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Apr 4, 2007 07:09 AM

Where can I get a "Michigan" hot dog?

I grew up in Burlington, VT and enjoyed a long love affair with Beansie's Bus on Battery Park. The old yellow beast would park itself in spring and stay 'til fall and dole out The Best french fries and hot dogs all summer long. They serve a "Michigan" style hot dog; Steamed bun, steamed dog, slathered in a meat sauce. The meat sauce wasn't chili but more like "manwhich" style but had far less tomato tangy-ness. I read recently that Beansie's Bus just opened for the season and now I'm dying for a hot dog, Michigan style, but I won't be driving to Burlington any time soon. PLEASE tell me if you've seen an authentic dog like this locally!

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  1. kitty, I am from Michigan and we call those Coney Dogs. Maybe that will help in your search. I have also seen some recipes for Coney Dogs if you are up for making your own. I can find it for you if you are interested.

    Edit: I was looking on line and found that outside of this area, they call our Coney Dogs, "Michigan dogs". Apparently we have our own style of coney sauce that differs from the New York coney dogs. I never knew! I should eat them more often!

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    1. re: thatgirl153

      I was going to post that Michigan Dogs sound like Coney Island Dogs. If so George's Coney Island in Worchester may be what you're looking for. Also there's a place in Attleboro that also looks like it's from the 50s that serves Coney Island Dogs.

      1. re: gourmaniac

        Tex Barry's Coney Island is the place you're thinking of... one in Taunton too. Keep going south into Rhode Island, and your options increase. Search in here on "NY System", "Olneyville" or "Wien-O-Rama".

        NY System Restaurant
        18 Plainfield St, Providence, RI 02909

        1009 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, RI 02920

        Tex Barry's Coney Island
        31 County St, Attleboro, MA 02703

        Tex Barry's Coney Island Hot Dogs
        15 Main St, Taunton, MA 02780

        1. re: okra

          I just had a Michigan dog across the lake from Burlington. I never heard of them before, but it was a lot like the NY system dogs you get in RI.

        2. re: gourmaniac

          The Coneys served around here appear not to be like Detroit-style Coneys, if the pictures are at all accurate. (as discussed this in various places on this site)

          Though the Massachussetts "Coney Islands" might be like what kittychow thinks of as "Michigan" hot dogs. Not to confuse the issue! They might be what New Englanders think of as "Michigan" style but not what Michiganders think of as Coneys.

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        1. wardpatty has posted a recipe, which has been moved here:

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