Fenton Coney & Grill's menu reaches way beyond the restaurant's name.
The coney island style restaurant originated in Jackson, Michigan in 1914. Since then, this style of restaurant has quickly spread across Michigan and the northern United States.
This type of dining establishment is not unfamiliar to me. Many hours of my life have been spent in coney islands creating irreplaceable memories with friends — a great ending to a night out, hours spent drinking coffee and talking and many group breakfasts to discuss the previous night's adventures. Coney island restaurants hold a special place in my heart.
Fenton Coney & Grill ranks up there with the best of them.
A very large menu spans the culinary globe, featuring Italian, Mexican and Greek entrees and a selection of French crepes. In the tradition of a majority of coney islands, breakfast is served all day, so breakfast can also be dinner, a personal favorite.
An impressive breakfast selection can make it difficult to make a decision. Choose from six different types of pancakes and four variations of waffles (even available with a side of ice cream!). A traditional meat and egg breakfast can be ordered in many combinations. Other breakfast favorites on the menu include almost 20 types of omelets, breakfast sandwiches and burritos.
The menu at Fenton Coney is one of the most expansive I have seen. This visit I chose a true Greek coney island staple - the chicken gyro (pronounced YEAR-oh) sandwich. The gyro can be found in many countries with many different names. Greek gyros are made with pork, chicken, beef or lamb with tomatoes, lettuce and onions placed in pita bread. The sandwich is accompanied by a yogurt-based tzatziki sauce. If you are unfamiliar with yogurt-based sauces, don't think Yoplait, think of it as a lighter and fluffier ranch dressing.
The gyro sandwich at Fenton Coney was exactly as expected, which is a good thing. The chicken was perfectly grilled and the vegetables were fresh. The tzatziki sauce was extremely impressive and delicious. I chose a side of coleslaw to go with my sandwich and was glad I did so, as it was one of the best I have had. The stir fry, available in five variations, was highly recommended by my dining partner.
The Fenton Coney and Grill is located at 1484 N. LeRoy Street in Fenton and is set in a casual and family-friendly atmosphere. Prices for all meals are under $11, with most in the $6-8 range. They offer a senior and kid's menu. Takeout is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Visit their website for a 10% off coupon for any order over $10.