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A Coney Island hot dog from one of the many American Coney Island restaurants.
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A recent MLive poll asked readers: What’s Michigan’s state food? Climbing above competitors such as the pasty, the Boston cooler and Superman ice cream, the Coney Island hot dog emerged on top.

The Coney Island hot dog is an key part of Michigan’s food scene, especially in Detroit. But how did it become so popular? And how did it get its name?

Joe Grimm looked to answer that question in a book he co-authored with fellow journalist Katherine Yung, Coney Detroit.

The Coney dog was the winner of MLive’s poll to choose a “state food.”
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Michigan has a state fossil, and even a state soil, but not a state food.

MLive writer Emily Bingham discovered that other states have a designated food, and soon set out to find a dish Michiganders can call their own. In a poll for MLive, Bingham offered a list of suggestions to take the title – a few of which surprised readers.

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Michigan delegates to the Republican National Convention can find a lot to eat in Tampa.

But at least one business, not too far from the convention center, hopes those delegates will also want a small taste of home.

Tampa is hardly short of great uniquely Floridian food choices, from Cuban sandwiches in Ybor City to beachside shacks where you can eat a variety of fish that were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico a few hours before.

But sometimes you just want a coney.