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F&W Bucket List: Best Summer Restaurants

In parts of New England, the beginning of summer is marked by the opening of the local clam shack. Elsewhere in America, it's the Italian...
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Clare & Carl's Hot Dog Stand; Plattsburgh, NY

The obscure regional food known as "Michigans"—hot dogs with chili-like "Michigan sauce," plus onions and yellow mustard—aren't found in Michigan at all, but in far upstate New York. The Michigans at Clare & Carl's are some of the best, with long buns that house the whole tasty mess, served from a squat clapboard shack that’s more than 70 seasons old. Sit inside at the counter, outside at the picnic tables or, for the real throwback experience, take advantage of the car-hop service. Open mid-March through early-October. 4731 Lakeshore Rd.; 518-561-1163.

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