The battle between Lafayette and American Coney Island will probably rage on as long as they are both open. The subtleties between the two Coney’s are apparent to the elite Coney experts and the local. However, to the traveler, out-of-towner or casual diner, you are wondering “Why American? They taste and look just like a Lafayette Coney”… “Elbow Room” is the answer. The two restaurants serve up great Coney’s despite the small differences in recipes. However, American has that "Detroit Diner" or “Classic Coney Island” feel to it when you walk in. It’s Red, White and Blue 50’s style décor screams classic diner. The tables are spaced out nicely so you can actually eat your Coney without getting mustard sprayed on you by the guy sitting to you left. Service is fast and friendly and the menu seems a little bit more diversified in comparison to Lafayette. This is a plus for American since not everyone in your group may enjoy hot dogs (you know who you are and I’m very disappointed in you ). The conversations in the restaurant are usually contained to the individual tables since the dining area is spacious. However, at times, group discussions will break out, especially about the Lion’s or who has the better Coney sauce in Detroit. So if your downtown, looking for a Coney and fries…and Lafayette can’t squeeze you in, try American Coney, you won’t be disappointed. (You wouldn’t be disappointed at Lafayette either “wink, wink” ;-) ).