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182 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854-1962
(203) 838-8969
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Dining options: Lunch

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Hangover Sponge

You don't go to a hot dog joint for the dining experience, unless your party is comprised of diners under the age of six. You go for therapy, compounding the mistakes you made the Friday night before. You come for the deep-fried hot dog, the milkshake, the Diet Coke that revives and brings new... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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English first
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

You don't go to a hot dog joint for the dining experience, unless your party is comprised of diners under the age of six. You go for therapy, compounding the mistakes you made the Friday night before. You come for the deep-fried hot dog, the milkshake, the Diet Coke that revives and brings new hope. The waitresses understand your plight,... More 

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Darien, Connecticut, United States
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: 182 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854-1962
Phone Number: (203) 838-8969
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Norwalk
Average Prices: USD 8
Cuisine: American

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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 8
  • Price Range: $
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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