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What is all this hot dog nonsense all about anyways ?????   A Hot Dog Program

In 1999 PBS produced a very interesting, funny, and "appetizing" special on the best and favourite hot dog vendors found in the four corners of our great Country, showing the absolute best of Americana and nitrates !!!!. After watching it together in Grand Rapids, the Boys immediately bolted to the nearest Hot Dog Stand in G.R., and after their third or fourth hot dog, as they were coming up for air, they committed to hit every one of the stands in the show. Here are the sad, calorie-laden exploits of the strange quest that they have embarked on as a "side" mission during their adventuring !!!____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2001 Paying Homage to the Holy of Hot Dog Holies - Nathan's Famous !!!   ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2004 Gray's Papaya @ 72nd Street and Broadway ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2004 Papaya King @ 83rd Street and 3rd Avenue ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2005 The Varsity in Atlanta, Georgia ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2005 Nu Way Weiner in Macon, Georgia ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2006 SuperDawg on Milwaukee Blvd Chicago, Illinois ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2006 Cozy Drive In Springfield, Illinois ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2006 Pinks On Hollywood Blvd West Hollywood, California ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2007 The Original Hot Dog Stand, Pittburgh PA ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2007 Rutt's Hutt, Clifton New Jersey ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2007 Franks Restaurant, Columbia South Carolina ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2008 Bill's Drive-In, Evanston Illinois ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2008 Portillo's Chicago, Illinois ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2008 Demon Dogs Chicago, Illinois ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2009 Tony Packos, Toledo Ohio ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2009 Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit Michigan ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2012 The Bowery, Dallas Texas ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2013 The Coney Island, Bailey Colorado ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2013 Atomic Dog, Berkley Michigan ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2013 Duly's Place Coney Island, Detroit Michigan ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2014 Super, Duper Weenie, Fairfield Connecticut ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Hot Dog Stands from the Hot Dog Program (In order of appearance on the Program):

 1. _X_ Super Duper Weenie:  Fairfield, Connecticut

 2. _X_ The Varsity:  Atlanta, Georgia

 3. _X_ The Coney Island:  Bailey, Colorado

 4. _X_ The Papaya King:  New York, New York

 5. _X_ Gray's Papaya: New York, New York

 6. _X_ Nathan's Famous: New York Coney Island

 7. _X_ Bill's Drive-in: Evanston, Illinois

 8. _*_ Demon Dogs: Chicago, Illinois

 9. _X_ Portillo's: Chicago, Illinois

10. _X_ Cozy Dog  Springfield, Illinois

11. _X_ Super Dawg:  Chicago, Illinois

12._X_ Rutt's Hutt:  Clifton, New Jersey

13. _*_ Slots-A-Fun/Circus Circus, Las Vegas, Nevada

14. _X_ Nu Way Weiner, Macon, Georgia

15. ___ Skin's Thrashers: Anderson, South Carolina

16. _*_ Franks Hot Dogs: Columbia, South Carolina

17. _X_ Pinks:  Los Angeles, California

18. ___ Law Dog: Los Angeles, California

19. ___ M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs: Anchorage, Alaska

20. _X_ Essies' Orginal Hot Dog Shop:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Other Famous Hot Dog Stands enjoyed by the Boys:

 1. _X_ Tony Packo's:  Toledo, Ohio

 2._x_ Lafayette Coney Island: Detroit Michigan

3._x_ Atomic Dawg: Berkley Michigan

4._x_ Duly's Place Coney Island: Detroit Michigan

Dishonourable Mention: Other Famous Hot Dog Stands NOT enjoyed by the Boys:

 1. _X_ The Bowery:  Dallas, Texas

A The Top 10 in Michigan ?! :

One day in early 2016 Mike came across the following article from Serena Maria Daniels on OnlyInYourState.com.

In These 10 Restaurants Serve The Best Coneys In Michigan

The Coney Island is arguably the one food that defines Michiganís regional cuisine. Arguably, because weíre a huge state and depending on where you live, the Coney is either the ultimate in comfort food, or itís just a chili dog. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, the loyalty for the Michigan Coney runs deep. In fact, there are very strict guidelines over what defines a legitimate Coney. Most would say the dog must come in natural casing, giving the eater a pronounced snap when they bite into it, though weíve found that some spots donít do casing. If youíre in Detroit, the bean-less beef chili that tops the dog is on the runnier and more tomato side, like a sauce. Elsewhere in Flint or Jackson, youíll find that the chili is much drier, resembling ground beef. Diced onions and yellow mustard are the gold standards for a classic Coney topping. But travel to the west side of the state, in cities like Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Muskegon, and youíre bound to find some variations like shredded cheddar cheese, or toppings traditional to Chicago dogs, given their close proximity to the Windy City. Up North, well, weíve heard from plenty of folks in the UP who say they just donít do Coneys. Here, we introduce you to some classics, as well as some of those hybrids we mentioned. See for yourself.

10. Dulyís, Detroit

9. Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit

8. American Coney Island, Detroit

7. Angelo's Coney Island, Flint

6. Starlite Diner and Coney Island, Flint

5. Jackson Coney Island, Jackson

4. Virginia Coney Island, Jackson

3. G&L, Muskegon,

2. Coney Island Hot Dogs Kalamazoo

1. One Stop Coney Shop, Grand Rapids

Now Mike and Bone have visit (some on multiple locations!) the Detroit shops, they had not visited the others, making this list a new challenge!

 1. _X_ One Stop Coney Place