Coming Soon: Leo’s Coney Island

Photo: Leo’s Coney Island

The most important thing to know about Leo’s Coney Island, opening “soon” on the corner of Southport and Cornelia, is that it’s got absolutely nothing to do with Coney Island. A Detroit import, a Coney Island in this context means a hot dog — your basic beef frank — served up in a steamed bun and doused in beanless chili, raw onions, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s enough to drive people away from vegetarianism: over on The Stew, Detroit native Kelley Carter tells Kevin Pang that a Coney Island (especially one from Leo’s) is “the only thing that could break my no-meat diet.” While the Coney Islands are the real draw, the complete menu [pdf] extends to plenty of vegetarian-friendly items, including gardenburgers, salads, and Greek-American staples like saganaki. [The Stew; Leo’s Chicago]