I’m not one to show up to eat at a restaurant 30 minutes to closing time. I’m the guy who shows up 30 minutes before the spot opens and waits in my car so I can be the first customer. My visit to Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island was actually an unexpected stop. @ChiBBQKing had suggested that I add it to my food itinerary just earlier in the day. I had gone out to grab some coffee and was talking on the phone to David Arbetter, owner of Miami landmark Arbetter Hot Dogs. After having an almost half hour conversation about coney dogs in the parking lot of a Starbucks I not only skipped out on coffee but drove out to Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island.
I opened the door and to my surprise, it was packed. It was a Sunday and a good 45 minutes before closing time, not my usual eating modus operandi. I found a table near the back by what I thought was the kitchen door and which oddly enough also doubles as a backdoor entrance to the place.
My ice cold 8 oz Coke arrives first and I try my hardest to not have any so I can enjoy it with my food. While waiting, I notice that not only does the staff work like a well oiled machine but that they still make the time to be friendly with everyone. It was nice to see that.
In no time, my two Coney Dogs (Grilled Hot Dog topped with Mustard, Homemade Coney Sauce, Hand Chopped Onions on a Steamed Bun) and Cheeseburger (Cheese, Mustard, Ketchup, Pickle, Onion topped Burger) arrive.
I don’t want to undermine how good the Cheeseburger was but it was no match for the Coney Dog. I’m thinking about it right now and wishing I could find a Coney somewhere in South Florida. Well, until that day comes I’ll have to continue to daydream about this one.
P.S.: As soon as I got into my car I called David Arbetter again. He loves to eat hot dogs on his travels so I wanted him to know that he needed to add Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island to his Hot Dog Bucket List.