I've always found the "Michigan Dogs" vs. "Coney Dogs" thing kind of funny, being from New England and having strong ties out in Michigan. I wouldn't go so far as to say they call it the Michigan everywhere, though. Some places unfortunately just call it a chili dog, regardless of the presence of beans.
OT: The History of Coney Dogs
I generally prefer Flint Style, just because that is what I remember growing up.
Coney Islands generally offer a choice of either Flint or Detroit style coney dogs. Flint style is characterized by a dry chili more similar in consistency to ground beef than chili, while Detroit style is more soupy, heavy with chili and cumin powders. When in either of these respective cities, only the local style is offered.
I couldn't think of a way to adequately describe them, so I let Wikipedia do the work for me. I'm perfectly content with Detroit Style coneys though, as Flint Style isn't often found outside of the Flint area. I finally made it to the new Leo's in Chicago this past week, it was everything I could have hoped and dreamed for.
EDIT: Damn, now I'm going to have to order hot dogs for the Wings and Michigan games today. Good thing Clark Dog delivers.
Couldn't you order a Coney with loose-burger on top? Just a thought.
Yes, and I have, the spices aren't quite right. I think I'm just partial to the original Angelo's Coney Island dogs.
A Greek moved to Detroit from...you got it Coney Island NY, he liked the dogs at Nathans there. Moved to Detroit, had a no bean chili recipie and openend National Coney Island in the D. His brother got pissed because he thought his recipie for chili was better. The brother opened Lafayette. The rest is history. Man I live in NY now and I really miss a good Detroit coney dog. Everytime I am home i have to go to Lafayette. It pwns National.
I'm pretty sure the originals were American and Lafayette. I always thought that Lafayette was first but the article I linked below says that American was first.
This is a great article that really got me craving a trip downtown.
After reading this post, getting a huge craving for a real Koegel vienna dog, I did a goggle search for the Koegel Wikipedia page. And I found this...
I can buy Koegel dogs while living in Wyoming. Internet WIN!
not exactly a coney island, but my local favorite hot dog has to be from bill's hot dog stand... http://www.hotdogshops.com/images/bills_hot_dog_stand.jpg
not to mention their root beer is delicious as well
is down here in SW Ohio... the damn Cincinnati chili that claims to be coney dogs... no where is cheese or cinnamon/chocolate depending on the particular recipe (Skyline vs. Gold Star) to be found in a real coney dog. Funny thing is I'm converting them one at a time as they come over for work dinners and I make them my rip off from the kitchen of Lafayette Coney sauce with either Kogel's, Kowalski, or Nathan's dogs.
just remember, you have to have the skin on the dogs so that you get that little bit of pop when you bite in...
I really don't like either Skyline or Goldstar. I lived in Cincy for the summer and was really disappointed by them after eating quality Coneys my whole life.
There's a reason no one outside of Cincy eats "Cincy" chili.
especially if your name is Bill Cosby.
Michelle Obama and daughters are very welcome too
whoever negged me on this is a fucking moron. This is not political. If you have ever been to Ben's chili bowl it says this on the wall, right under Bill Cosby is an honorary customer. Nobody will read this rebuttal but I was compelled to respond!
Todoroff's Coneys aren't that good compared to others in the Jackson or Detroit areas. Weird to think he was the originator of that most delightfully whimsical of foods.
Having read enough about Coneys, and knowing enough about Todoroff's, I'm convinced that the Todoroff-origin-of-Coneys story is a bunch of revisionist history bullshit. It was Lafayette. Period.
When I lived in Buffalo they called them "Texas Red Hots". Don't ask me why, but whatever the reason its irrelevant because they were DANG good.
As a Midwesterner, I've always been annoyed that the "Coney Island" name got traction. Why be so derivative when plenty of other alternatives would have worked? The dogs are great and they could have been successful by themselves. It reminds me of places like "LA Gym" or "LA Tan."