January 26, 2019

An essential guide to metro Detroit's most delicious Coney Islands

If there is one quintessential Detroit food item, it’s the coney dog. It’s obvious by the sheer number of Coney Island restaurants that inhabit the city and the suburbs that as long as you make a mean coney dog, you have a place in a Detroiters heart. We sought out to rank metro Detroit’s best Coney Island restaurants based on Google and Yelp reviews, as well as word of mouth reputation. See if your favorite cut the mustard.

Words by Mike Dionne

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27. Coney Time Coney Island
15098 E. Seven Mile Rd.
What time is it? At the corner of Seven Mile Road and Hayes Street, it’s always Coney Time. Open 24 hours with a drive-thru.
Photo by Mike Dionne

27. Coney Time Coney Island


15098 E. Seven Mile Rd.
What time is it? At the corner of Seven Mile Road and Hayes Street, it’s always Coney Time. Open 24 hours with a drive-thru.
Photo by Mike Dionne
26. Leo’s Coney Island
Locations all over metro Detroit
Let’s face it, Leo’s Coney chain are a dime a dozen. But even so, they're delicious (and clean). And there are enough of them all over town that you can’t be let down.
Photo via James R. Martin / Shutterstock.com

26. Leo’s Coney Island


Locations all over metro Detroit
Let’s face it, Leo’s Coney chain are a dime a dozen. But even so, they're delicious (and clean). And there are enough of them all over town that you can’t be let down.
Photo via James R. Martin / Shutterstock.com
25. Lou’s Coney Island
19100 Mound Rd., Detroit
Another solid all-hours coney establishment.
Photo by Mike Dionne

25. Lou’s Coney Island


19100 Mound Rd., Detroit
Another solid all-hours coney establishment.
Photo by Mike Dionne
24. Sunrise Coney Island
22935 Van Dyke Ave., Warren
Warren’s best. This unassuming spot at Nine Mile and Van Dyke is a shining example of an underrated coney plus a reputable breakfast menu.
Photo by Mike Dionne

24. Sunrise Coney Island


22935 Van Dyke Ave., Warren
Warren’s best. This unassuming spot at Nine Mile and Van Dyke is a shining example of an underrated coney plus a reputable breakfast menu.
Photo by Mike Dionne
23. Woodward Coney Island
616 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Circle back for seconds at this love it or hate it family-owned coney near Campus Martius.
Photo with permission from Paulina V. Alstrom / fka_paulina_paulina

23. Woodward Coney Island


616 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Circle back for seconds at this love it or hate it family-owned coney near Campus Martius.
Photo with permission from Paulina V. Alstrom / fka_paulina_paulina
22. Detroit’s Finest Coney Island
13337 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
The east side’s finest. They have three locations that tiptoe Detroit’s border. One on Jefferson Avenue just before Grosse Pointe Park, one on Eight Mile  Road near Schoenherr Road, and one in St. Clair Shores.
Photo with permission from destinylea1007

22. Detroit’s Finest Coney Island


13337 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
The east side’s finest. They have three locations that tiptoe Detroit’s border. One on Jefferson Avenue just before Grosse Pointe Park, one on Eight Mile Road near Schoenherr Road, and one in St. Clair Shores.
Photo with permission from destinylea1007
21. Johnny’s Coney Island
5101 E. McNichols Rd., Detroit
Heeeeere’s Johnny’s! A 24-hour hut on the acute angle formed by McNichols Avenue and Davison Street.
Photo by Mike Dionne

21. Johnny’s Coney Island


5101 E. McNichols Rd., Detroit
Heeeeere’s Johnny’s! A 24-hour hut on the acute angle formed by McNichols Avenue and Davison Street.
Photo by Mike Dionne
20. Grandy’s Coney Island
1200 Holbrook Ave. / 4004 Outer Dr. E. / 22001 Fenkell Ave., Detroit
The low-key small chain. Greasy. Grimey. Good. Multiple locations of 24-hour delights from McDougall-Hunt to Outer Drive to Brightmoor.
Photo by Mike Dionne

20. Grandy’s Coney Island


1200 Holbrook Ave. / 4004 Outer Dr. E. / 22001 Fenkell Ave., Detroit
The low-key small chain. Greasy. Grimey. Good. Multiple locations of 24-hour delights from McDougall-Hunt to Outer Drive to Brightmoor.
Photo by Mike Dionne
19. L Georges Coney Island
13635 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit
No frills. No fuss. They claim to serve NY-style dogs, but they don’t skimp on the portions so L Georges gets a W from us. All their locations are on Detroit’s west side.
Photo by Mike Dionne

19. L Georges Coney Island


13635 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit
No frills. No fuss. They claim to serve NY-style dogs, but they don’t skimp on the portions so L Georges gets a W from us. All their locations are on Detroit’s west side.
Photo by Mike Dionne
18. Classic Coney Grill
24041 Dequindre Rd., Hazel Park
Yes, a coney island in a strip mall in Hazel Park can be just as delicious as the rest.
Photo by Mike Dionne

18. Classic Coney Grill


24041 Dequindre Rd., Hazel Park
Yes, a coney island in a strip mall in Hazel Park can be just as delicious as the rest.
Photo by Mike Dionne