As readers of this blog know, the thing I love most about food is regional cuisine. Sure, I may not like everything that makes a region popular, but I love the idea that no matter where you grew up, there’s going to be some brand, food, or preparation technique that will always make you think of home.
In Michigan, that food is the Coney Dog. I’m not a hot dog eater, so it’s not something that I’ve been able to adapt to. I’ve tried it once and wasn’t a huge fan only because I don’t like the dog. The chili is delicious and I could eat that without the hot dogs.
There are always imitators when it comes to a region’s marquee cuisine. Yeah, you can get a coney dog here in Lansing, but up until last week, you couldn’t get it from one of the big names in Detroit coney’s.
National Coney Station opened up on Grand River Avenue in the building that was most recently Moe’s Firehouse. Before that, it was a Spartan Gyro. National Coney did a lot of work to the building to clean it up. I never got a chance to eat at Moe’s before it closed, but for some reason, the place always scared me a little bit.
National Coney Station is not quite the same as the National Coney Island restaurants you’re familiar with in Detroit. They’re owned by the same company, but they’re designed to be more of a quickservice restaurant. The menu is much, much smaller having only nine choices plus some a la cart items. Read the rest of this entry »