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“Lot's of Seating, Less Crowded than Next Door”

American Coney Island
Ranked #44 of 1,144 Restaurants in Detroit
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Greek
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed August 14, 2013

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” ;-) ).

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

I saw this restaurant and the one next door on Man vs Food and we chose this place over the other one (not sure why) but I don't think we made the right choice. It wasn't anything special but we were just glad it was open because it was 4th July and everything was shut. Nothing special and I wouldn't go back in a hurry, but in saying that, the wait staff were friendly.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

American is more brightly lit than its neighbor, Lafayette, and has a more modern interior, though that's not saying much. But people seek out this pair for the coneys, and I sampled both. My verdict...

Flip a coin. While the reviews here demonstrate that both places have their rabid partisans, the similarities between the two far outnumber the differences, which are subtle at best. But the dogs are tasty, so you might as well try both and decide for yourself.

Some diners will immediately draw a comparison between the coney shops and two Philadelphia cheesesteak institutions that share a small piece of that city. There's the decaying Lafayette (Pat's) and the more ostentatious American (Geno's); and like Pat's and Geno's, despite the aesthetic differences, the food is pretty much the same.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Different ingredients. No atmosphere. No charm. Just does NOT compare to Lafayette Coney Island next door. If you want Detroit's #1 rated best food, that's where I would go.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stopped by in the afternoon to try the coney dogs and chili fries. Both of them were just average and nothing too remarkable. The servers, however, were very friendly and made it an enjoyable experience. Overall it's worth dropping by for some lunch or a snack, but don't expect too much.

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