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. Find the original round up in the August 2006 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
1532 U.S. 31 North, Traverse City, 231-938-2530
Regular, cheese and cheese-jalapeno.
9054 Kasson, Cedar, 231-228-7460
Plain, cheese, turkey, jalapeno, chili-cheese and kraut.
509 W Front St., Traverse City, 231-946-3300
10233 West Front St., Empire, 231-326-5249
Homemade plain, cheese, jalapeno-Swiss, chili, garlic dogs, Cajun and all-beef.
91 West 4th St., Suttons Bay, 231-271-4280
Regular and cheesy.
407 South Union, Traverse City, 231-947-7698
Original, German, chili-cheese and hunter (hot).
3860 North Long Lake Rd., Traverse City, 231-947-6510
160 Memorial Dr., Manistee, 231-723-9903
Homemade buffalo hot dogs, slightly sweeter than beef franks.
6951 Cougar Trail, Kingsley, 231-263-7419
Regular, cheese, chili-cheese, cheddar and onion, all beef, turkey, and hot and spicy.
116 South Third St., Rogers City, 989-734-2232
2200 East Mitchell, Petoskey, 231-348-8100
95th anniversary this summer. Cheese, regular, Polish-style.
8974 South Kasson, Cedar, 231-228-5000
Joe Vlack’s recipe for regular hot dogs, passed down for 100 years. Plus cheddar, chili-cheese, Polish dog.
237 South Main, Custer, 231-757-4768
Since 1925. Club frank and skinless.