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  • L. George’s Coney Island
    • Neighborhood: Northwest
    • Price Level:   
    • Has weekend brunch.
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    On a stretch of McNichols Rd. peppered with strip malls, gas stations and fast food spots, L. George’s Coney Island welcomes you with its cheery red roof and the aroma of delicious things sizzling on the flattop grill in its open kitchen. The restaurant’s namesake is George Lucaj, who came to Detroit in 1974 with his parents and three broth [...]

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  • Nicky D’s Coney Island
    • Neighborhood: Northwest
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    The thing we come to Nicky D’s for often isn’t a coney at all. It’s corned beef. They’re as well known for it as they are for coneys. Even the sign out front proclaims the corned beef to be “famous.” The beef is tender and tangy, with just the right amount of fat-to-lean ratio. We like ours on an onion roll with crunchy, tangy colesl [...]

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  • Onasis Coney Island
    • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    It’s tough to improve upon the Detroit style coney. We’ve basically perfected the savory, meaty, tangy hot dog flavor profile. But when you’re in the mood to branch out from the traditional chili-onion-mustard combo, come to Onasis Coney Island. In addition to the classic coney and loose burger, they offer a fun variety of dogs and toppin [...]

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  • Detroit One Coney Island
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted

    You never know when a coney craving will strike. That’s why we’re thankful for spots like Detroit One Coney Island (D1), open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. That’s 168 hours a week of coney deliciousness. D1 is the second in our Coneys of Detroit series. We’re covering a different coney spot every week. It’s a little hole in the wa [...]

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  • Noni’s Sherwood Grille
    • Neighborhood: Northwest
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    We normally shy away from writing about coneys (we’ve covered a couple here and here) because there are so many all across the city, and everyone has their favorite. Who are we to tell you which secret chili recipe is better, or how many chopped onions you should want on your dog? Coney Islands are a uniquely Michigan style of restaurant. Thou [...]

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  • First National Grille
    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted

    Diners first appeared on the scene in the 1870s. They are a uniquely American invention. Originally walk up windows selling food from either side of a horse-pulled wagon, diners were later popularized as stainless steel streamliners then expanded to include waffle houses and coney island style eateries. Whatever the architecture, diners serve f [...]

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  • Laika Dog
    • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    Today is National Hot Dog Day, and we can’t settle for eating just any plain ol’ hot dog on holiday like this. That’s why we’re headed for Laika Dog, inside the UFO Factory on Trumbull. Laika specializes in hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. From there, the possibilities seem endless. You can build your own bun or sammy from a smorg [...]

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  • Zeff’s Coney Island
    • Neighborhood: Eastern Market & Central
    • Price Level:   
    • Has weekend brunch.
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    Saturday breakfast at Zeff’s is a lively and bustling scene. Folks of all ages, from all across the metro area, pack themselves into this humble little diner and coney spot in Eastern Market. We come here to fuel up before browsing the market stalls. You can request a table, or belly up to the lunch counter where you’ll catch a glimpse of [...]

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  • Zef’s Midtown
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted

    Whenever we come to Zef’s Midtown, we like to get breakfast. Even if it’s not a breakfast time of day. The dining room is small, so it’s bustling during peak meal times. They turn tables over quickly, though, and carryout is always an option. If you’ve been to their original downtown location, you already know what to expect with the men [...]

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