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What to Eat at Leo’s Coney Island, Opening Monday

We're guessing a real Coney is going to look a lot less pristine than this studio job.
We’re guessing a real Coney is going to look a lot less pristine than this studio job. Photo: courtesy Leo’s Coney Island

Now that Leo’s Coney Island is finally, finally, finally ready to open in Lakeview on Monday, it’s time for us to start getting excessively excited about the menu. The Chicago-specific menu has been revealed, and much like the national menu, it’s as varied as your standard diner. The “favorites” section alone a mishmosh of genres reminiscent of the “featured!” steamtable at our college dining hall: Fish & chips are side by side with beef stir-fry, alongside cheese ravioli and mac ‘n’ four-cheeses. Still, what everyone’s there for are the Coney Islands: a basic variation (a dog topped with chili, mustard, and onions) runs $2.59, with cheese for thirty cents more. A “loose hamburger” (Coney-style ground beef, chili, mustard, and onions) is $2.89. And then there’s the Special Coney, the unnatural hybrid of a Coney cross-bred with a loose burger, in which the hot dog is topped with Coney-style beef and chili. Sweet heaven, this might have been worth the wait.

Leo’s Coney Island menu [PDF, via Thrillist]

What to Eat at Leo’s Coney Island, Opening Monday