I don't often make the trip way the heck upstate to my sister's place in the Keene Valley, but when I do decide to make the trek, hot dogs figure largely into the math. See, the drive up neatly bisects the heart of the New York-Connecticut-Pennsylvania-Michigan hot dog trail, with several important stops along Route 87. You did know that such a trail exists, right? And there are some mighty interesting dogs to be found along the way...
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Squabbles between stands and manufacturers aside, I think the Detroit Coney should be considered one of the great American "Heirloom hot dog styles" that has stood the test of time—as important a part of hot dog history as the Chicago dog and New York Kosher style, and just as delicious.
Pete's hot dog is strikingly different from every other Southern dog. It's one of those places where you walk in and just KNOW it's going to be awesome. It's a tiny place with a stainless steel counter and room for maybe six people at the most. Owner Gus Koutroulakis has been at the helm, cooking dogs on the tiny griddle from the same spot in the front window, since 1948.
Famous Lunch is an awesome old-school counter joint right off of main street in the small city of Troy, New York, about six miles up the Hudson River from Albany. The dogs here are tiny: slightly larger than a cocktail weenie, about three-inches long and 65 cents each.
In this edition of Hot Dog of the Week we follow the trail of Greek-owned hot dog stands in the Troy/Albany area of New York that sell mini hot dogs. Since the 1920s this region has been known to serve this truly unique regional variation, produced by local butcher shops and served on custom-made three-inch hot dog buns.