I am a hot dog lover from New Jersey. I've sampled dogs from the many varied hot dog establishments in Jersey and the East Coast. We have not only the kosher style all beef dogs (similar to Vienna), but also the milder (with a wider array of subtler flavors) German style franks made with pork, beef, and/or veal. We also prepare dogs a variety of ways including boil/steam, grill (like a char dog) griddle frying, and deep frying in oil.
I've noticed that many people's preferences are determined by what they grew up eating. For example, I prefer an all beef dog with just mustard rather than the toppings that make up a classic Chicago style dog. And I prefer my dogs grilled to boiled. I've had Vienna Beef dogs plain and Chicago style at a place called Shake Shack in New York City, which the Chicago Tribune confirmed as an authentic Chicago dog some years back. Everything used to make this dog is imported from Chicago. The Vienna dog is good, but I like a spicier dog such as Nathan's or Sabrett. Usinger's from Milwaukee is excellent. My favorite though is from Best Provisions in N.J., not to be confused with Best Kosher from Chicago.
Forgive the long introduction, but I'm looking to sample a frank from the Romanian Kosher Sausage Co. I've heard from many people that this is one great frank. The best according to more than a few that I've spoken with. I called the company, and they are not allowed to ship their products. I'd like to know what you think of this frank. I'm guessing that it is probably saltier (being kosher) with a different type of spicing (perhaps herbal) than your typical Vienna Beef Frank. The person I spoke with says a lot of people compare his hot dogs to Abeles & Heymann's, which is a kosher dog made in New York and available in my neck of the woods. This particular hot dog has a unique herbal flavor which I'm guessing might be similar to Romanian.
I would also be interested in buying or trading hot dogs with anyone willing to mail them to me. I've sampled many hot dogs that were sent to me via the mail. I'm dying to try one from the Romanian Kosher Sausage Co. Contact me if interested. Thanks.
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