Mike and Bone know that Detroit, is famous for dozens of "Coney Island" Hot Dog Stands and the two most famous are American and Lafayette. However, in the Summer of 2013 Food celebrity Anthony Bourdain introduced a new one to the Boys and a broader audience. For the season’s finale of his traveling culinary show for CNN, after checking out several of Detroit’s standard Coney Islands, only Duly's Place Coney Island in Southwest Detroit made it on the episode.
In the episode Bourdain is seen enjoying one of the 93-year-old diner's Coney dogs so much that he orders a second.
Since that show aired in November, the Gojcaj family, which owns Duly's, said they've gotten some new business. People have been coming from all over, eager to see what the celebrity chef and food writer enjoyed so much about a menu item that costs a mere $1.71.
"We're stealing from some competitors too" said Martin Gojcaj, one of the sons of owner Joe Gojcaj. "We've been getting some Lafayette and American customers."
Joe Gojcaj said that business has been good, but still not like what it was 15 years ago when the family bought the southwest Detroit restaurant at 5458 W. Vernor Hwy. More people were in the neighborhood then, he said. Still, he said he has seen a little bump since the CNN show aired. But nothing can make up for its fiercely loyal local clientele, which easily comprises most of its business.
"That's what we depend on - our locals," Joe Gojcaj said.
Bourdain's impassioned write-up on his visit to Detroit, which he calls "one of the most beautiful cities in America -- still," can be seen here.
He closes the piece with:
"Every time I visit Detroit, somebody asks me if I've had a good Coney yet.
Apparently, I never had a great one.
I finally got one.
I understand now."
Watching the episode at Thanksgiving, the Boys immediately beelined down to Southwest Detroit for a coupla of Duly Dogs.
"So Mike, What's the Verdict?
The Verdict? Eh!... While they were a little different in taste ( a little mellower in the chili) from traditional Deetroit Coney’s they were for the most part pretty average.
“Sorry Tony Bourdain, you may be a World renown Chef, but Mike and Bone know their Dogs and Duly’s Place is just OK !