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Lafayette Coney Island

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(25 Reviews)

118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

(313) 964-8198

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Today: 9:00 am - 3:00 am
36
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (313) 961-7758

Payment method
cash only
Price Range
$
Neighborhood
Downtown Detroit
AKA

American Coney Island

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Categories
American Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, American, Take Out, Hot Dogs

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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Busy Barz

10/05/2011

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Overall
Simply the best

Whether you are in Downtown Detroit for a Tigers, Red Wings or Lions game, or at the Auto Show or whatever, you have to stop at Lafayette Coney Island. They do coney dogs and they do it better than anybody else. They're not on the Food Network and Travel Channel all the time for no reason. The place is a Detroit Landmark. People on here are complaining about the decor? Dude, it's an old place that has character! The waiters aren't the friendliest guys in the world but that is the farthest thing from my mind when I'm there. It's all about the coney dogs man. World leaders eat coney dogs at this place. Famous athletes make it a point to eat here. You come in, order your food and drink and it's at your table in a few minutes, 5 minutes at most if it's PACKED. Me, personally, I order a coke, coney with everything and a slice of apple pie every time. It gets better every time I go there, which is basically whenever I'm downtown. Do yourself a favor and go there. Order a coney or two with everything. If you didn't know, these hot dogs are to be eaten with a fork because they're loaded with chili. And when I say chili, I mean the best coney dog chili in the world.

wcjminx

08/08/2011

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Lafayette Coney Island

Absolutely the best coney in Detroit. The sealer is the chili, get a good whiff and you nose will involuntarily quiver in anticipation. I can't be in the area without getting a dog. Love when I see Lafayette full of Red Wing fans. Bar none this is the best!

mike12675

03/15/2011

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the best usually

this place is awesome usually lol every once in a while you might catch a waiter in a bad mood but they are always there and its to be expected if you know that working in a restaraunt myself i know sometimes waiters have bad days so to the people saying there waiter was moody it happens and with how busy they are its understandable with that being said it is almost always the best service and real fast foods always hot and fresh the bathroom is awesome and the waiters can show you some cool things lol and chili cheese frys are always a must with onions added decently priced also and a great atmosphere with everyone talking to everyone they actually remember our names and all the other ""usuals"" names lol and everytime you go in they will all yell and greet you and ive never seen a place where every waiter can carry literally atleast 15 plates at once with no tray overall usually an incredibly great place the only reason its 4 not 5 stars is every once in a while the moody staff but almost never

Sarahjane04

02/18/2011

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oh-io

let me just say that this coney place has not ONE thing on SKYLINE CINCINNATI OHIO chili!! your coneys look sick try a real coney and come down to good ole OH-IO get outta here!

thewolfman

08/04/2010

Overall
Roots Are Deep!

Original YES! This place has been around for a long time and continues to put out the best, The Wolfman orders the same thing evey time 2 Coneys heavy chili and Chili Fries. The Wolfman and the employees of www.thewolfmanllc.com will continue to to eat here.



The Wolfman :) Best of the Best!

Bluesky8211

01/19/2010

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Fun Time

I went to Lafayette Coney Island for the first time in December, 2009 with a friend who grew up in Detroit and who just loves this place. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and spent many summer days enjoying hot dogs by the ocean at Nathan's in the ""real"" Coney Island. I love places that are down-to-earth and not full of themselves. This place is just such a place and it made me laugh and smile to see my friend's face come alive as if she was a child again as she was when she enjoyed the chili dogs here years ago. As for myself, I found the dogs to be just ok, sloppy but fun to eat. The service was good and the waiter was happy to know we had traveled so far (from NY) to visit this fun place.

NEOPARADIGM

06/06/2009

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Bad Service!

I have to suspect that these four- and five-star reviews are based more on nostalgia and late-night drunken visits than they are based on the quality of this place.

Our service was so bad, we were laughing. It's one thing to be ""no frills;"" I can appreciate that if it's done in a charming and intentional way. But there's a line between that and just plain rudeness. The waiter practically threw our drinks at us and never came back after he brought the food. Just preposterous. And we wanted more food!

Of course I don't expect anyone to have a similar experience; I'm not suggesting it's ""always"" like that (though maybe it is). Still, I can't write a review without mentioning it.

Dogs we ordered were great, but, really, have you ever had a bad coney? Fries were cold and seemed like they would have been average at best even if they were hot.

I won't be going back.

jimk84

03/06/2009

Overall
A Must When in Detroit

The menu is very simple, the servers are simple. The food is quick and pretty darn good too. As a bonus I was able to score some crack right outside the restaurant!

WopperFlopper

02/18/2008

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American Coney Island on Lafayette

What, are you NUTS? This place ROCKS!!! I won't go ANYWHERE ELSE for my coneys with Greek Salad and/or coney fries. This is the best dog you can find, open at ANY TIME!! NO WONDER Emeril chose THIS coney island (and NOT the one next door) for his ""Best of"" list!

mzsuzuki

12/19/2007

Overall
Good but I like American better!

American Coney Island is right next to Lafayette Coney Island. I like American the best. Some people like Lafayette the best. They both serve the same menu however American is has a brighter decor. Both coney places are good after a night of partying or a day of ice skating!

foodymcfood07

10/11/2007

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KING OF ALL CONEY RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD!!!!!

Every detroit father should make this coney his son's/daughter's first. From the simplistic decor to the fast, friendly service Lafayette Coney is a detroit icon that reigns over all others. Best dogs, best chili, the best. I wish i was eating one right now!

dumb_ed

01/16/2007

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Best Coneys in Michigan

My taste for hotdogs... I go to Lafayette for coneys, and Hippo's for chicago style. The chili is spectacular.

caymon

05/17/2006

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GROWING UP WITH LAFAYETTE CONEY ISLAND'S

I WAS 8..WHEN MY FATER TOOK ME FOR MY FIRST LAFAYETTE..LIKE HIS FATHER DID BEFORE HIM...IT IS IN MY BLOOD.. CAN'T REMEMBER THE YEAR WHEN THEY TORN THE WALL DOWN...IN HIGH SCHOOL MY BUDDIES AND I WOULD DRIVE FROM LIVONIA TO ENJOY THE CONEY'S... I REMEMBER WAKING UP ON A COLD WINTER'S MORNING DRIVING DOWNTOWN FOR 4/EVERYTHING PLUS EXTRA ONION'S.... STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT... I REALLY MISS THE CONEY ISLAND'S OUR OWN ""PARADISE ISLAND IN DETROIT"" DDIPPERT BENTLEY HS CLASS OF 1963

j2co

02/03/2006

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You just got to love this place...

You just got to love this place...ask for the milk...and watch them pour it in a glass from arms length! If you want to be pampered like some suburb dog places then stay away...but if you know what you want and you know how to ask for itthen come on in...No fuss, just sit or stand and tell THE DOG PROS what you want and they will give it to you, and I have personally had a TO-GO order for twenty dogs and 10 frys filled in under 2 minutes! And yes, some of Detroits finest eat there and they only eat the best dogs. YepYou just got to love this place!!

scallyboo

07/01/2005

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What do you expect?

You're leaving a double-overtime Red Wings game and you're starving. Where do you go? Lafayette or American Coney Island! Set your expectations accordingly. Don't expect ""fancy."" This is NOT that kind of place. This is a place where hot dogs snap with flavor, and Michigan chilli fries get covered with cheese & onions. This is a roll-your-sleeves up, blue-collar kind of place. The waiters bark your order...they don't write it down (too fancy)! You're as likely to sit next to a bank president as a homeless person at the counter. If you see a guy bumming a dog, give your waiter a couple of bucks to get the guy some food. Manners? You don't come here for manners....you come here for the dogs, man! Loose burgers, combos, chili fries with cheese...loadem up with onions and a stripe of mustard...now that's Detroit!

rosco77

05/27/2005

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Food not bad, service could use improvement.

Our first visit to Lafayette Coney Island was our last. When we entered the restaurant, we noticed there were 4 people working and five seated customers. We were told to take a seat and asked what we'd like. We asked for two coney's with everything. In a few minutes the waiter returned and dropped the plates on the table. While we were eating we noticed there were dirty dishes stacked in the sink and the floor was cluttered with litter. After we finished the meal the waiter asked if we would like something to drink. We said no and paid the bill.

rosco77

05/25/2005

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It's the real deal!

My wife and I visited the American Coney Island for the first time and had a ball. The service was fantastic and the food was excellent. We were impressed by the cheerful decor and overall cleanliness. Next time we're in the ""D"", the American Coney will be our first stop.

rjwins

12/13/2002

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Coney Island Mecca

I've been going there for at least 45 years and nothing changes. My idea of a perfect evening is a Red Wings game and Lafayette Coney Island afterward.

tenchi81

12/06/2002

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AWESOME!

One of the three places I always took out-of-town friends before I moved. [Xochi's and Pizza Papalis are the other 2]
Great food and atmosphere all thru the day.
The ""coneys"" served by Goldstar and Skyline down here in Cinci dont even come close.

attorney

12/05/2002

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Overall
The Lafayette Experience

A Detroit tradition that cannot be missed. Even if you do not want to eat here you should go for the experience. The atmosphere is one of a kind. The food is also excellent and a bargain by any standards.

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