Two brands of hot dogs that I haven't gotten around to trying are Niman Ranch and Lobel's. Both are considered gourmet franks, and quite expensive. I am having my wife order both for my upcoming birthday (she can't believe this is what I want for a present).
I was wondering what your opinions are of these, as both are available in New York. Niman Ranch's Fearless Franks are available at Citarella's and D'Artagnan while Lobel's are available at their store and maybe elsewhere.
I'd like to know what you think of these before I sample them. I've heard that the Niman Ranch dogs are beefy, smoky, and not as spicy as Nathan's or Sabrett. Also lower in fat and hormone free (whatever that has to do with taste). As for Lobel's they are $14.95 per lb and supposedly made for them by an old Austrian butcher.
The only dog I've had that was ever referred to as a gourmet dog was Usinger's Angus Frank. I'm looking forward to finding out if these two are really good, or just hype. Usinger's is the real deal. Oh, the Niman Ranch franks are served at a place called Sparky's in Brooklyn.