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2013/06/04 15:17:06 (permalink)

Best Bun for the Buck?

I have been considering changing buns, I want something that is good, really good and has a taste to complement the dogs well. But I also don't want to break the bank doing it. I had considered using potato buns, you know the kind of yellowish looking ones, I like them on a burger but never heard of anyone slinging dogs on them, but they do make them and they are kind of spendy. I also thought about asking a local bakery if they could make some, has anyone tried this route before? What have you guys found to be the best buns? 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/04 17:30:57 (permalink)
Each bun is meant to compliment a dog taste. I use vienna beefs poppy seed buns. they come frozen and ar eazy to thaw. about 12 cents each per case
nice big buns, can hold alot without getting floppy
 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/04 21:06:55 (permalink)
Sam's Club Sara Lee $2.28 for 16 buns. These are the best in my area I think.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/04 21:39:45 (permalink)
I'll second the Sam's Club. Mine aren't Sara Lee but they're a great sturdy bun and the price is right.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/04 21:58:00 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
Don't know if you can get them in your area but---Kings Hawaiian Buns are FANTASTIC! A little pricey but well worth it. They would definitely set you apart from competitors!
http://www.kingshawaiian.com/products/hotdog-buns/
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/04 22:10:04 (permalink)
@BpCBlake I sell Vienna Beef Dogs and Sabretts, I do use Vienna Poppy seed buns, but only for the chicago dog.
@Foodbeme Dude I have been trying to find out what those buns were called, I had one on a trip one time and never asked what it was. I love those things, how pricey is pricey 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/04 23:28:01 (permalink)
How about those new england style that look like little bread loafs? they toast up really nice.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/05 01:05:35 (permalink)
@BpCBlake That sounds cool, but unfortunately I have no way to toast them, I have no griddle or anything on my cart, just steam tables. Now my next cart is going to be decked out it will have it all 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/07 09:20:41 (permalink)
unless you have a gourmet clientle...I just use the 16 packs of freihofers and the footlongs from freihofers.... sams club has a cheap large roll but its frozen and a needs a hypersteam cabinet to heat them properly
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/07 13:11:57 (permalink)
I bought a pack of Kings Hawaiian sweet hot dog buns. Thats all she wrote folks I'm hooked  I have talked to the corporate office about getting them in bulk and at a much better price than the $3.99 for 6, I paid at the grocery store. I tried it with a chili dog W/onion and on what's called a seattle style hot dog with cream cheese onion relish and mustard, hands down across the board best bun thus far, that hint of sweet plays nice with salty things, so you get your salty & sweet flavor profile going and with other sweet items it just enhances the sweetness, not overpowering at all.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/07 15:53:04 (permalink)
Some of the wholesale clubs have kings now. just ask them to stock the dog buns for you.
 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/07 17:30:40 (permalink)
At .66 a bun, I'd think you'd have to charge a least .50 more. Might try it on a specialty dog or as an upgrade. At least you can eat any leftovers.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/07 20:20:41 (permalink)
@BpCblake Kings Hawaiian just emailed me the product codes and distributor codes to get them at my restaurant depot. I will be doing it tomorrow.
@jcheese I am not sure what the cost is going to be yet I will find out tomorrow though. I can't really do a specialty dog though cause that's what I do, all my dogs are specialty.  I have a menu of 10 dogs + a Veggie and that's all I do.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/06/07 22:06:07 (permalink)
I thought I posted this earlier but you can get them at Sysco & US Foods.
Q: I have a Restaurant or Catering Service and I would love to use your products. How can I get them on my menu?
A: We are so happy that you want to add a touch of sweetness to your menu. King’s Hawaiian® products can typically be ordered through your local food service providers such as Sysco and US Foods. Should you need any further help, please feel free to Contact Us at 1-877-MY-KHCARES [ 1-877-695-4227 ] or email us at khcares@kingshawaiian.com. Someone from our Food Service Department will reach out to you as soon as they can.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 15:02:29 (permalink)
I am getting ready to jump into the weeny racket and am looking for a good local resource for buns.  I have read the post about getting them frozen then thawing or steaming them.  My question is how is the taste of the frozen versions?  I like the idea of using the kings hawaiian, if you want to stand out and offer something unique.  I am also considering using the New England buns,  I like the idea of toasting the sides.  
 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 15:24:40 (permalink)
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I am getting ready to jump into the weeny racket and am looking for a good local resource for buns.  I have read the post about getting them frozen then thawing or steaming them.  My question is how is the taste of the frozen versions?  I like the idea of using the kings hawaiian, if you want to stand out and offer something unique.  I am also considering using the New England buns,  I like the idea of toasting the sides.  

there is a lot of nice stuff out there. if you are in a big city, contact the local bakerys. the new england are nice, the VB frozen poppy seed ones are nice too. aunt hatties makes some nice stuff. they custom bake for some fastfood places. and the kings are nice too. man, try one with pickles and bbq pulled pork. wow
 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 17:20:56 (permalink)
I am Currently using the Vienna Beef Poppy Seed and The Kings Hawaiian sweet. Get lots of compliments on both.
@ Blake Do you know anything about these pretzel buns I keep seeing?
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 17:45:39 (permalink)
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I am Currently using the Vienna Beef Poppy Seed and The Kings Hawaiian sweet. Get lots of compliments on both.
@ Blake Do you know anything about these pretzel buns I keep seeing?

never checked them out


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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 18:23:25 (permalink)
Buns are the "Weak Link" in my chain of quality. I used to use Merita, cuz they were separated, so you could pull them straight out of the bag with tongs. Out of business. Owned by Hostess. Then I found Flowers Brand at my local corner market. Market went out of business. Found that a lotta buns don't take to steaming. I find myself apoligizing about buns too often. Really don't think here they care too much.  As an experiment, I offered Whole Wheat buns and everyone said "Yes". Who knew? Think I'm gonna offer Whole Wheat Buns as an upgrade for .25 extra.  If they don't sell, I can eat them myself, as I don't eat white bread.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 18:55:22 (permalink)
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Buns are the "Weak Link" in my chain of quality. I used to use Merita, cuz they were separated, so you could pull them straight out of the bag with tongs. Out of business. Owned by Hostess. Then I found Flowers Brand at my local corner market. Market went out of business. Found that a lotta buns don't take to steaming. I find myself apoligizing about buns too often. Really don't think here they care too much.  As an experiment, I offered Whole Wheat buns and everyone said "Yes". Who knew? Think I'm gonna offer Whole Wheat Buns as an upgrade for .25 extra.  If they don't sell, I can eat them myself, as I don't eat white bread.

Hostess is coming back. well thier recipes are. I forgot who bought them though. and thats a point I forget. not all buns steam equally. they could get hard or turn to mush. you will have to buy a bunch and try them. unless they say they can be steamed. like VB says thiers can be steamed.

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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 19:12:23 (permalink)
I see you guys talking about VB poppy seed buns. I did a search to find them. I havent hooked up with my local sysco rep yet if they have them. Where do most of you guys get them
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 19:21:39 (permalink)
Restaurant Depot
 
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 19:30:37 (permalink)
Thanks. I will need to get there as soon as i can to check it out.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 20:15:00 (permalink)
I go to Restaurant Depot to get my Vienna Beef Stuff
@ Blake  think a company in Mexico bought all the Hostess Recipes, at least last I heard they were making a bid on it.
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 20:39:09 (permalink)
Tijuana Twinkies
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 22:51:05 (permalink)
Around here our Costco's carry S. Rosen's buns. I love them, same price as most, a little bit bigger for more toppings (coney sauce, Chicago dog). The best thing about them is how they stay fresh longer than any other brand around here. Like 4 or 5 days, They also freeze well. Looking at their site, seems I could have them shipped for around $.22 each. Not the best price, but if I couldn't get them locally for cheaper I might consider it. 
http://www.alphabaking.com/faqs.aspx#2
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/07 22:59:25 (permalink)
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Tijuana Twinkies

Dude that sounds good, Oh how I miss the days of deep fried twinkies mmmmmm
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/08 19:25:36 (permalink)
July 15 Twinkies will be hitting the shelves again with a new longer life. 45 day shelf life vs 26. Fried twinkies will be back in no time!
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/09 09:29:56 (permalink)
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July 15 Twinkies will be hitting the shelves again with a new longer life. 45 day shelf life vs 26. Fried twinkies will be back in no time!

Don't tease me and play with my emotions  Does this information come from a reliable Source? If so Hot Diggity Dog, I will have a dessert dog. deep fried twinkies on a stick, resembles a corn dog. I can also make my Twinkie Tiramisu again, Oh how I have a warm special place in my heart for twinkies 
Did you guys see what people were getting for boxes of Twinkies on Ebay like a couple weeks after they were not available in the store anymore? I seen some boxes as high as $75-115. that is insanity  
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Re:Best Bun for the Buck? 2013/07/09 10:56:24 (permalink)
In New Orleans when a kid we had Vories Pie. Similar to Moon Pies but to my taste a lot better. I'm sure it was a New Orleans brand just like Elmer's chocolate "Gold Brick," a small chocolate bar with pecans in it. 
 
We also had a bakery "Hubigs" that made those great "Fried Pies." I've eaten every flavor but if there were Lemon, I grab it first most of the time. Here in Colorado I have to settle for "Moon Pie" and another brand of Fried pies.
 
I'm sure I've eaten a "Twinkie" somewhere along in time. Do you guys know if the Twinkie folks make the "Moon Pie"  or maybe the "Fried Pies" here in Colorado?
 
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