There are a lot of things that make Detroit Rock City unique. From the cars and music to Detroit style pizza, Vernors, Faygo and of course, the Coney Dog. That’s why whenever I meet someone from out of town, I tell them to go straight downtown and eat at Lafayette and/or American Coney Island. Personally, I’m a Lafayette girl, but given the history of both, I like to let people make their own decision on which is better.
We all know you can get a Coney at nearly every diner in town, and we all have our favorite spots, but these two places are special to everyone who calls Detroit “home.” That’s why when my girl Ariana came to town for the first time I sent her to the heart of our beautiful city to eat a Coney and chili cheese fries right before getting on a flight back to New York.
Ariana got in her car, drove down to Griswold & Michigan Ave., went to Lafayette and ordered like a pro! She took my advice and got mmy personal favorite order, Coney Dog with everything and chili cheese fries. Here are 5 takeaways from Ariana’s first time eating a Coney in Detroit:
Wow! Lafayette and American actually are right next door!
Ordering for the first time is VERY intimidating. (Good thing I walked in knowing what to order!)
Can’t imagine ordering this without onions.
I love the way the chili melts the cheese underneath on the fries.
This is REALLY good… But I wish the chili had more kick.
So there you have it. Ariana was definitely a fan of her first Lafayette experience. I personally love the Coney sauce as it is although, now that she’s mentioned it, a little hot sauce might do it justice. I also always put cheese on my Coney dog, too. Some people have told me that’s “unacceptable” but I think everyone should be allowed to eat their Coney however they want!
Whether you’re a fan of Lafayette or American, nothing beats a Coney Dog right in the heart of Detroit!