With the world series coming up (and the Mets trying to beat the Braves) I am sure many a frank will be consumed... the question is, what are the Chowhound approved brands to cook at home?
I used to be of the opinion that only kosher will do, but over the last few years I really like Nathans brand -- but only the ones with a natural casing and curved hot dog shape, like they prepare in their restaurants (Nathans also has the best french fries of ANY fast food chain, IMHO) . This goes for all premium hot dogs in my opinion.
Sabrett's are also really good -- but I dont know if they are worth the extra dollar or so per pack when compared with the Nathans. They have a somewhat garlickyier taste to them. I tend to buy Sabrett's when Nathans are not avaliable or if I know people coming over would be antsy about eating an unkosher hot dog. Personally I think Nathans should be honarary kosher -- they meet all the criterion for a top quality dog.
I havent bought Hebrew Nationals in a while.. I understand Boars Head ones are good too, but never had them.
Theres also the issue of preparation -- grilled or boiled?
I personally prefer grilled, but on the street you dont usually have the luxury.