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Apr 22, 2009 12:56 PM

Coney's in Detroit; a question

So I stopped into Linda's Place in St Clair Shores yesterday for my monthly 99 cent coney fix. While I was dismantling my meal, I was thinking that I've never been able to pick up one of Linda's Coney dogs in my hands to eat it. There's that much coney sauce slathered over the dog. Don't get me wrong it's a good hot dog, and the sauce is blissful schmered over the bun. But a knife and fork are required tools at this meal.

My question to chowhounds is: are your favorite coney dogs "finger food"? Or do you, as I have to; use a knife and fork to keep order on your plate--and not in your lap?

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  1. There's no such thing as an "open-faced dog" in my opinion. If it can't be reasonably picked up without much mess/problem, what you have there is either failure, or something altogether different from what one might refer to as a "dog".

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    1. re: boagman

      Unless your 21 and it's 2:30 am at Lafayette. LOL

      1. re: boagman

        I don't know that I've ever eaten a Coney without a fork. Who makes a clean Coney? And why?

        1. re: boagman

          I'll slop on to the side of Knife and Fork....

        2. I'll usually pick up the coney to eat it--the knife and fork thing just doesn't seem right!

          But I definitely use about 10 napkins per coney.

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          1. re: coney with everything

            Honestly, years ago, I remember being able to do just that!

          2. If I can't pick it up, it isn''t a Coney.

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            1. re: KansasTravel

              I disagree. I don't think it's ever even occurred to me to try to pick one up and eat it.

            2. More data: I just returned from a 2-coney lunch at Little Joe's Coney Island on Schoenherr @ Nine Mile Road in Warren. Their coneys have even more coney sauce than I'm regularly served at Linda's Place!

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              1. re: RedTop

                Tuesday Coney lunch @ Friendly Family Restaurant on E. 10 Mile, just west of I-94 in Eastpointe. A true neighborhood diner, evidenced by the large group of locals eating late breakfasts and early lunches today. 99 cent coneys here on Tuesdays. Knife and fork required to dissemble the dogs. Nice snap to the tubesteak.

                1. re: RedTop

                  Another 99 cent Coney fest at Friendly Family Restaurant today! The dogs are Dearborn brand franks in casing (I asked). My serving today was terrific. Bun, dog, chili sauce, yellow mustard and nice portion of diced onion.

                  AND...I was able to pick it up in my hand and eat it without using any utensils. No residue on my shirt or pants!

                  1. re: RedTop

                    Hey, RedTop--cheap coneys on the weekends (50 cents each if you eat in, IIRC) at Sandy's by the Beech in Redford (5 Mile and Beech Daly). Good dogs and unlike many coney/family restaurants, you can have a beer with them!

                    1. re: coney with everything

                      Thanks for the tip! I think we're actually going to be out that way this weekend!

                      1. re: coney with everything

                        I love Sandy's, but their coneys are sub-par. The hotdogs they use are on the mushy side and lack the snap of a good vienna style dog. However, at 50 cents apiece I don't complain.

                2. coneys should be finger food. however, sometimes if the kitchen is busy, the cook is less than skilled (or just doesn't give a crap), the server joggles the plate, etc., etc., etc., the sauce will slop over the sauce-constraining perimeter of the top of the bun, and you have a mess on your hands. literally. at that point, i pick up a knife and fork and dig in. tastes the same, but not exactly as satisfying as eating a sloppy old coney with your hands and managing not to spill any down the front of you, or get any on your cuffs. another alternative if you've ordered a coney combo with fries is to take a fry and try to scrape up the extraneous sauce to make the coney more manageable. ah coneys, nature's perfect food.