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Lafayette Coney Island

118 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI - (313) 964-8198
No place is more passionate about Coney Island hot dogs than Detroit. The most conspicuous evidence is a pair of Coney restaurants next to each other: American and Lafayette. Spicy dog, soft bun, smooth chili, bright yellow mustard and crisp onions (and maybe shredded cheese) come together in a form of hash-house alchemy.
90% Approval Rating (10 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"No place is more passionate about Coney Island hot dogs than Detroit. Coneys are everywhere, but the most conspicuous evidence of the Motor City's obsession is a pair of rival restaurants that are right next to each other: American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

118 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI
(313) 964-8198

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Vienna-style, natural casing dogs, are done up on a flat top and served on steamed buns, topped with chili and a host of garnishes. They achieve a nice crust from the flat top. This is one good-tasting dog.
"Vienna-style, natural casing dogs, are done up on a flat top and served on steamed buns, topped with chili and a host of garnishes. They achieve a nice crust from the flat top. This is one good-tasting dog."
Dave O'Ball





Rule of thumb: If food is being prepared in the front window, it's bound to be great.
"Rule of thumb: If food is being prepared in the front window, it's bound to be great."
Dave O'Ball


Anything the chili touches is spectacular
"Anything the chili touches is spectacular"
Stephen Rushmore


Two of these chili dogs with finely ground meat should keep your stomach happy.
"Two of these chili dogs with finely ground meat should keep your stomach happy."
Stephen Rushmore


Here is a pair to reckon with: classic Coney Island dogs as served at Lafayette. (buffetbuster photo)
"Here is a pair to reckon with: classic Coney Island dogs as served at Lafayette. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Spicy, locally made Vernor's ginger ale is our drink of choice with almost any meal in the Detroit area; but it must also be noted that the staff at Lafayette are great showmen when it comes to pouring glasses of white or chocolate milk. (buffetbuster photo)
"Spicy, locally made Vernor's ginger ale is our drink of choice with almost any meal in the Detroit area; but it must also be noted that the staff at Lafayette are great showmen when it comes to pouring glasses of white or chocolate milk. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Here you see all the elements essential to the construction of a Coney: The chef is fetching chili from the pot in the window. Behind him are bowls full of bright yellow mustard and diced raw onions. (buffetbuster photo)
"Here you see all the elements essential to the construction of a Coney: The chef is fetching chili from the pot in the window. Behind him are bowls full of bright yellow mustard and diced raw onions. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


The decor is no-frills plebeian diner, but the cuisine is street food royalty. (buffetbuster photo)
"The decor is no-frills plebeian diner, but the cuisine is street food royalty. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


You must arrive early to see the counters this empty.
"You must arrive early to see the counters this empty."
Stephen Rushmore


A view of Lafayette's interior
"A view of Lafayette's interior"
Dave O'Ball


This is the photograph buffetbuster took of two guys who arrived in the same car, but went to different Coney places, ribbing each other on the way in about which one had poor taste in hot dogs!
"This is the photograph buffetbuster took of two guys who arrived in the same car, but went to different Coney places, ribbing each other on the way in about which one had poor taste in hot dogs!"
Michael Stern


There are a couple chili dog places on this block - be sure to visit this one.
"There are a couple chili dog places on this block - be sure to visit this one."
Stephen Rushmore



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