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Jan 19, 2009 11:38 AM

Detroit area hot dogs, not restaurants!

Many years ago my Detroit relatives would bring treats from the big city with them when they would visit us in Alpena. One in particular was a hot dog. It had a natural casing and a slightly spicy flavor. Unfortunately my relatives (great aunt and great uncle) have since passed on and no one in my family can remember where these hot dogs came from. I don't believe they were Kowalski hot dogs.

I know this was 30 plus years ago ,but some of you hounds may remember such a wonderful hotdog!!

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  1. Koegel's?

    I love them Doggies...

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    1. re: JanPrimus

      Maybe Dearborn's or Farmer Peet's (Out Of Business(Thanks Denny)) ....

      Alot of Info to be found here on Michigan Hot Dogs...

      1. Alexander & Hornung are what I think you are describing. My Uncle was a meat cutter and these were the only hot dogs he would buy. My Grandmother would eat them cold coming home from the butcher. Whenever I go home to Michigan, I try to buy a cooler full for my freezer. They have the slightly spicy flavor and a good crunch.

        I hope this helps your quest.

        1. All of the above--Dearborn Sausage, Koegel's, Alexander and Hornung as well as Kowalksi's will give you that natural casing snap.

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          1. re: coney with everything

            Also the veal dogs from the Polish Market @ 15 & Dequindre ( and Hamtown ) are notably local and most excellent .

            1. re: GoalieJeff

              I'll second that! The veal dogs from the Polish Market are killer. They now have a store near 22 & Hayes as well.
              For foot longs I like Koegels.

          2. Just to try to narrow this down a bit, I would say that Koegel's regular hot dogs, while they do have a nice snap to them, are not particularly spicy. I'd even say they're on the bland side, although they cook up well and have good texture.

            Given that you don't think it's Kowalski and I don't think it was Koegel's, maybe start with Dearborn Sausage? It's been a long time since I've had their regular hot dog. I'm a bratwurst guy.

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            1. re: Jim M

              Thank all of you for your replies! The spiciness of the hot dogs is what set them apart form the others eg:Kowalski's. I will have to give the others a try, if I can get them online since I am in Florida. But I will keep the all in mind!

              Thanks again.

              1. re: djdog

                These might help you rule Dearborn in or out:


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