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“A historic landmark!”
Review of Gilley’s

Gilley’s
Ranked #66 of 205 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Established in 1912, Gilley's is the place for Good Food Fast! Your Portsmouth, NH visit is not complete until you have Stopped by during the day or late night!
Reviewed September 23, 2012

My wife and I both graduated from UNH so during our college days we used to head to Gilley's for a late night dog and a plate of beans or some fries - that was 40 years ago when the truck was mobile, parked nightly at a specific location and Gilley himself actually served up the fare! We used to tell our kids about Gilley's and one daughter was very interested in experiencing it for herself so on a recent trip back to NH we made the pilgramage back to a local landmark.

Now Gilley's is no longer a lunch truck, but built in place and somewhat expanded from the original, and of course Gilley himself is gone. There are only 2 parking places right in front and all other parking is on the street. It is very small, with just a little counter around the inside of the truck where you can sit at a stool and eat - probably only about 10-12 stools. We got there right when it opened at 11:00 am, the only time I've ever been there in the daylight! We just had some grilled hot dogs and fries and they were excellent - prices are very reasonable.

While the food is just basic grill fare, and good, for me Gilley's is all about a local Portsmouth landmark and some great memories from the college days. If you're in the area, it's worth the trip!

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Having seen the "Man vs Food" episode, we had to stop by Gilly's for a hot dog on our recent trip to Portsmouth. Good hotdogs, nothing amazing, cute place, great cook and great prices. Might go back to try other menu options. We hear the fries are great.

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Some of the BEST sloppiest food I EVER had. Do not miss this spot. Not famous with a lot of toursists.. and lets keep it that way.

Thank Blasphemystic
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Local establishment (100 years I think) in a converted train car, a must stop for kids or kids at heart. You know the kind of place, every town has one, voted "Hidden Gem" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet. Great grill & goodies, burgers, dogs, fries, chili, beans, egg sandwiches etc. Delicious. You have not truly experienced Portsmouth unless you have eaten at Gilly's!!! be prepared to take it to go tho(outside picnic table perhaps), limited counter space, hey it's a train car, what'd'ya expect? There's about 8 counter stools in all inside, most take it to go or eat outside; consider yourself one of the lucky ones if you actually get to sit inside at the counter! Throwback! Something your date or kids will never forget! Been going here with my dad forever, now I bring my son. It's that kind of place.

Thank AFBrat1117
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

This is one of those places that you have to try if you are in the area. Nothing fancy here, just burgers, dogs and history. The food is really nothing special, but the atmosphere greatly enhances the meal. Most of the food requires a fork to eat (particularly the chili dog) which they cheerfully stab into the food as the hand you the plate. Just remember, the door slides open.

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Thank Kyle H
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