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Famous Lunch

111 Congress St, Troy, NY 12180-4144
518-272-9481
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Ranked #29 of 182 restaurants in Troy
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- Jun 30, 2014
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English first
Troy, New York
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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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48 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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108 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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13 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 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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Troy, New York
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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

The Zippy sauce is the best. The best mini hotdogs in the Capital District, hands down. Don't leave without getting a bowl of the rice pudding with cream. It is a Famous Lunch staple.

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