I don't have a clue as to what you could possibly compare Famous Lunch to. I first went to Famous with my father back in the early 60's. Apparently stuck in time, the decor has just never changed. But that's OK. Cause the prices haven't changed all that much either. The people who frequent the hot dog emporium on a day to day basis, are all quite the characters. You can get more laughs in there than you can from watching an HBO comedy special. Many of the faces have not changed too much over the years, that have just gotten a bit older.
At the Famous Lunch, you don't go in for the ambiance, that's for sure. What you do get is a very reasonable priced meal, the best dogs and sauce, plus the homemade rice pudding.
Scotty Vasilades has kept the tradition going at one of Troy's oldest running establishments. I remember as a kid watching Scott's, Uncle Nick balance the hot dogs on his arm. If they did that in today's world though, the health department would be closing in on them in minutes. Back then, we didn't care, and I never remember getting sick either. The point I'm trying to make here is that don't be fooled by the wrapping paper. Famous Lunch is one of the best deals in town. truly a Troy Treasure!