"When people who know about them and love them come in here for the first time and realize we have Coney dogs, you can literally see tears in their eyes," says
While everyone knows about the Chicago dog, not many realize there's a nearby Michigan version that's just as good — some might argue, even better. Created in Michigan by Greek immigrants, this breed is marked by a natural-casing beef and pork Vienna sausage topped with a thin, chili-like meat sauce, yellow mustard, and chopped white onion.
Finding one in South Florida, however, isn't easy.
About the only place that serves them around these parts would be Grand Tavern in Delray Beach, which opened off Linton Boulevard in 2011. According to the Delray Beach Grand Tavern proprietors
"There aren't very many places that make them outside of Detroit, especially not here, so it's nice to see what a little taste of home can mean to someone," says
A Detroit native herself,
Michigan and Delray Beach share some interesting history. Linton Boulevard is named after Michigan Congressman William Linton, also one of the area's first developers, the Grand Tavern menu states. The developer later partnered with Michigan-based investors Nathan Boynton and David Swinton, who together helped to build the surrounding area, naming Delray Beach after the southwest Detroit neighborhood Delray Detroit.
Native Michiganders longing for a taste of home will find more than just Coney dogs on the Grand Tavern menu. The original location opened in Michigan in 2008, operated by founders and Michigan natives Victor, Chris, and Mike
Grand Tavern is located at 710 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach. Call 561-279-2779, or visit grandtaverndelray.com.
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