You might think that while I was on my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas , all I did was eat.
You might be right and it just wasn’t at one of the many buffets or restaurants that the city is famous for.
At The D Hotel and Casino right in the middle of the action on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, there’s a 24 hour restaurant that might just be familiar to those of you who have either been to or lived in Detroit or any other city in Michigan .
The restaurant is called the American Coney Island Chili Dog.
Now, there’s no Coney Island in Detroit , but when the many Greek immigrants who settled in Detroit first came to this country, they went to New York first, and what was the first American thing they ate?
You guessed it, hot dogs.
For some reason, they were given the name Coney Island dogs and these immigrants brought them to their new home, Detroit.
These hot dogs are grilled and slathered with chilli sauce, but don’t look for beans in this chilli .
You won’t find them.
Instead you’ll find a flavorful sauce with onions and you can add mustard or ketchup to it, although I have no idea why you’d want to mess up a perfectly good hotdog by adding ketchup to it, just saying.
This restaurant chain,which is all over the city of Detroit, might have been one of the favorites of the owner of the hotel, Derek Stevens, who was born and raised in Detroit.
In case you didn’t know, the hotel’s name, The D, is another nickname for the city of Detroit.
Prices at the restaurant are reasonable and they use the same recipe for the sauce that was used by the founders of the original American Coney Island Dog back in Detroit .
You might even see a relative of the founders behind the counter as they do come to Las Vegas from time to time just to make sure the restaurant is sticking to the formula that made this place so popular with Motowners for all these years.
You might not be a fan of hot dogs, but trust me, if you can’t get to Detroit , or if you are from the Motor City, and you want a taste of home while you’re in Las Vegas, get yourself over to Downtown Las Vegas for the American Coney Island Chilli Dog Restaurant .