Last week, this post about Leo's Coney Island spreading the gospel of no-bean chili dogs to Chicago really made me miss home. Every time I get back to Michigan, I hit up a Senate Coney Island near my folks house for a couple of Coney Dogs. I've always wished they were more widespread across the US.
It got me wondering about the history of the Coney Island restaurants and their delicious hot dogs, so I did a little Googling, and here's a summary of what I found.
Coney dogs are popular in the Midwest, Upstate New York, and (oddly) Quebec. However, they are only referred to as Coney Dogs or Coney Islands in the Midwest, and are referred to as "Michigan Dogs" everywhere else. George Todoroff of Jackson, MI and Todoroff's Coney Island is credited by Wikipedia as having been the first to combine the ingredients around 1916 in Coney Island (hence the name). However, both American and Lafayette Coney Island claim to have invented the Coney Dog as well.
Personally, I'm a Senate guy, but that's probably nostalgic. My Grandma loves their food, and so I take her when I'm in town. What about you all?
edit: It's a slow, rainy Sunday, obviously.