If there’s one thing we know to be true about Michiganders, it’s that we love our coney dogs. After all, this regional classic simply tastes like home, whether we’re frequent coney consumers or occasional indulgers. While coney dogs are most often associated with Metro Detroit, we’re happy to inform you that there are coney restaurants scattered across the entire state – and this fun road trip will take you to seven of our favorite hole-in-the-wall coney restaurants in Michigan.
Please note: For the sake of time, we’ve limited this road trip to eateries in the Lower Peninsula, though we know there are countless gems in the Upper Peninsula! For an adjustable map of our route, click here.
1. Duly’s Place
When it comes to coneys in Detroit, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Lafayette and American – but we wanted to highlight a somewhat underrated spot that might not receive the same attention among visitors. For locals, Duly’s Place is a true fixture, dating back over 100 years and offering 24-hour service. This is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant at its best, with coneys and other diner fare served among unfussy surroundings.
2. Mama Vicki’s Coney Island
Make your way to Port Huron for a bite to eat at Mama Vicki’s, where you’ll find a community vibe and some of the most mouthwatering coney dogs in the state. While the restaurant’s name has changed over the years, its roots date back to 1923 and its commitment to excellence remains intact. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a simpler era as you appreciate the unassuming atmosphere and friendly faces here.
3. Zef’s Coney Restaurant
Next, stop for a dose of deliciousness at Zef’s Coney Restaurant in Bay City, which offers hearty portions and a laid-back setting that will make you feel like a local as soon as you enter. In addition to truly fantastic coneys with all the fixings, Zef’s serves impressive breakfast platters, hearty soup, sandwiches, and so much more. You might just want to try one of everything on the menu here.
4. Joe’s Coney Island
Continue your coney dog adventure at Joe’s Coney Island in Houghton Lake, which features an awesome old-school exterior and a cozy, rustic interior. Michigan memorabilia and other fun touches make the restaurant a truly unique place to appreciate a meal, while the authentic Detroit-style coney dogs will knock your socks off with their flavor. In addition to coneys, Joe’s serves gyros, burgers, breakfast, and more.
5. Vee’s Grill and Coney Island
Tucked away in the tiny town of Zeeland, you’ll find Vee’s Grill and Coney Island. This local favorite is the perfect place for a pit stop when you’re craving breakfast or lunch in a friendly environment. While many diners drop in for all-day breakfast, we’re partial to the restaurant’s mouthwatering hot dogs, which range from classic Detroit-style coneys to a New York-style dog with sauerkraut and mustard. Talk about variety!
6. Gregg’s Coney Island Cafe and Grill
There’s something for every member of the family at Gregg’s Coney Island in Battle Creek, where high-quality service and food steal the show. The restaurant describes itself as both cozy and family-friendly, offering a laid-back atmosphere and a broad menu that serves everything from omelettes to piping hot soup to – you guessed it – delicious coneys. It’s nearly impossible to leave with an empty stomach.
7. Blissfield Coney Island
The small community of Blissfield is home to Blissfield Coney Island, a charming and well-kept eatery where flavor is the name of the game. This hole-in-the-wall gem serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can stop in whenever hunger strikes and enjoy a classic diner-inspired vibe with plenty of cheery touches. With a menu that includes pitas, burgers, and fresh sandwiches in addition to great coneys, it’s hard to go wrong.
So, there you have it: a road trip that covers some of our favorite hole-in-the-wall coney restaurants in Michigan. Have you been lucky enough to enjoy a bite from one of these lovely locales during previous dining adventures in the Great Lakes State? Share your favorites with us by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another top-of-the-line coney spot by filling out our nomination form here.