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American Coney Island

Hot Dog Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Detroit, Detroit
  • The Atlantic Cities
    "fierce rivalry with Lafayette..."(13 Tips)
    Jason K.
    "Get the American Special (Coney dog & loose burger)."(3 Tips)
    "chili cheese fries and a pop for a taste of a Motor City classic."(6 Tips)
    James M.
    "Make sure to talk to Dan Dan the Hotdog Man!!"(3 Tips)
72 Tips and reviews
  • lafayette
  • hot dogs
  • american special
  • good for a quick meal
  • chili cheese fries
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  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangOctober 3, 2014
    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
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloFebruary 24, 2015
    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.:
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BeckJune 11, 2013
    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.
  • WanderingWalt
    WanderingWaltJune 5, 2012
    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
    WanderingWaltJune 5, 2012
    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
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 10, 2013
    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]
  • Lead Czar L.
    Lead Czar LLCOctober 19, 2010
    American Coney is best for meeting friends, hanging out and watching street traffic through the big windows. Lafayette is better for purist singles or couples who want to savor the original Detroit at
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin Rickert1 week ago
    The "Fancier" of the two Coney joints, my friend put it best:"The chili tastes like taco meat..."It is a bigger place, so if you have a group of people, this'll be better for at least that.
  • Kate H.
    Kate H.September 30, 2014
    Come for more than coney dogs -- American has salads, wraps, burgers etc. And they are big charitable supporters!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 25, 2013
    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.
  • Jack L.
    Jack LoomisDecember 10, 2011
    If you're coming here then you're in for some classic Detroit coneys. Just ask for two with everything. Chili, mustard, and onion!
  • James M.
    James MillerApril 30, 2015
    Make sure to talk to Dan Dan the Hotdog Man!! He knows his shtick!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KJuly 12, 2010
    Get the American Special (Coney dog & loose burger). Try this and the place next dog for a taste test. (I preferred Lafayette)
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 4, 2011
    American or Lafayette? This spot is 1 of the 2 most popular Coney Dog spots in Detroit. As seen on Man v Food Nation.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SmithApril 23, 2013
    I like going at night. It's super peaceful to be in the city at night. Gotta get a coney!
  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletSeptember 20, 2010
    American or Lafayette? Try the Detroit staple, a coney island, with chili cheese fries and a pop for a taste of a Motor City classic.
  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HarrisonJanuary 11, 2015
    Ended up here because Lafayette was really busy. Fast accurate service. I still prefer Lafayette's chili though.
  • The Atlantic Cities
    The Atlantic CitiesAugust 3, 2012
    Read up on the history of the Coney dog in Detroit and the fierce rivalry with Lafayette...
  • Danny B.
    Danny BegnocheMay 27, 2015
    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.
  • Len S.
    Len SchmidtMay 18, 2013
    Great coneys, great service and you can get beer here.
  • Rachel
    RachelSeptember 13, 2013
    American is the best! So is Dan Dan the hot dog man!
  • Florent
    FlorentOctober 4, 2015
    Spent a great time over there! American special dog is excellent!
  • Jim C.
    Jim CDecember 11, 2015
    My favorite coneys. Plenty of room in the restaurant.
  • Marie K.
    Marie KrokNovember 15, 2011
    Get the chili cheese fries, they're much better than at a typical National Coney Island!
  • Rhona M.
    Rhona MaysFebruary 13, 2011
    Best Coney and chili cheese fries! Voted #1 Coney by food network and the travel channel!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out American Coney Island as seen on Food Wars , Man vs Food , Food Paradise Read more
  • Bill A.
    Bill AllemonSeptember 4, 2011
    Fast, fast, fast. Great lunch place.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterApril 10, 2011
    Be nice to the staff, they have to deal with a lot of crazy people.
  • Bright Lights
    Bright LightsMay 13, 2012
    The hot dogs here suck !!! Layfayette is the best coney island ever !!!!!
  • Bright Lights
    Bright LightsAugust 18, 2012
    Lafayette Coney is really good , American Coney , not so much
  • Angie L.
    Angie LinderJuly 7, 2012
    Live the American Dream: order two coney dogs and a Vernor's.
  • AAJA
    AAJAJuly 15, 2011
    "Lafayette or American?" Say the secret phrase to AAJA's executive director, Kathy Chow, and win a prize!
  • Christina C.
    Christina ClarkJune 23, 2015
    The chili cheese fries are great
  • Chuck S.
    Chuck SciclunaAugust 17, 2013
    Eat next door at Lafayette Coney Island they have better coney Dogs
  • Chris S.
    Chris StergalasFebruary 8, 2012
    the only place for drunk food after a night of partying
  • Austin L.
    Austin LeamanFebruary 9, 2015
    Best conies you can get!
  • Christina S.
    Christina SolomonJuly 23, 2013
    Everything here is fresh and great!
  • Scott L.
    Scott LounsberryDecember 29, 2012
    Get extra chillie on your dog.
  • Anne-Marie K.
    Anne-Marie KimSeptember 8, 2011
    Dan Dan The Hot Dog Man is AMAZING!!!
  • Jen S.
    Jen SakoNovember 25, 2011
    Chili cheese fries with everything!
  • Bright Lights
    Bright LightsAugust 18, 2012
    Yeah Lafayette Coney is way better than American lol
  • Justin C.
    Justin CallJuly 21, 2012
    Tommy is the best server. Legend.
  • Benjamin T.
    Benjamin TimpfFebruary 19, 2013
    Tried both tonight...Lafayette is so much better!!!
  • Brent W.
    Brent WarnerNovember 27, 2011
    Best coney dog in Michigan.
  • GENE N.
    GENE NATHANIELApril 6, 2014
    Has no flavor Chilli has no taste they need season salt and garlic powder Chicago food better than this
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BurgessAugust 10, 2013
    Good coneys good service
  • Kenneth A.
    Kenneth AndersonJuly 29, 2013
    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)
  • Dave R.
    Dave R.June 10, 2012
    Best coney dog EVER!!
  • Lizbeth E.
    Lizbeth EstradaJanuary 29
    Yummy hot dogs.
  • Juan carlos R.
    Delicioso para saliendo de la peda en detroit debes de pasar aquí pide los nachos y unos jochos lo mejor del mundo
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