Every city/region is known for it’s favorite restaurants/foods. In Detroit it’s Coney Island restaurants.
Even with a city inundated with Coney Island restaurants on just about every street corner, the favorite is located in downtown Detroit on Lafayette, American Coney Island.
American Coney Island first opened it’s doors in Detroit by Greek immigrant Constantine “Gust” Keros in 1917. It is the oldest family owned restaurant in the city. The restaurant has changed little over the years but has remained in the same location for over 97 years. It remains family owned and operated. It is also open 24 hours a day.
What is an Original American Coney Island Dog?
It starts with a steamed hot dog bun which is the foundation for a special “casing” hotdog which is not floppy or soft but has a unique snap when you bite into it. Then topped with “Gust’s” specially prepared secret and famous chili sauce, infused with old world spices and flavorings unmatched or reproduced anywhere in the world. It’s then topped with fine mustard and freshly chopped sweet onions.
The restaurant is a full serviced restaurant offering a cafe-style menu of burgers, fries, fish on Fridays and Daily specials. My family and I eat at American Coney Island when we’re in downtown Detroit for the fireworks, festivals or just when we want a taste of “Detroit.” Strategically placed in the heart of the city the large windows give you a view of the city and the ambiance of the restaurant makes you feel at home.
Whenever family members who have moved away come back home for a visit, American Coney Island is always a major stop on their to-do list. Once you’ve tasted coneys served at American Coney Island, no other Coney can Ever compare. I used to feel sorry for my family members who moved away, not being able to satiate themselves on the simplicity and greatness of a Detroit treasure. Apparently the people at American Coney Island also wanted people from around the country to also benefit from the unique delicacy because they now offer American Coney Island Kits, shipped nationwide.
Visit here to order American Coney Island Coney Kits for fundraising or when you want a taste of Detroit! Orders are accepted daily and kits cost $59.99 and are shipped via UPS. Makes a great gift for friends and family members who have moved away from Detroit and crave a taste of home.
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