Coney Dogs & Buns

Michigan-Made Natural Casing Hot Dogs


There are visible differences between Koegel’s Coney Frank, served in Flint’s coney restaurants, and its older sibling, the Vienna. The Viennas measure at 21mm diameter, while the Coney Franks vary, even on the same Frank, from 19 – 23mm.

Koegel Coneys

You can purchase Koegel Coney Franks at Abbott’s Meat on Blackington in Flint, northwest of the intersection of Corunna and Ballenger Hwy. The plant has no retail shop, but you’re welcome to walk in the door, go to the receptionist’s window, ask for what you’d like, and it’ll be brought out to you. Coney Franks are also available for shipping across the U.S. from Lynch Shipping, in partnership with Koegel Meats, in a 10 lb box at buykoegels.com.

Please note that the order of the following listing and the related review notes are first and foremost our own opinion, your mileage may vary. What we’ve found is that we prefer the lamb casing instead of the sheep. Sheep comes across to us as a but too chewy with too much tooth.

Serious Eats performed their own Michigan Natural Casing hot dog taste test in 2012. Note that they only tested seven and their winner, the Greenfield Village brand hot dog, is currently not being made by Dearborn Sausage.

Koegel Viennas
This is as close as you’ll get to the commercial Koegel Coney Frank real Flint coney shops use, which was developed from this product. From the Coney’s description on Koegel’s products page, “We change the ingredients just a little from our Viennas so that the product can be held on a grill for an extended period of time”. If you don’t have access to the Koegel coney but can get Viennas, use these.
Meica Pork Weiners
When German immigrant Albert Koegel started. he shipped Coney Franks to the restaurants in wooden barerels. These imported German-made weiners are likely very similar in packaging to Koegel’s early packaging. A preserved pork weiner, but only 5″ in length (compared to the 6.5″ – 7.5″ for the Coney Frank), when pan-grilled this product in a pork casing is close to the Koegel’s Vienna in both spicing and snapiness. Available at Meijer stores, this would be a good product to have available for picnics and camping.
National Coney Island Coney Franks
This is one of the quintessential coney dogs used by numerous joints for their Detroit style coneys.
Dearborn Natural Casing Franks
This is another of the coney dogs used by numerous joints for their Detroit style coneys. Cooked slowly with no oil these dogs are still a bit on the oily side but in a good way. The casings have a nice snap to them, and the dog itself has a very rich flavor that’s not overpowering.
Alexander & Hornung Natural Casing Beef Frank
These are difficult to find in a lot of areas, and are more of a Detroit-style dog. The casing seems a bit chewy and the sausage mix is oily. But the flavor of the meat has a great richness to it.
Kowalski Natural Casing Franks
Koegel Chicken Viennas
Alexander & Hornung Natural Casing Frankfurters
[Dec. 6, 2016 – This product is currently not found on the meatpacker’s Products page.]
A beef and pork dog in a sheep casing, the flavor of this starts off as a really nice frank. But after a few bites there’s a strong pork sausage aftertaste, like with a good German brat. Not good for a coney, great for everyday use, grilling and tailgating.
No photo yet, coming soon Brookside Natural Casing Beef Wieners
No photo yet, coming soon Brookside Wieners Natural Casing
Winter’s Coney Weiners (formerly Winter’s Famous 901-L Coney Dogs)
A nicely-flavored German/Chicago-style frankfurter, this would be good topped with a nice raw sauerkraut. The “snap” of the casing is far too soft for a Flint coney, but as with any good hot dog it’s quite satisfying.
Winter’s Natural Casing Wieners
A very mild hot dog, the flavor is rather generic, while the sheep casing actually seemed a bit chewy. (Note: Natural casings may vary widely depending on the animal, so this may have been simply an older hog.) This is a good hot dog to put a lot of toppings on, presenting the topping rather than the hot dog.
Winter’s Low Sodium, Gluten-Free, Natural Casing Hot Dogs
Not much different from its counterpart, the Winter’s Natural Casing Weiner (above).
Greenfield Village Natural Casing Hot Dogs
July 1, 2013 – Dearborn Sausage is currently not making this product.

Michigan-Made Coney Buns


The amazingly clean and oil-free Flint Coney flattop at Palace Coney Island in Genesee Valley Shopping Center on March 18, 2016. The three slow-cooking stages of the Koegel Coney Franks are in the foreground, with a 400 pan containing the Palace’s propietary Coney sauce recipe, and packages of the Mr. Bread Flint’s Original Coney Buns on the other end of the flattop.

Mr. Bread Flint’s Original Coney Buns
Used by Angelo’s, Palace Coney Island, and most other Flint Coney shops within the Mr. Bread delivery area in Genesee County, this is currently the definitive bun for the Flint-style coney. This is a 7″ bun vs. a standard 6″ hot dog bun, and has a softer bite to it than most other buns. This particular package was provided by Sophia’s Kitchen in Grand Blanc. If you’re looking to make an authentic Flint Coney, this is the bun to use.
GFS
A rather strong utility bun, this is our own bun of choice. We use it with all of the recipes and other photos used in this site only because the Mr. Bread version (above) has such a small distribution in the Flint area.
No photo yet, coming soon Brown’s Bun Baking Co.
Metropolitan Baking Coney Island Steamers
This is the bun regularly used for Detroit-style coneys and other coneys and dogs in the Detroit and Toledo area. It’s really a great bun, and works well for a Flint coney as well.
Meijer White Hot Dog Bun
Very similar to the GFS bun listed above, this is a strong utility bun that will hold up to a good amount of sauce. If the GFS and other foodservice buns aren’t available, this retail bun works well.
Aunt Millie’s “Hearth” Classic White Hot Dog Bun
Baked in the company’s bakery in Jackson. A utility bun, it has a great flavor but doesn’t stay together as well as many others, especially up against a fair amount of meaty sauce. Still, it’s definitely more reaily available than most.