Nothing beats the classic taste of a delicious coney dog. After all, there are few things a true Michigander adores more than digging into a hearty dog topped with chili, cheese, onions, and all the fixings. When you’re ready to satisfy your coney dog cravings, here are nine must-visit spots in the Great Lakes State.
1. American Coney Island (114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit)
When it comes to fantastic Michigan coney dogs, it’s impossible to beat American and its neighbor, Lafayette. This classic spot has drawn in generations of hungry visitors with mouthwatering ingredients, a fun atmosphere, and truly delicious coneys. You’ll appreciate the bright decor and tasty fries on the side as you indulge in a real Michigan classic.
2. Lafayette Coney Island (118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit)
The debate is hot regarding which coney spot is the greatest, so we might just call it a tie between Lafayette and American. Lafayette itself offers a no-frills experience, a vintage vibe, and a cash-only counter where you’ll find some of the most delectable flavors in the state. You’re sure to satisfy your coney craving with a visit to this locale.
3. Angelo’s Coney Island (1816 Davison Rd, Flint)
Since 1949, this spot has served up some of the tastiest dogs in the Great Lakes State, and it’s easy to see why it’s been around so long. Angelo’s has expanded to include multiple locations throughout the area, but its spot in Flint has stood the test of time. The sauce is incredible, the dogs are fresh, and the vibe is friendly. What’s not to love?
4. Coney Joe’s (116 W Grand River Ave, Brighton)
Whether you choose to dine in or carry out, you’ll have a wonderful experience when you opt for a visit to Coney Joe’s. Since 1972, this family-owned business has created delectable dogs and other awesome eats, including chili fries, burgers, sandwiches, and more. You’ll certainly be back for seconds.
5. Coney Island Kalamazoo (266 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo)
Who says Detroit is the only Michigan city to offer incredible coneys? This longtime shop’s downtown Kalamazoo location is the place to be when you’re hunting for a laid-back atmosphere and a classic hot dog stand experience. Since 1915, Kalamazoo’s Coney Island eatery has offered great prices, unbeatable flavors, and a winning staff.
6. Duly’s Place (5458 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit)
Keep it simple with a visit to Duly’s, a cash-only joint in the heart of the Motor City. This tiny spot remains open 24/7, so you can always stop in to satisfy those late-night cravings. Generations of diners have enjoyed the unassuming atmosphere and quick service here - whether you take a seat at the counter or grab a coney dog for the road, you’ll be delighted.
7. Mussell Beach Drive-In (3540 State Park Dr, Bay City)
At first glance, Mussell Beach Drive-In might not strike you as a spot that serves tasty coney dogs, but you’ll be glad you stopped by. In addition to a variety of ice cream treats, burgers, and sides, this charming restaurant is known for offering the tastiest coney dogs in Bay City - and your taste buds will be impressed.
8. HotDoggers Coney Cafe (117 Antrim St, Charlevoix)
Charlevoix isn’t known as Michigan’s coney headquarters, but this delightful waterfront community holds its own in the coney game with the presence of HotDoggers, a small regional chain that serves up major tastes. Whether you opt for a few coney dogs or even a grilled cheese sandwich, you’ll love this spot.
9. Grand Coney (multiple locations, Grand Rapids)
West Michiganders are likely familiar with Grand Coney, which features three locations throughout the Grand Rapids area and offers a traditional diner experience that’s sure to delight. This wonderful eatery is open throughout the night, so it’s the perfect place to visit when a coney craving strikes. Service is friendly and food is served quickly - what’s not to love?
Alright, Michiganders: we want to hear from you! Our list only scratches the surface when it comes to coney dog locales throughout the Great Lakes State. Share your favorites in the comments below!
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