Food is a universal love. Especially to the quintessential "poor college student" or "poor recently-employed-but-not-yet-financially-stable" person in the 18-25 age group. Any time we can get a great meal for a great price is a check mark in the scorecard of life.
Lafayette Coney Island is a sort of landmark in Detroit. This is not going to be a post about the Detroit Coney Wars, the epic battle between Lafayette and American Coney Island to be the top Detroit coney dog. That could make me some enemies! (The reason I chose Lafayette for this post is because it's a teensy bit cheaper.) The story of the decades-long feud between American and Lafayette Coney Island can be found here.
It all boils down to this: ANY Coney Island restaurant is a bargain! You can get a great sit-down meal for around $5, depending on what you order. Personally, I don't know how anyone could go to a Coney Island and not get one of those delectable hot dogs piled with chili, mustard, and chopped onions, but that's just me. Coney Islands also have salads, Greek fast food dishes, and American favorites.
We are Detroit, and this is what we do.
Plus, Coney Island restaurants are fun, laid-back places to hang out. Some are open 24 hours! So if you're in the mood for a cheap, atmospheric, Detroit tradition, head down to Lafayette Coney Island downtown -- or one of the dozens of other Coney Island restaurants all over Michigan!