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Posted by Chris & Amy Ayers on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 8:53 AM

farmers daughters

We did find a few Michigan variations south of Plattsburgh, New York. Our first Honorable Mention was The Farmer's Daughters' Drive-In, Saratoga Springs, NY. Tipped off by our friend Sarah, this little drive-in is a bit far afield from Saratoga Springs, despite its address. But we always find any drive down curvy country roads for hot dogs particularly enjoyable. Maybe it's too far out of the Plattsburgh radius of influence, but this Michigan was served in a regular split-top bun. I ordered the onions buried, which may be a Plattsburgh-only term because the cashier didn't understand me. The chili was very tasty, as was the dog (above).

What was really outstanding, however, were the Michigan nachos:

michigan nachos

The Michigan sauce was plentiful, and the cheese lasted until the last chip! (Our major gripe about nachos is that the cheese runs out too quickly, with unadorned chips left behind.) And the sauce had a definite kick that was previously undiscernable on the hot dog. Wonderful! Of course, seeing a giant ice cream cone on the roof, we indulged with a soft-serve cone chronicled here in an earlier post.

farmers outside

Our next stop was New Way Lunch ( review) in Glens Falls. It’s a small diner in the middle of the downtown area, and we certainly appreciate towns that don’t find parking meters necessary:

new way

We ordered a chili dog (New Way doesn’t call it a Michigan, apparently), and it was a fine specimen:

chili dog

The four-ounce cheeseburger with chili was a worthy complement as well:

chili cheeseburger

And Stewart’s birch beer came in glass bottles, so we couldn’t resist (the headquarters for Stewart’s Shops is in Saratoga Springs):

birch beer

We were hoping to indulge in a few Albany-inspired mini dogs from Kelly’s Mini Hot Dogs in nearby Ballston Spa, but we were TTM’ed — which, for us, wouldn’t have been a genuine Roadfood trip without one closing!


Saratoga Awesome Dogs in Saratoga Springs was open, however, and the sweet scent of charcoaled meats from its outdoor grill beckoned us upon parking the car:

saratoga cart

The Awesome Dog was basically a Michigan in a split-top bun, but the chili was milder and the frank snappier:

awesome dog

On the way home, we did scratch the mini dog itch at Country Drive-In in Clifton Park with these beauties:

mini dogs

And we appreciated the tidiness of their condiment shelf:


But even better were the Michigan fries (though the hot dogs weren’t advertised as Michigans), with slices of cheese melted on top:

michigan fries

A very popular place for all ages!

country drive in


Love the idea of Michigan nachos! The photos are striking. Over how many days did you eat this many chili dogs?
Posted by buffetbuster on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 10:57 AM

Four-day weekend, Cliff. Amy actually found the Michigan nachos and fries, but I guess I had my hot dog blinders on and couldn't see anything but!
Posted by ayersian on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 11:08 AM

It seems in N.Y. the "Michigan" name goes only around Plattsburg. I spent a few years in the Newburgh, N.Y. area and they were referred to "Texas Wieners". Like milk shakes, Frappes, Cabinets, Malts etc. how many names are Chili Dogs called by???
Posted by The Monk on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 11:12 AM

How did your stomach handle that much chili & cheese? ;)
Posted by whimseywisp on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 11:31 AM

Quite a few years ago I ordered a Michigan at an A&W root beer stand in Gloversville, NY. It was awful. And not to add any fuel to the debate fire, but a real Michigan is definitely NOT a chili dog , Wally
Posted by wallhd on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 1:43 PM

Wally, how is a Michigan different from a chili dog, other than the bun? Please tell us!
Posted by ayersian on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 1:52 PM

Well, I don't know if you would call it a Michigan, there is a little place (a small trailer) in New Hampton NY, near Goshen NY. This guy sells the best darn CHILI Dogs in the world. His chili is 5 star hot, your eyes water and beads of sweat break out on your forehead, but are they good. The wife and I have been traveling about 30 miles one way but it's worth the trip. We always say we're only going to have two each, and end up with at least three each. He closes up after Thanksgiving and opens again in late March.
Posted by jackzig on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 5:03 PM

Tell me more, Jack -- what's the trailer called? What highway is it on? Any landmarks to speak of? I'm always looking for good eats on that stretch of I-84...
Posted by ayersian on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 5:22 PM

Ayersian next time you are in the area give me a heads up I would love to meet ya'll over a couple of dogs. If you were at Country Drive In on Sunday, 18th, I passed within a half mile of you. I read today that Kelly's is closed on weekends in August. Now regarding Michigan dogs vs chili dogs: In the short time I have been in the North I have found that the Michigan meat sauce is sweet as compared to chili. Too sweet for my taste. I have found very few places actually serve Chili.
Posted by Tex-Max on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 8:49 PM

Hi Ayersian, When you get off 84 take Route 17 South, it's only a mile or two on the right. You can see the place from 17, but you have to turn off 17 to get to it. I believe there is a sign for Soon's Orchards. This little hot dog trailer sits between 17 and Soon's. We always stop when we go to Soon's to get Sweet Corn and Peaches in August, Corn and Apples in September, and Apples and Cider in October. They also have fresh Apple Cider DoNuts. Every time we make the trip we gain a few pounds.
Posted by jackzig on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 2:59 PM

Perfect, Jack -- thanks so much! And Maxilynn, we most certainly will!
Posted by ayersian on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 5:54 PM

In South Glens Falls, off exit 17 of the Northway,( I87). There is a seasonal drive in that has car service called Mr Bill's. They have killer foot long Michagan dogs.
Posted by bubbasbestbabe on Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 2:41 PM

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