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American Coney Island is one of Detroit's iconic Coney joints. American Coney has been featured on many television programs and has been voted number one several times. The menu is classic Coney with the iconic Coney Dogs, chili, Greek salad, pitas and fries. The classic diner decor makes it perfect if you're looking for a little bit of Detroit-oriented Americana.
Hot dogs, hot dogs and more hot dogs! That's what this popular restaurant is known for. Lafayette Coney Island is somewhat of an institution in Downtown Detroit. It's the perfect place to stop for a snack or a cheap but filling meal. The place has a bit of a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, which is decidedly a part of its charm. Aside from Detroit's famous Coney dogs, you will also find gyros, pita sandwiches and Greek salads as refreshing alternatives on the menu. Lafayette Coney Island is also one of the few diners in Downtown that stays open till 3a. So, if you are burning the midnight oil and desire a snack, you know where to go. Plastic money is not accepted, only cash payment will do.
Looking for a late night slice, and quick? Look no further than Sgt. Pepperoni's at the Garden Bowl. This quick-service joint in the historic bowling alley is a favorite of Detroiters when looking for tasty pizza and sandwiches until the wee hours. Whether you're craving a plain cheese slice, calzone or an Italian Sub, you'll find it at Sgt. Pepperoni's.
Taqueria El Rey is one of Detroit's favorite taquerias. Although El Rey cooks up all your classic Mexican favorites like burritos and quesadillas, what they are really known for are their whole grilled chickens. You can also get the famous chicken in the tacos, burritos, tortas and pretty much anything else on the menu. Make sure you get there before they run out! Taqueria El Rey is also a favorite for tacos, with about 15 different varieties.
In the search for the best burger in Detroit, a stop at Motz's is obligatory. Thought to be the best by many a Detroiter, Motz's has been serving up practically the same classic burger joint menu since 1929. In addition to their Famous Original Slider they also have their specialty burgers, breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs and Coney dogs and of course sides like onion rings and fries. The old fashioned diner atmosphere and look also seem unchanged since 1929, adding to the nostalgic love loyal diners have for Motz's.
Simple and done right, step back in time at Scotty Simpson's Fish & Chips. The restaurant looks just as it did when it opened in 1950, and the same goes for the menu. The menu is fairly straightforward, fried fish, shrimp or chicken with chips, or be a bit more adventurous and try the frogs legs. Kids will love the fried menu and the fish decorating the walls. If you're in the mood for salty, greasy, fried goodness, you've found what you're looking for.
Although you'll find Leo's all over Metro Detroit, the Southfield location is the original. One thing Detroiters know and love are their Coney's, and Leo's is up there at the top of the list. Of course they serve the traditional Coney Dog, along with the Greek dishes and pitas you would expect at your typical Coney joint, breakfast, burgers and other diner staples. The food is cheap and comes quick, making it perfect for a filling meal on the go.