Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Help Wanted

Greetings everyone! Just checking in to let you know that, despite a hectic vacation and work schedule, I am still working on the upcoming Coney Island Restaurant Tour, which will kick off in mid August. I have spent the last two months researching the history of the Coney Island in Flint, interviewing those who have written on the subject over the last generation, and making a comprehensive list of all of the Coney Island Restaurants in the county.

Here’s where I need your help. I know there are many more Coney Island restaurants than I have on my list, and I want to make sure I have every place on my list that’s in business before the start of the tour. All of the joints on my list are currently open, to the best of my knowledge, but if you know otherwise, please let me know. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Coney Island Restaurants in Genesee County

PAUL’S CENTER ROAD

OLYMPIC COURT

TOMMY Z’S COURT

TELLY’S MILLER ROAD

LEO’S MILLER ROAD

VALLEY MILLER ROAD

WESTSIDE DINER BALLENGER

CODY’S BALLENGER

CONEXTION NORTH BALLENGER

CAPTAIN COTY SOUTH BALLENGER

HOLLYWOOD CORRUNA

ATLAS CORRUNA

COLONIAL CORRUNA

MEGA CONEY CORRUNA

JOHN’S CONEY CORRUNA ROAD

SUNRISE FENTON ROAD

TOM’S FENTON ROAD

VENUS FENTON ROAD

JOHNNY’S FENTON BETWEEN MAPLE AND BRISTOL

ANGELO’S FRANKLIN/DAVISON

STARLITE DAVISON RD./CENTER

RIO’S DAVISON RD. NEAR AVERIL

CAPITTAL VAN SLYKE

GILLIE’S NORTH DORT IN MT. MORRIS

US CONEY DORT AND BRISTOL

STAR BROTHERS DORT (IN THE DORT MALL)

CONEY GRILL SOUTH DORT

GOLDEN GATE FLEMMING ROAD AND FLUSHING ROAD

CONCORD NORTH SAGINAW

CONEY

GADDIS CONEY MLK BOULEVARD

GRANDMA’S

RECIPES RICHFIELD ROAD

THE PALACE SOUTH LINDEN

VLADOS GENESEE ROAD

CITY DINER CLIO ROAD

If you have other names to add to the list, please email me at EatingFlint@gmail.com and I will add yours to the master list. I will repost the list once it is complete. Stephanie will again accompany me on our 8 month adventure, which will get under way in just a couple of weeks, so keep watching and make sure to tell all your friends!

12 comments:

  1. What makes some place a coney island? Just because they got a hot dog on the list? I would never classify Gramma's Recipes as a coney. Family restaurant, yeah. But not a coney island. There is a place you don't have listed called Liberty Coney Island on Pierson and Luce in Flushing by Dalton Airport. This is the original name but it was bought out, called Gabby's (which used to be down by Subway-where Fandagles is now) then went up the wahzoo after buying a liquor liscense (at a coney Island???) and now bought back by the Liberty people.

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  2. Vlado's has been closed for about 10 years. They closed it, tore it down, and built a Rite Aid there. Total bummer because they had the BEST fish and chips in town!

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  3. I must say, a few years back some friends and I embarked on a similar quest to discover our favorite Coney Islands in the Flint area. We, however used a much narrower set of criteria to decide what actually was a "Coney Island"

    In order for us to consider the establishment, it had to:

    Be open 24 hours

    Serve breakfast all day long

    Have at least one waitress who had worked there 5+ years (preferably 10+)

    Serve bad coffee

    and as this was before this past May, it had to have at least a thin haze of cigarette smoke. (none of us were smokers, but you have to admit, it added to the overall experience)

    We generally did our dine-in research between the hours of 2 and 4 a.m. when the most colorful of patrons came out to play!

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  4. corner office has the right idea. You're not looking for a place that serves hot dogs. It has to be a real Coney place - in the tradition of Flint. You also need to rate the place on both Detroit style and Flint style. They're very different.

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  5. i would be curious to know what is the difference between detroit style and flint style.

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  6. good comments. based on your suggestions, which places do you think should come off the list?

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  7. You've hit upon #2 on my list of things that perplex and fascinate me about this place (perhaps next you and Stephanie will take on a tour of my #1: the "Oriental Spas." I tried to get John to check them out for me but he was afraid he'd be arrested, rolled, or both.) As to these restaurants, could you address the issue of why anything in Michigan should be called a "Coney Island"...do these places or the dogs have ANYTHING to do with Coney Island? And why do so any of them have Greek dishes on the menu?

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  8. Atlas on Corunna, Capital on Van Slyke, Starlite on Center, Gillies on Dort, Mega on Corunna, Tom Z's on Court and of course Angelo's on Davison are all good examples.

    Places like Venus on Fenton, or Valley on Miller road all come close but fall more into the category of "Family Restaurant" These places offer up such luxuries as salad bars, table cloths, and clean bathrooms....all of which are nice, but are not conducive to 3 a.m. study breaks/post last call munchies.

    After all, part of the charm of the coney island experience is the "no frills" presentation. Give me a place where the waitress will bring me my coffee, french toast, cottage cheese, and onion rings any hour of the night without shooting me a funny look, and I will be one happy flintite.

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  9. You should never ever eat a Coney Dog in a place that has table cloths and a salad bar. That is just wrong.

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  10. you have to talk to my mom, she has some great stuff about local coney's. my dad's mom worked at the flint original. she even has a recipe for their coney sauce i think.

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  11. We love Olympic & Starlite! We actually just recently discovered Olympic. Their food seems so fresh. The place is quite clean (love that). The salads at Olympic are so crisp & tasty!! They are the best at packaging their take-out food. I love how the put their coney's in a Styrofoam container so it doesn't get all squished.
    We still love Starlite's Fish & Chips. They have the best tarter sauce. We love their coney's, too. We are lucky because we don't live that far from Starlite & the packaging doesn't matter that much. The one thing that restaurant's should realize is that their take-out food should be as close as it can get to their in restaurant food.

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  12. RE:Vickie said...

    And why do so any of them have Greek dishes on the menu?

    @vickie.. most of these restaurants are owned by Greeks.

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