Coney Island Bailey Reviews
Hot Dog Paradise in the Colorado Mountains Apr 18, 2010
I wouldn't consider Colorado to be a place known for their exquisite hot dogs. Our lovely state had got nothin' on New York or a real Chicago dog. However tucked away in the tiny mountain town known as Bailey, there you will find Coney Island. The hot dog stand is quite unmistakable. Why? Well the stand is literately a giant weenie.
The diner only seats 10 people, which is frustrating considering the bun is 35 feet long :) The actual hot dog is 42 feet long, and the building weighs approximately 14 tons.
Coney Island is, by most accounts, a Colorado icon. It was originally constructed on old Colfax Avenue in 1966 right in downtown Denver. In 1970, the hot dog was moved into the mountains to a little town known as Confier. Today is resides just off highway 285 in Bailey.
Growing up, a trip to the mountains was never complete without a pit stop at Coney Island. We used to wait in line for hours. Obviously the diner is known for their hot dogs. The best thing on the menu is the foot long Coney with their famous Coney chili sauce. They also have sensational milkshakes.
At the new river-front site in Bailey, the Coney Island now offers picnic table seating along the river. Of course a trip to the mountains for a hot dog seems a bit asinine. To tell you the truth, the food is not sensational enough to go out of your way for a milkshake. Of course eating at Coney Island is more about the experience and the fun pictures you will get out of the trip. For me, going to Coney Island is mostly about the memories of my childhood. I love to take visiting friends up there because they get a dose of mountain air and a fun little day trip. Not to mention a delicious hot dog ;)
Note: In Morrison, Colorado (which is on the way to Bailey) there is a ridiculously kitschy place called Tiny Town - another throw back to my childhood! Tiny Town is an over the top, miniature railroad town. Buildings are 1/6 scale and historically accurate. Some of Colorado's most famous, infamous, and beloved buildings make a home in Tiny Town (at 1/6 the size). My favorite building in Tiny Town - the miniature Coney Island hot dog. Keep your eyes peeled from the road. Sometimes you can spot it from the highway! Just a little trivia!!!
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