"Coney Island" restaurants are all over the Detroit area but there is an enduring and endearing rivalry between two that has spanned about 70 years. The Lafayette and American coney islands downtown were opened by brothers and exist side by side on Lafayette St. Stop in both and have a coney: a hot dog (the good ones have natural casing) with an all meat chili sauce on top. Eat it like a local with a little mustard and onions (go light!). Or try the chili fries. It's a good spot for late night noshin' and people watchin'. Service with a smile.
PS don't eat a coney at the GM building....bad coney...bad coney.....
Favorite Dish: Eat a coney, cuz its a coney.
This is your basic casual, inexpensive, after-the-bar dining pleasure! You will get a coney dog, chili fries and a drink for approximately $5-$6. Restaurant is very small but the fare is excellent!
Open 24 hours it is at its busiest during the bar crowd and lunchtime. Their coney dogs are the best in the city! Great place to go if you don't mind "getting your hands dirty." These guys definitely don't skimp on the chili!!
Favorite Dish: The coney dog with chili, mustard and onions and an order of chili fries. I have never even bothered to try anything else, but I know you won't be disappointed no matter what your taste buds are calling for!
Hot dogs, chili dogs, chili cheese fries, fries, coffee!
Recommended dine time: post mid-night, the later the better.
Always good people. Great services from our friends, the Yemens. Ask them about the trick with the forks.
Favorite Dish: Chili cheese fries and chocolate milk!!
I highly recommend ordering regular/chocolate milk. No where in the world is it as exciting as at Lafayette Coney Island.
Warning: If you just get cheese fries, they use shreded cheese, so it might not be totaly melted.
If you want a real Detroit ‘Coney Dog’, Lafayette Coney Island is one of the two places to stop (the other being next door at American Coney Island). The two places sit side by side and were started by two brothers, although Lafayette was the 2nd to open. Lafayette sits in the same storefront it did 70 years ago, and is owned by the 3rd generation of the originator. The competition between the two restaurants remains fierce, and most Detroiters have a specific loyalty.
The formica tables and cramped interior of Lafayette lend to its atmosphere. As does the waiter yelling your order from your table, which is served almost immediately. Sitting at the countertop is always a great experience, watching the cooks heating the dogs and steaming the beef. The place is almost always crowded and open 24 hours, and attracts a very diverse clientele.
No visit to Detroit is complete without a stop in at least one of the original Coney Dog restaurants, maybe even sampling each to choose your own loyalties.
Lafayette Coney Island has been standing on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Griswold for the better part of a century and feels like the old 'cheeseburger cheeseburger' skit from Saturday Night Live. The menu is simple: Coney dogs, hotdogs, french fries, Coke ('No Pepsi, Coke'), apple pie. There's nothing fancy here and the waiters might give a little attitude, but this little diner is pure Detroit and especially in the middle of the night since they're open until 5 am. When our basketball team played Philadelphia for the finals one year, our mayor bet 24 Lafayette coney dogs against 24 Philadelphia steak and cheese sandwiches from the mayor of Philadelphia. We won, but even the mayor knew where to go for the best Coney dog in Detroit. Once I asked the waiter what type of pies he had. 'Now why are you going to make me tell you all the pies we have because you're only going to have one,' he replied. 'Now you just tell me which one you want and I'll get it for you.' 'Uh ... apple?' I asked shyly. The waiter threw his hands in the air. 'Ok! See how easy that was?' Giggle ... yes, that's Detroit.
Favorite Dish: Coney dogs, fries and a coke. Average price for a meal: $6 USD
Lafayette Coney Island is located at the triangler intersection of Michigan, Griswald and Lafayette. The food here is what makes this place tick, The walls are plain and the food is great. Ask for a 2 on 1, meaning 2 coneys with everything (Detroit style is mustard, onions and chilli) on 1 plate, the #2 would mean how many coneys and the #1 means on one plate. With a lot of compititon in Detroit with a coney island franchise on just about every major intersection in the city Laffy's continue's to be the best and right next door is American Coney Island how's that for compition. Sorta like the two steakarys right across the street from each other in south Philly, of coarse serving those awesome cheesesteaks a staple in Philly. But this is Detroit and coney dogs are the main food here.
Favorite Dish: A 2 on 1 with a coke. 2 on 1 is a short way of saying 2 coneys on 1 plate. The coney dogs are top notch here and the chilli cheese fries are good too.
Beyond description. Suffice it to say that this is a place better experienced under the influence.
Favorite Dish: 2 Coney Dog's, Chili Cheese Fries, and a Beer (you never know what brand - whatever is cheapest at the party store next door)
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