Back in August, I searched Philadelphia for high-quality, traditional natural casing hot dogs. Not an easy task in a city that's been dubbed a "bland hot dog market."
But I found the hot dog holy grail at Net Cost, an Eastern European superstore in northeast Philly (with several outlets in Brooklyn) that has more natural casing hot dog brands than I've ever seen in one place, not to mention a selection of cured and smoked meats that rivals anything I've ever seen in my life.
Net Cost's deli counter also offers a variety of hot dogs. We tried a bunch and bought some franks to cook at home. The selection is about a thousand times better than anything you can find in a regular supermarket. Until now Wegman's was my "hot dog stock-up location" of choice (for Zwiegle's, Sahlen's, and Thumann brand dogs) but Net Cost is definitely my new spot. Take a look at all of the unique, delicious hot dog offerings in the slideshow.
Net Cost Market
About the author: Hawk Krall is a Philadelphia-based illustrator who has a serious thing for hot dogs. Dig his dog drawings? Many of the illustrations he has created for Hot Dog of the Week are available for sale: hawkkrall.net/prints/.