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Detroit style coney island hot dogs

cajungwailo Dec 9, 2013 06:32 PM

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

  1. chicgail Dec 10, 2013 04:57 AM

    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
      ferret Dec 10, 2013 06:07 AM

      Has nothing to do with Coney Island:


      1. re: chicgail
        hawkeyeui93 Dec 10, 2013 06:24 AM

        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. cajungwailo Dec 10, 2013 07:09 AM

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

        1. cajungwailo Dec 10, 2013 07:14 AM

          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
            hawkeyeui93 Dec 10, 2013 08:44 AM

            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?

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            jbontario Dec 10, 2013 09:10 AM

            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. cajungwailo Dec 10, 2013 09:18 AM

              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
                Db Cooper Dec 10, 2013 11:36 AM

                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. cajungwailo Dec 10, 2013 05:11 PM

                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
                  Db Cooper Dec 11, 2013 07:17 AM

                  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
                    Db Cooper Dec 17, 2013 09:24 AM

                    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
                      cajungwailo Dec 17, 2013 05:04 PM

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

                      1. re: cajungwailo
                        Db Cooper Dec 18, 2013 07:09 AM

                        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. cajungwailo Dec 18, 2013 08:58 AM

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

                  1. cajungwailo Dec 29, 2013 03:43 PM

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

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                      ferret Jan 6, 2014 12:28 PM

                      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.


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