Best fair food: 'Super Coney Tots'

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This picture doesn't do it justice. The poetry is in the flavors, and the way they all mix together. - Photo by Michael Jackman
Photo by Michael Jackman
This picture doesn't do it justice. The poetry is in the flavors, and the way they all mix together.

We had heard about this one even before the Hamtramck Labor Day Fair opened up: Somebody had taken the concept of "totchos" — a dish in which that longtime cafeteria staple Tater Tots stand in for corn chips — to new heights. They offered not just totchos but a dish that turned Detroit's classic coney island hot dog inside out, and replaced the steamed bun with the starchy potato nuggets.

It's called Super Coney Tots, and we got it yesterday from a guy named Phillip running a cart in front of the old Rock City Eatery on Joseph Campau. It's hot dog pie, with cut sections of frankfurter, Tater Tots, chili, diced onion, and yellow mustard. While we were eating the thing, we wondered why nobody had ever tried this before.

There's still a day left to get these creations, but we wouldn't be surprised if we saw these things offered somewhere else soon. 

This coney calls for a fork. - Photo by Michael Jackman
Photo by Michael Jackman
This coney calls for a fork.

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Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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