Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Series: Painted Turtle
Title Page, Copyright
Detroit is the heart of the Coney Nation, as you are about to see. Nowhere else in the world will you find as many coney island restaurants, as many ways to eat coneys, or as many people who love them...
Michigan is the coney capital of the world. Whether prepared Detroit-style with a beanless chili sauce or a meat topping like they do in Flint and Jackson, coney dogs have ingrained themselves in the...
Lafayette and American Coney Islands
Metro Detroiters can thank these two side-byside coney islands for sparking the region’s love affair with coney dogs. Many of the operators of today’s popular coney islands got their training...
Its customers still sit on small red stools at a long counter, with a dark brown and tin wall behind them and a tin block ceiling overhead. Duly’s is still open twenty-four hours, seven days a week, at the...
Coney Hot Dogs
Their beef and pork hot dogs are not filled with potato starches, mechanically separated turkey, and corn syrup. But what really sets them apart is their natural casing skin, which gives coney dogs that...
Detroit’s Coney Chains
In Detroit’s suburbs, Leo’s Coney Island, Kerby’s Koney Island, and National Coney Island are everywhere—in stand-alone locations, tucked inside malls and strip centers, and at the airport and...
Leo’s Coney Island
Pete said, ‘Leo’s sounds better than Pete’s Coney Island,’” Leo Stassinopoulos says. “Nobody knew the company was going to be like this.” Pete doesn’t seem to mind. The Greek brothers own...
National Coney Island
In 1965, the Greek immigrant launched his first coney island at the Macomb Mall in Roseville, Michigan. Today National Coney Island operates more than twenty-three restaurants, including three at...
Kerby’s Koney Island
One branch of the family owns Kerby’s Koney Island, one of metro Detroit’s three major coney chains. Four Keros brothers—Tim, Bill, Van, and the late Gus—learned the business at their...
Not just any buns will do. They must be made the old-fashioned way, using the sponge dough method for a better taste and smell. And they must be served fresh and warm....
The Coney Mall Pioneer
The late Anthony “Tony” Keros, the oldest son of the founder of Lafayette Coney Island, is largely responsible for why coney islands exist at many Detroit-area malls today....
Athens Coney Island
This Royal Oak favorite has been attracting coney lovers since it opened its doors in September 1964. Back then, Athens could seat only a dozen customers. Its dining area consisted of five stools and...
It matters not whether the person next to you is a millionaire or a pauper; you might sit next to either at a coney counter. But as you eat, bank account and station do not matter. You are cut from...
Pontiac’s Historic Coney Islands
Back then, thousands of coney fans flocked to the corner of Saginaw and Jackson streets to indulge their passion at Pete’s Coney Island, Walt’s Original Coney Island, and Angel’s Coney...
Flint-Style Coney Dogs
Many Detroiters on their way up north are surprised when they stop for a coney dog in Flint. These coneys are served with a loose meat topping, not the beanless chili that’s...
Today Jackson is one of the few places that can boast about having two historic coney islands on the same downtown block. Generations of Jackson residents grew up eating...
We’ll spare you the details, but it’s not as horrible as you might think. “They’re better than Big Macs,” says Terry Keros of Kerby’s Koney Island. Of course...
And the hot dogs are made by Dearborn Sausage using a special recipe from the former Salay Meats in Flint. The taste draws hordes of Michiganders to Bill’s...
George’s Senate Coney Islands
The restaurant is located at the Bushwood Golf Club and looks out on the nine-hole course. Every summer it hosts a few small weddings on its patio. George’s refers to owner George Dimopoulos. Like...
The Coney Artist
Joe Gohl has created more than seven paintings of scenes from Lafayette Coney Island, American Coney Island, National Coney Island, Zeff’s Coney Island, and others...
Coney Island Lunch
The restaurant is one of the state’s oldest coney islands. According to owner Bill Adams, Greek immigrant Gus Marinos opened Coney Island Lunch in 1915. He sold it in 1933 to another...
Mama Vicki’s Coney Islands
This “over the top” chili may sound like coney heresy, but that’s the way it’s been done for decades at Coney Island Lunch, now called Mama Vicki’s Coney Island. It’s one of the oldest...
House of Doggs
To add some excitement during these slow winter months, the hot dog haven keeps a scorecard of sales of the “Motowns,” the Detroit coneys, and its Flint coneys, which it calls...
Beyond the Coney Dog
Some coney islands have even created their own twists on the coney dog by making them with kielbasas or spicy hot dogs or sausages. And in Dearborn, many coney islands sell halal coney dogs...
But don’t dismiss these out-of-state coney dogs. Some of them are a treat, even if they aren’t made with Michigan hot dogs. So the next time you’re traveling, try to find a coney island. You might...
Detroit Motor City Coney Island
In downtown Henderson, Nevada, a short drive southeast of the Las Vegas strip, Emanuel “Manny” Sanchez operates Detroit Motor City Coney Island. Don’t let the palm trees outside this small...
Neon, Neon in the Night
When other restaurants around them are cold and closed, coney islands are warm, steamy places where you can get a quick bite and people won’t hassle you to hurry back out into the...
The Last Bite
But nowhere in the world can match Detroit and Michigan when it comes to coney dogs. With each new decade, demand for these tasty concoctions has grown stronger, as evidenced by the...
You’re Never Far from a Coney
How many coney island restaurants are there in the Detroit area? Who knows? Some of the best don’t even have “coney island” in their names. And many, many restaurants that serve coneys cannot properly...