In some circles hot dogs are hotly debated. Skinless or natural casing? Plain or stuffed plump with jalapenos and cheese? Tender or with a nice snap? In Northern Michigan you have ample opportunity to find the dog that speaks best to you. Here is a world of small-town butcher shops (some of them around for almost a century), each devising a homemade version of the finest weenie around.
Regular, cheese and cheese-jalapeno. 1532 U.S. 31 North, Traverse City, 231-938-2530.
Bunting’s Cedar Market
Plain, cheese, turkey, jalapeno, chili-cheese and kraut. 9054 Kasson, Cedar, 231-228-7460.
Burritt’s Fresh Markets
Plain, chili-cheese. 509 W Front St., Traverse City, 231-946-3300.
Deering’s Food Market
Homemade plain, cheese, jalapeno-Swiss, chili, garlic dogs, Cajun and all-beef. 10233 West Front St., Empire, 231-326-5249.
Regular and cheesy. 91 West 4th St., Suttons Bay, 231-271-4280.
Original, German, chili-cheese and hunter (hot). 407 South Union, Traverse City, 231-947-7698.
Oleson’s Food Stores
Homemade buffalo hot dogs, slightly sweeter than beef franks. 3860 North Long Lake Rd., Traverse City, 231-947-6510. 160 Memorial Dr., Manistee, 231-723-9903.
Regular, cheese, chili-cheese, cheddar and onion, all beef, turkey, and hot and spicy. 6951 Cougar Trail, Kingsley, 231-263-7419.
95th anniversary this summer. Cheese, regular, Polish-style. 116 South Third St., Rogers City, 989-734-2232.
Joe Vlack’s recipe for regular hot dogs, passed down for 100 years. Plus cheddar, chili-cheese, Polish dog. 8974 South Kasson, Cedar, 231-228-5000.
Sanders Meats, since 1925
Club frank and skinless. 237 South Main, Custer, 231-757-4768.
Emily Betz Tyra is associate editor of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. [email protected]
Note: This article was first published in August 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.