Lafayette Coney Island

★★★★☆

About Lafayette Coney Island

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  • Traditional American Restaurants
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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Atmoshpere, service

Cons: location

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Best chili cheese fries in the world....like Detroit itself its a hardworking working restaurant where coneys are manufactured with assembly line quality and effeciency...When making a trip your missing out If you don't see the toothpick trick or not making a trip down to the bathroom

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★★★★★

Best chili cheese fries in the world....like Detroit itself its a hardworking working restaurant where coneys are manufactured with assembly line quality and effeciency...When making a trip your missing out If you don't see the toothpick trick or not making a trip down to the bathroom

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Atmosphere; food I guess

Cons: Kinda dingy; terrible service

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When I lived in Detroit I used to eat here all the time and still do when I'm in the area. The food is good and the cost is low. The service is great. You never have to wait to long for them to serve you a meal. I would recommend this restaurant to others.

4
★★★★☆

When I lived in Detroit I used to eat here all the time and still do when I'm in the area. The food is good and the cost is low. The service is great. You never have to wait to long for them to serve you a meal. I would recommend this restaurant to others.

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When I'm in the area I eat here. The food is good and cost is low. The service is great and there is never along wait for your food . I would recommend this restaurant to others.

4
★★★★☆

When I'm in the area I eat here. The food is good and cost is low. The service is great and there is never along wait for your food . I would recommend this restaurant to others.

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My Dad always took me to Lafayette Coney Island whenever we were within a 10 mile radius for a baseball game, shopping, or going to a museum or Cobo Hall. It hasn't changed in 50 years -- still the best all beef dogs with great chili and onions. A must for all visitors and native Detroiters.

4
★★★★☆

My Dad always took me to Lafayette Coney Island whenever we were within a 10 mile radius for a baseball game, shopping, or going to a museum or Cobo Hall. It hasn't changed in 50 years -- still the best all beef dogs with great chili and onions. A must for all visitors and native Detroiters.

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: uber-awsome coney dogs

Cons: has to share the block with infearior coney dog operation.

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

2
★★★★★

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

Pros: food

Cons: parking, dirty dishes

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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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: HOT AND QUICK, UNBELIEVEABLE BEST

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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!!

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★★★★★

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!!

Pros: inexpensive, fast service, great food

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: Atmosphere, Tradition, Taste

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For an authentic Detroit experience and one heck of a chilli dog, you have to stop by Lafayette Coney Island. It is a Detroit institution! I get mine with eveything. That's mustard, ketchup, and onions. Man, I'm getting hungry just writing about it. The best time to go is after you leave the club, FYI. It's like the party never ends.

5
★★★★★

For an authentic Detroit experience and one heck of a chilli dog, you have to stop by Lafayette Coney Island. It is a Detroit institution! I get mine with eveything. That's mustard, ketchup, and onions. Man, I'm getting hungry just writing about it. The best time to go is after you leave the club, FYI. It's like the party never ends.

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: good food

Cons: rude service, not very clean

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Inexpensive, quick service, varied clientele

Cons: parking can be a prob

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: cheap, great food, love the staff

Cons: poor handicap access, iffy parking during d

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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.

2
★★★★★

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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As a kid my father use to take us downtown to get a hotdog and the whole car smelled like onions for days ...As a mother now I take my kids there and I tell you ,theres no better place to get a good hotdog, fries and a pop ..Then afterward maybe take a ride on the people mover or Greek Town or just a drive along the water ....

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★★★★★

As a kid my father use to take us downtown to get a hotdog and the whole car smelled like onions for days ...As a mother now I take my kids there and I tell you ,theres no better place to get a good hotdog, fries and a pop ..Then afterward maybe take a ride on the people mover or Greek Town or just a drive along the water ....

Pros: Great Dogs, Nice People

Cons: No Parking

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This place is especially good after the bars have closed and it a long ride home.

1
★★★☆☆

This place is especially good after the bars have closed and it a long ride home.

Pros: quick service

Cons: not the cleanest plac

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They are the best coneys in Detroit. Everything is real fresh

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★★★★★

They are the best coneys in Detroit. Everything is real fresh

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It's been seven long years since my last real coney. Denver death dogs just keep me singing about Lafayette. But, it all changes this July. I'm coming home for a coney.

True story: Ten years ago my folks had our family reunion at their home in Indian Village. We picked up 250 coney's at 6pm. By 8pm, all were gone. We went back for more.

Red Wings, Windsor strippers, Lafayette Coney. Those were the days........

2
★★★★★

It's been seven long years since my last real coney. Denver death dogs just keep me singing about Lafayette. But, it all changes this July. I'm coming home for a coney.

True story: Ten years ago my folks had our family reunion at their home in Indian Village. We picked up 250 coney's at 6pm. By 8pm, all were gone. We went back for more.

Red Wings, Windsor strippers, Lafayette Coney. Those were the days........

 

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