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Dec 22, 2007 11:15 AM

Detroit: Chicago style hot dog ?

Help ! I am in the midst of a long term unfulfilled craving for a proper Chicago style hot dog with all the toppings and bells and whistles . Can such a thing be found in the Motor City ? Or am I doomed to yet another coney ? Don't get me wrong , I like coneys and all , I just need a good Chicago dog and can't justify six hours on I-94 to get one . Any suggestions ?

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  1. Red Hot Lovers in Ann Arbor comes pretty close.

    1. Lipuma's in downtown Rochester.

      1. Juicy Red Hots in Dearborn.....

        Vienna Beef, neon relish, sport peppers, poppy seed bun (steamed) and celery salt.

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        1. re: bigcab

          Barkis & I went to Juicy Red Hots today and it was closed. There was a sign up that said, "Closed Dec. 17th for the Holidays." Well, the Holidays are over and it's still closed. What gives? We were greatly disappointed.

          1. re: coney with everything

            Hippos seemed to hit the spot , close to home and good thanks for the input . I'm off to Anita's Kitchen on Ferndale for Lebanese tomorrow , I'll let you in on how it was .

            1. re: GoalieJeff

              great! Glad you liked Hippos.

              Love Anitas in Troy and have been anxiously awaiting the Ferndale location, so will love to hear what you think.

              1. re: coney with everything

                Anitas was great . Anita herself was in the kitchen , making sure everything was being done right . Turned out a dining companion of ours is an old time family friend from way back in high school , so we had a very pleasant experience . The food was excellent ( aforementioned dining companion is half Lebanese-I take his word on authentic ) , the service , while still working out in the first week of being open , was excellent . A very relaxed , smallish , family type of place , in a modern way . I told Joe , the owner that he officially had regulars . He said he'd put us on the list , which I'm sure will be growing soon . Go check it out .

          2. The recently opened Unique Franks in Walled Lake has no less than 17 different varieties, as well as plenty of build-your-own options. They feature Cheli's Chili and have ice cream from the Guernsey Dairy.

            I really miss the Anitas in Farmington Hills, and am glad there are other locations.