In 1917, Gust Keros opened American Coney Island in downtown Detroit, and we’ve never turned back. The Coney dog — a Michigan-made wiener tucked in a bun, smothered in beanless chili, with a squirt of mustard and onions on top — was born and raised here. Eat one at these fine establishments.
American | Lafayette Coney Islands
The “Battle of the Coney Dog” is a somewhat friendly competition decades in the making between next-door neighbors American and Lafayette Coney Islands. Detroit Metro Times’ Best of Detroit 2019 named Lafayette Coney Island the best late-night joint; American Coney Island won best coney in Wayne County. Try them both and judge for yourself.
American Coney Island
114 W. Lafayette
Lafayette Coney Island
118 W. Lafayette
When celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain said something was good, foodies listened. Considering Duly’s Coney dogs were the best he’d ever had, there’s no doubt. Located in Southwest Detroit, Duly’s has old-fashioned charm and homegrown flair. You’re in for quite a taste and experience. Cash only — start stockpiling change now.
5458 Vernor Hwy.
Athenian Coney Island in Novi
Located in the popular Novi Town Center shopping mecca, Athenian is a level up when it comes to Coney Islands. Fall is the perfect time to relish a meal on Athenian’s patio, then get back to shopping. Great breakfast and Greek-inspired options, too.
Novi Town Center
43324 11 Mile Road
Mama Vicki’s Coney Island
This family-owned restaurant has generations of experience serving up crowd-pleasing Coney dogs, Coney burgers and even Coney tacos with chili served “over the top.” Kids eat free on Wednesday nights. On Thursdays, Tootsee the Clown steals the show with fun activities, a word of the day and wacky balloon animals.
24989 Hall Road
Macomb Twp., 48042
Lipuma’s Coney Island
In 1969, after successfully launching six restaurants in Detroit, Bill Lipuma headed to the suburbs and opened Lipuma’s Coney Island. It’s been a Rochester staple ever since. And while there are many places that sell chili-mustard-onion hot dogs in the metro Detroit area, not all restaurants have the soul of this one. A lively family restaurant where the owners and staff are known to make jokes while serving some of the best Coney dogs in town.
621 N. Main St.
Looking for tasty alternatives to the classic Coney dog that still fall within the Detroit Coney category? Check out Chili Mustard Onions, known for its vegan version. Or try the Hani at any of the area’s National Coney Island locations. This chicken pita has been giving the Coney dog some stiff competition for the title of Detroit’s Coney Island fave.