Coney Island Grill (250 Doctor M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg) has been open since 1926. Once you step inside, you’ll see that much hasn’t changed except for the recently upgraded booths. I can imagine the old ones must have seen better days.
After lunching at Bodega on Central, we (John, Fred & I) were just down the street waiting on my wife as she was dissecting an antique shop. I noticed that it was nearing 3:30 PM, so I rallied the troops to make sure we would make it.
Coney Island Grill is only open 6 hours every day (10 AM- 4 PM) except Sundays when they’re closed. We were heading home to Miami the following morning, so this would be my only shot at eating here.
We had a fantastic conversation when we arrived with a gentleman who’s been eating there for over 50 years.
Before I even discuss the food, they don’t serve french fries. Why? The founder of the Coney Island Grill had an issue with the fryer catching fire, so he got rid of it and never sold fries again.
What did I get at Coney Island Grill?
The order of a chili dog with mustard was never in question, and I added a cheeseburger after the older gentleman insisted on it. Plus, he didn’t need to twist my arm much.
The chili on that dog is legendary, and I can see why it’s available for sale via pints. I regret not taking some back home with me.
When the cheeseburger arrived, I just looked at it in amazement. I could not get over the crust on the outside of the patty; it’s a thing of beauty. And that first bite just melted in my mouth.
I had one of each and left it at that since I knew that it meant I’d return to the Coney Island Grill & St. Petersburg at some point soon.