Better yet, it's owned by a number of celebrity investors, including Tim Allen, Adam Sandler, "Spider-Man" director
Sam Raimi, and writer/director Mike Binder ("Indian
Summer", "Reign Over Me").
All of the investors (except for Sandler) have Detroit roots.
If you're from the Motor City, you should love this place. They import the hot dogs from Detroit, they serve Detroit specialties like "Faygo" pop, "Better Made" potato chips and "Stroh's" beer. There are flat-screen TV's to watch Lions, Tigers and Redwings games. And their menu even includes "Loose Burgers".
Now to the uninitiated, it
would seem that something called a "Coney Dog" would have originated on
Coney Island, in New York. Not so, say the Detroit fans.
them, the Coney Dog was created in Detroit by Greek immigrants, and just
named after Coney Island.
So, what exactly is a Coney Dog?
It's a hot dog topped with onions and hot mustard buried under an avalanche of unique Detroit-style chili.
Suffice it to say, it's a Detroit
staple. And now there's finally an authentic coney island in L.A.
Coney Dog opened in mid-2010 at the northeast corner of Sunset & Clark St., in West
Hollywood, and since then, it's picked up more than a few celebrity
customers, including Brad Pitt, Kristen Bell and fiance Dax Shepard, writer/director Rod Lurie ("The Contender", "Straw Dogs") & writer/director Todd Philips ("The Hangover").
The opening fundraiser (for the Midnight Mission) brought out Dick Van Dyke, Ed Begley Jr. and Tom Arnold, who worked behind the counter.
Prices are a bit higher than at most hot
dog joints (the dogs will cost you about $4), but considering what you'll pay at most Sunset Strip
restaurants, they're certainly reasonable.
One thing that is definitely not Detroit-style are the vegan versions of the food items, also available on the menu. But hey, it's L.A.! (Plus, Mike Binder's wife is vegan.)
Here is a Google StreetView of the corner.
Parking (hard to come by on the Strip) is
available on the roof for $1. (But don't stay longer than one hour, or
the price goes up to $4 an hour.)
And as a bonus, "The Matthew Aaron Show", a popular
L.A.-based entertainment Podcast, broadcasts live from Coney Dog every
week, with celebrities like Kurtwood Smith (the dad on "That '70s Show")
and Dave Coulier (Joey on "Full House") dropping by for interviews.
Getting there: The Coney Dog is at the northeast corner of Sunset Blvd & Clark St.. From Hollywood & Highland, take Highland south to Sunset, turn right and head west on Sunset for about three miles. It will be on your right hand side. Parking available on the roof.
[For more information, go to Coney Dog's official website at: www.coneydogla.com ]
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