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Famous Lunch

111 Congress St, Troy, NY 12180-4144
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Ranked #23 of 183 Restaurants in Troy
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- Aug 7, 2014
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14 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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Goodlettsville, Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I have eaten the hot dogs here for over 50 years and they continue to be one of the most tasty foods I have ever eaten. The hot dogs are about 4-5 inch's long and I get them with their home made "Zippy sauce", a meat and spicy sauce, yellow mustard and onions. You can easily eat 4-5 and sometimes... More

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Troy, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Since 1932 Famous Lunch has been a very famous, but quick eatery for Troy residents and non-residents alike. It is a pillar of Troy's food community and has been for a very long time. It's old fashion style is reminiscence of the old 1930-1950's time. Not classy but it definitely gives you that old style diner feeling when you walk... More

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San Francisco, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I was in the womb when my parents decided, while eating here, to purchase the house we are now selling 58 years later. In high school we would often always stop by here. In college, esp after drinking it was always a contest to see how many hot dogs one could eat. Now these are not just ordinary dogs, they... More

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Schodack, NY
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139 reviews 139 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I've lived in the area my entire life and have heard so much about Famous Lunch, but never had the opporturnity to stop in. The place looks like an old school diner from the outside. And inside isnt much different. Old worlde charm. Dim lights, the smell of old school fry tops and the counter stacked with regular patrons is... More

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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

We saw Famous Lunch Place in Troy, NY listed in the Metroland Paper and thought we'd give it a try. And oh are we glad we did. It's a small place in downtown Troy and just a little Diner but it is oh so good. Of course we tried the hot dogs ( they're tiny maybe 3 inches ) with... More

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ElPaso, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Grew up in Troy/Wynantskill and always went to Charlie's Hot Dogs that was next door to the Famous Lunch. Since Charlie's is no longer there, when I come home to Troy my Brother, his family and I always go to the Famous for a "Hot Dog Fix". Next time your in Troy give the Famous Lunch a try!

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Troy, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Everything in this place is older than dirt, but it's awesome. The food is so, so delicious and not expensive at all. Lunch for two is $20, give or take. And take home the sauce. It's great on everything!

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Troy, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

As a kid, I used to go here with my grandmother. I introduced my husband to Famous Lunch this past summer; he agrees that it's the best hot dog joint in the Capital District. If you're looking for fancy decor, this is not your place. It hasn't changed at all since I was a kid decades ago, probably longer than... More

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Phnom Penh
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

The place has been around sine the '30s and has a great old school feel. The mini chili dogs are a Troy classic and should not be missed. I've heard the place called "The Hairy Arm" since the owner used to line mini-dogs up his hairy forearm and ladle fixings incl. chili (zippy sauce) on them. (They don't do that... More

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Ossining, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

I don't live in the area any longer; been away for a number of years. Now I bring my nearly adult children along for visits and try to give them a peek at the things the Old Man waxes about when I torture them with the "Back in My Day" stories. My Dad grew up outside Troy and he used... More

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