Lafayette Coney Island
118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 3am
Motown Munchies"Oh my God, we have to take you into town to get a Coney. It's a taste of pure Michigan," exclaimed one of my friends who I visited for a summer weekend.
Take a hot dog on a steamed bun from New York's famed Coney Island, throw in a bunch of Greek and Macedonian immigrants and a booming auto industry, add meaty chili sauce, chopped onions, and mustard and you have a staple that has dominated the Motor City landscape for nearly a century. Although it is unclear who exactly brought the delicacy to Michigan, many credit the Keros Brothers, Gust and Bill, as the pioneers with their neighboring downtown Detroit spots, American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island. My friend and his family's dedication to Lafayette runs so deep that I had to opt for the latter. At first blush, it may be more dingy and cramped than its counterpart, but the informal, homely service coupled with the simple menu has consistently made it a draw for diners. Order "one with everything" along with a side of their crispy fries and wash it down with a can of Labbatt Blue beer.