Well I’ve never found anything quite like a VB but I do typically get the shorter, thicker Nathan’s at my local market (as opposed to the long skinny ones). The dog has more smoke than a VB but the spice level tastes right… or as close to right as I can find at Price Chopper. I’d be open to suggestions though if any of you have a better suppliment to A vienna.
As for Red hots I do know that, as with all things, there is great variation from one to another and I *do* like them but it wasn’t the eye opening expierence that I had in Chi-town. Then again I suppose I should take a ride to Bates (my old College) and cruise up to Holowell and try a Maine dog again now that my dog love has been rekindled.