Coney Island Lunch
127 Clinton St, Johnstown, PA 15901
A family friendly diner in Johnstown, PA specializing in Coney Island Chili hot dogs and hamburgers.
Coney Island Lunch may not actually be in Coney Island, but if you close your eyes you can almost smell the salt water. Located in the historic Pennsylvania mining town of Johnstown, this local favorite has been serving up Coney Island style hot dogs and hamburgers since 1916. The staff were friendly, helpful and seemed genuinely interested in ensuring we thoroughly enjoyed our Coney Island Lunch experience. And an experience is exactly what we got!
Not that I needed to be told this, but it was strongly recommended that everything I ordered is topped with their chili sauce, the Coney Island way. The Coney Island Hot Dog and the Sundowner (a single patty burger topped with mustard, chili sauce, and chopped onions) were just the kinds of diner fare you’d be craving after a day of exploring all the Johnstown has to offer. The town is home to a bevy of museums dedicated to the historic flood of 1898 including a National Monument at the site of the dam that failed.
Lunch isn’t all you’ll find on the menu. In addition to the amazing hot dogs, burgers and fresh-cut fries you can also stop in for breakfast served until 11 am. Hotcakes, eggs, bacon, and plenty of omelets and breakfast sandwiches grace their morning menu and each looks more delicious than the last.
All these delicious options can be enjoyed in their dining area made up exclusively of orange and green booths in true classic diner fashion. If you have any questions about the menu (or the town or just about anything) don’t hesitate to ask. The place was just starting the lunch rush when we arrived, and each person was treated as if they were the only ones there. Be careful if you want to grab a bite during traditional lunch hours. The place is pretty popular and the town is small so it’s not uncommon for the lunch line to spill out onto the sidewalk.
Bathrooms were well maintained, and the restaurant is wheelchair and stroller accessible. They do not, however, have highchairs or booster seats available. Make sure to bring your own booster that could fit in a booth if you plan on bringing any little ones who can’t sit on their own.