Monday, March 15, 2010

Hot Dog Of The Week Recap

Just a quick update on some recent Hot Dog of The Week posts.

NY state has a whole mess of old fashioned hot dog places. So many that it's hard to decide where to go. Stopped at a few on the way up North on Rt 87. First stop was Pete's Hot Dogs in the ghost town of Newburgh, NY about 60 miles north of New York City. A strange, tense mix of old school small-town America mixed with low-income projects, dollar stores and taco stands. I saw more than one pick-up truck with confederate flag bumper stickers.

Pete's was totally empty, and dead silent at 8 o'clock in the morning, across the street from a boarded up diner and an abandoned motel. But great hot dogs. Natural casings Boar's head dogs with a great snap. 2 different kinds of chili, and also a NY style dog with red onion sauce and kraut.

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Hot Dog Of The Week - Pete's Hot Dogs

Next stop was Gus's Hot Dogs in Watervliet. Much more happening, also we got there around lunch time. This area is famous for it's mini 3 inch hot dogs - 65 cents each. Very unique spicy sauce that they cook in clay pots. Super nice folks, let me shoot some photos of the grill operation.

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• Hot Dog Of The Week - Troy, NY Mini Dogs

Then drove way North to Plattsburgh to try the famous "Michigans" at Clare & Carl's but it was closed. Got some nice photos though. We did try some Michigans at a different establishment but I might have to go back up there and try the best before doing a full article.

We took the Ferry through the ice from Plattsburgh to Vermont where the grocery shelves were stocked with New England buns. Even after 4 or 5 hot dogs that day I had to pick some up to bring home. Anyway, while we didn't have any this trip the buns inspired me to finally give Maine's Red Snappers the HDOW treatment.

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• Hot Dog Of The Week - Red Snapper

Pete's Hot Dogs
293 S William St
Newburgh, NY 12550

Gus's Hot Dogs
212 25th Street,
Watervliet, NY

Clare & Carl's (Open Sat. March 27th through September)
4729 NY-9
Plattsburgh, NY

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