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182 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854-1962
(203) 838-8969
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Good for:
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Classic Hot Dog Joint

Campy place, especially fun with your kids, that has been serving perfect hot dogs for the twenty five years I've been going there. Choice of fried or grilled dogs (I always go with grilled), there are plenty of other menu options, too. Shakes, fries, onion rings, burgers, etc, there are few better... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
tmj142
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Darien, Connecticut, United States
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
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27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Darien, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Campy place, especially fun with your kids, that has been serving perfect hot dogs for the twenty five years I've been going there. Choice of fried or grilled dogs (I always go with grilled), there are plenty of other menu options, too. Shakes, fries, onion rings, burgers, etc, there are few better places for a quick, inexpensive lunch.

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Norwalk, CT
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68 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

First, I'd like to mention that I went to Swanky Franks in October 2012, but I could only put October 2013. With that settled, Swanky's has great hot dogs, shakes, burgers, and fries. The menus are posted on the upper walls of the seating area. They also have a little bar that overlooks the kitchen. They have plenty of condiments... More 

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Conn.
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230 reviews 230 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Swanky Franks has been serving dogs, burgers and fries for decades. The search for a decent dog in Fairfield County has been difficult. They serve Boars Head and offer hot dogs, grilled dogs, Swanky red hots, a variety of burgers and sandwiches, and fried seafood. A basic dog is $3.50. I sat at the counter and ordered a single dog... More 

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New Milford, Connecticut
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49 reviews 49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My husband grew up in Norwalk and had been at this place many times. We finally were down in that area and decided to stop. It's a very small place, not much to look at but the food was incredibly fast and quite good. We got a few grilled hots dogs one with kraut and another will grilled onions and... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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106 reviews 106 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Living in the area for 20 years, Swanky is an institution. A bit dumpy but that is what gives it character. A group of us went for lunch recently. The dogs were just okay. Nothing special. The fries were greasy and soggy. The grease has not been changed and the fries were not down long enough. Nothing special. I would... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

My father and I go here every Columbus Day, and the food is delicious, especially the burgers. The appearance and atmosphere inside are just average. Service is sometimes snooty, but only at the beginning. Average experience. Limited parking.

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Orange
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I made the mistake of stopping here because I saw it when I was getting off the Highway for Lunch. No Atmosphere but who cares if the food is great. The hamburger was flatter than a pancake I mean paper thin, yeasty rolls to fill you up instead of meat. The hot dog had no flavor, definitely not a Hummel.... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

This is a great place to bring young children. Your child will even get his/her picture taken for the wall. My 3 year old LOVES finding her pic! Milkshakes are outstanding! My dad used to come here when he was a kid and Swanky Frank's is still around They must be do SOMETHING right!

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Stamford, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

While this certainly isn't "fine dining" in the true meaning of the word, the burgers and fries are always fresh, and are served quickly and with a smile. Good "bang for your buck", just remember you might need to exercise after your meal, you may want seconds!

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Wake Forest, Nc
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323 reviews 323 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Swanky Franks serve good quality hot dogs, split and grilled but they are too skinny for the size of the bun. If the bun were proportionate it would have been delicious. Milkshakes are small but very good. WEbsite out of date on menu and pricing.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 182 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854-1962
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Norwalk
  • Phone Number: (203) 838-8969

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 8
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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