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The Best Coney in Detroit area

The other thread about how to eat a Coney made me say HMMMMMMMMMM? Who has the best Coney Island Hot Dog in the area and why?

I will start I am a big fan of Lipuma's Coney Island on Rochester Rd. next to Paint Creek in Rochester. Fresh perfect Coneys plus you can get other styles like Chicago, New York they do Tacos that are good as well.


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  1. I'm partial to Hawg & Dawg in Ferndale just because it's in walking distance and I think their chili has a bit more spice heat.

    I get my Chicago-style at Hippo's.

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    1. re: Tabrams

      Sounds great...where in Fashionable Ferndale is it?

      1. re: berkleybabe

        It's on Hilton, just south of 9 Mile

    2. The line for that Lipuma's during Arts & Apples is almost funny to watch. Good dogs there but I goota go with Lafayette down town.

      1. I'm doing research...

        But Hippo's would be on my list!

        1. Davison Coney Island on Nine and Coolidge in Oak Park, if they're still open.

          1. Hippo's has hands down the best dogs in Detroit . As much as it pains me to say that , I am after all a native metro Detroiter and a Coney lover but a great Chicago dog beats a great Coney every time , the best Coney I have had recently was at Comet Burger in Royal Oak . The sliders are serviceable , the fries acceptable , but my God those two unadulterated Coneys were a thing of beauty . Perfectly seasoned , perfectly spiced , no extra mustard or hot sauce or salt needed . A real surprise , and well worth the walk . Highly recommended .

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            1. re: GoalieJeff

              Hey, goalie,
              Where's Hippo's? Love Red Hot Lovers in Ann Arbor, on campus, mainly due to their Vienna Beef dogs!

            2. My favorite is definitely Lafayette.

              Another notable is in Pontiac on Updyke, George's I think. Haven't had the coneys at Hawg n Dawg, They are on my to do list now.

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              1. re: Nameo

                Isn't George's on Woodward? I remember it being half-a-block south of the GM Prototype shop.

                1. re: RedTop

                  Your right, can't remember the name of the place on Updyke, will have to do a drive by.

                  1. re: Nameo

                    > Updyke

                    Opdyke, not Updyke, is the name of the road. I believe that the
                    coney you are remembering is George's Coney Island:


              2. Are any of the old Onassis Coney Islands still open?

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                1. re: KansasTravel

                  There is an Onassis on Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Oddly enough there is no phone listing for the business! This one still retains that Bold Yellow exterior paint all around. Another is listed on Livernois, near Tireman.

                  1. re: RedTop

                    Thank you!

                    About 35 years ago, I worked a block away from another Onassis location and wewould have a regular run on Friday afternoons.

                2. Lafayette, Lafayette, Lafayette...nothing else said

                  1. Lafayette. Not only the best coney in Detroit, but I would say the best Coney in the midwest.

                    1. Plato's Place on Ford Rd. in Garden City has been serving the best coneys in the area for over 40 years. Their snappy hot dogs are grilled to perfection and topped with a very authentic and flavorful chili, mustard and onions. Great Greek food also and generous portions at reasonable prices.

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                      1. re: Murrotavitch

                        Wha oh! Now re-opened for Round 2. Thanks Murrotavitch...

                        I'd like to nominate Jon's Coney Island on Nunneley Road in Clinton TWP. Great dogs there.

                        Nunneley Road runs parallel, east/west to Metro Parkway. Jon's is just west of Groesbeck. Happy eatings, all.

                      2. I'm curious how many of these places make their own chili, as opposed to using National's chili. The vast majority of independent coney islands just use National chili.

                        1. Would you like fries with that?

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                          1. Now that Sonic has started serving their classic hotdogs I'm wondering if anyone has tried them? Which are tasty and why? The Chicago-style dog looks authentic and my guess for the best of the lot. The coney dog just don't look that appetizing.

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                            1. re: Murrotavitch

                              Hey there Murrotavitch! Welcome to the boards! I see you live in Westland (as I do) and by your name I am guessing you are Russian. That leads me to ask....know of any good Russian foods in the area? Besides your kitchen that is. :)

                              1. re: JanPrimus

                                Hello John, There is an authentic Russian restaurant on Orchard Lake between 14 mi. and Maple called The Fidler. The food there is good , but pricey. Most of the their menu is very similar to the food that is offered at Polonia ( a Polish restaurant in Hamtramck ) I prefer to go there. хорошая еда (Good Eating) Murro

                                Polonia Restaurant
                                2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

                              2. re: Murrotavitch

                                I've been curious about this, too. (The Chicago dog, that is.) Sonic isn't convenient for me, and with a 2-year-old in tow I don't see sitting in the car to try it, but I'd take one for the team if I could! Come on, Spring!

                              3. I say Lafayette, for no other reason than its place in rock history. It's where Patti Smith met Sonic (the guitarist, not the drive-in). Nuff said.

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                                1. re: Anton

                                  Lafayette Coney Island Hot dogs and loose hamburgers are about the best anywhere in the country. I moved to the Las Vegas area several years ago and have craved those hot dogs ever since. The Detroit Motor City Coney Island Hot Dog opened in Henderson, Nevada recently and my life is complete now LOL. . The people in this area have discovered this unique hot dog and hamburger and they too have become fans. Just mustard and onions and a little bit of heaven. They also serve Vernor's Ginger Ale and Faygo Rock n Rye. Perfect!!

                                  And by the way, if you can pick up a coney island hot dog with your hands, they didn't make it right.
                                  Only with a knife and fork. Ahhhhh.

                                  1. re: The Drama Queen

                                    "And by the way, if you can pick up a coney island hot dog with your hands, they didn't make it right. Only with a knife and fork. Ahhhhh."

                                    LIES! A lying liar in Vegas who lies! She's probably not even *in* Vegas! Or even a Drama Queen! ;)

                                    Though I must give *total* pointage to the DMCCIHD place for serving both Faygo R&R *and* Vernors. My head is totally nodding right now.

                                    1. re: boagman

                                      You can pick them all up....it is just a matter of how messy you wanna get.

                                      1. re: boagman


                                        That's pretty big talk ... how do you eat coneys when out with Donna? <g>

                                        1. re: boagman

                                          Boagman, would I lie to you??? OMG you've cut me to the quick, whatever that is. I AM in Vegas, and I AM the Drama Queen!!! Make no mistake about it. You cannot pick up a coney with your hands; at least I can't, but then I am a lady. You guys are - well let's say "different." ;-)
                                          Here's a Rock n Rye toast to you Boagman.

                                          1. re: The Drama Queen

                                            Was I married to you once?

                                            (Kidding; just kidding)

                                            1. re: rainsux

                                              I don't know whether we were ever married or not. Let me check. In the meantime, you have a great screen name but we get NO rain here in Southern Nevada so it doesn't suck for me.

                                        2. re: The Drama Queen

                                          So Mrs. Sippi and myself have been to American Coney next door and loved it. It doesn't get half the love on here as Lafayette. Is it that much better?? Do we have to make a stop next week as we're passing through?? Do we need to do a Coney throwdown??

                                          So many questions.

                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            You know of course that Lafayette and American are owned by brothers. There has always been a good natured kidding about which one is better and the brothers get a kick out of it since the recipe is exactly the same. I owned an Ice cream shop outside of Detroit and we also carried the same Coney Dog. The hot dogs and chili (comes in a frozen brick) were both from Detroit Hot Dog Company. Not sure where they get them now. The MCCIHD place in Henderson, Nevada gets their product from the same place in Detroit. They are exactly the same. Who could forget the unique flavor?
                                            And by the way, you really don't want to know what's in the chili. :-)

                                                1. re: The Drama Queen

                                                  We all know that TJ's Madison Heights is the local distributer of all things coney. They have beef hearts, offal deer and the pork blood cake we all love. Boagman will confirm. That's the real reason they only have special opening hours. Too busy with the coney thing. That may explain the coney dumpling JP described on 1 April. P.S. Rainsux may be co-owner. TBconfirmed.

                                                  1. re: goatgolfer

                                                    Why is this still going on? More than once I've settled the arguement here. Anything other than Lafayette is garbage on a bun!

                                                    1. re: goatgolfer

                                                      > P.S. Rainsux may be co-owner. TBconfirmed


                                                      My role in the food service business is limited to that of a semi-professional
                                                      glutton (much to the dismay of my wife & cardiologist).

                                                      1. re: rainsux

                                                        yooper80...You have not tried the dogs at County Lockup! Those are the best!