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Swanky Franks

182 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854-1962
(203) 838-8969
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Ranked #146 of 317 restaurants in Norwalk
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: American
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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25 reviews from our community

56% Recommend
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English first
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191 reviews 191 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
160 helpful votes 160 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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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Norwalk, CT
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Swanky's has been around for years and whenever we need a hot dog and fries we go there. It's small and homey, and very casual. The hot dogs and fries are the best.

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Newtown, CT
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77 reviews 77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Swanky Franks got larger than its britches and expanded in Newtown a few years ago. It took only a year for the chain to go out of business. For a hot dog establishment to remain, it must offer outstanding fare and be consistent. This restaurant has neither.

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