WikiLeaks shows Clinton aide touting Lafayette coneys

The Detroit News

Amid the excerpts from closed-door speeches by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Wall Street executives and backroom discussions of political strategy comes a shout-out about a venerable Detroit restaurant.

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill offered his take on Lafayette Coney Island.

It’s not every day that WikiLeaks reveals something as mundane as who ate where and what. But that’s just what emerged in the latest drop Friday of hacked emails from the anti-secrecy website that releases secret and classified information.

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During a Michigan stop with Clinton in March that included Detroit and Flint, Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill offers his take on a local eatery in an email to campaign chairman John Podesta, which were hacked by WikiLeaks.

“On a personal note, I just had two Coney Island hot dogs at the famous Lafayette Coney Island next to the hotel. I highly recommend. Bring your defibrillator, or ask to borrow one from USSS (United States Secret Service),” he writes.

He’s not alone. Detroit coneys — Lafayette or next-door rival American Coney Island — which feature wieners with beanless chili sauce, onions and mustard, have drawn fans for decades. Some who leave the area or the state pine for them. Debate rages about the virtues of both.

Lafayette’s owner wasn’t available to bask in the attention, but other fans have weighed in in the past.

“There’s only one hot dog stand in Detroit and that’s Lafayette Coney Island,” said a devoted fan in a Detroit News article.