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.

Gus' Red Hots Inc.

Gus' Red Hots Inc. makes your family feel right at home. This American fare restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and whether you’re in the mood for a juicy triple decker club or a signature melt, Gus’s Red Hots offers a wide variety of dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. For a special at Gus’s Red Hots treat try an Adirondack Coast favorite, the Michigan.

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McSweeney's Red Hots on Route 9S

McSweeney's Red Hot's, Inc. opened its doors for business on June 1, 1991 at its first restaurant location at 7067 Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY. Since then the company has opened two other locations, all in the Plattsburgh area.  The owners, brothers Michael and Stephen Farrell, are committed to providing customers with the finest quality products, fast courteous service and a clean, family-oriented atmosphere.

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McSweeney's Red Hots North on Route 9

McSweeney's Red Hot's, Inc. opened its doors for business on June 1, 1991 at its first restaurant location at 7067 Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY. Since then the company has opened two other locations, all in the Plattsburgh area.  The owners, brothers Michael and Stephen Farrell, are committed to providing customers with the finest quality products, fast courteous service and a clean, family-oriented atmosphere.

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McSweeney's Red Hots on Route 3

McSweeney's Red Hot's, Inc. opened its doors for business on June 1, 1991 at its first restaurant location at 7067 Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY. Since then the company has opened two other locations, all in the Plattsburgh area.  The owners, brothers Michael and Stephen Farrell, are committed to providing customers with the finest quality products, fast courteous service and a clean, family-oriented atmosphere.

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Sandy's Deli & Catering

If you are craving some quality deli treats, there is only one place to call - Sandy's Deli & Catering. Offering fast, friendly service and even deliver within a 5-mile radius. You will love their homemade food that will keep you coming back time and time again.

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Clare and Carl's

(518) 561-1163

Ronnie's Michigans

(518) 561-3879

Happy Pike Ice Cream and Snack Bar

(518) 846-3423

Michigans Plus

(518) 561-0537
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PO Box 310 |  7061 Route 9 | Plattsburgh, NY 12901 USA
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