Scranton’s Texas Wieners are famous. Why Texas? Why Coney Island? What’s in the names? There is a story to discover ask about it when you visit.
The landmark Coney Island Texas Lunch has been grilling split wieners for hungry Scrantonians since 1923.
Map: Coney Island Lunch
Why Go: Experience Scranton’s famous Texas Wieners, a local favorite. Get your fries with Gravy.
Until about two years ago they had only Texas Wieners, Texas Hamburgers and Fries on their menu. They have added a few items lately, a fish sandwich, a Cheesesteak, you’ll have to let me know how those are. If you check out their menu online one-sixth of the menu is “Chips, by the bag”.
So let me break it down for your first visit. You need to order two Texas Wieners and one order of fries with gravy. That’s it, this will run you less than eight bucks (American) or about an hours pay. If you have been here before explore the menu, get nuts and order one Texas Wiener with whatever else you sample.
The Wiener. In Scranton Wiener’s are Gutheinz, split for flat-top grilling and a perfect fit on the all purpose rolls from National Bakery, another Scranton landmark. The rolls and prep are critical here. A.)Split wiener B.)National Bakery roll C.)Brown mustard. Onions optional. D.) Wiener Sauce.
About D sauce, it’s confused with chili, by folks that don’t know chili. And I don’t think anyone from Texas would stake a claim to it. It is a condiment made from meat and spices. Here’s where all the places around town make their claims. Good Texas Wiener joints make their own sauce, all very secret recipes. This Coney Island’s is excellent. How many places serve Texas Wieners in Scranton? Might be two dozen, a few in business since the 1920’s.
In Scranton we eat our fries with gravy. Everywhere. Fries should be ordered with gravy. If the staff asks if you want gravy on your fries in Scranton, you say “Yes, please”. No exceptions.
The gravy is always a thick beefish sauce, every place makes their own signature gravy. The gravy at Coney Island is dark and delicious. The consistency is perfect for clinging to the fries, but expect to get some on you. It will look good next to the Wiener Sauce.
Once you get some Texas Wieners and Fries with Gravy at Coney Island Texas Lunch on Cedar Ave in Scranton, Pa. you will have some understanding of the people who live here. Buy a mug or T-shirt on the way out.