Coney Island hot dog

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Coney Dog
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A Flint-style coney (with dry coney sauce) at Rio's Coney Island in Flint, Michigan.
Type Main course
Place of origin United States
Region or state Michigan[1]
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredient(s) Beef, all-meat chili, yellow mustard, white onion
Variations Detroit

A Coney Island Hot Dog (or 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 stripes of yellow mustard. The variety is a fixture in Jackson, Flint,[2] Detroit, southeastern Michigan,[1] and Fort Wayne, Indiana.[3] A coney dog is not to be confused with a chili dog, a more generic chili-topped hot dog.


The "Coney Island Hot 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.[1]

Local varieties[edit]

  • Jackson style uses a topping of ground beef, onions and spices.[4]
  • Detroit style uses a sauce with a smooth, creamy consistency utilizing Hungarian spices.[citation needed]
  • 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.[5] 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.[2][6] 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.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Trop, Jaclyn (February 13, 2010). "Chicago's new import: Coney islands". The Detroit News. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Atkinson, Scott (March 27, 2012). "Michigan Coney Dog Project: Koegel's and sauce key to a Flint coney". Flint Journal. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Grant, Shane (February 6, 2013). "Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island – What’s not to Love?". Visit Fort Wayne Blog. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  4. ^ ""Our Famous Coney Island Chili Sauce" section". Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Florine, Bob; Davison, Matt; Jaeger, Sally, Two To Go: A Short History of Flint's Coney Island Restaurants, 2007, Genesee County Historical Society
  6. ^ Atkinson, Scott (March 22, 2012). "Flint-style coneys researched and defined in new book, "Coney Detroit"". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 

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