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Re:Costco's new dogs 2009/04/25 14:59:21 (permalink)
Nice detective work, David!
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2009/04/25 15:36:01 (permalink)
Great job, David. Don't think we'll be hearing from Abie.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2009/04/25 17:38:11 (permalink)
I posted my opinion of the New Polish Dogs further up this page of the thread.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2009/04/25 20:01:08 (permalink)

I had my first and last of the new dogs today. Here in San Diego they are a only a few Costco’s. Most still have Hebrew National. The new dogs are larger but to me taste like a giant Oscar Meyer all beef. It was served hot but the inside was very wet and the favor profile is not something I liked. I ate half and threw the rest away. I just finished my email to Costco hoping they keep the Hebrew Nationals in most of our area stores.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2009/04/26 06:54:22 (permalink)
I spoke with a manager at the Union Costco who said that he heard about the Kirkland dogs, but is not sure that his location would switch. For now they are still selling Hebrew National franks. I haven't seen nor tried the Kirkland dogs but I think my reaction will be similar to Markolenski's and the majority of the people from another site who didn't like these dogs.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2009/04/26 14:06:07 (permalink)
Al, did you have Kirkland or Louies?
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2009/04/26 14:36:26 (permalink)
This thread has the potential to become another Gary, Indiana pizza saga. 
   
No one has yet identified who is making COSTCO's new franks. But, this article indicates the franks were/are sold at retail:
http://addictedtocostco.com/2009/04/16/kirkland-signature-hot-dogs-polish-sausages/
If some one could post the USDA plant number, we could have some more fun with this topic. 
  
Edited for brevity. 
post edited by David_NYC - 2009/04/27 13:14:05
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Louie's Franks Might Be Quite Good 2009/04/28 18:36:03 (permalink)
Coming home today, I stopped off at a supermarket in Alphabet City. They often sell products ignored by the local chains. This time I found some franks made by National Deli, Miami, Florida. Was I wrong about Abie? National is a non-kosher provisions house in Miami. Their USDA plant number is 6388.
 
I decided to hit the Internet archive to see what older pages of the All American web site looked like. Well, this image may have been Photoshopped, but it ties Louie's franks to being made in Brooklyn by Empire National:
http://web.archive.org/web/20070202170257/www.allamericanhotdog.com/hotdog_sales_images/packaging.jpg
 
The USDA plant number shown is 5386, which is Empire National's. The first five of the UPC code is 16672. I have a partially eaten Empire National salami in my refrigerator; only the numbers 16672 remain of the label.
 
If Louie is making Empire National products available to Miami area residents, good for him. Still no way to tell what spice formula they are using. Miami Don may enjoy them. Freshly delivered Empire National franks have an expiration date two months out.
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Re:Louie's Franks Might Be Quite Good 2009/04/28 18:56:57 (permalink)
Good work David. I'll see if I can verify for sure if the franks are from Empire National. I might have a contact there. And they do make franks with collagen casings. Maybe Abie is prohibited from stating the brand.
 
Until they closed, Tabatchnik's 1/3 lb kosher frank with casing was made by Empire National. It was the same recipe as the regular Empire National franks, only with casing and a different size. One of the owners of Tabatchnik's convinced Mr. Weinberg of Empire to make a special size for him.
 
It was a very good dog.
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Re:Louie's Franks Might Be Quite Good 2009/04/29 13:28:26 (permalink)
Although I didn't get to speak with the person from Empire National who has been helpful to me in the past, I did speak to someone else from the company who verified that Louie's All American Kosher franks are indeed Empire National hot dogs that are shipped to Florida from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Our friend Abie would have had some credibility if he stated that right off the bat. Perhaps he is like many other people who want to convey that they are selling something special that you can only get from them.

I can say that I've had Empire National kosher franks both skinless and with a collagen casing. They are available at a few places near me, namely Seroff's in Irvington and Zayda's in South Orange. Unfortunately these places only sell skinless franks. The guy I spoke with said that you can have a place that sells their franks order a package of them with casing for you if they don't already offer them.

Now that I know the brand, I can say with certainty that Louie's All American Kosher franks are a top notch hot dog. But Abie, don't let that stop you from shipping me some!
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Re:Louie's Franks Might Be Quite Good 2009/04/30 01:02:09 (permalink)
Outstanding, John! Another case solved. Now there is no reason for the New Jersey COSTCO's to switch to that Kirkland dog.
 
Even the Professionals started a thread about Louie's last year:
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=424223
 
Abie advertised on that thread as well.
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Re:Louie's Franks Might Be Quite Good 2009/05/14 17:53:31 (permalink)
I was at the Costco's in Edison NJ today and the Hebrew National Dogs are alive and well, with no known plans to change (although I'm not sure they would have told me otherwise if they were planning to change).  
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Re:Louie's Franks Might Be Quite Good 2010/03/07 16:34:32 (permalink)
FWIW, someone posted information on that addictedtocostco blog post I referenced above that the Kirkland Signature All Beef dogs are made by J & B Sausage Company in a plant in Texas. J & B does a lot of private label.

The COSTCO magazine did a followup to the story posted earlier in this thread. Included was a statement from COSTCO's VP of Food Service. The followup can be found here:
http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/200905/?pg=69#pg69

I believe that in many parts of the country where COSTCO does business, people may prefer the taste of COSTCO's private label dog, since it will be closer to what they buy in the supermarket than to the Hebrew National New York Kosher dog.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2010/03/09 03:49:34 (permalink)
I just want to clarify that not all COSTCO snack bars are using the Kirkland private-label dog these days. The Hebrew National is still being used in many COSTCO snack bars.
 
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2010/03/09 06:16:56 (permalink)
Hebrew Nationals are still being served at the Union Costco.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2010/03/10 21:20:20 (permalink)
The hot dogs served at the Chicago Costco (Lincoln Park) are no longer made by Vienna Beef.  USDA 1 is Vienna Beef.

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post edited by chicagostyledog - 2015/11/06 18:02:56
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2015/11/05 01:24:27 (permalink)
5 and 1/2 years later------------

THEY MAKE THEIR OWN HOT DOGS TO KEEP PRICES DOWN


Costco sells about 100 million hot dogs annually, which is four times more than what’s sold at Major League baseball ballparks all season. The low price is one of the reasons why so many sell, and the chain does everything in its power to keep the prices down. In 2013, they switched to selling all Pepsi products after Coca-Cola increased their prices, and in 2009, they switched from Hebrew National to Kirkland Signature (its private label brand) in order to avoid raising prices as well.
And they're still good and only $1.50 with a Drink!
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2015/11/05 08:35:51 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2015/11/05 10:20:23
We like the Polish Dogs even better than the regular Hot Dog. and that $1.50 gets you the Dog plus 'bottomless' soft drink-- all Pepsi Products, but ours includes Dr Pepper varieties on that list, in 16 oz cup,
Condiments- Bulk- not the little plastic packs- are Catsup, Relish, Yellow And Brown Mustard, chopped onion, and Hot and cold Sauerkraut.
I am not a big fan of hot dogs normally... but the COSTCO POLISH DOG dressed in Brown Mustard and chopped onions and a little relish or Kraut and a cherry Dr Pepper is a nice way to finish a shopping run in the store before the 30 mile ride home.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2015/11/05 18:19:13 (permalink)
Sam's Club sells theirs for about the same price and they serve up Nathan's. Haven't had a Costco dog in years, but the Sam's Club dogs are pretty legit.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2015/11/05 19:41:49 (permalink)
I enjoyed a Costco "dog" with Al and Janet a couple years ago. We had a ball shopping, and while I don't really care for hot dogs, these were really good.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/11 23:15:36 (permalink)
Didn't think I'd ever want to try a Costco dog. They opened a location near my office. Although the products I searched for are cheaper at Sam's Club, I got a membership anyway because I want to try different products.
 
Anyway, I only get 30 minutes for lunch, so I stopped to get a hot dog.
 
Hot Dogs are huge for $1.50. They were good too. Grilled nicely. They're the size of 2 to 3 normal dogs. I am not sure if they were all beef or what, but I liked them.
 
Italian Sausage was even better! Onions and peppers, almost as big as the hot dog, not as long maybe.. $2.79.
 
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/11 23:53:24 (permalink)
I love Costco's dogs. BTW, remember, that $1.50 includes a bottomless drink as well.
 
I'm not sure if my Costco in East Plano has the Italian sausage but, I will sure inquire next time there.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/12 04:39:52 (permalink)
They are all beef....but here they steam them in water. I wish they were grilled!!
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/12 15:19:52 (permalink)
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I love Costco's dogs. BTW, remember, that $1.50 includes a bottomless drink as well.
 
I'm not sure if my Costco in East Plano has the Italian sausage but, I will sure inquire next time there.




You're right. It did. I didn't want the drink, though.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/12 15:20:53 (permalink)
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They are all beef....but here they steam them in water. I wish they were grilled!!




You are right. I did see him take it out of water, but the outer skin didn't seemed boiled.. seemed like it might have been grilled a bit also. Or maybe that is just how the dog is made.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/12 15:58:18 (permalink)
That's how it's made...thick skin. Unlike Hebrew National that they replaced, they're not Kosher however and we have many Hasitic Jews in nearby Lakewood, and now they don't go near the food court!!!
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/12 17:34:19 (permalink)
I heard the were sort of forced to replace the Hebrew Nationals because they were using up the Kosher cows, leaving those that eat kosher without beef.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/12 19:51:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/01/20 15:01:31
mar52
I heard the were sort of forced to replace the Hebrew Nationals because they were using up the Kosher cows, leaving those that eat kosher without beef.

Nah. They got rid of the Hebrew National because the former head of Breitbart, now a Trump aide, is an anti-Semite and he told them to get rid of them.
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/12 20:38:57 (permalink)
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I heard the were sort of forced to replace the Hebrew Nationals because they were using up the Kosher cows, leaving those that eat kosher without beef.

Nah. They got rid of the Hebrew National because the former head of Breitbart, now a Trump aide, is an anti-Semite and he told them to get rid of them.


I can believe that!!
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Re:Costco's new dogs 2017/01/20 14:38:51 (permalink)
I find Costco a waste of money. They just opened one near my office as I commented above I tried the hot dog and sausage.  Before going I compared prices.
 
Most places were cheaper.. Sams Club, Target, Shoprite, etc.
 
For example, Scott Toilet Paper.. Costco has 36 rolls for $33.49 (.93 cents each). Right there I know that's a high price. Even without checking prices I know the normal price is about .60 something cents each, so I looked. Elsewhere I can get 54 rolls for $34 (.63 cents each).
 
Bounty Paper Towels.. Costco comes out to $1.76 a roll. Elsewhere $1.17 a roll.
 
Only thing worthwhile in Costco is the food at the food court. I pay $55 a year to eat sausage and hot dogs? I'm going to return my membership!
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