Many people know the city of Troy, New York, as “The Birthplace of Uncle Sam,” but those who are really in the know also know that it’s home to the world famous hot dogs offered by the hole-in-the-wall, greasy spoon called Famous Lunch. This tiny restaurant has been open since 1932 at 111 Congress Street and it is still going strong to this day.

These hot dogs are truly world famous. In 1958, 28-year-old Marine Corporal Gordon Gundrum of Troy was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He missed Famous Lunch’s hot dogs so much that he wrote them a letter and the restaurant sent several dozen to him on the other side of the world. “Operation Hot Dog” made local and national news.

Read on to learn more about this establishment and its famous hot dogs.

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Famous Lunch is famous for many very good reasons and it’s a restaurant experience that you’ll never forget. These are hot dogs that you’ll not only remember forever, but that you’ll crave for the rest of your life once you’ve had them once. Head on down to Congress Street in Troy to give it a try if you haven’t already.  You’ll be glad that you did!

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