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Detroit style coney island hot dogs

Know anywhere in Chicago that has a reasonable facsimile? Thanks.

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  1. What's a Detroit style coney island dog? Sorry for my ignorance, but it sounds like a contradiction in terms.

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      1. re: chicgail

        I am a native/resident of Iowa, but rest assured that if I spend any time in Detroit, I have a Detroit-style coney dog meal. It is the quality of the hot dog casing that really does it for me [more than the "ways" you order the chili sauce and other things one can put on it].

        To answer the OP's question, I have not seen a place that foots the bill, but if you want the "snap" I would try Hot Doug's.

      2. Thanks, not looking for just an exceptional hot dog, plenty of those in the city. Lookin' for a coney!

        1. BTW, hawkeye, you don't have to wait til you make a trip, American Coney, alledgely the inventors, in downtown Detroit, sells complete home kits that are pretty cool and just like eating there!

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          1. re: cajungwailo

            I was at National [I think] in late-October and saw they offered the same kit .... Is that what you do to get your fix in Chicago at present?

          2. Two former detroit girls got their husbands to franchise a Leo's Coney here a couple/few years ago . . . it died. There is nothing like it here. Vienna dogs on a griddle sort of get the snap, but you can't find the chili here anywhere. Two-on-one, heavy . . . I am jonesing for a lafayette.

            1. I've only had American's kit, and was REALLY happy with it. There are coneys in LaCrosse and Duluth, but that's even more bigger farther away than say, Flint. Maybe Milwaukee has one, dunno.

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              1. re: cajungwailo

                There is a Coney joint in St. Paul, MN too, The Gopher Bar.
                Be forewarned, not the friendliest place especially if you are a minority.

                I'm not sure about Milwaukee. You could post on the Great Lakes board and see. I know there are a few dog stands downtown east, but not sure if they have Coney sauce. Hard to believe there isn't one place in Chicago.

              2. I did a google for milwaukee, it shows one place that was around for decades but closed a couple years ago.

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                1. re: cajungwailo

                  I'll be in Milwaukee for business next week and will ask around if anything else is available. I'll report back and let you know.

                  1. re: Db Cooper

                    No dice here either. There is one place that serves a Chilli Dog, but it has beans in it which is very NOT a Coney Island Dog. Sorry

                    1. re: Db Cooper

                      Thx sir. Mn next week for me I will score there

                      1. re: cajungwailo

                        Safe travels. If you are planning the Gopher, call ahead and check for holiday hours. Not sure on their hours during Christmas week. I know for sure they are closed on Sunday's and it is cash only, no credit cards accepted.

                2. No St. Paul, this time, Duluth, there are two different places which are great. http://burgersdogspizza.com/2009/06/d...

                  1. Got my fix in Duluth at Deluxe Coney Island. Superb.

                    1. Stopped in at Papa Chris' on the far Northwest Side (Touhy across from the Leaning Tower Y) - really great gyros, by the way. Grabbed a menu on the way out and just now noticed that they offer a Chili Dog and also a Coney Dog. Cannot vouch at all for authenticity but if you give them a call they'll walk you through it.