I’m always a bit amazed by regional names for things. In most areas, a hot dog with chili is simply a “chili dog”. In Detroit or Worcestor, MA, it’s a “coney dog.” In Northeast New York State, it’s a “dog with Michigan sauce.” And, in southwestern NY, it’s a “Texas Hot.” (Yeah, yeah, purists will explain to me the difference between coney sauce and chili, but the point remains that’s it’s essentially the same thing.)
In any case, I stumbled on one of the better examples of a New York “Texas Hot” hot dog stand in Corning, NY. Featuring one of the most unassuming storefronts I’ve ever seen, in which the business name “Jim’s Texas Hots” is only scrawled in ballpoint pen on a tiny sheet of paper listing the hours (oddly, the back of the store has a much bigger sign). But, both the overall appearance, my weird fascination with narrow restaurants, and the relatively high number of people going in and out forced me to check it out.
So I ended up with a “Texas Hot” with onions and chili (left), and the “Maine Hot” special, with cheese, sauerkraut, onions, and chili. And, indeed, both were very good basic hotdogs, especially for the princely sum of $1.40. Yeah, I’ve had a better hot dog, and I’ve certainly had better chili and/or Coney sauce. But, overall, the quality, friendliness of the staff, and the ambiance made this a pretty good place to drop in for a quick snack.