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American Coney Island

Hot Dog Joint and American Restaurant · Downtown Detroit
114 W Lafayette Blvd (at Michigan Ave.), Detroit, MI 48226, United States
Open (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 234 votes

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    The Atlantic Cities
    "fierce rivalry with Lafayette..."(13 Tips)
    Jason K.
    "Get the American Special (Coney dog & loose burger)."(3 Tips)
    James M.
    "Make sure to talk to Dan Dan the Hotdog Man!!"(3 Tips)
    "chili cheese fries and a pop for a taste of a Motor City classic."(6 Tips)
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  • lafayette
  • american special
  • hot dogs
  • chili cheese fries
  • good for a quick meal
  • coney dogs in detroit
  • Dan Dan noodles
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
  • burgers
  • spacious
  • great value
  • casual
  • beef chili
  • authentic
  • breakfast food
  • lunch
  • beer
  • Florent

    Spent a great time over there! American special dog is excellent!

    Florent · October 4
  • Christina C.

    The chili cheese fries are great

    Christina Clark · June 23
  • Danny B.

    Well, was talked into American over Lafayette. Big mistake. In my Gyro was a long hair that wasn't mine or the lady's. My girlfriend's "premium" hot dog was completely charred on one side. Avoid.

    Danny Begnoche · May 27
  • James M.

    Make sure to talk to Dan Dan the Hotdog Man!! He knows his shtick!

    James Miller · April 30
  • Sarah S.

    One of the two best places for coney dogs in Detroit (the dish started as a grab-and-go snack for auto workers). Watch this video for the best places to find chili in the U.S.:

    Sarah Spagnolo · February 24
  • Chow Down Detroit

    They accept credit cards

    Chow Down Detroit · February 13
  • Austin L.

    Best conies you can get!

    Austin Leaman · February 9
  • The Walking POLO_Model E.

    Yummy Fooood!

  • Timothy H.

    Ended up here because Lafayette was really busy. Fast accurate service. I still prefer Lafayette's chili though.

    Timothy Harrison · January 11
  • Bin Y.

    I would have to say I'm a bigger fan of the American coney island. Ignore the other Greek dishes on the menu; the coney here is the real deal - lightly toasted bun sharp onions and a light beef chili

    Bin Yang · October 3, 2014
  • Kate H.

    Come for more than coney dogs -- American has salads, wraps, burgers etc. And they are big charitable supporters!

    Kate H. · September 30, 2014
  • Jaeymes C.

    Lunch dates!

    Jaeymes Chill · September 5, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out American Coney Island as seen on Food Wars , Man vs Food , Food Paradise Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Chris W.

    Sat for 10 min and no one talked to us. Walked out.

    Chris Williams · July 5, 2014
  • GENE N.

    Has no flavor Chilli has no taste they need season salt and garlic powder Chicago food better than this

    GENE NATHANIEL · April 6, 2014
  • Eater

    Serving up their own version of the Detroit coney dog, this diner has its own loyal following of die hard fans, and it is definitely 100% Detroit. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · October 10, 2013
  • Rachel

    American is the best! So is Dan Dan the hot dog man!

    Rachel · September 13, 2013
  • Jake S.

    Unless you really like Mexican-style cheese on your dog, do not ask for cheese. I thought I was getting some sort of liquid cheese, and ended up with what looked like a taco. Good dog though.

    Jake Smith · August 25, 2013
  • Chuck S.

    Eat next door at Lafayette Coney Island they have better coney Dogs

    Chuck Scicluna · August 17, 2013
  • Konnie

    Okay, service sucks here. Two times in a row.. Not coming back for a 3rd let down...

    Konnie · August 11, 2013
  • Jeff B.

    Good coneys good service

    Jeff Burgess · August 10, 2013
  • Kenneth A.

    i hated it her i'm sorry for the bad review no no i am not ! my friend and i waited for 30minutes for someone to take our order (it was us and 3 other families)

    Kenneth Anderson · July 29, 2013
  • Christina S.

    Everything here is fresh and great!

    Christina Solomon · July 23, 2013
  • Jeremy B.

    Great quick meal at a great price! It's a little more spacious and than its rival next door, and also has a little more variety, serving gyros in addition to their delicious coneys and loose burgers.

    Jeremy Beck · June 11, 2013
  • Len S.

    Great coneys, great service and you can get beer here.

    Len Schmidt · May 18, 2013
  • Hannah S.

    I like going at night. It's super peaceful to be in the city at night. Gotta get a coney!

    Hannah Smith · April 23, 2013
  • Benjamin T.

    Tried both tonight...Lafayette is so much better!!!

    Benjamin Timpf · February 19, 2013
  • Scott L.

    Get extra chillie on your dog.

    Scott Lounsberry · December 29, 2012
  • Jennifer P.

    American is the best!

    Jennifer P · December 16, 2012
  • Sarah C.

    I don't get what the hype is about. Burnt hot dog. Not great.

    Sarah Cotton · October 22, 2012
  • Jacob L.

    Nice place!!

    Jacob Laurey · September 9, 2012
  • Bright Lights

    Yeah Lafayette Coney is way better than American lol

    Bright Lights · August 18, 2012
  • Bright Lights

    Lafayette Coney is really good , American Coney , not so much

    Bright Lights · August 18, 2012
  • The Atlantic Cities

    Read up on the history of the Coney dog in Detroit and the fierce rivalry with Lafayette...

    The Atlantic Cities · August 3, 2012
  • Brent K.

    Waited for 30 min for them to take my order. Not a single employee gave me the time of day. First and LAST time I will be in here.

    Brent Kearns · July 30, 2012
  • Justin C.

    Tommy is the best server. Legend.

    Justin Call · July 21, 2012
  • Angie L.

    Live the American Dream: order two coney dogs and a Vernor's.

    Angie Linder · July 7, 2012
  • Dave R.

    Best coney dog EVER!!

    Dave R. · June 10, 2012
  • WanderingWalt

    Out of the two places this is my preference. Dog is cooked perfectly and has a great snap as you bite. Chili is perfectly spicy. And for $2.50 awesomeness. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    WanderingWalt · June 5, 2012
  • WanderingWalt

    Out of the two places this isn't preference. Dog is cooked perfectly and has a great snap as you bite. Chili is perfectly spicy. And for $2.50 awesomeness. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    WanderingWalt · June 5, 2012
  • Bright Lights

    The hot dogs here suck !!! Layfayette is the best coney island ever !!!!!

    Bright Lights · May 13, 2012
  • Chris S.

    the only place for drunk food after a night of partying

    Chris Stergalas · February 8, 2012
  • Jack L.

    If you're coming here then you're in for some classic Detroit coneys. Just ask for two with everything. Chili, mustard, and onion!

    Jack Loomis · December 10, 2011
  • Brent W.

    Best coney dog in Michigan.

    Brent Warner · November 27, 2011
  • Eddie R.

    Eat as much as you can!

    Eddie Romero · November 26, 2011
  • Jen S.

    Chili cheese fries with everything!

    Jen Sako · November 25, 2011
  • Gia D.

    Don't go here if you actually want a cheeseburger. Gah.

    Gia Dulce · November 23, 2011
  • Marie K.

    Get the chili cheese fries, they're much better than at a typical National Coney Island!

    Marie Krok · November 15, 2011
  • Matthew E.

    Slumming at American

    Matthew Earley · November 6, 2011
  • Pat K.

    Never go to Lafayette!

    Pat Keros · September 15, 2011

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