Hot Dogs.........

Lucille

Costco has a Store brand Kirkland hot dog, for some reason I wanted a chili dog and the Costco dogs are highly rated. But you can't buy just a little package so I have a lot of hot dogs in the freezer. I remember from decades ago buying hot dogs with sauerkraut from street vendors in NYC and they were very good, what are your favorite ways to eat them?

BTW ahead of time those who throw their hands up in horror at the thought of hot dogs, y'all can kiss my grits.

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amylou321

I like Nathan's or Hebrew national, on a bun toasted in buttah, with cheez whiz, yellow mustard and onions.

Agree on the grit kissing. I love hot dogs. And neon orange fake liquid cheese. And I am not ashamed of either.

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barbara_tpa

Just opened a package of Ball Park last night and had 2! Toasted or grilled bun, yellow mustard, sweet relish for me :)


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llucy

I've been using up frozen cheddar sausages recently so no judging here! I like frying or grilling, then slicing and mixing with mac-n-cheese, chili & cheese, sweet, or bbq baked beans. I think outside the bun. :)

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sushipup1

Look for either Hebrew National or Nathan's, the long ones that are 4 to a package, They should be 12 or 16 oz packages. Costco used to use HN, and I'll be that's who makes the Kirkland brand now.

I'll take chili dogs (no beans), or dogs with yellow mustard, pickles, tomato. Sauerkraut is also good.

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pudgeder

Ball park for us.

Toasted buns on the griddle we cook the dogs on, then chili & cheese.

I put ketchup on mine, Hubs puts mustard on his. Yummy!

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HU-178658043

Speared onto a stick and cooked over a camp fire.

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cooper8828

Chili dogs.

Dogs with sauerkraut.

Cheesy franks (slit in hot dog, put in cheese, wrap in bacon, put in air fryer)

Grilled over charcoal, almost burned, served on a bun with mustard.

That's all I can think of right now. We like hot dogs at our house. :)

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bpath

When I moved from Chicago to Dallas, some new coworkers and I went out for lunch. Hot dogs, burgers, pizza. They looked at me aghast when I put ketchup on my hot dog. "Thought you said you're from Chicago?" Yes, I am. "No one in Chicago puts ketchup on a hot dog."

Well, I'd never heard of that before, but now I hear it all the time. I'm back in Chicago -- well, suburbs -- and I put ketchup on my hot dog. Where did that myth get started?

Sometimes I'm more daring and add salsa, or Doc's Tomatillo Relish, or fresh tomatoes, or a narrow slice of cheese. But always ketchup.

Btw, they are also good sliced into a bowl of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, maybe with a little bbq sauce.


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barbara_tpa

Truth be known, my mother used to make hot dog casserole. Scalloped potatoes and hot dogs in small pieces. Very budget friendly. My brother and I still love it as it brings back good childhood memories but no one else in my family does.

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satine100

I like Nathan's or Hebrew National and especially like Sam's. I like mine various ways; chili dogs; sauerkraut; onions, mustard and most any way. I do have a hard time with the cheese amylou likes but I'd be willing to give it a try.

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Lukki Irish

I haven’t had a hot dog in a while and they’re the only food I cook in the microwave. I like to wrap them up really snug in a paper towel and cook them for about a minute. When done, they come out looking & tasting like they’ve been roasted. I enjoy them with a just little deli mustard mostly. Once in a while I’ll add a little sauerkraut if we have it. My favorite though is to eat them w/Bushes baked beans on the side. I used to really enjoy the Hebrew Nationals, but they’ve gotten to be too strong for my stomach.

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2pups4me

If you love hot dogs and find yourself in Columbus, OH, you’ve got to try Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace. Yum!

https://dirtyfranks.com/

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wildchild2x2

Hoffy's Originals in Natural Casing or Hoffy's Big Dog Franks depending on whether we are grilling them or steaming/simmering. No matter the brand we only eat all beef hot dogs.


I used like a local company called Saags. But they were sold to Hormel and later to Smithfield which has since closed the plant. I miss our "local" foods, Mother's Cookies, Red's Tamales, Lucca Ravioli, all gone, sigh.


I like chili cheese dogs or I like them with yellow mustard, relish, tomatoes, and red onions. Sometimes with ,sometimes without cheese. I also vary the mustard or relish sometimes. hotter/spicier or sweet and traditional. sometimes I keep it simple with just mustard and a pickle spear or slice.

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Kathsgrdn

I buy the cheap ones, never can tell the difference between them, store bought, restaurant ordered. They pretty much taste the same to me. My favorite used to be the one with mustard and sauerkraut at Sonic but they don't make it anymore here in my town. At home the few times I do make them it's catsup, mustard, chopped onions and sweet pickle relish.

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maire_cate

We buy Dietz and Watson Natural Casing New York Brand Beef hot dogs. I have no idea why they call it New York Brand since it's made in PA. DH microwaves his in a paper towel and then adds onions, relish or sauerkraut, ketchup and or mustard. I slice them in half and fry them in a little butter and eat them on a toasted bun.

I went to an all girls Catholic high school and the nuns served us Pennies From Heaven - baked beans served with cut up hot dogs. I still like them that way every now and then, especially when I'm out of buns.

And like Lukki -it's Bush's baked Beans.


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llucy

@barbara_tpa,

One of my Mom's staple meals is boxed scalloped/or cheese potatoes to which she adds diced ham. She's been making it since the 1960's. I'm open to trying your mom's recipe with sliced dogs!

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Bookwoman

I remember from decades ago buying hot dogs with sauerkraut from street vendors in NYC and they were very good
When I was growing up there was a guy with a Sabrett cart on our corner. My mother disapproved of such 'junk', but my father and I would sometimes buy a couple, which we ate sitting on the benches across the street by the park so she wouldn't see. Great memories.

I buy the cheap ones, never can tell the difference between them, store bought, restaurant ordered.
Try a side-by-side comparison sometime between Hebrew National or Nathan's and something like Ball Park. Taste and texture are (to me) completely different.

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Raye Smith

Only Hebrew National cooked on a grill. I prefer brats or kielbasa though.

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FinallyHome

Here is one more variation: Cut them up in a bowl of Wolf Brand Chili w/Fritoes. Ball Park of course.

I remember from decades ago buying hot dogs with sauerkraut from street vendors in NYC and they were very good

I lived in NY during my younger days for several years and remember being APPALLED at the NY folks eating hot dogs from the street vendors. Where do they wash their hands?

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Jasdip

Sauteed onions and peppers! I love sauerkraut and mustard on my grilled sausages.

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ci_lantro

I used to eat them with chili but not anymore.

When I could eat gluten, I liked them w/ yellow mustard & sweet relish. Or w/ sauerkraut & sweet relish.

Hot dogs wrapped with bacon, grilled & topped with mayonnaise is a thing in Mexico. The mayo sounds more disgusting (to me) than catsup on a dog. But I tried one at my friend's insistence and it wasn't bad. Bacon always makes things taste better.

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amylou321

SO likes mayo,onions and tomatoes on his.

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Toby

I can't eat any of the familiar brands. They're either too fatty or the garlic repeats on me. I've been buying uncured, nitrate-free hot dogs for a few years and I like the quality and texture much better. Good ones are Trader Joe's, Boar's Head, Simple Truth from Kroger, and Teton Waters Ranch, which came as a substitute when Kroger was out of Simple Truth. Pricey when not on sale but good.

Is there anyone here from the Hudson Valley who grew up eating Texas wieners in the 60s and 70s? It's a sauce made with finely-ground hamburger and spices. The recipe is not available online, but it's not a chili dog. From Googling I see that Texas wieners may have originated at Coney Island and that Pennsylvania also had Texas wieners.

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mdln

Chicago style (cooked as Lukki described), as pictured above, or topped with pico de gallo. Chicago born & raised, no ketchup!


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bpath

Mdln, is the “no ketchup” thing a city thing? Because I grew up in the suburbs and never heard of it until I moved away.

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Elizabeth

Lets not forget beanie-weenie. I have loved it since I was a little kid and saw no reason to ever give it up.

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rockypointdog

+1 for the Sabretts. And the onions in the sauce on top. Or with sauerkraut. I grew up in the Hudson Valley, but I don’t remember Texas weiners.

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mdln

@ bpath, maybe, am a city kid! However, Portillo's (in the burbs) doesn't put ketchup on. The addition of celery salt is the true test of Chicago style. :-)

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sushipup1

Is anyone here from the SF East Bay and remembers Casper's/Kasper's hotdogs? Those were perfect. And Doggie Diner? Casper's were better, IMO.

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Sammy

I don't think you can beat a skin-on hotdog with mustard and sauerkraut. And a mustard-covered corn dog makes me very happy, too. @Toby: I could’ve sworn Texas Weiner started in New Jersey. Anyway, the last time my uncle drove down here from NJ he brought with him a cooler full of Texas Weiner fixin’s, which we cooked (pan-fried the dogs) and assembled ourselves. It was delish!

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morz8

We rarely eat them and I don't really know why. I know I was buying Hebrew National for a while, but its been some time now. I like them, I just don't think to buy them! I like a chili dog, or one with pico de gallo, all kinds of fixings other than sweet relish, or even plain mustard. Somehow those few times we do have something hotdog-like on a bun, it's Aidell sausage that DH will grill to brown - we like the garlic, Gruyere and Swiss cheese style.

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glenda_al

Popular in my area are slaw dogs and junk yard dogs. Not my favorite. Love a good chili dog with kraut and onions. Hold the pickles

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marylmi

Koegel hot dogs are the best!!

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aziline

I just bought some Costco hot dogs to try too. Haven't opened them up yet though.

We really like chili dogs and I have been making hand dipped corn dogs since I bought a fryer. I wish I could say they look perfect but they do not. Still working on my dipping skills.

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lego9lego

We had corn muffins with cut up hot dogs in them in our lunch boxes pretty often.

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bragu_DSM 5

hot dog pizza Saturdays when we were first married ...

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Lindsey_CA

"Truth be known, my mother used to make hot dog casserole. Scalloped potatoes and hot dogs in small pieces."

"I remember from decades ago buying hot dogs with sauerkraut from street vendors in NYC..."

My father loved hot dogs cut up into small pieces about ¾-inch, mixed in with sauerkraut. I loved them that way, too. Still do. I also like them with Bush's Baked Beans. When eaten in a hot dog bun, I have to have Gulden's mustard, and pickle relish.

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nickel_kg

Oscar Meyer regular. We almost always eat them smothered in chili so the taste of the hot dog isn't that critical, to me.

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marylmi

Angelo's Coney Island in Flint could not be beat. They were NOT chili dogs.

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Toby

Thanks for the link to the Texas wiener sauce, ci_lantro. I have a recipe from someone from my hometown that is supposed to be what his family used in their bar. That recipe looks similar with the beef broth, which makes it not a chili sauce. Mine doesn't have the cinnamon and nutmeg. I'm going to try it!

I believe the dogs were steamed or boiled.

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nicole___

I LOVE the ones the street vendors sell in downtown Denver, off the little cart. Before covid. I don't like the expensive ones, like Nathans. They taste like kielbasa sausage and too salty. And Stagg chili to top mine....with mustard and diced onions! Yum!!! I used to like the ones from Tasty Freeze in Albuquerque NM. The chili was very spicy-hot!

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murraysmom Zone 6a OH

When I was 18 I went to New York City for a week with my friend. We had a Sabrett hot dog every day!!!! They were so good!!

Also had hot dogs at Doggie Diner in SF. Pretty good as I recall. It's been many years.

We have Skyline Chili here and a cheese coney with mustard and onion is heavenly.

I buy hot dogs every once in awhile. I like them. I boil them and have them on hot dog buns or any bread and classic French mustard or sometimes ketchup.

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abbisgram

Slaw, onion, and a little mustard, please! Not picky about the brand, either.

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raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

I grew up in Cincinnati, so it was Kahn's brand always for me (also their "Red Hot Smokeys"). Mustard, dill pickle relish, catsup for a basic dog; a chili dog with Gold Star chili. Unfortunately, Kahn's was first sold to Sara Lee, then to Tyson, which has stopped producing them :( :( The Kahn's plant in Cincinnati was torn down some years ago.

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Ladydi Zone 7A NW BC Canada

Reminds me of Sheldon Cooper's (Big Bang Theory) favorite food ... Spaghetti with tiny Weiners cut up into it. I personally love weiners in a bun with fresh cut up onions & tomatoes. SO likes his in baked beans.

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sealavender

I like mustard and sauerkraut on them. As a kid in New Jersey, I remember the Schickhaus brand (don't say that 3 times fast) at the beach...

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sephia_wa

I like a good hot dog but don't think to eat them. And I'm boring, just mustard. I like kielbasa or a brat too.

When I was a kid my mom used to boil them in a pan on the stove. My dad would slice them lengthwise, and fry them. He said they were gourmet food - "tube steak."

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Ont_Gal

Another one here for the Kirkland brand from Costco.

They are so far the only ones that do not bother my RA.....and yes, there are just too many in one package-grateful for the freezer.

Edited to add-mustard and my homemade relish only, on mine.

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Rose Pekelnicky

I live outside Erie, Pennsylvania. The Smith company makes the best hot dogs. They are a local favorite and the best.

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wildchild2x2

sushipup1

Caspers on C Street in Hayward still exists. I took my grand kids there last year. At least it does if it survives Covid.

Doggie Diner was a major hangout back in the day. Got our burgers, pastrami sandwiches, fries and shakes there. For hot dogs we'd walk up to Casper's. Memories.

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Judy Good

Love hot dogs, always have. Ketchup and onion only.

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ci_lantro

I just remembered that I used to love hotdogs in a bun with just Pace salsa on them.

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sushipup1

Wildchcild, I remember that Casper's. I went to Cal State for a while. I think our normal Casper's was over on Broadway or Telegraph in Oakland, up near 51st, but I forget. Did you go to Mel's, too? Doggie Diner didn't have great dogs, tho, it's was otherwise good.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

Yes, please. I like them any and all kinds of ways

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bob_cville

Like Raee I grew up in Cincinnati, and then Kahn's were a favorite.

While living there I never developed a taste for "chili dogs" specifically gold star or skyline, but since then I've decided it is the very best way. And since Skyline chili is available in the local grocery store that's what I buy.

Brown mustard, hot dog (Oscar Meyer or Nathan's or Ball Park whichever is on sale at the time I'm shopping), Skyline Chili, and a heap of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

No yellow mustard on anything ever.

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Elmer J Fudd

There were (and still are) two longtime hot dog places in Los Angeles that served a few items but specialized in chili ------. I think both use versions of LA-produced XLNT chili con carne (no visible beans) but I don't know for sure. Both use crunchy hot dogs that are steamed, as are the buns. The food at both places is incredibly fresh because of how busy they are.

Pinks, in Hollywood,started in late 1930s. Best known for chili dogs. Yellow mustard, onions, chili. It now has some foo-foo and other embellished versions but the basic chili dog remains as it has long been and how I remember from childhood. Very busy, sometimes a long (sidewalk) wait. Known for its celebrity customers, whose pictures are all over the walls of what's really little more than a shack.

Original Tommy's. First location near downtown. There are many more now, I don't know if a small franchise or a chain. Better known for chili burgers than chili dogs. Its basic chili dog is similar to Pink's but not quite as good.

I got the dates from each website. I knew that they were established and popular by the time I was a kid.

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moosemac

I rarely eat hot dogs as I find them too salty. A couple times a year I give in and cook Essem hot dogs for the family. We either have then on grilled New England style buns or with homemade Boston Baked Beans. The DD and DH eat theirs with ketchup. I prefer mine with mustard, sweet relish and minced onion.

My mom loved hot dogs. Growing up we had hot dogs at least once each week. She served them several ways but my least favorite was a hot dog split and stuffed with American cheese then wrapped in a Pillsbury crescent roll dough and baked. It had a chemical taste and was too salty!

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sushipup1

Elmer, Pinks opened a place in the gimormous King of Prussia Mall last year. We tried it and it was pretty good.. Jim remembers Pinks from his day at UCLA.

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Elmer J Fudd

Interesting, thanks. Your comment nudged me to look around a bit and the Wikipedia article was interesting. There are some (under 10) locations scattered around. Not clear if those are licensees or operated by the mother ship. I wonder if the hot dogs and chili are sourced and shipped from LA - that's that heart of the unique flavor. If not, it would be different.

I'm sure the founding couple has long since gone on to the great hot dog stand in afterlife. They had a daughter if I recall correctly who continued to own and operate the business but I don't know if it remains family owned. I also found that they were closed 5 months but reopened a few weeks ago using public health Covid-appropriate procedures.

I've been to the King of Prussia mall but not in the last 10 years. It's quite something. For a good stretch of years, I would visit Philadelphia at least once a year and often more. I no longer do. I always enjoyed my visits, it's an enjoyable city with plenty to do.

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perennialfan275

This whole Chicagoans don't put ketchup on their hotdogs is bs. I've lived in Illinois my entire life and tons of people here put ketchup on their hotdogs. Anyways, I too love Nathan's. And Hebrew National as well.

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georgysmom2

I hadn't made hot dogs in years and I bought another pack yesterday. For the second time in several weeks, we had hot dogs! Nathan's here. I boiled them a few minutes and then cooked them on a griddle pan in some butter. Slit them and topped with dill pickle relish, finely chopped red onion and yellow mustard. So good. I do like them cooked in sauerkraut, too.

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lisa_fla

I always used ketchup and mustard ( and lived in a Chicago suburb for several years). A couple of years ago I switched to yellow mustard and chopped raw onions. I put a blob of mustard on the side and dip apple slices in it. At Hot Dog Heaven I order a slaw dog. The pick de gallo dog mentioned earlier sounds good! At home I make my hot dog in an old hot dog maker that steams the bun.


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Toby

Lisa, the Texas wieners I mentioned are served on steamed buns. I need one of those! My rice/veggie steamer makes them too soggy.

What they called Texas wiener sauce in upstate NY and NJ may be the sauce used to make a Coney Island dog or Greek hot dog sauce, which is what they call a Coney Island dog in Detroit. They're all similar sauces made with finely-textured meat. To get the fine texture, you start the raw meat in cold water or beef broth, whichever the recipe calls for. That's how I make my taco meat too. It shouldn't be chunky like chili meat. There are recipes and You Tube videos online for Coney Island dogs.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-coney-dog-detroit

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sealavender

Elmer J Fudd, I took my mother to Pink's in Hollywood at her insistence. We enjoyed it. I think Huell Howser had an episode there, too.

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wanda_va

We eat either Hebrew National or Ball Park all-beef franks...with chili and onions.

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Elmer J Fudd

I liked Howser. Talk about finding a "beat" and making it your own, that's exactly what he did.

He did much to educate his audience and stimulate interest in California history, locations and culture. He died too young. He had quite a following.

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shambo

Elmer, my uncle started Original Tommy’s in 1946. When you started writing about two famous hot dogs places in LA, I figured Pink’s would be number one. But I was pleasantly surprised that you also mentioned Tommy’s. Can’t be sure about Pink’s but Tommy’s did start out using Xlint chili sauce with some other spices added.

I have fond memories of visiting the stand on Beverly & Rampart many times with my mom and grandma (Tommy’s sister and mother). I loved everything — the chili dogs, chili cheese burgers, and chili-topped Xlint tamales.

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Elmer J Fudd

How cool! Beverly and Rampart is the place, the location near downtown! Also mostly like a shack right at the corner. There are a number of other locations now, as you probably know. Once in a while I stop at one location near Valencia/Magic Mountain when driving to/from So Cal. Takes less time than Pink's.

The quintessential LA experience. Fun memories of my younger life - all the times I went to one of those two places. Pinks for dogs and Tommys for burgers, at 11 pm or midnight on a warm evening and to wait in line with a crowd (always a crowd at both) to get food. Then eat it while standing up. The best! I also went in the morning sometimes. Or in the afternoon. Also in the early evening. Pinks, where I went more frequently, seemed to close around 2 or 3 am. Tommys, I'm not sure when.

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pekemom

We like Nathan's first, Hebrew National is a close second.....

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salonva

Pretty much we only eat Hebrew National. I think for a bit we had some Nathan's ,and growing up in Brooklyn of course we did Nathan's but before it was available in the supermarkets you had to actually go there (Coney Island) and it was one of the rougher hoods. Then when they started franchising and having them in malls, I remember their fries were the best. They sell them now in the supermarkets, Nathan's fries and that is our preferred brand. For the hotdogs,though, definitely Hebrew National and mustard and often sauerkraut. No ketchup no onions.

@sushipup1I didn't know Pink's is at King of Prussia. I live not far from there now, though I have only been there twice in 2 years. I will keep that in mind



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sushipup1

It's in the new center part. We don't go there either, but went just to visit. It was too far from parking (but it is near the valet parking) for Jim to navigate a long walk, so I don't know if we'll go back. About all we ever go there for is (was?) a lunch at Legal Seafood maybe once a year, and a visit to Sur la Table.

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Elmer J Fudd

Shambo, do you know what brand of hot dogs were used at Tommy's in the more recent years (not just post-WW2)? I'd expect it was a brand made in LA.

XLNT chili bricks can still be found at some grocery stores in SoCal, maybe I'll get some next time I'm down there.

I enjoyed learning of your connection to such an LA institution.

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Kathsgrdn

I just put in an order for grocery delivery tomorrow from Walmart. I decided to try the Hebrew National hot dogs some of you mentioned. It only has 6 hot dogs in a pack, so I don't know what I'm going to do with the 2 extra buns. I also got some sauerkraut.

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sheilajoyce_gw

My mother toasted the extra buns in the broiler for breakfast toast. We thought they were a real treat.

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dallasannie

toby, what you pointed out about the meat being sautéed or just, basically, stewed is an important factor.

I have noticed that in Mexico street tacos, for instance, the meat is not ground and fried up. Instead they will take a whole piece and stew it until it falls off the bone, like pulled pork.

Also the recipes that I have seen for Cincinnati Chile recommend the same method, that the meat be stewed in liquid rather than browned in a skillet.

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dallasannie

Husband is from NewJersey and my family is out of Texas.

I had never heard of a "Texas Weiner" until I went to NJ. Still have never had one.

It looks to me that the sauce for this Texas Weiner is much the same as the Cincinnati Chili, in that it is spiced with resinous spices such as cinnamon. It appears to be a basic Greek inspired meat sauce much the same as that chili.

After decades of not buying hot dogs, we started to buy some HN once in a while and have been enjoying them a few times a year. No matter that they are made from cheeks and ankles and lips.

I like them roasted, on a potato bun, with mustard and a side of old fashioned Fritos. Chili is good on them, but the last time I tried to recreate that old fashioned chili dog using store bought chili, I realized that it should have some home made chili, instead. That canned chili dominated everything until it became more of a chili sandwich graced with a hot dog.

You see the videos where people go into some of these speciality hot dog vendors and get these over the top hot dogs. While some do look enticing, many of these things are ridiculous and not easy to eat.

I don't care for the uncured meats. I tried them and it made me realize that the nitrates are much of the flavor. Sounds scary, right? It is. A regular old nitrate filled hot dog is good once in a while, but I would not do it very often.

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gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

I love me a good hot dog!! Back in the days when I was still shopping for a family and would visit Costco often, a stop at ther snack bar for a ready to eat dog was SOP. And a stadium hot dog when attending a sporting event was also a must. For whatever reason both taste so much better than a made-at-home dog.

I do buy hotdogs occasionally but don't have a favorite brand. I keep looking for that perfect combo of flavor, juiciness and and a crunchy casing that pops when you bite into it. I just recently tried Fletchers (a local supplier) Mariners hot dogs which are supposedly the same sold at the stadium. They were OK but not what I remember from attending the games :-(

Ball Park all beef is my standby brand in lieu of anything better. And I prefer them plain with just some spicy mustard although a chili dog topped with melting cheese is also enjoyed. A minute in the micro for a tasty, fast meal!

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Raye Smith

Hebrew National hot dogs are Kosher and don't contain cheeks, ankles or lips:

https://www.hebrewnational.com/articles/5-reasons-hebrew-national-family-friendliest-frank

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Bookwoman

Hebrew National hot dogs are Kosher



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Toby

I don't care for the uncured meats. I tried them and it made me realize
that the nitrates are much of the flavor. Sounds scary, right? It is.
A regular old nitrate filled hot dog is good once in a while, but I
would not do it very often.

I haven't noticed this but what I look for in hot dogs, bacon, and ham is a nice smoky flavor. I thought the Teton Waters Ranch was nicely smoked. The uncured dogs are meatier so they don't have that spongy texture. If it's spongy, it's due to fat.

Here's an article and recipe for Cincinnati chili dogs. It does look similar to Greek hot dog sauce, Coney Island dogs, and Texas wieners (which have nothing to do with Texas). These sauces differ from regular chili dogs in that the sauce includes water or broth, Worcestershire sauce, and cinnamon and/or cloves. I would probably sub allspice for cinnamon though.
https://amazingribs.com/tested-recipes/hot-dog-recipes/cincinnati-cheese-coney-recipe

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Elmer J Fudd

"I don't care for the uncured meats. I tried them and it made me realize
that the nitrates are much of the flavor. Sounds scary, right?"

No, sounds like you have incomplete information.

So-called uncured meats don't have added "nitrate or nitrite chemicals" added, that's true. But what they have is one of several forms of vegetable ingredients, like from celery powder or beets, that transform into nitrates and nitrites during processing. So these chemicals are present all the same in uncured meat as in cured meat. The difference is the process used to produce the final product.

Look at a label of an "uncured" meat product, you'll find what I'm talking about.

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Kathsgrdn


Well, I tried my Hebrew National hot dog with sauerkraut, grilled onions and mustard. It was good but I couldn't tell a difference between it and any other hot dog.

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Debby

I rarely eat hotdogs, but when I do I put on hamburger relish (the red stuff not the gross green relish), mustard, ketchup, fine diced onions and pickles. Kinda kills the taste of the mystery meat stick on the bun.

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WalnutCreek Zone 7b/8a

I lived in Kentucky for a few years and loved those Kahn's hot dog. When I first moved here, we could still purchase them. However, they did disappear from all grocery stores. I looked and looked and searched for them for years afterwards. Finally found out that Kahn's had been sold to another company, then resold, and production stopped. I would love to have a Kahn's right now.



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dallasannie

Ok, raye, it was just humor about cheeks, ankles and lips. It is just a standing joke in my life that offals consist of the obscure animal flesh. I have seen that in some meat markets in the world you will find what we think of as an inedible part of the animal being considered to be a delicacy. You do have to realize that sausages, as hot dogs, are not make of prime cuts, though.


I often gravitate towards the brand of meats that are labeled as being kosher because there is some hope that at least what it is made from might, just might, be of a better quality and have more discretion than. a non kosher one. That might not be true, at all.


Elmer, did you ever buy uncured bacon? Don't bother. It taste like nothing. I only buy bacon maybe once a year at best. So, I will buy that with all the bacon like flavor no matter what it is.

As little of this kind of thing I consume, I don't worry much about it. No one could not possibly be getting anything more than fun and flavor form a processed meat product, anyway. Once in a while, it is so good.


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ded_tired

I can’t even remember the last time I had a hot dog. I better fix that soon. I like them toasted over a fire so the skin is black, but that rarely happens. If I made one now it would be sliced lengthways, toasted in butter in a frying pan and served on a toasted bun, with ketchup.


A few years (May 3, 2017 to be exact) ago my friend and I went flower shopping in Lancaster County and stopped at a little local cafe for lunch. The menu was so homey compared to anything near us in the Philadelphia suburbs. I had to take a picture of Today’s Specials. Never heard of Penny Casserole! Not at all appealing to me.



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Raye Smith

Thanks Dallas - glad you were joking! I prefer Kosher too.

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Elmer J Fudd

"Elmer, did you ever buy uncured bacon? Don't bother. It taste like nothing."

From what I was able to find, meat that's "uncured" has undergone a different process from what's done with normal curing. Different process= different flavor. Both have nitrates and nitrites. Also, different company=different flavor, whether cured or uncured.

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Kathsgrdn

Well I buy uncured bacon all the time. Hormel Natural Choice (had to go look in the fridge) tastes like any other bacon.

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Toby

I think you may be judging uncured bacon by one bad brand. I first tried it at Trader's Joe 's and liked it so much I continued to buy it. For one thing, it doesn't have a lot of water in the package that is used for curing. I like their uncured hot dogs too. I don't go to TJ's because of COVID now so I've been trying other brands.

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Raye Smith

I found a good brand of uncured bacon at Aldis - Never Any. I like all the products of that brand that I've tried.

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maifleur03

This thread made me look when I went to the store the last time for what I call franks vs hotdogs. They used to be big and about an inch or more across with a thick eatable skin. Almost always some shade of red. One of the stockers, early 30s woman, asked me what I was looking for. She immediately smiled then looked very sad. She stated she had not seen them for years. I always smiled because no matter how I fixed them when the knife went through the skin there was a pop and the skin split. I am not a fan of hot dogs or most cured meat but I do remember them with fondness.

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sprtphntc7a

my childhood girl friend's mom used to make us 'pennied' hot dogs. she would brown them on both sides and then add to scrambled eggs!! we loved it.

today i eat Applegate Hot Dogs. im boring, french's mustard and if i feel like it, American cheese.

when we went MLB games, pre-Covid, nothing like a ballpark hot dog!!

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dallasannie

I did buy uncured bacon only once, but it was a nationally marketed brand, not some off brand.

I sometimes use a bit of bacon in the prep of Thanksgiving. This bacon was so lacking that I ended up not using it at all after frying up some in the skillet.

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sushipup1

Are hotdogs with skin just a Northeast thing? Never had one before until I was in Boston in 2009. Same for the split top buns, never seen them elsewhere.

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dedtired

I bought some uncured bacon at Mom’s Organic Market and it was out of this world delicious. Seriously the best bacon I’ve ever had. Unfortunately it cost about $1 a slice.

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Toby

They're hot dogs in a natural casing--pig intestine. Just don't think about it when you eat it.

Boar's Head and Nathan's both sell franks in natural casing. Kroger carries Boar's Head in their deli. All of the Boar's Head products are excellent.

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Elmer J Fudd

Boar's Head deli products are often featured in the deli service counters of the middle market range grocery stores in my area. For my own personal taste, I've found Boar's Head stuff to be mediocre and I try to avoid buying it. When deli meat in a case doesn't have the brand packaging visible, I ask.

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Sherry

Toby, I was in Krogers this morning. I don't go there often, I will have to check Publix or make a trip back. Thanks. I have bought the Nathan's, they have so many different kinds and I am never sure what to buy.

None of the brands I used to love seem to taste the same.

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Toby

What brands do you prefer at the high end markets you shop at, Elmer?

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Toby

They don't smoke bacon, ham, and sausage like they used to, which gives the flavor.

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Elmer J Fudd

Toby, we do plenty of shopping at the mid-range markets, we just don't buy deli meats at them because the quality doesn't seem that good. We don't eat a log of deli meat but when we do, I have to say that I've found that higher end markets have better quality and more tasty products. Often (not always) from boutique processed meat producers, usually more expensive, but (to us) worth it. We have two sources - Whole Foods is one, and a family owned small chain market (Lunardi's in Los Gatos for anyone in the area) both seem to have much better than average quality choices.

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