Find the Best Local Hot Dog Near You

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.

Bayside Market

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.

Hansen Foods

Regular and cheesy. 91 West 4th St., Suttons Bay, 231-271-4280.

Maxbauer Market

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.

Paradise Meats

Regular, cheese, chili-cheese, cheddar and onion, all beef, turkey, and hot and spicy. 6951 Cougar Trail, Kingsley, 231-263-7419.

Plath’s Meats

95th anniversary this summer. Cheese, regular, Polish-style. 116 South Third St., Rogers City, 989-734-2232.

Pleva’s Meats

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.

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