs. I will probably order Katz's as well. Thanks for all the help!
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#42 Post by Ken V » October 20th, 2012, 8:24 pm

mike pobega wrote:Here is the best I have ever had: Oscar's in Warrensburg NY.
http://www.oscarsadksmokehouse.com/
You can have them sent to you. Weiners is what they are called there. $5 for 8 I believe. Simply perfect.

Shy of that, the second best I have ever had is Hummels in Connecticut.
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Next time you're up this way in the summer, we have to take you to this place:

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It's owned by friends of ours. It's BYOB. And they serve:
  • Nathan’s All Beef Dog
    Route 66 Smokehouse Wynantskill Smoked Weiner (locally made and my favorite)
    Usinger’s Milwaukee Wiener
    Zwiegle’s German Red Frank (Natural Casing)
    Zwiegle’s White – Natural Casing Veal & Pork, Nitrate Free
    Local Grass-Fed, Nitrate-Free; made just for the PLG by Tilldale Farm of Hoosick , NY
And you can get a sampler with one of each!

They also serve:
  • Usinger’s Course Ground Bratwurst
    Usinger’s 1/4 lb. Milwaukee Knackwurst
Anybody coming up to the Berkshires or the Capital District during the summer should check this place out.
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#43 Post by mike pobega » October 21st, 2012, 5:53 am

Ken V wrote:
mike pobega wrote:Here is the best I have ever had: Oscar's in Warrensburg NY.
http://www.oscarsadksmokehouse.com/
You can have them sent to you. Weiners is what they are called there. $5 for 8 I believe. Simply perfect.

Shy of that, the second best I have ever had is Hummels in Connecticut.
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Next time you're up this way in the summer, we have to take you to this place:

http://pirateslakesidegrill.com

It's owned by friends of ours. It's BYOB. And they serve:
  • Nathan’s All Beef Dog
    Route 66 Smokehouse Wynantskill Smoked Weiner (locally made and my favorite)
    Usinger’s Milwaukee Wiener
    Zwiegle’s German Red Frank (Natural Casing)
    Zwiegle’s White – Natural Casing Veal & Pork, Nitrate Free
    Local Grass-Fed, Nitrate-Free; made just for the PLG by Tilldale Farm of Hoosick , NY
And you can get a sampler with one of each!

They also serve:
  • Usinger’s Course Ground Bratwurst
    Usinger’s 1/4 lb. Milwaukee Knackwurst
Anybody coming up to the Berkshires or the Capital District during the summer should check this place out.
Sounds great, Ken. Hopefully we can do that soon.
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#45 Post by David K o l i n » August 9th, 2020, 7:48 pm

Costco is still $1.50

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#46 Post by TimF » August 9th, 2020, 8:57 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
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Costco is still $1.50
Still gross. My wife buys them for dog training.
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#47 Post by PeterJ » August 9th, 2020, 9:01 pm

We used to be able to get Nathan’s natural casing hot dogs at supermarkets here in “the OC” but they seem to have disappeared over the past year or so. The natural casing gives it that ‘snap’.
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#48 Post by mike pobega » August 10th, 2020, 3:01 am

Ok, since my last post there is a new top player in the field, and while I do not eat them often, Pat La Freida's are awesome when I indulge.

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#49 Post by TimF » August 10th, 2020, 4:47 am

How does everyone prepare theirs and why do you think steaming is the right method?
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#50 Post by David K o l i n » August 10th, 2020, 5:00 am

TimF wrote:
August 9th, 2020, 8:57 pm
David K o l i n wrote:
August 9th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Costco is still $1.50
Still gross. My wife buys them for dog training.
Can’t argue that. You must hate your dog

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