Coney Island hot dog
A Flint-style coney (with dry coney sauce) at Rio's Coney Island in Flint, Michigan.
|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||Michigan, Ohio|
|Main ingredient(s)||Beef, all-meat chili, yellow mustard, white onion|
A Coney Island hot dog (also coney dog or coney) is a natural-casing beef hot dog, topped with an all-meat beanless chili, and diced or chopped white onions, with one or two strips of yellow mustard. The variety is a fixture in Jackson, Flint, Detroit, and southeastern Michigan. A coney dog is not to be confused with a chili dog, a more generic chili-topped hot dog.
The "Coney Dog" preparation did not originate with Coney Island, New York; the name merely refers to the origin of the hot dog itself, and also refers to the kind of restaurant that features them. The style originated in the early 20th century in Michigan, with competing claims from American and Lafayette Coney Islands in Detroit, Michigan, and Todoroff's Original Coney Island in Jackson, Michigan.
Local varieties 
- Detroit style uses a sauce with a smooth, creamy consistency utilizing Hungarian spices.
- Flint style is characterized by a dry hot dog topping made with a base of ground beef heart, which is ground to a consistency of fine-ground beef. Some assert that in order to be an "authentic" Flint coney, the hot dog must be a Koegel coney and the sauce by Angelo's, which opened in 1949. However, the sauce was originally developed by a Macedonian in 1919, Simeon O. (Sam) Brayan, for his Flint's Original Coney Island restaurant. Brayan was the one who contracted with Koegel Meat Company to make the coney they still make today, also contracting with Abbott's Meat to make the sauce. Abbott's still makes Brayan's 1919 sauce available to restaurants through the Koegel Meat Company.
- Cincinnati's "cheese coney" is topped with the city's own variety of chili, onions, and shredded cheese which nearly hide the wiener, which is smaller in size than the typical Detroit-style coney dog. Its popularity makes Cincinnati nearly synonymous with cheese coneys; outside of Cincinnati, the topping is referred to "Cincinnati style chili," whereas within the city it is simply known as "chili" from the many neighborhood franchises started by Greek immigrants.
See also 
- Coney Island, a type of diner in southeastern Michigan
- Coney Island Amusement Park
- Coney Island, New York
- James Coney Island, a restaurant chain in Houston, TX
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- "Detroit Coney's" coney website
- "Coney Detroit" book website
- "Coney Near Cape Cod" food website
- "Flint Coney Resource Site" coney website