Casper's makes a superior hot dog

 Put some cheese on that shizz and you're good to go!


If you grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area odds are you've had a Casper's hot dog at least once in your life. I myself grew up going to it's various locations with my grandpa all the time. The company is still owned by same Armenian family that founded it after moving to California from Chicago. And let me tell you, they make the best damn hot dogs I've ever had. Nothing even comes close. And I've had some of the best hot dogs in the world, including Iceland's famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur in Reykjavik.

But you don't have to fly around the world to get a Casper's dog, but it's definitely a lot easier to get one if you already live here. And if you do happen to live here, or you're just visiting, you owe it to yourself to get yourself a Casper's dog. I personally go in for their cheese dogs myself: extra mustard and diced onions as opposed to sliced. Add some relish and tomato on top of that and you've got a meal. 

The real show, however, is the dog itself and the bun, which are both steamed to perfection. According to Casper's website the dogs themselves are "made with only the finest cuts of meats, exotic spices and freshest ingredients." And I'm inclined to agree. They just hit different than any other dog I've ever had. The way casing tastes, the aroma, I honestly couldn't put my finger on what exactly it is that makes them so special, but they are indeed so. 

Like I mentioned earlier, the texture and flavor of the steamed bun has a lot to do with it too. They sell packs of Casper's at a lot of local grocers and I've boiled my own dogs, but I can never get the bun right the way they do, so I definitely recommend trying one from the source to see what I'm talking about. 

I've converted a lot of my friends that didn't grow up around here into Casper's fans and it was not a difficult task at all. And while I find my culinary comfort in their cheese dogs specifically, they have a variety to choose from made out of various animals. If you're ever in the area and want to try one, hit me up. I'll probably take you there, as long as you're not like, ya know, a creep or anything. 

Review for


It has cheese on it

No other hot dog comes close

Steamed buns

A Bay Area standard


I'm not eating one right now

From The Chatty
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    March 24, 2021 7:16 PM

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      March 24, 2021 8:30 PM

      As a kid growing up, and even into adulthood, my dad would ALWAYS take me to lunch at Casper's. They are fucking delicious and I think of my pop whenever I go today. Good memories! Notice that it's always little old ladies working at the Casper's?

      A fun note, have you ever wandered into a Kasper's and thought you entered the twilight zone? They also sell hotdogs, decorate their establishments very similarly to Casper's, and they have a shared history.

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        March 24, 2021 10:42 PM

        Yeah. I definitely think of my grandpa when I go. And he took me to both Casper's and Kasper's growing up. I even went to the old Kasper's where Broadway and Telegraph meet in Oakland. I've also read up about their shared history. I think it's cool that they're chill each other.

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      March 24, 2021 9:42 PM

      I live in the Bay Area and never knew about this. Will give em a try, thanks!

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        March 24, 2021 9:53 PM

        Me either, I grew up here and have never heard about Casper’s. They look mostly east bay, which might be why (I grew up in the north bay and lived in SF). Would love to give it a whirl!

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          March 24, 2021 9:56 PM

          Oh man! Best hotdogs ever and I know what you are thinking. It's a damn hotdog.. But no they are absolutely a meal that you will CRAVE! Absolutely worth going out of your way for a lunch.

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          March 24, 2021 10:43 PM

          Y'all gotta do it!!!!!

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      March 24, 2021 9:45 PM

      Oh shit! there's one in Dublin!

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        March 24, 2021 10:20 PM

        There’s a Kasper’s in Pleasanton too...

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      March 24, 2021 10:00 PM

      For a second I thought eldersveld was back.

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      March 24, 2021 10:02 PM

      I haven't been to the bay area since I was 16. Miss my aunt and her dog Taboo who was definitely a human reincarnated.

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        March 24, 2021 10:02 PM

        RIP both of them and fuck cancer.

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      March 24, 2021 10:06 PM

      Is it worth driving from Mountain View over to Hayward to try one of these dogs? I've lived here almost 20 years but all of it in the south bay

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        March 24, 2021 10:44 PM

        I mean, how much do you like a really fucking good hot dog? I think they're worth it personally. There's really nothing quite like them.

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      March 24, 2021 10:11 PM

      It’s a bit of a drive but tempting.

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      March 24, 2021 10:19 PM

      How is this thread going without the argument of Casper’s vs Kasper’s?!?

      I like em both, but it’s a very opinionated topic for some people in the Bay.

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        March 24, 2021 10:45 PM

        I like them both, but I personally think Casper's is better.

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          March 24, 2021 10:50 PM

          Apparently they both get their dogs from the same company now. Difference is their signature dogs; Caspers is beef and pork, and Kaspers is all beef.

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      March 24, 2021 10:22 PM

      That just looks like your standard crap hotdog covered in shredded cheese. :(

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        March 24, 2021 10:45 PM

        Sounds like someone doesn't like hot dogs.

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        March 24, 2021 11:02 PM

        Well you are incorrect and out of line in this instance.

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        March 25, 2021 8:06 AM

        Casper links are pretty good comparatively to other hotdog links (tend to be a bit skinny though, just means you gotta get two). I agree about the cheese though way too much, you're not going to taste anything else at that point. It's a hotdog not a pizza. If you want toppings Chicago and Coney dogs are the way to go otherwise keep it simple (mustard, kraut, onion and maybe a pickle if no kraut or a little diced tomato if you're not a fan of pickled anything).

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      March 24, 2021 10:28 PM

      Haven't had one in a long time but good memories of them. I need to hit them up someone to keep them alive.

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      March 24, 2021 11:53 PM

      they're all in the east bay!?

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      March 24, 2021 11:58 PM

      The Caspers / Kaspers Experience

      If you go around lunch, you’ll walk into a surprisingly busy store that looks like it hasn’t been updated since the 80s. When you glance up at the menu.. it’s not digital. In fact, it’s not even remotely modern. It’s one of those plain black slatted board style ones where the letters and numbers have all been clipped in by hand. You can tell nothing has changed up there since this place has opened but the price.

      When you finally get to the front of the line you’re gonna notice everyone who works there looks like the memory you have of the lunch lady at your elementary school. Trust me, it’s part of the charm of the place. Those are some of the nicest ladies you’ll meet. And If you’re nice back, she might give you extra onions!

      Don’t be alarmed when you order and see a super floppy wiener and a soggy looking bun. It’s great, you’ll see! Make sure to pay attention while they ask you what you want. Cheese dogs are super popular, and some of my friends swear by the chillee dogs. You won’t make a wrong choice. Get ketchup if you want, they won’t judge you.

      When you make your way to the register they’re gonna ask you if you want any drink. You’re gonna see this giant swirling orange fizz machine behind them and wonder if you should get some. Yes, yes you should.

      Pay up and make sure to tell them you’ll be back soon (because you will). And go eat in the car like a fatty because it’s worth eating hot. Don’t let it get soggy on the way home!

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      March 25, 2021 2:19 AM

      the fact that hotdogs exist in a world with sausages consistently bewilders me.

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      March 25, 2021 7:31 AM

      Detroit style coney dogs are The Way. C/Kasper's ain't got nothin' on a coney dog.

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      March 25, 2021 10:50 AM

      Ghost meat

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