Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Michael Stern
Coney Island Comes to Tulsa
In 1926, Christ Economou came to Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Texas, where he had run a few restaurants serving Coney Island hot dogs. He opened the city’s first Coney I-Lander. There are now a handful of these low-price, fast service restaurants selling chili dogs Tulsa style. A small hot dog goes into a steamed bun. They top it with mustard, chopped raw onions, and no-bean chili. Some customers choose shredded cheese to top it all. Others crown it with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
About the Chili
Exuberantly spiced but not tongue-tingling hot, the chili serves strictly as a condiment. You wouldn’t be dipping a spoon into a bowl of it to make a meal. It is more a spicy beef paste, eminently suited as a dressing for a snappy little weenie or as a topping for a plate of tamales. A single Coney I-Lander Coney provides two to four nice bites. Three or four chili dogs Tulsa style make a modest meal in the single-digit price range. Big eaters think nothing of having a half-dozen for lunch.
Ambiance is drive-in, fast-food, no-nonsense. Food-prep is a joy to watch and service is virtually instantaneous.
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