Coney I-Lander

Drive-In | Hot Dog | Southwestern
One of the best

In 1926, Christ Economou came to Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Texas, where he had run a few hot dog restaurants, and opened the city’s first Coney I-Lander. There are now a handful of these cheap chili-dog restaurants in Tulsa and environs, all based on the formula of a small hot dog in a steamed bun topped with mustard, raw onions, and no-bean chili. Shredded cheese is a popular option; and some folks have theirs with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

The chili is exuberantly spiced but not tongue-tingling hot, and it is nothing like the stuff you would spoon up from a bowl as 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 Coney I-Lander Coney is a two or three bite affair. Three or four 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.

What to Eat
Coney I-Lander, Coney Island Hot Dog
Coney Island Hot Dog
Heartland Coney, topped with mustard, chili, and onions
Coney I-Lander, Tamale
Small tamales come smothered with chili and cheese.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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