Nothing ruins a good dog like a bad bun. I tend to grab the same brand for every occasion, mostly out of habit. Our panelists used to do the same. That was until our recent sampling of eight different brands of presliced hot dog buns from local grocery stores. One popular offering had a strange smell. Another seemed a little small for even the shortest of grilled dogs. But judges found one option they will be looking for — and two backup choices — when they shop for Fourth of July foods.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent