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Connecticut Hot Dog Brands

John Fox | May 29, 2002 08:04 PM

I am a hot dog lover from N.J. who has posted many times on these forums about hot dogs. We have Sabrett, Thumann's and Best's here in N.J. All make a quality frank. One Connecticut brand that is common in Jersey (in hot dog joints; not supermarkets and stores) is Grote & Weigel. They make a pork/beef frank that is sold at many of the Texas Weiner places around here. A Texas Weiner is a frank topped with mustard, chili sauce and onions. Grote & Weigel also makes a kosher style all beef frank that is terrific. It is only sold at one luncheonette near me.

I assume this all beef frank is common in Conn. What do you think of it? How does it compare to Hummels and Mucke brands? I've never tried these, but hear they are very good. The Grote & Weigel frank is almost as good as the Sabrett we have here. Only problem is I prefer an all beef natural casing dog slow cooked on a griddle. Most places that serve Sabrett dogs boil them. There is one place that grills them, but it is a hike from where I live. This is the frank that is served at Katz's deli in N.Y. and also Papaya King and Gray's Papaya in N.Y. So I go to that luncheonette (Father & Son) that serves the Grote & Weigel beef frank slow cooked on a griddle. If the Mucke or Hummels brand are as good or better; I would like to try them. What are your opinions of the three Conn. brands of all beef dogs? Can you get the other 2 with natural casings? Your help and opinions are appreciated. Thanks. If they are worth it, I would consider driving up to Conn. Are they available by mail order online?

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