Famous Lunch is unique amongst America fast food restaurants. It has been open in the same location in Troy, NY since 1932 and is, well...famous. In 1958, a US Marine from Troy was stationed at the US Embassy in Moscow, and had some of the hog dogs and "Zippy Sauce" shipped to Moscow for the Ambassador's birthday. "Operation Hot Dogs" made national headlines, and Famous Lunch became famous.
Famous Lunch is unique amongst America fast food restaurants. It has been open in the same location in Troy, NY since 1932 and is, well…famous. In 1958, a US Marine from Troy was stationed at the US Embassy in Moscow, and had some of the hog dogs and “Zippy Sauce” shipped to Moscow for the Ambassador’s birthday. “Operation Hot Dogs” made national headlines, and Famous Lunch became famous.
Famous Lunch is a somewhat of a living relic, in that it has changed very little in the past 75 years. Walking through the front door is like taking a trip back through time. Everything about the interior and the decor is a throw back to an era in American history long since trampled by fast food chains.
Their trademark food items are little 3 1/2 inch (8.9cm) hot dogs and a special meat sauce called “Zippy Sauce”, which is almost like chilli, but certainly guaranteed to give you indigestion. But, the food here is very tasty and very inexpensive. The hot dogs are made right down the street at the Troy Pork Store, and that is where Famous Lunch has bought them from since 1932.
The hot dogs are cooked on a little grill right inside the front window. So, when you walk past Famous Lunch and look in the window, it makes the chances of you getting hungry and going inside much more likely. With metal walls, wooden benches and an old fashioned lunch counter, the place really is a throw back to the 1940s or 1950s. And it just screams for black and white photos to be taken. The staff is very friendly and is happy to let you walk around and take pictures.
So if your are in Troy, NY and need a quick lunch, stop by Famous Lunch and order the lunch special “Four with” and an RC Cola. “Four With” is the shop lingo for four hot dogs with everything.