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Detroit's American & Lafayette Coney Islands Among Esquire's 100 Restaurants We Can't Lose

January 08, 2021, 2:41 PM

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American and Lafayette Coney Islands in downtown Detroit make a list of Esquire magazine's "100 Restaurants America Can't Afford to Lose" during the Covid era.

Shatila Bakery in Dearborn also is on the roster. 

"Such a prospect has been a real threat all year, with the relentless tragedy of Covid-19 leaving many American restaurants, even established classics, on the brink of bankruptcy, the publilcation writes.

The threat will only intensify as winter progresses and restaurateurs have to abandon the outdoor dining that has kept them treading water for months.

We love restaurants here at Esquire, and we hope that during this holiday season you’ll consider making donations to ... organizations that are helping restaurant workers endure the crisis."

Esquire describes the Lafayette Boulevard landmarks:

They’re right next to each other on the same block in downtown Detroit, and the story is that theirs is a bitter and endless grudge match. Whatever. The point is that both of them raise a torch for a true regional delight: coneys, which are hot dogs flooded with funky chili, yellow mustard and raw onions.

On the Dearborn bakery:

For any lover of sweets, a step into Shatila’s 10,000-square-foot palace of pastry feels like a glimpse into paradise. But for Dearborn’s sizable population of families with roots in the Arab world, the colorful displays of cookies and cakes at Shatila represent something more: a bedrock community center, a village square for customers old and young, as well as a living link to the flavors and textures of the Middle East.

Read more:  Esquire

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