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Detroit coney island: Best time to visit Lafayette / American?

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What's the best time during daytime to visit these joints if you don't want to worry about parking and the crowd?

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  1. I've never seen them either packed or empty. They're so fast (i.e., instantaneous) that a crowd isn't really an issue. As to the parking, I'd probably go during the day when you can get a meter--probably you can find one on Griswold or Lafayette anytime except evening rush hour. Feed meter conscientiously. If you don't want to park on the street, there's a garage a block south on Griswold on the right. Michigan People Mover stop is not far, either, but it's currently closed for repairs.

      1. re: xman887

        What time is their last call? Do they really have one? I thought this place is open 24/7.

        1. re: ilsorpasso

          Not theirs, the bars' last call. 2:30 a.m. or later. :)

          I've been there for lunch (noonish) during the week and on the weekend. Never really a wait. Jim's right, they're all about getting you in and out and onto the next customer. Yelling at each other all the while.

          1. re: Fibber McGee

            What are the "must-trys" at Lafayette apart from the coney?

            1. re: ilsorpasso

              one of each (coney and a loose) and a chili (w/cheese if you want) fry along with a vernors. long ago, they used to have stroh's & signature (do they still make this somewhere?). all detroit all the time.