Once upon a time, a young Greek made the treacherous journey from the Twin Cities to Duluth, heeding the call of pioneering Duluthians hungry for hot dogs. The year was 1921. 90 years later, the
Original Coney Island, is still selling dogs, but new owners have made a few upgrades recently.
The vintage appearance (even the original ceiling) have been left intact, but the interior has been spruced up, and the walls decorated with memorabilia.
But perhaps the biggest change, is that after 90 years, Original has joined the ‘major leagues’ of hot doggers, by adding Vienna Beef products to their menu. Vienna, from Chicago, is unquestionably the king of hot dog suppliers, the preferred dog of weenie wizards like moi.
Minnesota Burger Report Kawikamedia and his burger posse stopped into Original recently, and raved about the authenticity of the natural casing Chicago style dog, adorned with all the right condiments, including the trademark neon green relish, nestled in the appropriate poppy seed bun. They also sampled the skinless Vienna with Original’s coney sauce, and the Italian beef sandwich as well. For those unfortunate readers who have not had Italian (or Chicago) Beef, it’s tantamount to a garlicy French dip, and is goooooooooooooood. For extra joy, have them dip your buns into the au jus.
You’ll be glad you did.
You can check out Original’s menus, breakfast, lunch and dinner, on our menu page.