Meals in Motor City: The Best Restaurants in Detroit

Trying a Coney dog for the first time is like a rite of passage in Detroit, with the two best purveyors set right next to each other in friendly competition. The famed rivalry between these no-frills spots, American Coney Island and Lafayette, dates back to the early 1900s and remains fueled to this day. The order may be the same — Coney dog slathered with chili, drizzled with mustard and sprinkled with onions — but the nuances are in the ingredients, particularly the chili. So go ahead and try both spots (and throw in some chili fries), but be prepared to come away with an allegiance after wiping the chili from your lips.