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:
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.
Our next stop was New Way Lunch (Roadfood.com 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:
We ordered a chili dog (New Way doesn’t call it a Michigan, apparently), and it was a fine specimen:
The four-ounce cheeseburger with chili was a worthy complement as well:
And Stewart’s birch beer came in glass bottles, so we couldn’t resist (the headquarters for Stewart’s Shops is in Saratoga Springs):
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:
The Awesome Dog was basically a Michigan in a split-top bun, but the chili was milder and the frank snappier:
On the way home, we did scratch the mini dog itch at Country Drive-In in Clifton Park with these beauties:
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:
A very popular place for all ages!