American Coney Island
Every city does hot dogs a little differently. In Detroit, a wiener topped with chili, onions and mustard is known as a “Coney dog,” and locals generally fall into one of two camps when asked who offers the best version: a shop called Lafayette Coney Island or its next-door neighbor, American Coney Island. Detroit native Derek Stevens, who owns several Fremont Street casinos, is clearly a fan of the latter. In fact, he loves their dogs so much he imported the company to Las Vegas, and gave it some prime Fremont Street real estate within the The D.
The restaurant isn’t much to look at: little more than a counter-service hot dog joint with a handful of tables, and entrances from both The D’s casino floor and the Fremont Street Experience. But it offers up the same specially seasoned dogs in natural casing, and family recipe chili, that has been packing people into Detroit’s Lafayette Street original since 1917. Open 24 hours a day, it’s the perfect way to end a long night of Downtown partying.