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!
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!
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
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.