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Coney Island: Feltman's vs Nathan's hot dogs

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Katz's is sourcing from one of the major hot dog makers. Can't remember which one. So there's nothing truly exclusive about the product. I know I've bought a hot dog at Katz's for someone not into pastrami.

I'm sure they're fine.

 

Websites regularly publish Best lists. They know they generate lots of clicks and they're right. I fall for those things every time. I know I'm being manipulated but I can't help myself - I feel ashamed.

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I may have had the knoblewurst at Katz's, enticed by the promise of garlic and the look--extra large diameter, like what we used to call "specials" iirc. I'm sure it was fine. But that's different from a hot dog, and yes, that's not why I go to Katz's.

 

ETA: I can't believe TONY rated Crif so highly. Those are among the least-flavored hot dogs I've ever had; they are nothing without the toppings.

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I should make a pilgrimage based on this dozen-year-old NYT story on common Sabrett sourcing, now that the list is a little shorter.

Williamsburg's Sparky's died in embryo and ancient Artie's just a few months ago, though I can't believe Old Homestead is still in business.

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ETA: I can't believe TONY rated Crif so highly. Those are among the least-flavored hot dogs I've ever had; they are nothing without the toppings.

 

Or with them. A friend forwarded me this special debuting on "National Hot Dog Day," of course:

 

"The Crif-Meister is a Bacon Wrapped, Deep Fried Crif Dog, drizzled with Jägermeister Simple Syrup (1 Quart of Water, 1 Cup Brown Sugar, 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch, 2 Teaspoons Nutmeg, ¼ cup Jägermeister), topped with Caramelized Onions, Pulled Pork, and Crif’s house-made Cole Slaw. As you can probably guess, this hot dog is absolutely to die for."

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I’m glad you went. It is an iconic destination and won’t be there, as you say, forever. I would have recommended Deno’s Wonder Wheel for those who can handle heights. I just get my clams at Nathan’s, along with the hot dogs.

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you know, i think the fried clams may have been from nathan's. the ones on the half shell were definitely from paul's daughter.

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While the Wonder Wheel is quite an attraction, I always preferred

 

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And weirdly (or maybe not so much), I really like Coney in the winter.

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