Coney Stories

CONEY STORIES


Coney Island has been a local landmark for decades, and we hear so many stories of memories made over a couple chili dogs. Do you have a Coney story? A special memory from your past, or a Coney family tradition? Share it with us below! We treasure each and every one. We'll also post some of our favorites here on the website!

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“My grandfather (and probably my great-grandfather) ate at Coney Island in the 1930s. Later, he introduced my dad to Coney in the '50s. I learned to love coneys when I was working at the Kalamazoo Gazette (my uncle was a sportswriter who also loves Coney) in the late-'80s. I was often the designated food runner for the newsroom on Saturday night, and Coney and Bimbo's were the alternating choices. I haven't lived in Michigan since 1998, but I still get at least one every time I'm in town visiting family."

- Greg Newell

“I was homeless and getting sober and wanted get closer to god. So I tried get food on my own, instead of help from others--so at times I would raid your garbage can. Thanks to your blessed garbage can, I did not go hungry SUMMER 2017. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!"

- Kristina Smith

“I have been coming here over 60 years. I have traveled over 5 million miles driving a truck and never have found coneys as good as here @ Coney Island in Kalamazoo!"

- Donald Hendrichsen

“My story is simple, I've been coming here for over 60 years. The best. Nuff said."

- Gary Meyle

“Born and raised in Kalamazoo, and Coney Island is still the best. I bring my kids and grandkids here whenever I can. I have traveled from Las Vegas, Gulf Port, Mississippi, New York to Chicago but always coming home and going to Coney Island for a hot dog--the best one that you will ever taste--leaves the smiling tear in your eyes every time. Thanks for the past memories and the new one to come."

- Patricia Thomas

“My dad started taking us to Kalamazoo's Coney Island Hot Dogs restaurant when we were all little kids. He told me that in the old days the 'red hots' were 2 for 25 cents, and we would order 2 each and sit at the booths. Each booth had a mini jutebox but we raced to the big jutebox to play music! In the historic building, the atmosphere was vintage and the owner was making hot dogs faster than lightning, always quick and quick with a smile and his son worked there too--but the owner was the original speed demon of making a row of coney dogs faster than the speed of sound.

The coney dogs are lined with a secret recipe mustard, then heaped with homemade 'coney beef topping' top secret recipe, then fresh sweet chopped onions. Even as a kid till now, you order 2, if not 3 (or more ) per person, worth every penny. This place has the best coney island hot dogs on earth, I dare anyone to try to beat them, and of course, no one comes close. My dad kept taking me there till he passed away. I gotta believe that Coney Dogs are heavenly food.

I cannot wait to go there again soon. All of my relatives go eat them as well, some fly in from California and their first stop is to get 'Coney Island Hot Dogs', so if you come in from out of town, out of state, please stop there! You are served fast, and you will eat 2 and want 2 more, and don't be shy, it is worth every penny and every delicious taste is delectable.

#1 fan of Coney Island Hot Dogs in Kalamazoo Michigan USA!"


- Brenda Ray

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