So, how does one live in Orlando, and end up having breakfast in Palm Harbor? Well, it helps being a lifelong Detroit Lions fan, and attending the preseason game vs the Tampa Bay Bucs at Raymond James stadium. Since we spent the night in Tampa, we definitely were close enough to get our Coney fix.
So, a quick drive across Hwy 60 to Clearwater, and then up Hwy 19 to Detroit Coney Island. We rolled into the parking lot at 9:20, only to find out they don’t open for breakfast on Saturday until 10:00am!! I know retirees tend to sleep in, but breakfast after 10? I was with my buddy Ken, who recently moved to Florida, so we decided to take in Palm Harbor instead of sitting in the parking lot. I really liked the scenery, especially of the coastline. We found a couple Raw Bars and local funky joints I would check out if we were hanging for the day.
We blew off enough time to hit DCI at 10:00. Let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint! Detroit Coney Island is a family owned and operated restaurant, and Dante came over and talked to us as soon as we walked in. Saturday’s Special is Detroit style pizza, which is modeled after the famous Buddy’s Pizzeria from Michigan. As soon as I ordered breakfast, I asked for a pizza to go. The waiter said they usually don’t fire the oven until 11 or so, however, Dante fired it right up to take care of me.
I went right for a Detroit Coney omelet. If you’re from The D, you may have had one of these at Van’s on Ford Rd at 2:00am after the bar. It’s a loose hamburger and cheese omelet with chili all over. Sadly Van’s is gone now, but I still order this at either Senate Coney Island or Leo’s, when I make a trip up to Detroit area. They do it right at DCI, with a side of home fries and fresh lightly toasted bread. I had to slow myself down to enjoy this little bit of heaven.
I also ordered chili to go, and a couple coneys with everything, to go along with the pizza. I knew My little Jojo would want the chili to make her own chili fries at home. The car ride home was the best smell ever. I was so excited to surprise The Fam with what I brought home.
This week we’ll grab some fries from Five Guys to make our chili fries.
All in all, Detroit Coney Island does it right in Pure Michigan style, right down to the straight from Michigan ingredients. Not only is the chili from Detroit, but you can find some other Michigan favorites such as Better Made Potato Chips, Sanders Hot Fudge, Faygo, and Vernor’s; plus products from Koegle and Dearborn Sausage Company. Dante and his family are great hosts. I look forward to returning some day to sample their Almond Chicken, Polish menu, or Fried Perch; all foods that bring a little touch of Michigan to our Florida Life. If only they were closer to us!
Any other Michiganders make a visit to Detroit Coney Island? We want to hear about it!!