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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited expecting great things from a place rated very highly on TA. We were very disappointed. The place is a dive. It is filthy and shabby. The workers wear filthy stained shirts. There are flies circling the pies in the glass enclosure. They serve...hot dogs and the hot dogs are not that great. What is the attraction here?More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022

This place offers coney dogs, which appear to be a staple of the Detroiter's diet, given the number of place that serve them. :-)

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Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022 via mobile

On the way to the ballgame, we decided to make it a complete downtown event. Lafayette is a downtown establishment. It doesn't make the splash or have the notoriety of its next door neighbor, (American Coney Island) but the food and atmosphere is oldtown Detroit....Great dependable coney dogs any day or night. A fabulous last call food spot. Make the trip and taste the history.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed March 26, 2022

I was told I had try this place. Had a classic chilli dog, not bad. Glad I got to try this historic Detroit restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed September 20, 2021

I hope I don't offend their loyal customers and I know Lafayette Coney Island is a legendary landmark but it didn't do it for me. My expectation was very high as one of my best friends who was born in Detroit raved about the Lafayette...Coney Island dogs. I guess maybe because I didn't grow up eating them. Sadly, I had to share my disappointment with my friend.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 9, 2021

Wanting to experience a Detroit Coney we ended up in this place. It was filthy. The workers were friendly for the most part except for our waiter. Very impatient and abrupt. As for the food...I have had better. Heck, I could make better. Would suggest...travelers looking for a Detroit Coney experience keep looking.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 13, 2021 via mobile

This institution was just down the street from my hotel. If you want a good hot dog this is your place, if you want an experience, this is also your place. Service is minimal but good.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021 via mobile

Living in Brooklyn, NY and never having heard of a coney dog, we were intrigued to try the Coney dog from Lafayette Coney Island as well as the place next door. We both agreed that Lafayette had the better dog. The chili had more flavor,...the mustard was not overpowering and the bun was not too soft. Definitely the winner for best coney dog!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 8, 2021 via mobile

This is a great place to try a Coney. It’s a historic, popular restaurant. It’s the kind of classic, simple, place that aren’t common in most cities anymore.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 2, 2021 via mobile

1st time In Detroit. I made it a point to not leave town without trying a Lafayette Coney Island Hot dog. They were as close as you can get to an authentic Coney Island without being there. I’ve tried both so I must say the...other place had better a chill topping.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 6, 2021

It’s not even close. Lafayette has the best dogs. The competition next door isn’t close. Don’t waste your time. Fourth generations been going to Lafayette. Anywhere else is sacrilegious.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed October 13, 2020

Thanks to the City of DETROIT and Lafayette Coney Island.... The city gave us and other FAMILIES who were not allowed to say Goodbye to their Loved Ones a Procession(very organized) and FOOD... THANKYOU.......

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020 via mobile

Everyone should visit National Coney Island at least once in their life. Have a coney with mustard and onion ONLY! Once you have done it, you're a Detroiter, sorta. Seriously, National Coney Island is as iconic of a place as there is when it comes...to Detroit. It's much more than a hotdog with chili - it's a rite of passage. Do it!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2020

The Coney Island dog isn’t bad - but I’ve had better. But the site (and it’s neighbor) provide some history. So stop and get one.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 23, 2020 via mobile

The best in Detroit... and possibly anywhere. always consistent, always great! first post-covid return visit. got carry out this visit. they did raise prices, slightly

Date of visit: July 2020
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Yes, Lafayette Coney Island offers takeout services.

Lafayette Coney Island is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4