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Detroit Motor City Coney Island Hot Dogs

Anyone living in the Las Vegas area who are originally from Detroit and they are missing their Detroit style coney island hot dog, here is a taste of home. They are located at 19 W. Water St, Henderson, NV 89015. Phone: 353-7911. They're open Monday through Saturday from 11am. It's the real thing, they have everything shipped in from Detroit. When speaking of any other type of food, that probably wouldn't be a good thing but in this case it is! They also serve Vernors and Faygo Pop. There is Detroit memorabilia on the walls and a couple of grafitti walls where you can sign your name. It's not fancy but it's GREAT!

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  1. Could not agree more! I'm a Detroiter who made a special trip to Henderson's finest Coney Island on my first trip to Vegas. They have done a great job bringing a tatse of Detroit to Nevada,

    Here are some pictures and more details. http://www.typepad.com/t/app/weblog/p...

     
    1. OK, i've gotta ask. I've had Chicago-style, New York style, southern slaw dogs, chili dogs, heard of Jersey dogs. What defines a Detroit style hot dog?

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      1. re: jtc

        A Coney Island hot dog, Detroit style, is an all-beef, natural casing hot dog on a steamed bun with a beanless chili sauce, chopped yellow onion and yellow mustard. Koegel Meats near Flint is a prime purveyor of the dogs.

        There are variations, chiefly in the sauce, from place to place. There is an intense but mostly friendly rivalry among Detroit, Flint and Jackson, Mich., over Coneys. Detroit chili sauce is generally wetter or sloppier than Flint chili sauce. Some Coney dogs include pork and there are some closely held recipes. One says that beef heart is ground into some chili sauces. Todoroff's, in Jackson, advertises that it does not use organ meat.

        The real deal is that Coney Island restaurants are more plentiful in Michigan than anywhere else in the world. There are hundreds of such restaurants in the Detroit area, to the point where people use "Coney" as a synonym for "diner." A Coney Island restaurant in Michigan can have an extensive, inexpensive menu and might be open 24 hours a day. In Detroit, Coney Island hot dogs appear at fancy parties and New Year's celebrations. Long-time residents will swear allegiance to one Coney Island and not set foot in the one next door.

        You cannot easily find a Coney Island hot dog on Coney Island, New York, and in upstate New York, a Coney Island hot dog is known as a "Michigan."

        For more, see www.coneydetroit.com.

        1. re: ConeyDetroit

          ConeyDetroit, thank you for the detailed explanation. I look forward to trying them when I get the chance. As for you, dantes, you may want to consult a dictionary before you talk smack.

          1. re: ConeyDetroit

            I'm from Upstate NY, and a "Michigan", isn't exactly the same thing as a "Coney Island Dog", though they probably have some similarities.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan...

            1. re: ConeyDetroit

              Grew up in Detroit and there is still no better chili than Detroit style Coney Island chili. Its all about Lafayette Coney Island in downtown. My allegiance is to Lafayette and no other, sorry American Coney. For a long time it was the only reason to make the drive. Before the new stadiums, etc.

            2. re: jtc

              What a superb explination, actually, it was incredible.

              1. re: jtc

                Right on! only thing different is some places...Pete's Coney Island on Huron Street in Pontiac..uses white onions and some cumen(while cooking meat) it's a greek recipe

                1. re: vegasrich

                  Pete's Coney in Pontiac,Mi
                  tried to post pic....try again

                  1. re: vegasrich

                    3rd time trying to post this shot of Pete's Coney in Pontiac,Mi
                    thanks

                     
                2. re: jtc

                  the Definition for (Detroit Style) hot dog:(the owner MotorCity Manny AKA Coney King is from Mexican Town Southwest Detroit) Mayo,Jalip,ket,must,sweet relish,detroit style chili sauce,onions,and cheese.

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                  Detroit Motorcity Coney Island Home of the Big Three
                  19 S Water St Ste D, Henderson, NV 89015

                3. I grew up in Detroit and my parents live half the year near Henderson, so I'll pass along the info. I have to ask, though--is Detroit chili similar to Cincinnati chili (which I've never had)? I'd like to try to spin off a meat-free version, but I need a base recipe.

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                  1. re: MacGuffin

                    No, there is no comparison. Cinci chili is HORRIBLE. Bland, tasteless and utterly devoid of any "chili" heat or flavor. Its quite embarrassing that people call this chili, let alone like it. Cinci chili is not all-beef like Detroit.

                    1. re: MacGuffin

                      The main spice in Detroit chili is cumin. I carry a can of cumin in my car (it helps Wendy's chili a lot). The spice in Cincinnati chili is cinnamon.

                      For the record, I'm American, not Lafayette. I haven't been back to Detroit in 30 years, but now I'm thinking about it.

                    2. LAFAYETTE IN LAS VEGAS. SNAPPY DOGS WITH JUICY CHILI, NEW ERA CHIPS AND VERNOR'S. IN OLD HENDERSON, ADDING TO AMBIENCE. PATTY WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU...SHE'S A LOCAL (DETROITER) AND KNOWS HOW TO STUFF A DOG. DON'T MISS WORSHIPPING AT THIS ALTER TO THE HOT GOD (SORRY, DYSLEXIC). ALL WE NEED NOW IS WHITE CASTLE!

                      TIM DITULIO 4/20/09