Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Food Network to feature Detroit’s Coney Islands

The guy behind the counter probably said what day the show was airing. But the guy behind the counter doesn’t speak that well. Anybody who’s been to Lafayette Coney Island in downtown Detroit knows that.

He was excited, though, and he disappeared behind a wall and popped out a few seconds later holding up a t-shirt. It said something about the Food Network on it, and he gushed for a while longer about how the whole camera crew had spent the previous day filming in Detroit’s most famous dirty little restaurant, which is no small distinction!

Here’s what I gleaned from the conversation: The Food Network visited Detroit recently to do a feature on Coney dogs, and in particular the two famous downtown joints, American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island. It’s going to be on TV sometime in November. 

What I’m sure you’ll hear if you catch the show is a little background on the two restaurants, which is pretty interesting. The first Coney Island opened in 1917 by the Keros brothers, who shortly thereafter got into an argument and split into two separate restaurants. Even today, owners of each place scrap with each other about which is the true “original”. I don’t watch the Food Network often, so if you happen to catch this episode, let me know. I’m anxious to see if we can understand a word of what the guy behind the counter has to say.