Last night, after hitting the Greektown Casino and a 30th birthday party for DJ Meph at a REALLY cool little bar somewhere in Detroit that I will, most likely, never find again called The Old Miami (loved it there, by the way)…
My friend and business partner Nicole and I, we went on a quest to put an end to the Downtown Detroit coney island war once and for all.
Yes my friends, we went to BOTH Lafayette Coney Island AND American Coney Island for YOU. We risked the late night eating weight gain to bring you coney island peace.
Our findings? Oh yes, our findings…
Don’t let the complete lack of interior updating deter you, this place is full of personality.
The people that were there last night, maybe that was an anomaly but wow. Drunken boy professing his love to all the patrons (and VERY loudly) to his girlfriend who was magenta with embarrassment.
Drunken girl with really bad platinum extensions and even worse underwear lines under her jeggings who left with a group of guys that she didn’t know. How do I know? Nicole was eavesdropping.
The fun crowd is what updates the interior. Daily. Friendly and warm.
The food, you ask?
The hot dogs were cooked just the way I like them, with a little bit of perfectly burnt skin. The chili, not an exceptionally generous amount, mixed with a line of mustard was YUM.
We ordered the chili cheese fries. THOSE? Were perfection. Crispy fries mixed with melted cheese and just the right amount chili. Delish.
Quick too. These boys don’t mess around. Talk about fast food!
The one problem I had with Lafayette was that they don’t accept credit cards. So after a night of going to the casino(and losing) and then to the bar where you spend the rest of the little bit of cash you had in your purse, say you stumble into Lafayette, place your order and chow it…you’re stuck washing dishes or waiting on the other drunk patrons to pay off your debt.
In this day and age, with credit being the debt of choice, it’s time to upgrade to accept credit cards.
So, after eating and chatting with an old friend who happened to have walked in around the same time, craving the same stuff, we headed next door to American Coney Island.
We skipped the fries this time (fattening, you know!?) but each indulged in another chili dog.
Not impressed. I wasn’t feeling the American Coney.
The crowd wasn’t animated, in fact, it was quite boring in there.
The chili had too much cumin, which is a destroyer for me. I don’t mind cumin if I can’t taste it. Or smell it.
The only thing about American that I can see choosing it instead was that they take credit cards. Which was good because after spending the rest of my cash at Lafayette, I was still able to try their coney dog AND bring some home to my husband who was very excited by this prospect.
American Coney Island may be bigger and brighter than Lafayette Coney Island but it’s definitely not better.
So there. The age old coney island war has come to an end with Lafayette being the winner.
Just make sure you have cash.
PJ Lincoln says
While both are good, I do like Lafayette better, too. The dogs are a touch better and, personally, I like the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere more than the corporate feeling you get from American
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As a long-term American Coney Island fan, I can’t help but beg to differ… even tho I’ve never been to the Lafayette one, It’s hard to imagine a place that has better Nathan Hotdogs than the American Coney Island…
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