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2012/05/07 12:36:48 (permalink)

Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National

A group of investors, including Phil Romano (owner of Romano's Macaroni Grill and Fuddruckers) plan on taking regional Syracuse favorite "Hoffman's Hot Dogs and Sausage" national starting at 67 stores in the Dallas market by Memorial day weekend. They then plan on starting a line of Hoffmans Hotdogs casual restaurants across the nation
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    SeamusD
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/05/07 12:53:20 (permalink)
    I was just about to post this in another forum. It makes me a little nervous about quality fade as they get bigger. They're the only hot dogs I'll buy, and the rest of their products are all top notch also. If they change the recipes or use lesser quality products, they could destroy their local following. A lot of people are borderline fanatical about their hot dogs around here.
     
    Here's a local article about it:
    http://www.syracuse.com/n...food_group_oneida.html
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/05/07 13:44:38 (permalink)
    Oh No! Another local company trying to go national. Hope they don't wreck this too. Heid's Hotdogs tried & almost bankrupted themselves, Dinosaur BBQ opened 3 other locations lost focus & now suck, now my favorite dog. Guess I'm gonna have to break pout the grinder & start experimenting.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/05/08 06:07:42 (permalink)
    I too hope quality doesn't suffer. I can get these franks at Wegmans supermarkets in New Jersey. Beef/pork/veal dog. Good, but a little on the mild side.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/05/09 05:22:33 (permalink)
    John Fox

    I too hope quality doesn't suffer. I can get these franks at Wegmans supermarkets in New Jersey. Beef/pork/veal dog. Good, but a little on the mild side.

    Their quality has changed in the past year. They slightly changed their recipe and it wasn't for the good. The german natural casing dogs used to be pink...now they have a brownish hue and the taste is different. I am very disappointed. The skinless dogs do taste the same and have the pinkish color
    post edited by Yankeedoodle - 2012/05/09 05:23:43
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/05/09 13:08:02 (permalink)
    Hofmanns makes a great dog, I wish them well. Its great to see another Syracuse tradition transcend the local scene. They will have a challenge maintaining their quality but I think they are aware of the pitfalls. Luckily, the Texas partner has Syracuse connection so its not just an acquisition. I'll always have Liehs and Steigerwalds dogs to fall back on.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/05/10 19:58:17 (permalink)
    Yankeedoodle

    Their quality has changed in the past year. They slightly changed their recipe and it wasn't for the good. The german natural casing dogs used to be pink...now they have a brownish hue and the taste is different. I am very disappointed. The skinless dogs do taste the same and have the pinkish color

     
    I've gotten a few like that, but from the deli counter... more likely than not they were just sitting out too long. Last 5 pound bag I got they were the same as always. One of my good friends works there, and we just talked about it and he didn't mention them changing the recipe so far.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/05/11 00:33:17 (permalink)
    I don't know but anytime since last summer all the Natural germans wether they be in a 3 pound bag 1 lb pack or from the counter they have been that way. You can even hold up the skinless and see the difference in color..and that was never the case.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2012/10/19 18:41:49 (permalink)
    I still love them.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2013/01/14 23:04:59 (permalink)
    I just took 2-10 lb. boxes of coneys and franks (picked them up
    directly from the factory in E.Syr. so they were fresh and not frozen)
    to the family in Daytona and Naples...............
    BTW:  I did also bring a few pounds of dogs from Lieh and Steigerwalds
    meat market on Grant Blvd along with a couple jars of Heids mustard too!
    post edited by sonjaab - 2013/01/14 23:08:05
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2013/01/15 00:34:33 (permalink)
    Good to see you [posting about Syracuse, again sonjaab. Your reviews are always honest.
    I moved to Crofton, Md recently, and the newest Wegmans, opened on October 28, 2012 in Crofton/Gambrills, is minutes from the house. It seems no coincindence that I moved into my house the same weekend that Wegman's opened! (but it was coincidnece). I have already been teaching staff that reds are called Franks and whites are called Coneys by Syracuseans. The taste is on par with my expectations. The main part is grilling them correctly on a flat grill, and blacken them like at Heid's of Liverpool.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2013/01/15 00:40:54 (permalink)
    Sonjaab: BTW - I hope you caught Billyboy's trip report on Syracuse while he was visiting his roots this past Christmas holiday. It was excellent! Brought back some memories, along with a couple places I forget to visit on my return visits to the 'cuse.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2013/09/11 20:30:59 (permalink)
    I just bought some Hoffmans at Publix here in Florida a few days ago and had some tonight for the first time. I have to say it's one hellava good hotdog.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 13:31:07 (permalink)
    Coming from NY, I had to relocate to Florida to discover Hofmann's Franks.  Searched and searched for a decent 'snapper'; no Nathan's; no Sabrett . . . what to do?  Saw Hofmann's in my local Publix an decided to give them a try.  This is now MY hotdog!  And, the price is right!  Great flavor, good snap!
    post edited by dads8t2 - 2014/05/26 13:34:00
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 16:07:55 (permalink)
    John Fox
    I too hope quality doesn't suffer. I can get these franks at Wegmans supermarkets in New Jersey. Beef/pork/veal dog. Good, but a little on the mild side.

    John,
    Out of all the Hot Dogs you've eaten, which ones do you think are the best ones?
    Two Categories: 
    Casing & Skinless - Only one in each category.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 17:36:48 (permalink)
    @Foodbme: I'm not John but I'd like to answer your question as well.
    Casing:Thumann's.
    Skinless: I do not eat skinless hot dogs.
     
    With reference to Phil Romano's Hoffman's Hots stand alone restaurant in Dallas' Trinity Groves. It was a mob scene during the first week they opened, But the long lines died to a trickle afterwards because Hoffman's Hots was completely overshadowed by the many fine restaurants that opened afterwards in Phil Romano and partner's Trinity Groves, "Creative Culinary Restaurant Center".
    We visited Hoffmann's Hots during their first week of opening and speaking for myself, I was unimpressed with the dogs which are made with way too much bun to enjoy the dogs.
    http://www.dmagazine.com/...nn-hots-came-to-dallas
    http://www.trinitygroves....nn-Hots-To-Go-Menu.pdf
    http://www.trinitygroves.com/
    http://res.dallasnews.com...mp;utm_source=PourOver
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 17:56:11 (permalink)
    What does the size of the bun have to do with the actual taste of the dog?
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 18:15:20 (permalink)
    What is a Burger Dog?
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 18:19:47 (permalink)
    Greymo, I felt all I was eating was the bun. I couldn't taste the dog until I ate one without the bun. They don't use "normal" hot dog buns. Theirs are more like (thicker) lobsta roll buns.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...Gyry6W5lisJDByfNIOJQxA
     
    Note pictures #38, #49, and #18 as examples.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...EB9KGTTSvvG9T8lmL9PLWw
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...YpLU7LKXgGCybcCoaMABvw
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...yOINIVOl6fyapenh_Pas0Q

     
    post edited by Twinwillow - 2014/05/26 18:52:47
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 18:26:06 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    What is a Burger Dog?

    I haven't a clue.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 18:43:07 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    John Fox
    I too hope quality doesn't suffer. I can get these franks at Wegmans supermarkets in New Jersey. Beef/pork/veal dog. Good, but a little on the mild side.

    John,
    Out of all the Hot Dogs you've eaten, which ones do you think are the best ones?
    Two Categories: 
    Casing & Skinless - Only one in each category.

    I only have skinless hot dogs on Italian Hot Dogs and some of the West Jersey places that serve them. I make a distinction between all beef and mixed meat dogs.
     
    All beef: Best's.
    Mixed: Thumann's.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 21:38:42 (permalink)
    dads-
    The Price Chopper chain here carries both the bags of regular coneys/germans, and the skinless...Wish Wegmans would locate around here  so I could get both Zweigle Texas hots and Hoffman Coneys :P
    dads8t2 

    Coming from NY, I had to relocate to Florida to discover Hofmann's Franks.  Searched and searched for a decent 'snapper'; no Nathan's; no Sabrett . . . what to do?  Saw Hofmann's in my local Publix an decided to give them a try.  This is now MY hotdog!  And, the price is right!  Great flavor, good snap!


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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 21:51:44 (permalink)
    John Fox

    I too hope quality doesn't suffer. I can get these franks at Wegmans supermarkets in New Jersey. Beef/pork/veal dog. Good, but a little on the mild side.

     
    Is this the Hoffman Coney or the Zweigle White Hot?  Even I think the Zweigle white is a little bland compared to the Hoffman. However, I prefer the Zweigle Texas hot to the Hoffman German....
    You have to remember that the white hot is MEANT to take on a lot of toppings I have found that the Coney Island (Middletown) sauce is a VERY  nice accompaniment  to the Hoffman Coney.  Add some Sweet Baby Rays on top, and BAM - great tasting dog!
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/26 22:30:19 (permalink)
    i know aldi sells them in the buffalo area 3 lbs for 10.99  my wife paid.
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/28 15:56:20 (permalink)
    Twinwillow

    Greymo, I felt all I was eating was the bun. I couldn't taste the dog until I ate one without the bun. They don't use "normal" hot dog buns. Theirs are more like (thicker) lobsta roll buns.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...Gyry6W5lisJDByfNIOJQxA

    Note pictures #38, #49, and #18 as examples.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...EB9KGTTSvvG9T8lmL9PLWw
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...YpLU7LKXgGCybcCoaMABvw
    http://www.yelp.com/biz_p...yOINIVOl6fyapenh_Pas0Q




    Those are normal around here where Hoffman started, I prefer them to regular buns. New England style we call them.
     
    Edit: after going back and looking at the pictures, they appear to be using a larger bun down there than we do around here... same style, but the dog fills it up more.
    post edited by SeamusD - 2014/05/28 16:00:14
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    Re:Hoffman Hot Dogs and Sausage to go National 2014/05/29 17:21:24 (permalink)
    Thanks for mentioning this. I was able to pick up some Hoffmanns yesterday here at our local Publix in the Knoxville, TN area.
     
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