Mama Vicki's uses the classic ingredients, but serves its coneys "over the top": with the coney sauce covering the mustard and onions.
Restaurants from North Carolina to Nevada where Manny Sanchez started Detroit Motor City Coney Island--spread the love for Michigan coneys around the country.
Coney island restaurants dating back to the 1920s can be found in Indiana, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
For decades, William "Bill" Keros ran the Lafayette Coney Island in downtown Detroit.
The two coney islands were so successful that several of the brothers' children and cousins ended up launching their own coney businesses in the region.
He later opened his coney island restaurant downtown.
The Keros family ultimately owned three coney island restaurants in a row: American, Lafayette, and the State.
Some of their employees left and started coney islands of their own.
In 1959, he opened Eastland Coney Island at Eastland Center in Harper Woods.
Today, coney islands can be found across metro Detroit: in malls, at Comerica Park, in stand-alone buildings, and in strip centers.
They learned the coney business from their cousins in the Keros family and launched their own chain in 1972.
National Coney Island was founded in 1965 by James Giftos, a native of Kyparissia, Greece.
Other coney islands, in singles and chains, keep opening.