The Michigan

You can’t visit the Adirondack Coast without trying a local favorite: the Michigan. Also known as a “red hot”, this steamed hot dog is served in a steamed bun, smothered with meat sauce and topped with mustard and onions.

The History of the Michigan

There are almost as many varieties of Michigan sauce as there are stories about its origin.  One theory is that the original Michigan sauce was created by George Todoroff in Jackson, Michigan. In 1914, Mr. Todoroff took his recipe to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York and opened his first restaurant.

This story claims that a Canadian, possibly a salesman, traveling between Montreal and New York City, would stop in Plattsburgh and spend the night at the Witherill Hotel. Apparently, he would bring back several of Todoroff’s “Jackson Island Conies” and get the cook at the hotel to warm them. The cook liked the flavor so much that he created a similar sauce that caught on with the local restaurants, and the "Michigan" hot dog was born.

Though there are many restaurants serving Michigans, most local residents can't agree who is top dog. So judge for yourself.

Happy Pike Ice Cream and Snack Bar

(518) 846-3423

McSweeney's Red Hots on Route 9S

(518) 562-9219

Ronnie's Michigans

(518) 561-3879
A Division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 310 |  7061 Route 9 | Plattsburgh, NY 12901 USA