Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island.

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Tastytoo
Cheeseburger
2010/02/15 14:05:43
I just saw this on WGN. I'll try to post a link to WGN. I've seen this discussed at length on other sites. People really seem excited by having a Michigan dog place.
 
Edited to add website.
 
www.leoschicago.com
 
post edited by Tastytoo - 2010/02/17 22:54:36
stricken_detective
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/15 17:44:56
Menu looks very diverse. Can't wait to try it.
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/15 18:12:09
While it is not Michigans best Coney it has always been consistant. I have eaten 100's of them. A great addition to Chicago. I am sure they will do very well in the land of Chicago Style Dogs. If you love natural casing dogs with a little spicy taste and a snap you will be very happy. Detroit Style Coney Sauce is something I have never found made correctly outside Michigan. The Chicago style Hot Dog is second only to the Detroit Coney...Enjoy for you have added a great option...Russ
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/15 19:16:40
And the Detroit Coney is second only to the New Jersey Style Italian Hot Dog........

It's great that another regional style is available in a place that loves hot dogs. I'd love for another Chicago style place to open in Jersey. We had one for a year or two. We'll send an Italian Hot Dog joint or a Jersey Texas Weiner restaurant.
Tastytoo
Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/16 22:03:52
I cannot get it to link. Just seach the site below.

www.wgntv.com

Today there was a story on Leo's on the local FOX station.
myterry2
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/16 22:56:00
It's good, but not great...not sure if it last in Chicago.
irishtom29
Junior Burger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/17 03:40:33
myterry2

It's good, but not great...not sure if it last in Chicago.


They might do OK on the North Side which is home to hordes of young transplants from Michigan. On the other hand when the novelty passes.....afterall Nathan's bit the dust here.
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/17 08:26:38
irishtom29

myterry2

It's good, but not great...not sure if it last in Chicago.


They might do OK on the North Side which is home to hordes of young transplants from Michigan. On the other hand when the novelty passes.....afterall Nathan's bit the dust here.


Nathans has in my opinion a poor tasting Hot Dog. If Leo's uses a Koegel or some other quality Michigan natural casing Hot Dog there is no way they fail. Vienna Beef Hot Dogs are good but not in the same Zip Code of a Michigan Hot Dog. Also if Leo's is smart they will put a Chicago Style on the menu as well...I am waiting for the hands on reviews of Leo's...Russ
post edited by Russ Jackson - 2010/02/17 08:28:27
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/17 13:53:29
irishtom29

myterry2

It's good, but not great...not sure if it last in Chicago.


They might do OK on the North Side which is home to hordes of young transplants from Michigan. On the other hand when the novelty passes.....afterall Nathan's bit the dust here.


Why are all these young people from Michigan coming to Chicago?  And where on the North Side are they living?  Also, when and where was there a Nathan's in Chicago?  I have lived all of my 51 years here in this town and have no memory of a Nathan's opening up.  Maybe that's why they "bit the dust"...

Buddy
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/17 14:53:26
BuddyRoadhouse

irishtom29

myterry2

It's good, but not great...not sure if it last in Chicago.


They might do OK on the North Side which is home to hordes of young transplants from Michigan. On the other hand when the novelty passes.....afterall Nathan's bit the dust here.


Why are all these young people from Michigan coming to Chicago?  And where on the North Side are they living?  Also, when and where was there a Nathan's in Chicago?  I have lived all of my 51 years here in this town and have no memory of a Nathan's opening up.  Maybe that's why they "bit the dust"...

Buddy


Because there are no jobs left in Michigan. Even the Coney places are moving out...Russ
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/17 21:09:53
Russ Jackson

irishtom29

myterry2

It's good, but not great...not sure if it last in Chicago.


They might do OK on the North Side which is home to hordes of young transplants from Michigan. On the other hand when the novelty passes.....afterall Nathan's bit the dust here.


Nathans has in my opinion a poor tasting Hot Dog. If Leo's uses a Koegel or some other quality Michigan natural casing Hot Dog there is no way they fail. Vienna Beef Hot Dogs are good but not in the same Zip Code of a Michigan Hot Dog. Also if Leo's is smart they will put a Chicago Style on the menu as well...I am waiting for the hands on reviews of Leo's...Russ

 
Russ,
 
Leo's uses a Koegel's, which I am dying to try. They also offer a Chicago Hot Dog. It's tough comparing a Vienna or Nathan's to a Koegel. Koegel's are beef/pork franks with a milder flavor and a different spicing. Nathan's in my opinion is a very good dog, but very garlicky. Maybe too much so. Vienna is good, but milder than what I'm used to in a beef dog. My preference for a beef dog falls somewhere in the middle.
 
Buddy,
 
I don't know what year, but Nathan's did open up a franchise in Chicago and it failed miserably. Nathan's are hit or miss. Some use a griddle and a natural casing frank; others use a skinless dog and prepare it on a roller grill. My guess as to why Nathan's failed is that a Nathan's tastes very different from what Chicagoans are used to.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 01:27:35
Funny you should mention-- I just made a batch of Detroit style Coney Sauce today. Will try it out tomorrow.
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 08:07:01
Buddy,

In November of 1979, Nathan's opened a store on Rush and State. Barry Potekin, owner of Gold Coast Dogs, took out a huge newspaper ad challenging Nathan's to a taste test. We all know who won, except you. End of story.

CSD
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 08:08:26
Foodbme

Funny you should mention-- I just made a batch of Detroit style Coney Sauce today. Will try it out tomorrow.


And which recipe did you use?
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 08:11:20
chicagostyledog

Buddy,

In November of 1979, Nathan's opened a store on Rush and State. Barry Potekin, owner of Gold Coast Dogs, took out a huge newspaper ad challenging Nathan's to a taste test. We all know who won, except you. End of story.

CSD


Have you or are you going to try Leo's. If yes make sure you review it ok...Russ
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 08:15:00
Russ Jackson

The Chicago style Hot Dog is second only to the Detroit Coney.


Russ,

I will respect your opinion, no matter how wrong it may be.

CSD


Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 08:41:24
chicagostyledog

Russ Jackson

The Chicago style Hot Dog is second only to the Detroit Coney.


Russ,

I will respect your opinion, no matter how wrong it may be.

CSD

 
I see you said MAY instead of is...LOL...Russ

chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 09:09:34
Russ Jackson

chicagostyledog

Buddy,

In November of 1979, Nathan's opened a store on Rush and State. Barry Potekin, owner of Gold Coast Dogs, took out a huge newspaper ad challenging Nathan's to a taste test. We all know who won, except you. End of story.

CSD


Have you or are you going to try Leo's. If yes make sure you review it ok...Russ


Russ,

I'll try Leo's and give a review.

Mark

BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 13:22:01
chicagostyledog

Buddy,

In November of 1979, Nathan's opened a store on Rush and State. Barry Potekin, owner of Gold Coast Dogs, took out a huge newspaper ad challenging Nathan's to a taste test. We all know who won, except you. End of story.

CSD


In 1979 I was a mere wisp of a lad, just graduating college and looking toward my future.  To remember this obscure moment in Chicago Hot Dog history tells me that clearly, you are much older than me.

Still, I'm glad we have elders like you around to pass on the lore to all us young whipper-snappers.

Buddy
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 18:23:02
BuddyRoadhouse

chicagostyledog

Buddy,

In November of 1979, Nathan's opened a store on Rush and State. Barry Potekin, owner of Gold Coast Dogs, took out a huge newspaper ad challenging Nathan's to a taste test. We all know who won, except you. End of story.

CSD


In 1979 I was a mere wisp of a lad, just graduating college and looking toward my future.  To remember this obscure moment in Chicago Hot Dog history tells me that clearly, you are much older than me.

Still, I'm glad we have elders like you around to pass on the lore to all us young whipper-snappers.

Buddy


Buddy,

I'm 62 and still have all my hair, all my teeth, and my acne finally cleared up, ya young pup!

Mark
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/18 20:29:42
You still have all your hair?  What, do you keep it in a box under the bed?

XOXO,

Buddy
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Now open. Chicago's Leo's Coney Island. 2010/02/20 08:03:21
For those of you who will never have a Detroit Style Coney I will continue to pray for you each night. They say the Coney Dog was invented there. While many great Hot Dogs can be found. I have yet to find someone that does not love them. Made properly it ranks right up there with the perfect steak. For the life of me I just don't understand why they havent branched out beyond Michigan. Leo's moving to Chicago is a great thing. However when places start growing they usually diminish in quality and money becomes the driving force and the product becomes something different. I hope they stand true to the original. For those of you who have never had a Detroit Coney it is your loss. On this Video of Man Vs Food you can see the great dog assembled by the originators of the Coney. Lafayette and American Coney in Detroit. The Video is about 8 minutes long and the Coney part is right at the start. After looking at these two Dogs tell us what you think. ...Russ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLA_Xfoq8ZU