Buffalo’s reputation for chicken wings and pizza is rivaled by foodies who refer to the city as Hot Dog Heaven. We have delicious Sahlen’s hot dogs and yummy Wardynski Natural/Sheep Casing Hot Dogs. You would think that I would be happy with those excellent choices, but when BJ’s Warehouse sent us a coupon for Nathan’s hot dogs, I figured I’d give them a try.

Compared to Sahlen’s and Wardynski’s hot dogs, Nathan’s has a more salty taste. During cooking, Sahlen’s and Wardynski’s hold their shape while Nathan’s casing split and caused the juices to run out of the hot dog. I’ll stick with Sahlen’s and Wardynski’s in the future. Do you have a favorite hot dog? GRADE: C


  1. Deb

    The only time I eat hot dogs is at a baseball game—more specifically, a Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium…and that’s been a while.

    Ok, now I know this is going to sound patronizing and I don’t mean it to, but you mentioned the sausage casings splitting. You do pierce the casings in a few places with a fork before cooking, right? That’s the only way I know to keep casings from splitting.

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    What Dan said.

    You need to have a Nathan’s hot dog right off the grill at the original stand in Coney Island (since 1915). But yes, I agree they are too salty. I love hot dogs but never eat them these days, except occasionally when the hotel in Florida has them on Tuesday “barbecue” night. Once in a rare while we will share one of Costco’s huge $1.50 hot dog/drink combos.

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, I prefer hamburgers to hot dogs but once in a while I get an yearning for a tasty hot dog. Fortunately, Western NY has a lot of hot dog choices. There’s also Hofmann’s hot dogs from Syracuse which are delicious, if you can find them in our local grocery stores.

  3. Jeff Meyerson

    Here is the sodium count:

    Wardynski 600 mg
    Sahlen’s 660 mg
    Nathan’s 730 mg

    Kirkland (Costco) 530 mg
    Hebrew National 430 mg

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, we don’t have a Costco in Western NY. The closest Costco is in St. Catherine’s, Canada. Never tasted a Kirland hot dog. I tend to shy away from high sodium foods.

  4. Jeff Meyerson

    Speaking of Syracuse, I wanted to go to Heid’s famous hot dog stand in nearby Liverpool on the way back from Toronto, but it was raining so hard I could barely see the Thruway, so we just went straight to the hotel.

  5. Rick Robinson

    When I buy hot dogs, I usually get Oscar Meyer or Hebrew National. I think the real question is what do you put on your dog? Catsup? Mustard? Relish (sweet, or dill)? Mayo? Something else?

  6. Robert Napier

    Jeff and I share a taste in hot dogs! I like Hebrew National and Costco’s $1.50 deal, too! Mustard is the only correct condiment and I also like onions! I usually nuke them instead of boiling! Too old and impatient to wait!

  7. j.padrig

    I know you are not a baseball fan, but you are passionate about coupons and “free stuff”. Were you able to snag a free burger from the George Webb’s promo? (Brewers won 12 in a row). As I recall you were always a Bob’s Big Boy fan anyway. Always enjoy your product reviews and subsequent replies.


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