Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Flint vs. Detroit-style Coney dogs, this restaurant serves both

FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI — A Coney island restaurant in Genesee County has some staple items that could be considered the cornerstones of the food scene for the Flint area and other communities.

Telly’s Coney Island, 3459 Miller Road, Flint Township, has of course coney dogs on its menu, but the business offers more than one style for its customers: A Flint-style and a Detroit-style coney dog.

Both are prepared with Koegel’s Viennas and buns, however, the Flint-style coney is then topped with loose beef, mustard and onions while the Detroit-style coney is more of a chili dog with mustard and onion.

“I didn’t know until we came out here that the Detroit area and outside of Genesee County make a different sauce then the Flint one,” George Telegadas, general manager for Telly’s Coney Island, said, noting about 60 percent of customers get the more local coney and 40 percent opt to get the one better known in the Detroit area. “So I think we were the second restaurant to do both sauces.”

The restaurant, which was opened 13 years ago by George’s father Pavlos Telegadas, also serves up its popular club sandwich, Greek salad, Icelandic cod and a hearty breakfast special for $3.99, the general manager said.

The club is a triple decker sandwich with three slices of bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, turkey and cheese at $7.49 and with fries and a drink for $8.99.

“Food preparation,” answered George Telegadas when asked what makes the restaurant stand out amongst others. “We make as much as possible here from scratch instead of buying food ready.”

Even the desserts are made from scratch, he said, adding the restaurant’s recipes for New York-style cheesecake and rice pudding are both made with recipes from a bakery in New York, owned by their family.

Customers can get a slice of cheesecake for $5.99 or a whole one for $65.

The restaurant’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

To see a full menu, or to learn more about the business, visit here.

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