Just in time for the weekend, Filling Stations is a weekly post that highlights one of Los Angeles’ destinations for craft beer, be it a bottle-shop with a great selection, a restaurant with great food to go with their beer list, or a bar serving excellent beers.
Coney Dog: Detroit Style Hot Dogs
- Neighborhood: West Hollywood/Sunset Strip View Larger Map
- Type: Restaurant
- Yelp Page
- Selection: 3/5 Price: 4/5 Food: 4/5
Hot dogs in Los Angeles are like it’s residents: diverse, unique, and a mix of home-grown and transplants from elsewhere, and Coney Dog in West Hollywood has some of the best dogs in the city and great craft beer to wash ’em down!
When you think hot dogs in Los Angeles, you probably think of Pink’s, or a Dodger Dog, or the infamous bacon-wrapped street-dog. Those options may be synonymous with Los Angeles but they’re far from the best hot dogs our city has to offer. Our pick for #1 in the city proper is Hollywood Blvd institution Scooby’s, but they don’t serve beer. Just a few miles down Sunset Blvd newly opened Coney Dog does, and their dogs give even the snappy tube-steaks from Scooby’s a run for the title of best in LA.
Coney Dog serves “Detroit-style Coney Dogs,” and their signature dogs come smothered either in a smooth bean-less chili or a ground beef topping know as “loose burger.” The dogs are flavorful with a satisfying snap and they are shipped out to Los Angeles from Michigan weekly. The Coney DeLux, with gets both the chili and the habit-forming loose burger, is one of our favorite of the half-dozen dogs on the menu. The “LA Street Dog” is excellent as well if you want a more local-style dog. Their hamburger was recently voted best in West Hollywood and are a tasty change-of-pace from the dogs. Coney Dog offers some Michigan favorites in the coolers behind the counter, from Stroh’s lager to Faygo sodas, and they feature eight rotating taps of craft beer.
The well curated beer selection is usually features some local brews, and a pint will run you $6 (less for the featured beer during happy hour). We usually find Avery, Golden Road, Eagle Rock Brewing, and Sierra Nevada beers pouring, and there is never a lack of good options for pairing with the dogs, fries, and burgers. Large TVs are usually tuned to Detroit sporting events, and the Restaurant is an official rallying point for Red Wings fans in LA. Coney Dog is open-late and they offer free roof-top parking, which is a real boon for that neighborhood.
The bottom line is you’re not going to get a better hot dog west of Fairfax, and the decent selection of craft beer is like the cheese on top of the excellent chili-fries.
Let’s hear what you think about Coney’s Detroit-style dogs in the comments!