In our continuing quest to find the world’s best Chicago-style hot dog, we’ve found a contender out in Harbor Country. Honestly, this was the best hot dog I’ve ever eaten.
The name of the place is Nani’s, on the Red Arrow Highway in Union Pier, MI. It’s a new place, opened last season, that only now is getting a reputation. Besides hot dogs done various ways, Nani’s offers a shrimp roll and Italian Sausage. In the morning it sells muffins that are made on the premises: Bacon-Maple Muffins, Lemon Rosemary with Pine Nuts . . . . a changing selection of exotic muffins that are cultivating a following.
The hot dogs (Hebrew National brand) are all served on a buttered and toasted New England-style bun. The standard toppings, which were excellent, were all freshly made. The topping variants on offer are intriguing. Will we try the “Egg Roll Dog” or the “Sweet and Spicy Dog” (with sriracha, pineapple cole slaw, jalapeños, bacon, and garlic mayo) next time? Hm. Don’t think I can pass on that Chicago style.
I’m originally from Michigan but not familiar with Union Pier. Perhaps I should change that some day, because those hot dogs sound yum!
Union Pier is south of St Joseph, on Lake Michigan, in the very southwestern corner of the state. As Yelpers point out in their reviews of Nani, it’s just a few miles off Interstate 94. . . . . all too convenient!
Ahh, okay! I grew up much further east and just a little bit further north than there. But I’ve been in that general area before, as I pass through it on my Chicago-to-hometown roadtrips. I’ll have to make note of that for the next trip.
Mmmmmmm and Mmmmmmm again ! That looks like a mighty good looking hot dog and from your description it tasted as good as it looked. ! If I’m ever in the area–sure will give it a try.
Have you tried Super Dog on Milwaukee and Devon? They´re very good.
That place is so famous–I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t been there yet. On the other hand, I have been to a very cute old place on Highway 41 (in lincolnwood?) called “the Bunny Hutch.” Both are great photo-opps!
I have found it hard to go wrong with a Chicago style dog, but then we aren’t exactly littered with hot dog stands in Santa Cruz, CA.
Visit the epicenter, then!