The signature hot dog of Michigan, the Coney Island is a grilled frank blanketed in beef chili—beanless and usually made with beef hearts—chopped raw onions, and yellow mustard, wrapped in a steamed bun. It has nothing to do with Coney Island, New York, other than being a shout-out to that iconic birthplace of hot dogs in America—the name was likely a marketing ploy that came about shortly after the first Coney dogs appeared, in Jackson, MI, in 1914. Coney variations exist elsewhere in the Midwest.
Where to Get It: In downtown Detroit, divey Lafayette Coney Island is where you go for your Coney dog fix—often after a long night of drinking. Snappy wieners—a natural-casing pork-and-beef mix from Dearborn Sausage Company—and crunchy onions add nice texture to the soupy chili, while tangy yellow mustard enlivens every bite. 118 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI
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