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Lafayette Coney Island

Hot Dog Joint, American Restaurant, and Greek Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Detroit, Detroit
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  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8
    Better than American, but decide for yourself
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.July 16
    Coney Island Dog
  • All About Technology
    The best coney island in town!
  • Nina B.
    Nina BrownleeJanuary 21
    Better food, wish they took cards
  • paul t.
    paul tNovember 18, 2016
    Use the basement bathroom for an experience.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillOctober 24, 2016
    Now I know what a "Detroit Coney Island Dog" is am I am now a fan. Great Chile too. I easily threw down three.
  • Eric N.
    Eric NogaOctober 16, 2016
    PREPARE THYSELF FOR HEARTBURN HEAVEN.
  • April M.
    April Martin RushtonSeptember 6, 2016
    You gotta have a coney dog of course.
  • Erica C.
    Erica CopelandAugust 22, 2016
    Loose burger is my go to
  • Katy
    KatyJuly 25, 2016
    Be very careful going to the bathroom!
  • Craig L.
    Craig LeeJune 17, 2016
    This place is legendary. Get a coney, fries with a Vernors. Nothing says 'Detroit lunch' like that order.
  • Jennifer V.
    Jennifer VincentApril 20, 2016
    Coney and chili fries!!
  • Kimberly P.
    Kimberly PachyApril 20, 2016
    Coney Dogs, FF
  • Bryanna W.
    Bryanna WilliamsMarch 4, 2016
    The chili dogs are the best! And it is a great environment if you like having conversations with new people!
  • Dillon G.
    Dillon GrayJanuary 25, 2016
    Loose coneys are to die for. Best chili dogs in town
  • Anjali M.
    Anjali ModiJanuary 2, 2016
    Definitely a don't miss Detroit classic
  • Diane D.
    Diane DemataOctober 14, 2015
    Don't go down to the bathrooms...😲
  • Mimi
    MimiSeptember 27, 2015
    UHM HANDS DOWN BEST KOOL AID.
  • Diego Dier
    Diego DierSeptember 20, 2015
    Terrible food, dirty place, bad service etc. Cheap would be a pro. I know its Detroit but not everything has to be bold and rough.
  • Adam C.
    Adam ChannellAugust 27, 2015
    Better than American.
  • Levy R.
    Levy RiversAugust 7, 2015
    Chil dog with French fries
  • Aleta K.
    Aleta KraussJuly 12, 2015
    Coney island dog, fries and Vernor's ginger soda. Yum! :-)
  • Scott S.
    Scott SchwartzJuly 12, 2015
    Gotta do the Lafayette Special. Down to earth greasy spoon coney dogs.
  • Clarice M.
    Clarice MishJuly 7, 2015
    The nostalgia is awesome! Eat at the lunch counter! I drove all the way from Milwaukee to experience this place!
  • Jon J.
    Jon JacobsonJune 25, 2015
    Coney coney coney
  • Jon J.
    Jon JacobsonJune 25, 2015
    Coney dogs
  • Valerie H.
    Valerie HansonJune 9, 2015
    These are the better coney dogs of the two contenders.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BMay 14, 2015
    Coney dog + labatt blue in a can
  • Scott N.
    Scott NorlinApril 26, 2015
    Some of the best coney's in Detroit! Make sure to bring cash.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LockettApril 23, 2015
    Great coneys
  • Jamie D.
    Jamie DelaneyApril 19, 2015
    If you need a tip, you're doing it wrong.
  • Ignacio H.
    Ignacio HawthorneApril 18, 2015
    Everything...nuff said.
  • Matt A.
    Matt AshfieldApril 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoMarch 30, 2015
    The BEST coney in Detroit.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloFebruary 24, 2015
    One of two top 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.: http://wxch.nl/1JGRTS8
  • Giovanna S.
    Giovanna SueFebruary 19, 2015
    The world's greatest coney island!!! Best chilli and best staff! 😆😘👌
  • Cassandra G.
    Cassandra GaddisJanuary 31, 2015
    I've been coming here since I was a teen in High School, from back in the 70's...the BEST CONEY DOG EVER!!!! Sorry "Food Network", LAFAYETTE IS THE BEST CONEY ISLAND IN DETROIT! I'M a true Detroiter!
  • Will M.
    Will McDowellJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the pie!
  • Kendall J.
    Kendall JohnsonDecember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coneys in downtown Detroit. Definitely better than American Coney next door!!!
  • KC W.
    KC WeaverDecember 17, 2014
    Have to visit. Old Detroit in a nutshell.
  • Stuart R.
    Stuart RosenbergDecember 16, 2014
    Better than American Coney Island. Hot dogs had a snap and chili was better and more plentiful.
  • Courtney H.
    Courtney HighlyBlessedDecember 3, 2014
    Wings and fries are the perfect late night snack after a round of drinks.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoldovanNovember 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A Detroit landmark.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LindemannOctober 25, 2014
    Holy shite. This place is amazing drunk food.
  • Ande C.
    Ande CogsdillOctober 12, 2014
    Best coney
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattOctober 10, 2014
    Best coney on the block. Accept no imitations.
  • Kate H.
    Kate H.August 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta go with the classic coney dog -- coney sauce diced onions and mustard. Heck have two! And a Labatt Blue to wash it down.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Lafayette - Coney Island as seen on Food Wars , Man vs Food , Food Paradise Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 14, 2014
    From Bill Addison's review: "Any odyssey into Detroit's food culture begins with a coney—a chili dog cradled in a steamed bun with chopped onion and a couple slashings of yellow mustard." Read more
  • Dan S.
    Dan ScanlonAugust 9, 2014
    Cheap and excellent Coney Island dogs.
  • Martin D.
    Martin DuranJuly 7, 2014
    I prefer this spot to American Coney next store. It seems more tasty altogether and the frank has a better bite.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WilliamsJuly 5, 2014
    Cash only so we had to peace out w/ out eating.
  • Alyssa Z.
    Alyssa ZerilliJune 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    AHHHHH-MAZING
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydApril 14, 2014
    Loaded+Chili
  • Michael H.
    Michael HessApril 5, 2014
    Make sure to get a seat at the counter, and watch the guys slinging chili dogs.
  • A.K. B.
    A.K. BennettApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is quick, so eat quick and let others snag your table!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BestMarch 22, 2014
    Best coney's and chili cheese fries!!!!
  • Chad B.
    Chad BishopMarch 9, 2014
    Get it loaded
  • Meishawn J.
    Meishawn JohnstonMarch 7, 2014
    Hate all coney islands
  • Chris Z.
    Chris ZadoroznyFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best place ever to get a coney. Faisal is awesome, ask about the tricks.
  • Tom K.
    Tom KassabJanuary 25, 2014
    Great detroit classic
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJanuary 15, 2014
    these 2 historic hot dog spots are side by side American and I chose Lafayette this time. Simple small place Just hot dogs and fries. There is guy u tell ur Order and screams it out funny. Open late!!
  • ENGMA
    ENGMAJanuary 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm the mayor, bitches!
  • Casey Ace W.
    Casey Ace WJanuary 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Coney dog and chili cheese fries! Have them balance silverware on the salt shaker!
  • Evan C.
    Evan CJanuary 4, 2014
    Awesome coney dogs
  • Tim E.
    Tim ErdmannDecember 30, 2013
    Just order the Coney, chili fries and a Labatt can. Put mustard on the fries.
  • Mallory S.
    Mallory SmithDecember 5, 2013
    Ask to see the balancing toothpicks trick
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa Sepulveda DziewitNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome as always!!!
  • Javarie C.
    Javarie CurrySeptember 13, 2013
    The people are soo friendly!!!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BucherSeptember 4, 2013
    I enjoyed the food. The service was questionable.
  • James P.
    James PozenelAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The one and only coney island worth eating. If you come to Detroit no visit is complete without "One with everything".
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 25, 2013
    I preferred this dog to the one next door; the chili had better flavor, snappier frank, and the overall experience was a lot less sloppy. Try both for yourself.
  • Beth S.
    Beth SchumannAugust 16, 2013
    No good beer, so get a Vernor's. Loose burger!
  • DjDetroit D.
    DjDetroit DiezelJuly 27, 2013
    Get one with everything PEPSI PEPSI
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownJuly 22, 2013
    If you're gonna get a Coney, this is it. A great mix of people.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DieboltJuly 14, 2013
    Best Coney Dog you can get. Hands down, dopest dog I've ever ate!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2013
    Rather than pass our judgement on the debate of the location of the first coney dog, we will just say that we really like Lafayette's spinach pie. Their chili is also a marvel. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BeckJune 11, 2013
    Perfect quick late night bite. The chili is a little "looser" than their rivals next door." The coneys have a nice snap to them and go great with some delicious chili-cheese fries. I choose Lafayette!
  • Maria S.
    Maria SellsMay 28, 2013
    Magic tricks, chocolate milk pours and yummy chili cheese fries and coney's! Thanks Faisel!!!
  • Maria S.
    Maria SellsMay 28, 2013
    Faisal and his magic tricks!
  • Gibron B.
    Gibron BMay 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Coney dogs in the world. I recommend this place to everyone
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie ReedMay 11, 2013
    Best coneys I've ever eaten !
  • Roger E.
    Roger EilersMay 9, 2013
    There are other coneys in Detroit, this is by far the best.
  • Chanel F.
    Chanel FlowersMay 5, 2013
    It's ok for a coney. Menu has only 6 items, they do sell canned beer. They take cash only. The servers are very rude. But the food taste great and it's clean.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FeldmanApril 24, 2013
    Get the coney.
  • Toni J.
    Toni J.March 17, 2013
    Lll for the person whosays not for vegans....DUHHHHH
  • Kathleen K.
    Kathleen Kahael 🌹March 10, 2013
    Best Coneys in the D
  • Michael D.
    Michael D'AlessandroMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Menus are for rookies: Lafayette has 2 things, dogs and fries. Also try a piece of pie after your meal. But be sure you bring cash, cuz this place is #CashOnly
  • Emily S.
    Emily SchwarzJanuary 14, 2013
    A Detroit staple. Go and get the whole experience - magic tricks and all. :)
  • Richmark
    RichmarkJanuary 6, 2013
    Try the Coney Island Hot Dog - Coney island hot dog winner! Hella onions and Chilli and you can taste it!
  • Billy S.
    Billy SchrageJanuary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Two specials, no mustard, and fries.
  • Towanna W.
    Towanna WhiteDecember 8, 2012
    I love this one
  • Fletcher S.
    Fletcher SharpeNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Really cool people, pretty good food. Chili Cheese Fries w/ Heavy Chili, a coney with no onions and 2 bags of chips for 7$. That's a steal
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GriffinNovember 27, 2012
    Great coneys!
  • Ian S.
    Ian ShalapataNovember 9, 2012
    Saw a bride and groom come in to take their wedding photos here. That says something about how good the dogs are.
  • Derek K.
    Derek KucyndaNovember 8, 2012
    Lafayette Dogs for sure!!! Crunch Nom Nom! #EatIt #ConeyIsland
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BusamNovember 7, 2012
    Coney dogs are the best
  • Gibron B.
    Gibron BOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're ever downtown, stop by and grab some food. Friendly staff and great food
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LobdellSeptember 11, 2012
    the best place for a coney dog ever
  • Jimbo S.
    Jimbo SliceSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Michigan State Law requires you stop here if you're in Detroit.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 20, 2012
    Stool and counter seating. Open late. Serves cans of beer. Cash only. A before or after a ball game must. Coney everything heavy with fries.
  • Konnie
    KonnieAugust 18, 2012
    American Coney Island is the best... Lafayette not so good.
  • Abby M.
    Abby MahlerJuly 27, 2012
    Order Coney with everything and Loose with everything, you won't be disappointed! Chili cheese fries are great too. #americansucks
  • Darian R.
    Darian RawsonJune 13, 2012
    Lafayette or American? That is the question. Only you can find the answer.
  • WanderingWalt
    WanderingWaltJune 5, 2012
    Place is good in its own right. If u like a messy chili dog this is the place. Mustard adds its own flavor. Very much a sweet chili. Dogs r completely different than American (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Squirrel
    SquirrelMay 26, 2012
    Always fun and sit and laugh at the suburbanite crowd on the weekends!!
  • Dano R.
    Dano RenelMay 6, 2012
    A Detroit institution. Vegan's , stay the fuck away.
  • Micah R.
    Micah RichardsonMay 3, 2012
    One of the best, if not the best coney island in Downtown, Detroit!!!
  • TJ C.
    TJ CorbettApril 24, 2012
    The original and best coneys you'll ever have the pleasure of partaking!
  • Bright Lights
    Bright LightsMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Loose with everything and a coney with everything ! #americansucks
  • Rai L.
    Rai LucienMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Simply the best Coneys around.
  • Kate P.
    Kate PricerMarch 13, 2012
    Chili cheese frise
  • The #Michipreneur Project
    Try the coneys. Guess that's pretty obvious huh?
  • kri$topher
    kri$topherJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Even though he's vegan, I'm sure Prince Fielder will change his ways when he smells the Lafayette chili.
  • Ally H.
    Ally HarrisonJanuary 28, 2012
    LAFAYETTE IS THE BEST HANDS DOWN
  • Ronald S.
    Ronald SeilerJanuary 2, 2012
    A must... before or after any Detroit Event!
  • Brent W.
    Brent WarnerNovember 27, 2011
    American is so much better.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 24, 2011
    Steamy, dreamy, Detroit style chili hot dogs; gimme two up and a chili-cheese fry. Hallelujah, holla back. Read more
  • Lane F.
    Lane FortinberryNovember 24, 2011
    Never go to American Coney
  • Korey W.
    Korey WrenNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always Lafayette never American!
  • Danny S.
    Danny SchrageNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Use the bathroom. You won't regret it.
  • Michael D.
    Michael D'AlessandroNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    American may have a shorter line but that's only because they are not as good. Do not settle for less than the best.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WadeOctober 29, 2011
    They just got an atm machine so dont be worried if you dont have cash. Come and get the best coney on earth
  • David H.
    David HensonOctober 5, 2011
    Go to national coney next door skin onn coney dog is hard to penetrate and bite
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BuckOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't listen to the guys next door...this is worth the wait!
  • Tisha P.
    Tisha PraterAugust 20, 2011
    The BEST PLACE to get a Coney Dog!!! Way better than American Coney!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BatorAugust 15, 2011
    Best latenight food. Also, the worst next morning food. They have beer too, just get there before last call.
  • frank s.
    frank succurroAugust 15, 2011
    The best period period!! 7 coneys fries and coke is my best!!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 4, 2011
    American or Lafayette? This is 1 of the 2 most popular Coney Dog spots in Detroit. As seen on Man v Food.
  • AAJA
    AAJAJuly 15, 2011
    "Lafayette or American?" Say the secret phrase to AAJA's executive director, Kathy Chow, and win a prize!
  • Ghostly International
    Synonymous with the coney dog itself, this is the real deal for the illustrious dog. Open 24-7 and remember to get it with everything. Or minus the onions if this is date night.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AnthonyJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget the chili fries.
  • Jocelyne N.
    Jocelyne NinnemanJune 28, 2011
    You're not home w/o a check-in at Lafayette! Read more
  • Ian C.
    Ian CroteauFebruary 25, 2011
    by far the best coney..in the war of coneys in Detroit...
  • Brian W.
    Brian WhitakerFebruary 18, 2011
    Awesome Coney! Have the American Special
  • Ivan P.
    Ivan PetrenkoDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best !
  • Matthew V.
    Matthew Van DykNovember 28, 2010
    Click here to read the Urbanspoon reviews. Read more
  • Steph M.
    Steph MayhallNovember 1, 2010
    The best. Don't let the flash fool you.
  • Lead Czar L.
    Lead Czar LLCOctober 19, 2010
    Lafayette Coney is best for for purist singles or couples who want to savor the original Detroit atmosphere and flavor. Go for the combo with everything.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HatlineOctober 9, 2010
    Best resturant on the PLANET!!!""""
  • George H.
    George HotellingOctober 7, 2010
    Bring cash, they don't take credit cards
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SadlerOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Combo (Coney & Loose Burger) with everything, and the chili cheese fries. You will be satisfied.
  • Jerry
    JerrySeptember 30, 2010
    Crushed it downstairs
  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletSeptember 20, 2010
    Lafayette or American? It's open 23 hours/day. Coney Island restaurants originated in Detroit and Lafayette has been in business since the early 1920's.
  • Derrick M.
    Derrick MayAugust 19, 2010
    Check this place out..
  • Jason K.
    Jason KJuly 12, 2010
    Get the combo (Coney dog & loose burger). Try this and the place next dog for a taste test. (I preferred Lafayette)
  • Chilly
    ChillyFebruary 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Walk in and scream "AMMMIIIIGGGOOOOOO!"
  • Jonathon S.
    Jonathon SermoJanuary 21, 2010
    best coney ever
  • Max G.
    Max GarciaDecember 23, 2009
    Never go next door to American, it's dogshit
  • Michael J. V.
    Michael J. VilagDecember 19, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Find the worker named Faisal (aka: Chris) and ask to see the magic tricks while your waiting for your coneys at 1 am
  • Michael J. V.
    Michael J. VilagDecember 3, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Lafayette Coney Island and check out the facial expression you get when you ask for a menu (it's on the wall)
  • Andy D.
    Andy DidorosiOctober 22, 2009
    The downstairs bathroom is totally awesome.
  • Rutger H.
    Rutger HenselOctober 11, 2009
    go to the restroom downstairs :-)
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