Detroit is no slouch when it comes to culinary delights and originals – some of which include: McClure’s Pickles, Sanders Hot Fudge, Stroh’s Ice Cream, Faygo Soda (Pop), and Better Made Potato Chips.  The other food that the Motor-City is famous for is the Coney Island.  Here’s a run-down of our Top 5:

Athens Coney Island body


1. Athens Coney Island, 32657 Woodward Avenue Royal Oak, MI 48073: Athens is the original suburban Detroit Coney Island, “where man bites dog.” The now expansive diner-style Coney Island was expanded and renovated in 2002, doubling its capacity and had a fresh overhaul of its décor.  Athens has been in its present location on the west side of Woodward Avenue just south of 14 Mile Road, since 1965.  Brother’s (Greg) “Pete” and Mark took over the location in 1976.  Athens is at the top of the list because of the brothers’ own special  recipe for the Chili. The Chili was enhanced and tweaked by Pete and Mark when they took over the business.  It’s got a very smooth texture, with a little bit of kick, and a ton more flavor than the competition.  When you’re there, don’t forget to compliment that Coney Island with an order of Chili fries and a Greek Salad.  Athens also offers a full breakfast and lunch/dinner menu, and a rice-pudding dessert that’s to die for, coming from an old Greek family recipe that’s prepared from scratch, in-house.

Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sundays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  248.549.1488


Lafayette Coney Island

2. Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit, MI 118 W. Lafayette Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226 : Lafayette is considered by many, the original Detroit Coney Island. Many locals, stars and celebrities have been wolfing down these coneys since 1917.  Lafayette is a bustling hot-spot for a post-game snack after any Red Wings, Tigers, or Lions game or just a night out at the bar.  The location was opened by Gust Keros, who’s brother opened the Coney that’s next on our list and located directly next door.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. 313.964.8198


American Coney Island

3. American Coney Island, 114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 : This Coney Island staple has been around since 1917 and is located directly next door to Lafayatte Coney Island. This old Keros family duel has been ongoing for almost 100 years.  The chili recipe is slightly different than Lafayette’s but definitely good enough to make our list.  If you ask 10 people which they prefer – American or Lafayette – you’d get a 50/50 split.

Here’s an event you should highly consider for next week:

4th Annual Celebrity Coneys for a Cause
Celebrity servers made up of local media personalities, athletes, and entertainers will be on hand Thursday, February 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to serve lunch customers at American Coney Island located at 114 W. Lafayette in Detroit.
A portion from the sales of coney and coney combo specials will be donated to THAW.

Open 24 hours. 313.961.7758



4. Red Hots Coney Island, 12 Victor Street Highland Park, MI 48203:  The only Coney Island in Highland Park on our list is run by Rich and Carol. The only secret about this place is their chili recipe. In business since 1921, this Coney Island is a staple. All of you “foodies” out there need to try it.

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  313.868.0766


5. Duly’s Place, 5458 Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48209: Hours: Duly’s is one of the more low-key spots on the list. They are located in Southwest Detroit and this place truly embraces the essence of a coney island, simple and good.  There’s a counter with a row of stools at this old-school joint that will satisfy all of you coney purists out there.

Open 24 hours. 313.554.3076