Monday, March 28, 2005

Our Dog

In 2003, the Village Voice said we had the Best Hot Dog in NYC, and if you search through this blog there is a link to a website that notes we have the 2nd best dog in America.. Well.. maybe that's too much hype but we have always been pleased to use the Stahl-Meyer Hot Dog and cook it so it is both hot and juicy!

Here is a little bit on their history from

In 1894 Louis Meyer founded Louis Meyer & Company in Brooklyn, supplying smoked and cured hams, bacon and sausage. With his business in good shape, in 1923 he built a large three-story brick building at Wyckoff and Cooper avenues in Ridgewood at a cost of $400,000. It had a rail siding with the Long Island Rail Road. In February 1924, he invited all of his customers to a housewarming visit to his new plant. By the late 1930s he merged with Stahl to form Stahl-Meyer, which was known for its 100 percent beef hot dogs. It supplied all three of the major league ballparks in New York City. Tom Wiegand researched and found that Ferdinand Schaller and Anton Weber both had worked for Stahl-Meyer before they founded their own business in 1937.

In 1980, Milton Rattner organized Hansel ’n Gretel Brand, Inc., a provision supplier catering to supermarkets that had deli departments. The company is located at 79-36 Cooper Ave. in Glendale. Its processing plant is housed in a historic building where the Brunner-Winkle Aircraft Corp. made parts for the Bird biplane in 1930-31. In this 1992 photo, the structure on the right is the former “annex” building of Brunner-Winkle. Today, this building and the one to the west of it are connected to form one large complex for Hansel ’n Gretel. It added a second story to the southern end of the “annex” for a sales showroom.

Diagonally across from its plant, Stahl-Meyer constructed a baseball diamond, which was called Stahl-Meyer Oval. The company sponsored a baseball team, the Stahl-Meyer Browns, in the Queens Alliance, and they played their home games at Stahl-Meyer Oval. Subsequently, the company merged with Ferris in the Bronx, which produced Sabrett hot dogs. The new company was called Ferris, Stahl-Meyer. It closed the plant in Ridgewood and moved the production to the Bronx.