We Asked, You Answered: The 6 Best Coney Dogs in Michigan

Courtesy/Grand Coney

By The 'Gander Staff

September 25, 2023

Michiganders know a thing or two about coney dogs – so we asked our readers to share their favorite spots from every corner of the state. Here’s where they sent us.

Coney dogs are as quintessentially Michigan as muscle cars or apple cider. They aren’t simply chili dogs – the meat sauce on any worthy dog carries a completely different flavor profile. And if you’re new to the state, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming.

READ MORE: Coney Dogs: Pure Michigan or European Import?

Thankfully, ‘Gander readers know the best spot – even if they don’t all agree on exactly what that is. This summer, our readers recommended dozens of coney dog stands from every corner of the state. Here are the most frequently-mentioned stops in each region: 

Northern Michigan: State Street Dairy

Where: 20560 State St. (Onaway)

Yelp review: “The staff is always smiling and efficient!” -Greg C.

Mid-Michigan: Old Town Drive-In

(Photo via Old Town Drive-In on Facebook)

Where: 807 S Granger St. (Saginaw)

Yelp review: “Insanely delicious root beer floats and locally made hot dogs and coney sauce. Something for everyone!” -Jen W.

West Michigan: Grand Coney

Where: 809 Michigan St NE (Grand Rapids)

Yelp review: “They never disappoint!” -Clara G.

Southeast Michigan: Lafayette Coney Island

Photo via Lafayette Coney Island on Facebook)

Where: 118 W. Lafayette Blvd (Detroit)

Yelp review: “Simply THE BEST Coney Island in the City of Detroit. The coney dogs are awesome and they have that snap when you take a bite.” -Kimberly W.

The Thumb: Hilltop Coney Diner

(Photo via Hilltop Coney Diner on Facebook)

Where: 3783 S Van Dyke Rd (Marlette)

Yelp review: “Great place for excellent coneys and what you’d expect from a roadside diner. Everything you can imagine including shakes and ice cream.” -Jon D.

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