Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Grab Your Wallet, It's CHILLLLLI

You can smell the scent of chili in the air as winter quickly approaches the Capital Region and the world, the world Famous Lunch spot that is. The smell comes from a tiny sit-down or carryout restaurant on the corner of Congress Street in Troy.

Whether you’re going to carryout or eat in, as soon as you step into the restaurant, you’re heading in a time machine back to the 50’s. With low prices, interior design and iconic work outfits, you better go in with poodle skirts and bowling shoes on. Don’t forget while looking at the menu to turn it around and learn a little history about what was going on when Famous Lunch opened their doors in 1932. One cool thing I can remember wasthat gas was 10 cents a gallon!

We decided to order for everyone today. We ordered 25 loaded hot dogs, five cheeseburgers, and six orders of fries for under $35. Not to shabby. Not only did we feed five people, but we had a TON of left-overs.

The combination of chili, hotdogs, cheeseburgers, and fries was to die for. Don’t forget to ask for extra zippy sauce on your fries (you’ll thank me later).

Famous Lunch’s menu consists of breakfast (breakfast sandwiches, omelette’s, doughnuts, home fries, muffins, etc.), world’s famous hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, burgers, fries, soups, and desserts.

Famous Lunch has been known for their famous hotdogs since 1932.  Think you can eat a lot?  It has been almost seven years since someone has beaten the good ole’ hot dog eating contest at Famous Lunch of 38 hot dogs in 30 minutes. Anyone think they can beat that? I tried, and didn’t get passed five.

So, the next time you go into your wallet and only find a five-dollar bill, stop into Famous Lunch and leave happy (and with change).


  1. I used to go there for breakfast every morning on the way to work. A breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese and bacon on a toasted hardroll, then on the way home, a tray of mini-dogs, fully loaded, along with a chocolate milk, on tap. Now that I have moved to another state, I can't wait to go back for a repeat.

  2. You really must try Gus's Hot Dogs on 25th. Street in Watervliet. You think that Famous is great, after eating at Gus's Hot Dogs, you will throw stones at Famous, located on the corner of Williams Street Alley and Congress Streets. just west of Fifth Avenue, near the Firestone Tire Store and the Bank.