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    waxing nostalgic

    I was watching a TV show called parking wars yesterday while having dinner.
    It was taking place in Detroit, and I saw a food business with a big sign in their window, 2 coney island dogs, 2.00

    Im thinking, what do people in Detroit know about coney island hotdogs?

    I remember going to coney island back in the early sixties, going to nathans, the original nathans, dogs and fries.

    that is what, and only what I think of when I hear or see something advertising coney island dogs.

    (I remember when I was outside of Kingman Az, couple years ago, in the middle of the desert, a restaurant had a big sign also, coney island dogs, NY pizza...................yeah, sure, ok, )

    So I had to run over to coney island today and check it out.

    Its not the same. the wooden counters serving right onto the street/sidewalk are gone, its a big corporate syle fast food chain now , with 30 cash registers, all of them banging away today.(a lot of high school kids and beachgoers)

    if you never experienced, coney island 40-60 years ago, you missed out, the cyclone and nathans, wow, those were the days.

    that was the real deal, no copy, no imitation, although still in the same spot, its not the same.
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    Yes, but remember Detroit gave you the Chrysler 'New Yorker' to get back and forth to your favorite face food places

    We do have 'Lafayette Coney Island' in and around Detroit that IMO is the only place for a coney{or three }
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    I can think of several culinary icons around here that have changed for the worse over the last 20 to 40 years. For example, there's a local burger chain called Blake's Lotaburger that's not the same ever since Blake died. Or Sadie's New Mexican restaurant, which was awesome when it was just a little hole in the wall at a bowling alley in a bad neighborhood, but is now just another run-of-the-mill local chain with four locations.
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    originals were always better.

    just takes some corporate genius some time to figure out how to exploit the name and try to make huge dollars.

    nathans, its not a local name, it might be popular to ny'ers, but the entire world uses coney island dogs to lure in customers.

    im sure theres a sign in south America, or Europe advertising coney island dogs.

    its the salt water air near the beach, the smell of coppertone, the drive to the shore/beach, its all part of the nostalgia of a coney island dog.

    both sets of my grandparents lived 10 minutes from coney island when I was growing up, so my father would load us into the station wagon on sundays during the summer, pick up one set of grandparents, and head over there for a day of dogs and the amusement park, the beach, and when we left for the day, wed stop off at Mrs. Stahls knishes or shatzkins knishes which was next door to nathans back then, and bring home a dozen knishes to store in the freezer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Yes, but remember Detroit gave you the Chrysler 'New Yorker' to get back and forth to your favorite face food places

    We do have 'Lafayette Coney Island' in and around Detroit that IMO is the only place for a coney{or three }
    Lafayette might be ok in Detroit, but you need to get over here and visit the real deal, the one and only.

    one thing I found amazing today, parking was all open on the street, all over, considering its a beach place, I found that strange, Usually they are very stingy with parking near any beaches in NY, make you head over to a lot.(meters were 25cents for 15 minutes)

    that was nice, I pulled up right across the street, didn't have to look for place to park.

    I cant tell my wife I ate there, shed rip my head off. when she asks, Ill just tell her I had turkey on whole wheat with a salad.


    eh, the place is in the same exact spot for like 100 years, ya know they gotta be doing something right.
    Im sure it didn't hurt them that a minor league baseball stadium was built less than 1/4 mile away from them a while ago.
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    I've never related the name coney dog to anything special, probably since I've never really had an authentic one, however you say "Corn Dog" and my mind goes to a fresh memory of the corn dogs served at the county fair...yum!
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    When we moved to Thomasville, GA, many people told us we had to try the chili dogs at the Billiard Academy downtown. It's been around since 1949 and is supposed to have the 'best chili dogs anywhere'. We went there one time and haven't been back - some of the worst hot dogs you'll ever have - and they sell them like crazy! 'Nuff sed.....

    Personally, the only hot dogs we buy are Nathan's Bigger Than The Bun. My wife is really particular about having only Nathan's and, when we got together and she was so insistent, I could see why! The specific bun doesn't matter a whole lot, but we prefer fresh bakery buns from Publix Supermarket.

    As to the origin of the 'Coney Island Hot Dog', I can see reason for confusion. The Detroit business, American Coney Island, was established in 1917. While 'Coney Island' in New York dates to the 17th century in one form or another, it wasn't until 1916 the Nathan's hot dog stand was opened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I can think of several culinary icons around here that have changed for the worse over the last 20 to 40 years. For example, there's a local burger chain called Blake's Lotaburger that's not the same ever since Blake died. Or Sadie's New Mexican restaurant, which was awesome when it was just a little hole in the wall at a bowling alley in a bad neighborhood, but is now just another run-of-the-mill local chain with four locations.
    Speaking of culinary icons, a friend introduced me to Durgin Park in the old Boston market many years ago. He said it's been in business since before we lost our American colonies and some of the original staff are still there. A good sassing is included with almost every meal. Fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Rideout View Post
    Speaking of culinary icons, a friend introduced me to Durgin Park in the old Boston market many years ago. He said it's been in business since before we lost our American colonies and some of the original staff are still there. A good sassing is included with almost every meal. Fun!
    Yup, durgin park takes pride in being the nations oldest restaurant and having the rudest waiters.
    I used to take customers there all the time years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    When we moved to Thomasville, GA, many people told us we had to try the chili dogs at the Billiard Academy downtown. It's been around since 1949 and is supposed to have the 'best chili dogs anywhere'. We went there one time and haven't been back - some of the worst hot dogs you'll ever have - and they sell them like crazy! 'Nuff sed.....

    Personally, the only hot dogs we buy are Nathan's Bigger Than The Bun. My wife is really particular about having only Nathan's and, when we got together and she was so insistent, I could see why! The specific bun doesn't matter a whole lot, but we prefer fresh bakery buns from Publix Supermarket.

    As to the origin of the 'Coney Island Hot Dog', I can see reason for confusion. The Detroit business, American Coney Island, was established in 1917. While 'Coney Island' in New York dates to the 17th century in one form or another, it wasn't until 1916 the Nathan's hot dog stand was opened.
    Do you realize that there are dates in this thread that are older than I am? Wow!!

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