Feltmans Restaurant
Old Coney Island

Feltmans RestaurantCharles Feltman is considered the true inventor of the hot dog. The line outside his restaurant shows how popular he was.

In the 1930's Great Depression, Nathan's was the first to challenge the ten cent price of frankfurters offered by Feltman's, and Nathan's prospered with their nickel "red hots."

Nathan's corner lunch counter, plastered on top a succession of fire engine red signs marked 5 cents, that attracted crowds.

Fifty employees served customers lined up fifteen deep with the overflow spilling onto Surf Avenue and blocking traffic.

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How to Make Coney Islands
(From 1963 cookbook)

Place 1 1/2 lbs (about 12 franks) in boiling water; reduce heat and simmer, don't boil 5 to 8 minutes. Put franks in heated coney buns, smear on prepared mustard, spoon on chopped onion, then hot Coney Sauce. Makes 12 Coneys.

Coney Sauce

1/2 pound ground beef
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 8 oz can seasoned tomato sauce
1/2 to 3/4 chili powder
1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate
1/2 teaspoon salt

Brown ground beef slowly but thoroughly, breaking with a fork till fine. Add remaining ingredients; simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Serve in a bowl to ladle over hot franks in heated coney buns. makes enough sauce for 12 Coney Islands.

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