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George’s Coney Island Worcester – Hot Dog! It’s The Coolest Neon Sign in MA Worcester, MA

Posted on: May 13, 2013


George’s Coney Island Worcester – Hot Dog! It’s The Coolest Neon Sign in MA

158 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA 01608

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Hot Dog, look at that sign! You don’t see many of these giant neon beauties in Massachusetts nowadays. Heck, I bet I the iconic blue George’s Coney Island sign is THE coolest sign in Mass. If you think it has any rivals, I wanna know about them!

George's Coney Island Lunch Worcester MA Neon Sign

A lot of people see this sign and think it’s in Coney Island NY – NOPE! Coney Island is the style of hot dog. See below!

George’s is named for founder George Tsagarelis and his family still owns and operates this landmark Worcester restaurant.  While George’s has been on the Worcester eats scene since 1918 and on the Retro Roadmap Must Share list since the beginning of the site it has been difficult to wrangle a visit with the Retro Roadfam, especially since Retro Roadboy doesn’t eat hot dogs, and that’s what George’s is famous for. But we finally got there!

George's Coney Island Lunch Worcester MA Exterior Front

I’m calling this shot “Hooray we’re finally at Georges!” vs “Ha Ha I’m photobombing your shot!”

So yes, George’s is well known for it’s 60ft tall neon sign depicting a gargantuan hand clenching one of the biggest hot dogs you’ve ever seen –  but the awesomeness doesn’t stop there. The constantly photographed sign was added to the building in 1940, but 2 years earlier George saw the wave of the future and remodeled his hot dog shop to reflect the vibrant art deco designs so popular in that era.

George's Coney Island Lunch Worcester MA Exterior

There is so much fun and color to take in, especially on a bright sunny day. The mix of opaque colored vitrolite glass, porcelain enamel panels, brushed steel letters, different shapes, patterns and textures, why I could gaze at this and photograph it for days! But since Retro Roadhusband had his mind on the food, he finally strong-armed me into the restaurant itself, where you’ll be overjoyed to learn that it’s as charmingly perfectly vintage as the exterior.

George's Coney Island Lunch Worcester MA Dining Area

And you can’t forget the fab vintage bar alongside – this entire place is a time capsule – a location scout’s dream!!

George's Coney Island Lunch Worcester MA  - Bar
One thing Mod Betty loves just as much as authentic vintage places like George’s is regional brands of food, and George’s does their part to highlight their local food love. From Worcester’s own Polar soda (or tonic, as I can’t help but call it since I’m from Mass)  Kayem Hot Dogs (Still made in Chelsea, MA ) and Wachusett Potato Chips (oh crap, they got bought out by Utz) “Mass produced” products are well represented.

After gettting in line at the famous counter, we knew we had to order “The Works” which pretty much defines a Coney Island hot dog  - a grilled dog with yellow mustard, chopped onion and George’s famous chili sauce.

George's Coney Island Lunch Worcester MA  Hot Dog

Served on a china plate that’s probably older than Mod Betty, I admit to having only a bite, as it was really more something up Retro Roadhusband’s alley. He absolutely devoured it!

I was happy to learn too that George’s offers some other items on their menu – like burgers and grilled cheeses, so now we have no excuse not to take the Retro Roadkids there soon.

So get yourself there – seriously, it’s one of the best examples of Retro Roadmap worthiness that Mass has to offer!

Open every day at 10am, Closed Tuesdays (kinda like Skip’s Snack Bar, I wonder what the deal is with that? I’ll have to find out)

OK  and try to keep this straight:

  • Sunday open ’til 7pm
  • Monday, Wednesday Thursday open ’til 8pm
  • Friday, Saturday open ’til 9pm

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  • http://thevintagetraveler.wordpress.com Lizzie

    I’ll have mine without the onions, or maybe I’ll have 2!

  • http://www.twodementeddames.com Susan Hemingway

    I’ll have two of those dogs please? Don’t you love it when you get to visit a place on your list that you have wanted to visit and it lives up to your expectations? YEA!

  • http://mscottsanders.com/signsandstories Scott Sanders

    I absolutely have to find this place! Any place that has “Coney Island” in the title is OK in my book…

    Have you visited the Coney Island Lunch in Shamokin, PA?

    • http://retroroadmap.com Mod Betty

      I’m with you on the “If it’s got Coney in the name I wanna check it out”- the one in Shamokin is on my list :-)

  • Johnny Devoid

    Wachusett chips are gone? What about State Line? Also, do they still have Za-Rex ?

    • Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com

      I’m pretty sure all the cool regional chips we used to love are gone. Or that they still have them but they’re all made by Utz. Which is a bummer, but I do love Utz. Well, except for their cheese curls – Herr’s are better :-)

      As far as Zarex – you can still get it here! http://zarexusa.com/where-to-purchase.html