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“My Husband's Favorite - Michigans”

Texas Red Hots Clare and Carl's
Ranked #24 of 133 Restaurants in Plattsburgh
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

My husband is from the Plattsburg area, but hasn't lived there in over 50 years. Yet every time we go back to the "north country," he has to schedule a stop at Clare and Carl's for a couple of Michigans buried (onions "buried" under the hot dog with the Michigan sauce on top of the dog). He loves to sit at the counter of the dilapidated building and soak in the ambiance. Thomas Wolfe wrote "You can't go home again," but this restaurant experience takes my husband as close to home as he can get.

The red hots are a great junk food treat and Clare and Carl's compete very favorably with competitors McSweeny and others. If you get much outside the Plattsburgh area, they may claim they are serving Michigans but you have to be in Plattsburgh to get the real deal. It's all about the sauce. The building looks like it won't last the winter, but it is on the national register list. New owners are committed to maintain the same menu and the history of Clare and Carl's. They are improving the restaurant a bit starting with new picnic benches if you prefer to have your lunch outside. They will still serve your lunch to you in your car if you like. But our favorite spot is inside at the counter.

If you want a taste of Plattsburgh, Clare and Carl's is the spot. You won't be sorry.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

enjoyed a couple of Michigan's and fries at this roadside stand on route 9 - outside seating with table service - very comfortable.

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Reviewed 20 June 2017

What a great dive! Building looks like it is falling apart and has character! Red Hots, known as "Michigan's" in upstate NY, are a north country delicacy and need to be tried by everyone.
Service is friendly and quick. Michigan's are tasty.

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Thank Bruce B
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

There really is only one Michigan ( aka Red Hot ) to eat, and those are these. The "sauce" is the key, and of course raw onion. There are many versions of this type of dog around this part of the world, but there is only ONE C&C. Highly recommended !

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Thank mattheww765
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

We stopped here for the famous 'Michigan', with fries on the side. As the previous reviews have stated many times over, the place is a relatively small shack that looks like it is falling down. The waitress will come out to your car to take your order, or you can eat inside at the counter with stools. The chili dog was very good, the fries average. The place has plenty of character, perhaps just a bit too much for my taste, since the doors are left wide open and a mouse or mole or something in that family ran in while we were eating. If you don't dwell on the little four legged creature, it was a fun experience with a good chili dog. Unfortunately, I don't think I would go back, since I prefer my food without the unsolicited entertainment.

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