MICHIGAN HOT DOG
- Grant Recipient
Hungry for History®
Arts & Culture
- 4736 U.S. 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, USA
- 44.671397, -73.445891
Town of Plattsburgh
The Michigan hot dog, a meat sauce—or, rather, Michigan sauce—slathered hot dog, originated in Plattsburgh, NY, and was advertised as early as 1927. Though how exactly the Michigan hot dog was first concocted, as well as how it acquired its unique name, remains contested and steeped in local lore, the specialty remains a staple of the region. In addition to a meat sauce, a Michigan hot dog has the optional toppings of mustard and diced white onions, which can be served on top or “buried” beneath.
The first known advertisement of the Michigan hot dog was in the Plattsburgh Daily Republican, which stated Eula and Garth Otis were scheduled to open a “Michigan Hot Dog Shop” in Plattsburgh. Many folks believe that Eula learned or developed the recipe while living in Michigan—hence the name—which she then brought with her to Plattsburgh. Still, the exact origin of the regional specialty remains unconfirmed. Regardless, several restaurants within the region offer their take on the famed Michigan hot dog and it has become a point of pride for many.